As at Monday August 25, 2014.
| OFFSHORE: There was
a lot of mumbling and grumbling about the lousy weather this week but the
reality is, we've had it good for so long that a wet, windy week just seemed
like eternity. We needed the rain, of course, but we could have done without
the blustery 20 to 25 knot+ variable southerlies that brought it here. The
wild and woolly conditions literally shut down the offshore scene (outside
the relative shelter of Laguna Bay) from Wednesday afternoon onwards.
Having said that, we do have an offshore report of sorts. Wild Thing gave it a shot on Wednesday, targeting North Reef on a half day morning charter just before the weather turned ordinary and the rain set in, as forecast. It wasn't exactly a TGO out there but it was certainly fishable and they came back with a few sweetlip, moses perch, squire and pearl perch. Dallas Richmond from Torquay in Victoria (above) is pictured with a standout pearly from that charter.
Apart from that, all the action was in Laguna Bay with massive schools of baitfish (see photo above) on the move about 100 metres out from the river mouth and throughout the bay. Under them, and attacking the massed bait balls as soon as the sun hit the water, were northern bluefin tuna, mackerel tuna and some good size queenfish. A few juvenile spotted mackerel were also in the mix. An unusual sight was the large numbers of pelicans in on the action.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a bit of a mess and not the most exciting place to be this week so its no surprise that there weren't too many reports from that sector. On the North Shore, the waters near the Freshwater camp ground produced chopper tailor, tarwhine and quality bream to 45cm while tuna were within easy casting distance of anglers on the middle rock groyne on Main Beach. Down south, Yaroomba Beach produced jewfish to 10kg.
|In the river, the lower estuary produced some
pretty good fish in some fairly ordinary conditions this week. Bream, flathead,
cale cale trevally, school jewfish, big-eye trevally and tailor were on
the bite (on and off) down there most of the week. Local angler Grant Budd
(above) caught and released a 65cm jewfish at the mouth on Tuesday morning
on the latter half of the run-out tide. He was using a Gulp soft plastic
as his draw card. We got some nice photos of the fish, and afterwards, the
successful release. To view the lightbox/slideshow of the full size sequential
photos, simply click on any of the smaller photos above.
And when the heavy rain came down on Friday, Tahlija Redgard and her boyfriend Mick Campbell (above) simply put on their wet suits and wet weather gear and fished the river mouth without a care in the world. About 3.00pm (in the latter half of the run-in) the baitfish came through in mega numbers from the bay, followed by the pelagics and pelicans, and by 4.00pm (casting metal slug lures) our dynamic duo had a couple of cale cale trevally and one tailor in the bag.
|There were a few tailor on the chew out on the
river mouth groyne with the odd Greenbacks attacking whole pilchard baits
over the last few days. Earlier in the week, though, they were mostly choppers.
Local angler Stephen Fitzpatrick (above left) is pictured with a chopper
tailor which he tempted with a whole pilchard bait from the end of the rock
groyne on Thursday morning. He'd just got onto a school when the surf ski
paddlers came through and dispersed them.
Further upriver, little Mikayla Muir from Brisbane (above right) could only just reach over the safety rail in Noosa River Fishing Safaris vessel 'MV Becky' but that didn't stop her getting into the bream on Sunday afternoon. She boated this 36cm specimen near the 'Sand Bags' or 'Pillows' on a whole prawn bait.
The Woods Bays certainly didn't disappoint the faithful this week with GT's (chasing micro jigs), quality bream and golden trevally all on the bite there. Nine year old Jeremy Host (above) wasn't put off by the weather on Saturday, which was a good thing. He fished the Woods Bays in the rain and was rewarded for his efforts with this 71cm golden trevally. His bait? Live soldier crab. As a well earned bonus he also won this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
And Mel Hay from Nambour (above) caught this quality 70cm (2.6kg) flathead on a half pilchard tail bait in the Woods Bays just after lunchtime on Tuesday.
|Last but not least, Lachie Deveson from Brisbane (above) caught a few nice bream in the outer Woods Bay on Sunday afternoon. He was on a Noosa River Fishing Safari at the time. Weyba Creek was the spot for bream and whiting while flathead and bream were on the bite around the mouth of Lake Doonella and, together with school jewfish, along the first ski run. Six year old Tyler Wood (above right) is pictured with a 35cm bream that he and his dad caught on a whole prawn bait up near Lake Doonella on Friday. This fish was very much alive and kicking and was released back into the river shortly after he had his photo taken. Bream and flathead were also active at the mouth of Lake Cooroibah while the stretch between the lakes was good for the odd jewfish. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald bass were responding well to Little Max Blades and soft plastics along the Bubble Trail and around Runway Point.|
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