As at Monday April 15, 2013
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|OFFSHORE: It was a
bit of a dud week as far as the offshore scene was concerned with fresh
to strong (18 to 25 knot) south easterlies and a 2.0m+ swell kicking in
from Thursday and dominating until late Saturday afternoon. And although
the winds dropped off quickly on Sunday, the bar crossing still a bit of
a challenge, so less than half the week could realistically be classified
as fishable. Those who got out earlier in the week, or today, were hoping
the pelagics were still on the chew in numbers but, apart from the odd bluefin
tuna reported in close at Sunshine Reef, there wasn't much action from that
quarter. As far as the reef fish were concerned, North Reef grudgingly produced
sweetlip, moses perch, black tip reef shark and small snapper while at Sunshine
Reef the rather meager catch consisted of venus tusk fish, mowong, black
tip reef shark and gold spot cod. In Laguna Bay, Jew Shoal yielded the odd
grass sweetlip while the waters from the shark nets out from the mouth and
across to the Halls' Reef stretch saw a bit of mack tuna and longtail tuna
activity this afternoon.
ONSHORE: The baitfish activity just outside the bar and inside the mouth attracted, among other things, some sizeable schools of small reef sharks. These hungry noahs weren't in the same numbers inside the mouth as last month but they still made their presence felt as Jill Egan (above) discovered on Tuesday morning. Jill, visiting from the UK, was fishing the river mouth on a Noosa River Fishing Safari when this small whaler took a liking to her whole prawn bait.
|There wasn't very much feedback from those anglers
fishing the coastal rocks and beaches this week with one exception being
the river mouth rock groyne. The outer end seemed to be firing quite well
and whenever I was down there for the daily bar crossing photo there was
something going on. Around daylight on Saturday morning there were some
good size tailor on the bite and a couple of hours later, Maria Toman from
New Zealand (above left) landed this quality bream. On Sunday, Terry Martin
(above right) landed a number of keeper size choppers and released a few
juveniles. Both anglers were using pilchard baits.
Flathead were in excellent numbers in the stretch of water along the river mouth car park rocks, across to the lower North Shore and along the outer edge of the lower Frying Pan. Dominique Woodmore from Victoria (above) caught and released this nice lizard in that area while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari on Thursday afternoon. Other species on the bite down that way were good size whiting, GT's, big eye trevally, golden trevally and, at night, quality tarpon.
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