As at Monday April 11, 2011
OFFSHORE: With the cool, fresh to strong (20 to 25 knot) south easterlies hammering the coastline until late Friday it was all down to the weekend warriors to get whatever runs they could on the board. Saturday was still pretty sloppy but it was just fishable if you were desperate, dateless or not too concerned about losing your breakfast or lunch over the side.
Come to think of it, though, Michael Brown from Toowoomba (above) and his buddies didn't fit any of the aforementioned profiles. They booked Trekka 2 on Saturday morning for a half day to celebrate Michael's upcoming nuptials. Yes, it was the proverbial bucks party and the lads had a wonderful time ribbing a few of the less fortunate of their mates who found themselves burleying up the waters of Sunshine Reef. It can't have been too bad though because they were smiling when they docked with a bin load of sweetlip, mowong, squire and the odd 3kg snapper like the two that Michael is posing with.
Chris 'Fella' Arnold from Noosa River Fishing Safaris (above, left in photo) gave himself the morning off on Sunday and, surprise, surprise, decided to spend his leisure time fishing. Chris and his father Tony motored out to Sunshine Reef and were back in a couple of hours with a catch of sweetlip, venus tusk fish and three coral trout. The two smaller ones, which tipped the scales at 2kg and 3kg, went for 5" Berkley Gulp Jerk Shads while Chris's 4.8kg fish took a whole pilchard bait.
Laguna Bay was a better option for the smaller boats over the weekend although the bar proved to be a bit of a challenge for some of the less experienced boaties, some of whom wisely turned back after hitting the odd standup wave head on. Yellowfin, mack and northern bluefin tuna were on the move throughout the bay but it was out at Jew Shoal on Sunday morning that local yak angler Ian Tagg (above) hooked up with the 10kg longtail he's posing with. Ian tempted this fish with a prawn bait and found himself in a hard fight which lasted 80 minutes and took him 3km's north of his hookup point.
Trekka 1 and Trekka 2 went to Chardon's Reef today and, apart from boating rosy jobfish, gold band snapper, moses perch, some thumper pearl perch and a few Maori cod and sweetlip, pretty much cleaned up on the Spanish mackerel. We simply don't have room for all the pix so we thought we'd post one of the standouts, a 10kg Spaniard caught by Jourel Ana from California. Most of the fish went for floating pilchards and the average size was in the 6kg to 7kg range.
Noosa Blue Water Charters ran a full day charter to the Barwon Banks on Sunday and with the east south easterly winds in the 10 to 15 knot range and the swell around the 1.5m mark, feedback from the clients when they returned was of a great day's fishing in pretty calm conditions. During the trip the group boated moses perch, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, mowong, plenty of snapper from 2.5kg to 3kg and Joel Vacmer's overall top weight 15kg amberjack, pictured above.
Cougar One also did a full day at Double Island Point today during which they bottom bashed snapper, Maori cod, pearl perch, moses perch and venus tusk fish. They then trolled up a few 5kg-7kg Spanish mackerel before heading for home. ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches copped a bit of a hammering, especially earlier in the week, but by the weekend it was starting to look a lot more settled. The only reports to hand, however, were from the North Shore stretch where dart and a few elbow slapper whiting were on the bite down towards the river mouth and in the waters around the township of Teewah. Small yellowfin and mack tuna (2kg to 5kg) were an added bonus and a lot of fun for those casting metal slugs at the boils just out from the Third Cutting. The ever faithful Halco Twisties (5gm, 10gm and 15gm) got best results there.
Despite the dark chocolate coloured waters, bream, whiting and flathead were in good numbers in Weyba Creek, around Munna Point (together with lots of trevally on poppers at dawn) and down towards the river mouth. Tewantin lad Brent Harris (below) was fishing at the Munna Point Bridge yesterday when his TT Switchblade lure was taken by the 1.7kg Lizard he's pictured with. Quality whiting were also active on the runout tide during the day on the sand banks opposite Munna Point and along the Gympie Terrace stretch. Trevally were on the bite in that same area on the runout after dark
The jetties in the Woods Bays were good for a few bream, estuary cod and the odd mangrove jack, the Sheraton Bridge was the spot for the odd quality jack (on mullet fillet), small trevally (on poppers) and garfish, while the back of the Sound and the first ski run produced a few trevally and bream on soft plastics. Live herring and prawns also worked well.
Apart from that, the waters from Jew Hole to the mouth of Lake Cooroibah yielded javelin fish, bream, flathead, jewfish and mangrove jacks on the runout tide. River2Sea Gastronomic Shad Tail soft plastics were one of the better performers.
The stretch between the lakes saw mangrove jacks and tarpon going for honey and orange/gold coloured Savoy Shads.
Last but not least, mud crabs were on the move in Weyba Creek, up around the car ferry crossing and at Johns Landing.
The Lake MacDonald Bluefin Bass Electric Competition was a hotly contested event on Sunday with 18 anglers weighing in a total of 24 bass on the day. Outright winner was Jesper Noiesen (below) with a two bass weight of 2.1kg. Jesper tempted his fish by long casting and slow rolling Luckycraft spinnerbaits up around the 'Three Ways' weed beds.
The only other bass hot spot of note was around the Pump House where Jackalls and small gold LittleMax blades got most of the attention. The inaugural Hobie Bass Kayak Fishing Competition was held on the lake at the same time and in this event the winning pair of fish, measuring 40cm and a 31cm, were caught and released by local angler Rob Cooke.
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