As at Monday August 1, 2011
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OFFSHORE: There were no real surprises on the offshore scene. Light to moderate variable southerlies at the beginning and end of the week, moderate to fresh from Thursday till Saturday. Most days were fishable, although results were a bit patchy at times. Some anglers lucked it and were in the right place at the right time, others worked very hard for a feed.
The swell hit the 1.8m to 2m mark mid week but had little effect on the bar crossing. Out wide was a tad lumpy at times but the less than glassed out conditions were no deterrent for those keen on a feed of fresh fish. The Barwon Banks were certainly worth the effort, producing moses perch, venus tusk fish, pearl perch and a few quality snapper. Scott Twigge from Tewantin (above) was out there on a full day Cougar One charter on Saturday and had the distinction of boating the the heaviest and (by far) the ugliest fish of the day when the 6kg 'Knobby' he's pictured with took his pilchard/squid bait.
For those prepared to go the distance, Double Island Point was the spot for quality red emperor, amberjack to 17kg, pearl perch in the 3kg to 4kg range and snapper to 8kg. Closer to home, the fish weren't necessarily as large but, of course, neither was the fuel bill. Chardon's Reef yielded cobia (around the 15kg mark) and snapper, as did North Reef but with the added bonus of sweetlip, teraglin jewfish, moses perch, mowong, pearl perch and, as per the photo above, red emperor.
Michael Gee from Pomona boated this 57cm (3kg+) specimen while out there on a Cougar One charter on Tuesday.
North Reef was also good for the odd standout 'Knobby' as Tania Martin (above) discovered last Monday afternoon. Tania was fishing there with local legend Craig 'Chicko' Vella and racked up her first ever snapper capture with this 7kg snodger.
Sunshine Reef was quiet but Laguna Bay warmed up a tad with big northern bluefin tuna on the prowl at Jew Shoal (along with small snapper) and over on Hall's Reef where sweetlip were also active. Jason Armstrong (above) fished Little Hall's on Wednesday and while he lost a bigger tuna, was very happy with the 11.7kg longtail he nailed on his live yakka floater.
North Shore stretch saw some good action this week with quality dart spread
all the way to the top end. Bream, tailor and whiting were also active up
there, while further down, tailor were on the bite after dark (on the top
of the tide) at Teewah and (with fish to 2.5kg reported) near the river
mouth. Whiting were also active there, out towards the bar.
Across the bay, big bream were on the prowl around Granite Bay, off the Fairy Pools and at the northern end of Alexandria Bay. Further south, bream to 1.5kg were on the bite at Sunshine Beach and, together with whiting and quality dart, at Sunrise Beach. Last but certainly not least, chopper tailor were on the bite at the northern end of Peregian Beach.
In the estuary, the luderick were feeding at the river mouth car park rocks in the afternoon, but as the high tides peaked later each day they became less enthusiastic. With the high tides now peaking mid morning, however, they should be back in numbers up to and over the weekend. Also in that general area, the Frying Pan was the spot for bream and tailor, as was the river mouth but with the added bonus of whiting and flathead. David Colthorpe from Auckland, NZ (below left) caught and released a 73cm flathead at the mouth earlier in the week while on a Noosa River Fishing Safaris charter.
|The better whiting and bream were taken
in the Munna Flats area while the Woods Bays produced trevally, chopper
tailor, flathead and bream. Eight year old Niamh Melrose from Auckland,
New Zealand (above right) caught and released this 35cm bream (on a floated
pilchard bait) in the outer Woods Bay while fishing there with Noosa
River Fishing Safaris.
A few good tailor (and the odd trevally and school jewfish) were working the Munna Point Bridge stretch later in the week as yak angler Ian Tagg found yesterday morning. Ian was trolling a paddle tail soft plastic from his kayak when it was hit by this 2.45kg greenback. With tailor currently Fish of the Week, he's also in with a chance to win a $25.00 gift voucher.
Flathead were very well spread throughout the system but the other standout 'Lizard' hot spots were up at the mouth of Lake Weyba, the Gympie Terrace stretch, out from the Noosa Harbour Marina and the Tewantin boat ramp and, together with bream, trevally, whiting and jewfish, along the first ski run to the car ferry. Local lad James Strachan (above) caught and released an 89cm jewfish at the ski run using a 'silver fox' coloured Squidgy fish soft plastic as his draw card.
Lake MacDonald was host to another round of the Bass Electric Series on Sunday and with 42 anglers competing it was a hotly contested event. Local angler Matthew Smith (above), however, was too good on the day, taking out not only the First Prize with his winning pair of bass totaling 2.59kg, but also the prize for heaviest fish with this 1.67kg specimen.
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