OFFSHORE: Variable northerlies once again dominated
the offshore scene and brought with them predominantly calm conditions
on the local reefs until the strong south easterlies arrived on Sunday
it was a pretty productive week for the blue water brigade with snapper,
squire, pearl perch, moses perch and hussar common to most of the visited
In addition, out wide, The Hards produced parrot fish and dolphin fish
while the Barwon Banks yielded Maori cod and a few rosy jobfish.
Dragi Majstorovic (top of page) was at the 'Banks' on Friday on a full
One charter when he boated the 5kg+ 'Knobby' he's posing with.
And, from the same charter, Matthew Johnson and Michael Eather (below)
were happy to pose with a few of the quality pearl perch and more average
snapper taken on the day. Closer to home, North Reef was good for the
common species mentioned earlier while Sunshine Reef was the spot for
snapper (on soft plastics) and Spanish mackerel (average 85cm) on trolled,
shallow diving, hard bodied lures. Apart from that, Spanish mackerel (est.
10kg) were on the prowl within 500 metres of the National Park headland
and cobia were responding to trolled pilchards not far out from Granite
Bay. Local angler Daniel O'Brien (above) trolled up the 12.5kg cobia or
black kingfish he's pictured with there on Thursday morning using a pilly
on a Davo's Spaniard Special troll rig as
his draw card. He was kitted out with a Silstar rod and a Rovex threadline
reel loaded with 20lb line.
Last but not least, Jew Shoal, although mostly quiet, produced the odd
sweetlip, bonito, longtail tuna and small snapper.
ONSHORE: Although conditions were good to
excellent on the coastal surf beaches there were unfortunately no reports
from our regular sources who were either having a break from fishing,
or away from the area on holiday.
Things were deadly quiet in the river this week despite the fact that
there were plenty of anglers out there having a go.
Having said that, there were a few tailor on the bite down at the river
mouth around high tide with pilchard baits getting best results.
The only other reports of note were of whiting and bream active along
the Noosaville stretch and better quality whiting at Culgoa Point (at
night) and in the Woods Bays.
And it was in the Woods Bays that six year old Tewantin angler Bailey
Tobin (right) hit the jackpot on Saturday.
Bailey was fishing with live yabbies when his bait attracted the attention
of the 500gm elbow slapper he's happily posing with.
On the freshwater scene the Borumba Dam bass were responding to spinnerbaits
around the timbers while at Lake MacDonald most of the bass were caught
around the entrance to the botanical gardens bay (90% were under size)
on gold Jackalls and Littlemax 1/2 oz blades.
Sue Fleming (below) caught and released a couple of the better (33cm and
35cm) specimens on gold Littlemax blades on Wednesday. These fish, by
the way, represent the size of the adult bass population of the lake at