OFFSHORE: There were no
complaints from the bluewater brigade this week. And no wonder. Light
to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable easterlies (with the odd north westerly
earlier in the week), at least one TGO and an offshore swell that went
from about 1m down to nothing as the week progressed, produced some pretty
good conditions on the local reefs.
The morning sessions were best, of course, ahead of the usual 15 to 20
knot north easterly sea breezes but those who planned their day around
these rather predictable conditions were more than happy with their time
on the water.
Squire, Parrot Fish, Pearl Perch and Moses Perch were common to most of
the visited reefs. In addition, Massoud's Reef produced Sweetlip and Estuary
Cod while at North Reef the extras were Teraglin Jewfish, Maori Cod, Sweetlip
and, as you can see by the photo above, some quality Snapper.
John Carmichael, Phil Riley and John North (pictured) were out there on
a three quarter day Cougar
Too charter on Sunday and, apart from the usual reefies mentioned
earlier, got onto a few 3kg and 4kg 'Knobbies'.
Closer in, Sunshine Reef fired quite well, yielding Cobia, Snapper, Red
Emperor, Estuary Cod, Yellowfin Tuna and Sweetlip while in Laguna Bay,
Jew Shoal had Snapper chasing soft plastics and Hall's Reef was the spot
ONSHORE: Results from the coastal surf beaches
weren't exactly awe inspiring but there was at least a feed to had had
for those who made the effort. The North Shore stretch produced mostly
Dart and Whiting while up at Double Island Point, Trevally were the bonus
species. Over on the east side, the only report of note was of quality
Bream at Sunshine Beach.
In the river, Whiting were (at times) in good numbers and of excellent
quality with best results (along with Trevally, Flathead and Bream) coming
from the stretch from Goat Island to the sand flats opposite Munna Beach.
On the Gympie Terrace side, Flathead were responding to soft plastics
along the Noosaville stretch, Trevally were chasing surface poppers and
Whiting were also biting in close at the Munna Beach caravan park.
Yandina lad Nathanial Jensen (above) was fishing there with his grandparents
on Saturday morning when this 650gm elbow slapper (his biggest Whiting
ever) swallowed his live Yabbie bait. He was armed with an Alvey Estuary
combo loaded with 8lb line. Apart from that there were Flathead (to 65cm)
chasing soft plastics in the Woods Bays and a bit of Mangrove Jack activity
around the Munna Point Bridge and in Weyba Creek.
Further upriver, the stretch between the lakes was particularly productive
with Flathead, Mangrove Jacks and, as per the photo above, Tarwhine and
Bream all on the bite. Noosaville lad Taylum Lamb boated the 600gm Tarwhine
and 650gm Bream he's posing with yesterday morning using live Prawns as
his draw card.
Last but not least there are a few Garfish schools in the system so if
you're after some quality live bait you'd best cast your net around the
weed beds in Weyba Creek or in the area just below the Tewantin ferry.
By the way. There have been a number of Barramundi reported in the system,
more than likely flushed out of the smaller impoundments and lagoons upriver
during this year's big rains. Fish to 7kg have been confirmed but please
note, it's closed season on this species from Nov. 1, 2007 until Feb.
1, 2008 so if you catch one, take a quick pic and put it back.
On the freshwater scene, all the action was at Borumba Dam with Saratoga
and quality Bass responding to hard and soft Jackalls in the main basin.
Saratoga were also on the go at the top of the Yabba Arm where spinnerbaits
and Mega-Bass Anthrax lures got most of the attention. As if that wasn't
enough, the waters either side of the Eagles Nest (around the 10 to 20
feet water mark) yielded Yellowbelly and Bass on spinnerbaits.