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| OFFSHORE: With
fresh to strong (20 to 30 knot) south easterlies remorselessly hammering
the entire coastline and 2m seas and rolling swells roughing up the waters,
the offshore scene was, without a doubt, a complete
non-event this week.
The only good news was the knowledge that the Spotted and school Mackerel were in good numbers and of good quality out on North Reef before the weather turned nasty. Martin Rush (above) from East Hawthorn boated this 4kg 'Spotty' while out there on a Cougar Too charter not long before the change. Anyway, at least it's something to look forward to.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were no place for the faint hearted this week but, having said that, there were still a few reports from the desperates and die-hards.
On the North Shore most of the action was around the township of Teewah where Tarwhine, Bream and Whiting were in respectable numbers.
The exposed coffee rock along the beach has been proving a trap for the unwary and travel should preferably be limited to two hours either side of low tide.
The only other producer of note was the rocks in the lea side of the Noosa National Park headland where Tarwhine and Moses Perch were responding quite well to floated Pilchard baits.
In the river, with freshwater again flushing into the system, the river mouth proved to be one of the best options for anyone looking to wet a line. The run-in tide was particularly productive with Bream, Mangrove Jacks, Trevally, Whiting, Estuary Cod, heaps of Catfish and, as you can see by the photo above right, Flathead on the bite.
Local angler Doug Andrew boated these two 'Lizards' (top weight 2.4kg) down there yesterday morning using Pilchards on 3/0 ganged hooks as his draw card.
He was armed with a Shimano spin combo loaded with 15lb line and 20lb wire trace.
And Graeme Wiseman from Maroochydore (below) was down there this morning with friends (and kids) when his drifted Whitebaits attracted the attention of the 1kg Blubberlip Bream and Golden Trevally he's pictured with. The Woods Bays were still salty enough for the ambush predators and those anglers canny enough to troll high profile lures like the ever faithful Gold Bomber reported Tailor (to 3kg), Trevally and, as per the photo above right, Mangrove Jacks in gratifying numbers. Young Harvey Lomas from Cooroy got the shock of his life on Saturday when his trolled Gold Bomber lure was monstered by the 1.5kg 'Jack' his dad's helping him hold for the photo. Harvey, who was paddling in a fishing kayak at the time, did well to boat his prize. Apart from that, Weyba Creek was the spot for Bream, Flathead and the odd Mudcrab while the Gympie Terrace jetties were still a good option for Bream.
On the freshwater scene, Borumba Dam is headed towards full capacity so most of the Bass and Saratoga action was reported to be on surface poppers and MegaBass Anthrax lures around the freshly covered grassy islands.