As at Monday August 31, 2009
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With the week dominated by variable northerlies
there were a few rather hot days on the local reefs.
The swell was pretty small, mostly in the 0.5m to 1m range, and those boaties who took advantage of the lighter winds earlier in the week got the best of it ahead of the weekend's more blustery, and consequently less fishable conditions.
Noosa Blue Water Charters took a run to Double Island Point on Saturday before the winds really picked up in strength and with a following wind on the way back it was a quick trip home. Snapper, moses perch and parrot fish were on the bite on and off during the day but the highlight was a sizeable school of cobia that hung around long enough for most anglers to get a shot at them. Brian Smith and Danny Graham (above) boated a couple of the standout 8kg and 10kg fish.
Out wide, the Barwon Banks produced snapper and plenty of quality pearl perch while closer in, North Reef was the spot for Maori cod, tea leaf trevally, pearl perch, coral trout, teraglin jewfish, squire, quality snapper and cobia. Andre Potappel (above) was fishing there on Saturday when his live yakka bait was taken by the 5.8kg 'Knobby' he's happily posing with.
And a couple of days earlier, Ray Lockitt from Brisbane (above) was out at North Reef on a half day Cougar One charter when he hooked and boated this standout 10kg cobia or black kingfish. The only other report of note was from Sunshine Reef which, although the going was pretty slow, yielded squire, moses perch, teraglin jewfish and the odd grass sweetlip.
ONSHORE: With still no swell to speak of on the coastal surf beaches conditions were pretty flat and good surf gutters as rare as gummy shark teeth. On the North Shore, dart were in reasonable numbers wherever there was good water while the rocks at Double Island Point produced a few quality tailor.
The river mouth rock groyne on Main Beach was the spot for the odd snapper, the National Park headland rocks yielded quality bream, and further south, whiting and chopper tailor were taken from the rocks at North Sunshine Beach. Apart from that, tarwhine and whiting were biting at Sunrise Beach and at Marcus Beach the standouts were bream and dart.
In the river, whiting and bream were up in size and numbers with particularly good results for both species coming from down at the river mouth on the runout tide , especially towards low tide. Tailor and trevally were active in the Woods Bays with some serious boils in the inner bay at dusk today. Tailor and flathead were also on the bite at the Sheraton Bridge.
Apart from that, the only report of mangrove action was from Weyba Creek. Ashley Redpath (above) was fishing there on Wednesday night when his mullet flesh bait was monstered by the 1.5kg (cleaned) 'Jack' he's pictured with. He was armed with a Daiwa Tierra threadline combo loaded with 30lb Bionic braid and 60lb Black Magic leader.
On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam bass (to 46cm) were responding well to Blades and soft Jackalls around Horse Shoe Bay, the second yellow buoy and the Eagles Nest while saratoga (to 60cm) were going for olive Damsel Fly Nymphs (trout pattern) in the upper reaches of the Yabba Arm. At Lake MacDonald, Bass Bay and the Bubble Trail were both good options for the resident bass with Blades, soft plastics, live shrimp and Jackalls working well. Most of the fish caught and released were juveniles but Paul Fleming (above) attracted this 42cm specimen in Bass Bay last Sunday.
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