As at 9pm Monday 10th February 2003
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The after affects of cyclone 'Beni' (where do they get these names?) continued
on from last week with strong
South Easterlies, rain and a 2.5m swell gradually moderating as the week
progressed. Saturday, in fact, could be considered the first fishable
day (if you wanted to fish Laguna Bay) while Sunday's 10 to 15 knot South
East/North East wind pattern presented the first realistic opportunity
to tackle the outside reefs. Most anglers, understandably, were content
to stay reasonably close to home base with North Reef being by far the
most popular destination, producing the odd Marlin hookup, Squire, Parrot
Fish, Honeycomb Cod and as you can see by the photo on the right, quality
Sweetlip. Tewantin angler Mike Reynolds boated this 4kg specimen on 'North'
yesterday morning while on a half day Cougar
One charter. He was kitted out with a Gary Howard rod and an Alvey
725C reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline. Apart from that, the pelagic
action was mostly at Sunshine Reef where Spanish Mackerel to 15kg (see
Page Two) were on the bite.
ONSHORE: Like offshore, the coastal surf beaches were pretty much a no go until later in the week. Whiting were the predominant species and were in good numbers and size. Apart from that, Sweetlip (with a few good keepers in amongst the small fry) were on the bite up towards Double Island Point while Marcus Beach yielded Tarwhine and small Dart.
In the river, the bread and butter species (Bream, Whiting and Flathead) confined themselves to the lower estuary with the best results coming from down at the mouth (including the Frying Pan), Weyba Creek, Munna Point and the back of Noosa Sound (where Trevally and Mangrove Jacks were active), plus up around Harbourtown at Tewantin, which also produced Trevally. Above left we have Rory (left) and Lee (right) Mangan-Smith with a couple of the Trevally thay caught on live Prawns at Munna Bridge yesterday morning. Apart from these 750gm and 1.4kg specimens they had three others and a 360gm Whiting in the bin, having earlier caught and released a couple of Bream and a small Mangrove Jack. And local angler Dan Turner, above right, was understandably pleased with the 1.75kg Mangrove Jack he landed in Noosa Sound around lunchtime yesterday. He was kitted out with a 2-4kg Gary Howard rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 3500 reel loaded with 8lb line. The bait that did the deed was a live Herring on a No.4 Tarpon hook. Apart from that there were Tailor and small Trevally on the go in the Woods Bays towards the top of the tide while the freshwater scene was quiet.
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