As at Monday April 14, 2008
OFFSHORE: Although the
first half of the week was pretty much dominated by a moderate to fresh
(15 to 20 knot+) south south easterlies and
a 2m rolling swell, the bar crossing was passable and Laguna Bay, on most
days was quite fishable.
And there were certainly fish to be targeted, although at times they were a bit skittish and the boils fast moving. Those anglers who were in the right spot at the right time, however, reaped the rewards with bonito, mackerel tuna and northern bluefin tuna leading the charge earlier in the week and spotted and Spanish mackerel coming on the bite over the last couple of days as the winds dropped back into the more tolerable 5 to 15 knot range.
Local yak angler Vaughan Robinson (above) was trolling a Gold Bomber behind his Swing Angler fishing kayak at Little Hall's Reef (in fairly lumpy conditions) on Thursday when it was monstered by the 9.8kg Longtail he's posing with.
He was armed with a Penn Mariner rod and a Penn 320GTi reel loaded with 30lb line and 60lb trace.
Big Hall's Reef was also worth a shot for tuna and the odd spotted mackerel (feeding deep) while today, the stretch from the river mouth to Little Hall's saw spotted mackerel on the boil in excellent numbers with larger slugs working well. Further out, Jew Shoal produced thumper snapper and the odd Spanish Mackerel while around the corner at Sunshine Reef the standouts were spotted mackerel and, as you can see by the photo above, cobia and quality coral trout.
Nat Meltzer and Craig Britten were out there on Sunday morning and after bagging out on spotties (on cast metal slugs), boated a 17.5kg cobia and two healthy 6kg coral trout on live Yakka baits. Their bottom bashing outfits were Wilson Live Fibre rods and Shimano Trinidad reels loaded with 30lb line and 80lb traces.
Further south, Arkwright Shoal was the spot for quality Spanish mackerel.
Out on the middle reef belt, Massoud's Reef yielded squire, pearl perch, moses perch and parrot fish while across on North Reef the standout species were cobia, parrot fish, pearl perch, squire, estuary cod and Maori cod.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were well patronised this week and the results were there for those who wanted to wet a line. Whiting and dart were in good numbers along the the North Shore stretch with the better quality fish coming from the surf gutters just north of Teewah. Across the other side of the bay the rocks at Alexandria Bay produced some good bream on soft plastics while further south; the rocks at north Sunshine Beach yielded whiting, bream and dart as did Marcus and Castaways beaches but with the added bonus of Tarwhine.
In the river, tailor (to 2.5kg), queenfish and trevally (going for bonito flesh baits and soft plastics) were on the bite down at the river mouth. Queenfish and trevally were also active in the Woods Bays with surface poppers and cast slugs working well there. Sean Brock (above) from Rosewood attracted the attention of this 1.65kg 'Skinny' there on Thursday morning while casting and retrieving a Storm 'Chug Bug' popper. Mangrove Jacks were another species active in the Woods Bays and the back of Noosa Sound as Ipswich angler Toby Back (below right) discovered on Wednesday morning. Toby was working the waters with a white, red head hard body lure when the 1kg 'Jack' he's pictured with monstered it.
Flathead were also on the prowl around Noosa Sound this week and local
lad Jamie O'Brien (above left) was one of the lucky anglers who landed
one. Jamie was floating out a prawn bait on a No.4 suicide hook on Saturday
afternoon when this 800gm 'Lizard' took a fancy to it. He was kitted out
with a Jarvis Walker spin combo loaded with 8lb line.
The latest Noosa Bar crossing photo, as of last Tuesday, has now been posted. To check it out, CLICK HERE.