As at Monday December 15, 2014.
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|OFFSHORE: It was a
pretty short week for the bluewater boys with fresh to strong (20 to 25
knot+) south easterlies hammering the coastline from lunchtime on Thursday
onwards. The rain came down and the swell moved up quickly into the 2.5m
to 3.0m range, and from that point on, offshore was a no go zone.
Having said that, light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable northerlies, blue skies and a 0.5m to 0.75m swell provided some very fishable conditions earlier in the week and those boaties who managed to get the time off certainly made the most of it. The current was running hard, and from the north, out wide on the middle reef belt so it was a choice between strapping on the heavy lead or moving in close where it was less of an issue. Trekka 2 found a spot out of the current on the bottom of North on Wednesday. There was a bit of surface activity in that area as well so they targeted what turned out to be a school of spotted mackerel with metal slug lures until they moved on. Patrick Curtin and Oscar MacIsaac, visiting Noosa from from Melbourne (above), are pictured with a couple of the better quality spotties from that session. The rest of the catch on the half day charter was venus tusk fish, mowong and moses perch.
Chardon's Reef was a bit patchy and, like North Reef, the current was running hard. Wild Thing 2 targeted Chardon's Reef on Monday morning and found a school of mahi mahi or dolphin fish to keep their customers happy. James Wakefield from Brisbane (above) is pictured with one of the 'dollies' from that trip.
When the dollies moved on, Wild Thing 2 moved closer in to Sunshine Reef where they got onto a few venus tusk fish, moses perch and one standout coral trout. Eight year old Melbourne lad Angus Wakefield (above) was more than happy to pose with this colourful capture. Other species boated out that way during the week were pearl perch, collared sea bream, small amberjacks, Spanish mackerel, lots of juvenile red emperor and the odd yellowtail kingfish.
Jake Casaubon from Tewantin (below) tempted his 9kg+ yellowtail kingfish with a pilchard tail (down deep) on Monday's Cougar One charter to Sunshine.
The Spaniards were responding well to trolled rigs on the northern end of Sunshine Reef this week. Chris Lacey (below left), back in Noosa for the Christmas holidays, fished that stretch with local angler Mark Arnall on Wednesday. They picked up three Spaniards, all on trolled pilchards on Spaniard Special rigs.
|And Wednesday was a good day for local angler
Andrew Boyd, above right. Andrew got a double header in the same area as
Chris when the two Spaniards he's posing with hit both of his trolled hard
body lures at the same time. The lures? Two classics. A Gold Bomber and
a Halco Laser Pro White/Red Head.
In Laguna Bay, Jew Shoal was good for sweetlip, cobia, snapper and Spanish mackerel while the Halls Reef stretch produced longtail and mackerel tuna.
ONSHORE: The Noosa North Shore was pretty quiet. The only reports from that neck of the woods were of tailor to 65cm on the prowl in the surf gutters opposite the First Cutting. Noosa Main Beach was good for whiting all the way along although there were a lot of juveniles in amongst the keepers. There were also reports of the odd big longtail tuna cruising, but not caught, within casting distance of the rocks of the middle groyne. Tuna and small marlin were again reported close in off the Noosa National Park headland rocks while Hells Gate produced keeper jewfish on slab baits and soft plastics. Further south, the surf gutters from Castaways to Peregian were good for whiting (on low tide) as was Sunshine Beach but with the added bonus of a few quality dart.
The river mouth was relatively quiet this week but it still consistently produced bream, flathead, big eye trevally and, on the move between the mouth and Noosa Sound; tailor. Odie Bettison from Byron Bay (above) caught and released this 56cm tailor at the river mouth on Saturday morning while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari. His bait? Drifted herring. Some thumper yellowtail kingfish were seen prowling the river mouth car park rocks stretch (but not captured) in the latter half of the week and there have been reports of a spear fisherman illegally spearing a number of mangrove jacks in that area over the weekend. Local fisheries officers have apparently been notified and are investigating. Whiting were biting around the Frying Pan with the last of the run out tide and start of the run in working best. Strada Viral and Zip Baits Skinny Pop surface lures, plus live worms and yabbies all got good results there.
Bream and flathead were on the bite in the Woods Bays, around Munna Point and, together with whiting, cod and moses perch, in Weyba Creek. Further up, bream and the odd golden trevally were active along the Gympie Terrace stretch. Cameron Horwood from Sherwood in Brisbane (above) got the surprise of his life on Saturday afternoon when he hooked and landed this quality golden trevally while fishing from the bank at the Gympie Terrace boat ramp. It was around top of the tide. His bait? The all time golden trevally favourite; whole prawn. Cameron's quality fish and Colgate smile won him this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize. Apart from that, mud crabs were out and about around the Tewantin car ferry, the mouth of Lake Cooroibah and the stretch between the lakes. Also between the lakes; trevally were active in the lower reaches and mangrove jacks were in good numbers above Johns Landing.
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