As at Monday December 12th 2005
Although the week got of to a bit of a rough start (with 20 knot+ north
westerlies making life a tad uncomfortable for the offshore brigade) conditions
improved quite dramatically from Friday onwards. The weekend, in fact,
was as good as it gets with light to moderate south easterlies and a hardly
noticeable swell providing the weekend warriors with a welcome bonus.
Squire, Snapper, Parrot Fish, Cobia, Moses Perch, Pearl Perch and Sweetlip
were common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, for those with
bigger boats and larger fuel tanks, 'The Hards' produced Maori Cod, Mahi
Mahi and Rosy Jobfish, while at Double Island Point the bonus species
(as per the photo below) was Gold Band Snapper. Elaine King from Pomona
boated this 6.9kg specimen while out there on a full day Cougar
Too charter on Saturday. She was kitted out with a Gary Howard
rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline.
A little closer in, Massoud's Reef yielded Maori
Cod while North Reef was the spot for Spotted Mackerel and, as you can
see by the photo above right, Spanish Mackerel. Local angler Chris Johnson
had just started trolling a Rapala lure out there around lunchtime
today when, after only 15 seconds in the water, it was slammed by the
9kg Spaniard he's posing with. He was armed with a Daiwa Sealine Powerlift
rod and a Penn GLS lever drag reel loaded with 15kg line. Sunshine Reef
was popular this week, producing the common species mentioned earlier
plus Striped Sea Perch, Shark and Red Emperor. Laguna Bay, apart from
the presence of the odd 20kg Northern Bluefin Tuna near the shark nets,
And.... make sure you get yourself a ticket to the Davo's 'Fishing for Mackerel and Tuna' night being held at the Noosa Heads Bowls Club this Thursday (December 15th) at 7.00pm. Guest speakers will be TV presenter Gary Howard and Nick Ball from River2Sea lures. Tickets are $5.00 per head and kids under 16 are free!
Tickets are available from Davo's Bait and Tackle, Shop 6, Noosa Homemaker Centre, Mary Street, Noosaville.