As at Monday April 23, 2007
Well, well. It's been a while since we've had it as good as this. Light
to moderate (5 to 15 knot) south/south easterlies dominated the offshore
scene this week, and with little or no swell, many days were totally glassed
To add a bit of icing to the cake, the reef fish were well and truly on the bite with Pearl Perch, Moses Perch and Parrot Fish topping the list of the most common species boated. In addition, Chardon's Reef produced Maori Cod, Mahi Mahi (Dolphin Fish), Cobia (Black Kingfish), and Estuary Cod, 'The Hill' yielded Black Marlin and Estuary Cod while at North Reef the bonus species were Squire, Gold Band Snapper, Sweetlip, Cobia, Shiny Mackerel, Jewfish and, as you can see by the photo above, Wahoo. Local angler Alan Cope boated this 12kg specimen while out there on a half day Cougar Too charter on Sunday. He was armed with an 8kg Silstar threadline combo loaded with 15kg Platypus line.
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef fired quite well at times, producing (apart from the common species already mentioned) Shiny Mackerel, Maori Cod, Wahoo, Snapper and, as per the photo above, Coral Trout and Spanish Mackerel. Fishing buddies Chris, Terry and Ash hit the jackpot when they dropped the pick there on Friday morning with their standouts being three 4kg and one 5kg 'Trout' and two Spaniards weighing in at 9kg and 11kg. Their baits? Live Yakkas. Laguna Bay was a tad patchy with Barracuda and Northern Bluefin Tuna at Little Hall's Reef and Jew Shoal where Spanish Mackerel and Yellowfin Tuna were also on the bite. The area north west of the headland also had a few good Tuna boils.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a little bit quiet with the only reports from the North Shore coming from the area around Teewah where Tailor (to 2kg) and Tarwhine were on the bite and Dart and Whiting were in good numbers. Across the other side of the bay, Trevally and juvenile Queenfish were within metal slug casting distance from the rocks at Tea Tree Bay while further south, there were Dart at Marcus Beach, Whiting and Dart at Castaways Beach and plenty of quality Whiting at Peregian Beach. In the river, Flathead, Whiting and Bream were active down around the river mouth, at Munna Point and in the Gympie Terrace stretch. And it was from a lower Gympie Terrace jetty that local angler Matt Webb (right) hooked up with the 1.5kg 'Lizard' he's pictured with. Matt was fishing there last Monday afternoon using live Herring as his draw card. He was armed with a 7' Jarvis Walker estuary combo loaded with 6lb line. Flathead and Bream were also on the bite in Weyba Creek and up towards Lake Cooroibah while Tailor and Trevally were still active around the Munna Point Bridge and in the Woods Bays with slugs and surface poppers working best. Last but not least, the waters around the Noosa Harbour Marine Village at Tewantin yielded the odd Mangrove Jack as you can see by the photo below. Local lads Tom Cels and Mitch Tippet fished there on Saturday night and, casting and retrieving Ecogear 'Grass Minnow' soft plastics with weedless hooks, boated the two 1kg 'Jacks' they're pictured with. They were armed with Strudwick Sic Stiks and Shimano Stradic 1000 reels loaded with 3lb Fireline and 6lb leader.
On the freshwater scene, the lake MacDonald Bass (to 45cm) were responding to gold Jackalls in and around 'Bass Bay'.