As at Monday December 5, 2011
OFFSHORE: Ah well. The light to moderate variable northerlies were with us until Thursday lunchtime when the fresh to strong south easterly change came through and dusted the place up a bit. Apart from the southerly swing (which cooled things down a bit) and a slight increase in swell, however, there was little or no improvement in the offshore fishing scene.
There were no reports from out wide with most boaties sticking to the middle reef belt. This strategy didn't really achieve much apart from save on a bit of fuel, with just average catches of squire, sweetlip, moses perch, pearl perch and the odd Maori cod reported at Chardon's Reef. North Reef performed a bit better, producing moses perch, cobia, pearl perch, coral trout, squire, estuary cod and, in respectable numbers, teraglin jewfish. With no real trophy fish to boast about this week we prevailed on Mike Fisher, skipper of Trekka 2, to dig out a few of the average reefies that were taken on yesterday's half day charter to North Reef. Above, Debbie Thorley from Cinchilla was happy to pose with a couple of teraglin jewfish.
And from the same charter, Aaron Millward, Peregian Springs (above) decided to get into the frame with his estuary cod.
Closer to home, Laguna Bay was pretty quiet with just the odd grass sweetlip and cod on the bite at Hall's Reef.
On a more positive note, Gary Norris from the Noosa Boat Fishing Club went out this morning before the winds picked up again and reported lots of large bait schools (with birds working them) on both Sunshine Reef and across Laguna Bay.
The photo above? Local angler Mark Arnall got the hookup and thrill of a lifetime while fishing the first ski run at Tewantin last Tuesday morning. Mark was working with a 75mm Berkley Power Bait hoping to scare up a school jewfish when his 4lb Fireline Exceed braid started peeling off his little Stella 1000 reel at a great rate of knots. Mark had to chase this fish to retrieve line a number of times before he managed to somehow tire what turned out to be an 11.5kg cobia, and get it to the side of his boat. It may have been a river capture but, as the fish was only visiting, we've put it in the offshore section.
ONSHORE: The North Shore coastal beach stretch saw some quality whiting on the bite up towards Double Island Point, especially around the corner on the Rainbow side away from the blustery south easterlies. Whiting were also active at, and up to 3kms north of, Teewah (as were bream, dart and tarwhine) and just north of the third cutting where a few tailor were taken at night. The only other reports were of snapper and jewfish at Yaroomba and Coolum beaches and rocks.
In the estuary, bream, whiting, flathead, tailor and trevally were active in and around the Frying Pan and down at the river mouth. Scott Morris from Brisbane (above) boated this 1kg+ flathead in the Frying Pan around lunch time on Tuesday.
Graeme Williams from Mossy Point in New South Wales had an absolute ball on Thursday morning while on a group charter with Noosa River Fishing Safaris. First up, down at the river mouth, he boated (on soft plastics) a golden trevally (below left), then later he picked up a 37cm bream in Weyba Creek, below right. Then further up the creek not long after, a 47cm mangrove jack (above) engulfed his well cast Gladiator Prawn lure. All fish were released after a quick photo.
|Mangrove jacks were on the prowl along The Snags
after dark and around in the Woods Bays, where trevally, tarpon and school
jewfish were also active at night. James Orr, below, fished the outer Woods
Bay midway through the incoming tide on Tuesday night and, using a live
biddie as his draw card, caught the 52cm mangrove jack he's pictured with.
The waters around the Sheraton Bridge were worth considering for trevally,
flathead and (at night with Gladiator Prawns) for tarpon.
Apart from that, mangrove jacks and GT's were on the bite around the Noosa Harbour Marina, the first ski run and, along with flathead and school jewfish, further up at Lake Cooroibah. Live baits, Savoy Shads and River2Sea Flexi Babe vibes worked well there. The waters from Johns Landing to the mouth of Lake Cootharaba yielded jacks and the odd threadfin.
On the freshwater scene, bass were scattered in the weed beds from Three Ways to Toga Bend with a few big yellowbelly (caught on spinnerbaits) amongst them. Saratoga were also seen prowling and feeding near the surface but they were not responding to artificial lures. The only other report was of small bass going for live shrimp baits along the Bubble Trail.
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