As at Monday August 11, 2008
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It was a terrific week on the offshore scene here at Noosa even though the
light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) south westerlies were responsible for some
rather cool conditions. Around dawn and dusk,
in fact, is was very, very chilly but on the upside, the predominantly light
winds brought with them glassy seas with little or no swell.
Squire, parrot fish, moses perch and pearl perch were pretty much common to all of the visited reefs. In addition, the 'Hards' produced snapper, hussar and rosy jobfish while at the Barwon Banks the bonus species was amberjack.
Closer in, Chardon's Reef was the spot for snapper and Maori cod, as was North Reef but with the added bonus of teraglin jewfish, sweetlip, mowong, northern bluefin tuna and cobia.
Rick and Leo (above) were out at North Reef on a 3/4 day Cougar One charter on Friday when they got onto a good patch of 'Knobbies' (pictured) in the 5kg to 7kg range. And on the same charter, Tegan Pringle (below) was one of a group that boated a bin load of 7kg-8kg northern bluefin tuna and topped off her day by landing the 7kg cobia she's posing with.
North Reef fired well for most of the week as Roy and Suzie (below) discovered on Saturday. They were out there with Greg from Davo's Bait and Tackle and while it was a bit slow at first, got onto a few Maori cod, snapper (to 5kg) and sweetlip (to 2.5kg) before heading home. They were armed with Shimano Baitrunner 6500 combos loaded with 25lb line.
Apart from that there were a few snapper on the bite at Sunshine Reef and spotted mackerel chasing metal slug lures at Little Hall's Reef in Laguna Bay.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches really turned it on this week with some great surf gutters up and down the North Shore stretch attracting tailor in numbers that haven't been seen there for over three years. The waters north of Teewah were particularly productive with bream, tarwhine (to 1kg), jewfish (to 6kg), whiting and dart an added bonus.
There was also a bit of pelagic action up around Double Island Point with one happy surf angler landing a 15kg Spaniard.
Local tailor fisherman Ian 'Tinny' Treloar (above) was working some excellent surf gutters about 6km's north of Teewah on Thursday night when the tailor came on the bite and in a hot couple of hours loaded up his esky with fish in the 1kg to 2kg range.
He was armed with a SnyderGlas custom surf rod and a Pen 850SS reel loaded with 20lb line to a wire trace. His bait? Bonito and tailor fillets on 2x5/0 ganged hooks.
Over on the east side, Castaways Beach was a good spot for dart, as was Sunrise Beach but with the added bonus of quality bream.
Marcus Beach was the only other producer of note with tarwhine and whiting being the standout species.
In the river, with the waters still quite murky, the lower estuary worked best on the run-in tide.
Flathead were still on the bite up around Tewantin (along with bream) and were in pretty good numbers down at the river mouth.
Luderick were also in good numbers and responding well to 'cabbage' down around the river mouth car park rocks and up along the snags at the old dog beach.
The rest of the action was from trevally and mangrove jacks in Noosa Sound and from tailor, jewfish and trevally at dawn and dusk in the Woods Bays which was where Connor O'Brien (above) tempted this 50cm 'Trev' with a Rapala X-Rap lure.
And last but not least, young gun Tom Cels (above) got good results with a Gladiator Prawn lure on Saturday, catching and releasing a 59cm trevally in the back of Noosa Sound and later in the Woods Bays, a 63cm jewfish (pictured).
He was kitted out with a 1kg-2kg Nitro rod and a Shimano 1000 Sustain reel loaded with 4lb braid and 12lb leader.