As at Monday April 12, 2010
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| OFFSHORE: It's hard
to find anything to complain about this week. Winds were mostly very light
to moderate and the swell steadily dropped away until it was below a metre
over the weekend. Conditions were perfect for trips out wide and Noosa
Blue Water Charters did four runs to Double Island Point while
the going was good.
The boys spent some of their time up there bottom bashing, which produced moses perch, squire, Maori cod, venus tusk fish, teraglin jewfish, morwong, sweetlip, pearl perch and, as per the photo below, some thumper mangrove jacks. Two of them weighed in at 8kg and the one that Malcolm Raven is pictured with below tipped the scales at an impressive 10kg.
'D.I.' was also one of this week's hot spots for pelagics with the wahoo and Spanish mackerel in excellent numbers and the fishing just getting better as the week wound to a close. Local angler Jarrod Grimshaw (below) was happy to pose with one of the many Spaniards boated on Cougar One this week, his 9kg specimen going for a floated whole pilchard.
A little closer to home, North Reef was the spot for moses perch, venus tusk fish, cobia, spotted and Spanish mackerel, squire and sweetlip while over on Chardon's Reef the catch was mostly Spanish mackerel. Shannon Lacey from Davo's Compleat Angler (below) was out there on Saturday with his father Greg when his whole bonito troll bait on a Spaniard Special rig attracted the attention of the 9kg fish he's pictured with. He was kitted out with a Shimano/Accurate combo.
Back towards home base, Sunshine Reef yielded parrot fish, sweetlip and Spanish mackerel while Laguna Bay was the spot for northern bluefin tuna, mackerel tuna and more Spanish mackerel. Best results came from the Halls Reef stretch and around Jew Shoal, which was where Breanna Wickens (below left) boated her 15.5kg fish on Saturday morning.
| ONSHORE: The
only reports from the North Shore coastal beach stretch this week were of
whiting up around the camp grounds. Fortunately for the surf fishing enthusiasts,
the east side was a little more productive with tailor to 2kg going for
cast metal slugs off the rocks at the northern end of Sunshine Beach and
chopper tailor active at Castaways Beach. Apart from that, Marcus Beach
produced whiting and dart, as did Peregian Beach, but with the added bonus
It was relatively quiet in the river with most of the action come from the lower estuary. Whiting were going well on live beach worms along the caravan park beaches and responding equally well to small surface poppers in the Frying Pan.
The Woods Bays continued to fire sporadically with tailor and trevally surface feeding at dusk and into the night while the Woods Point produced bream, flathead, whiting to 400gm, the odd quality tailor (to 2kg) and some thumper mangrove jacks after dark. Bob Jeynes from Davo's Compleat Angler (above) hit the jackpot there not long after high tide on Saturday night when his live garfish baits attracted a number of mangrove jacks, the two 2kg+ fish he's holding in the photo being good examples. Apart from that, the odd school jewfish was on the prowl around the Munna Point Bridge.
Two freshwater fishing competitions were held over the weekend so our stocked impoundments were well patronised. The ABT Basstastic Champion Teams Event was held on Saturday and Sunday at Borumba Dam with Davo's staff member Callum Munro and partner Trevor Burgess from Team Berkley coming second with 10 out of 12 bass overall. Both the Kingham Arm and the Yabba Arm produced quality bass along the deep banks in 40 foot of water on Spinnerbaits.
And at the Lake MacDonald Bass Electric Competition, twenty seven anglers enjoyed an excellent mornings fishing on Sunday with 23 good legal fish brought to the scales. Taking out his first ever tournament win was a delighted Frank Distefano (above) of Golden Beach. Frank fished from the back of Jesper Noiesen's boat casting a TN60 Bloodline Jackall into the weeds with a slow and pausing retrieve to land nine good fish for the day. Frank's successful outfit consisted of a Shimano T-Curve rod with a Daiwa Fuego reel spooled with 8lb Crystal Fireline and 14lb Nitlon leader. To make his win even sweeter, Frank took out the Big Bass prize, with the bass pictured above, which weighed a respectable 1.308kg.
Attention young anglers; There will be a 'Youth Fish' fishing competition held during this year's 'RIVERFEST'!
There are heaps of prizes to be won, including a tinny/motor package for simply entering the competition.
It will be held on the weekend of the 15th & 16th of May. Entry forms available from Davo's Compleat Angler.
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