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As at Monday February 20, 2012
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pic1 pic2 pic3 Crossing the Noosa Bar, Sunday afternoon, February 19, 2012.
OFFSHORE: Moderate to strong south easterlies restricted offshore activity to the shelter of Laguna Bay during the early part of the week. By Saturday, however, the winds were light to moderate, the skies blue, and the local reefs were overrun with all manner of craft.
Scarlet Sea Perch
Before the blow, Double Island Point was worth a look if you had a boat big enough to go the distance. Noosa Blue Water Charters spent the morning there last Monday, and while it didn't exactly fire, they boated moses perch, cobia, black tip reef shark and the odd scarlet sea perch. Kevin Crowley from Melbourne (above) landed the day's standout 10kg+ scarlet using a pilchard/squid combo bait.
Along the middle reef belt, North Reef was easily the most popular destination, producing moses perch, cobia (lots of 4kg-5kg fish with the odd 10kg+ fish in amongst them), pearl perch, Maori cod, a few spotted mackerel and quite a few 2.5kg to 3kg snapper. Corey Peterson from Woombye (above) boated his 2.5kg snapper at North Reef on Saturday morning while on a half day Trekka 1 charter.
Coral Trout Maori Cod
Sunshine Reef wasn't too bad an option this week with Spanish mackerel to 14kg taken on the troll plus tusk fish, sweetlip, coral trout and heaps of pearl perch and Maori cod (with lots of just legals returned) on the bite over the last few days. Damo (above left) from Fishing Offshore Noosa was happy to pose with one of the average size trout they boated there on Sunday. And Craig 'Cobber' Cobb (above right) boated a thumper 5kg Maori cod on a live yakka at 'Sunshine' just before the blow shut things down earlier in the week.
In Laguna Bay, Jew Shoal was the spot for grass sweetlip, skipjack and mack tuna while Hall's Reef yielded moses perch and sharks.
Permit, or Snub Nosed Dart
The North Shore coastal beach stretch produced good whiting (to 600gm) and dart in numbers this week with the better fish coming from the waters opposite the third cutting and from some good gutters about 5km to 6km north of Teewah. The only other report was from just below the first cutting where tailor (to 3kg) and permit or snub nosed dart were on the prowl. Peter Wise (above) and son Morgan were fishing there at sunset on Saturday when Peter's squid bait was taken by 10.2kg 'oyster cracker' in the photo.
Lower Estuary, Saturday February 18, 2012.
In the estuary, flathead, bream and whiting were on the bite in the Frying Pan and (together with golden trevally and mangrove jacks) at the river mouth. Paul Van-Miltenburg (below left) got the shock of his life on Tuesday morning while fishing from the beach at the river mouth groyne when his squid bait was massacred by the 3.4kg mangrove jack he's posing with. Considering Paul had never caught a jack before it was a pretty impressive debut. He also got smoked by another fish of similar size, if not bigger, so it was a fun morning.
Mangrove Jack Mangrove Jack
The Woods Bays produced trevally and tarpon on surface poppers and soft plastics (around first light) and mangrove jacks on live baits after dark. Tyler Purcell (above right), who was visiting Noosa from Gayndah, fished the outer Woods Bay last Friday night and was understandably pleased when, around 10pm, his live poddy mullet bait attracted the attention of the nice 1.9kg jack he's pictured with.
Tarpon Mangrove Jack
And around first light on Thursday, Adam Howe (above left) caught and released a 37cm whiting on the sand banks at the river mouth and tarpon (pictured) and trevally in the outer Woods Bay with a River2Sea Bubble Popper. He was on a Noosa River Fishing Safari.
Zeb Martin-Teale (above right) worked the Munna Bridge pylons last Monday night and picked up a 2.7kg jack with a fresh mullet fillet.
Weyba Creek was the spot for moses perch, mangrove jacks, bream, estuary cod and, as you can see by the photo above, flathead.
Young Oscar Daly, visiting his grandparents from Townsville, caught this 53cm flathead while drifting a live herring bait in Weyba Creek on a Noosa River Fishing Safaris charter on Saturday morning. Oscar was twice blessed because this great photo of his prize fish also won him the $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize. Apart from that, whiting were biting along the Gympie Terrace stretch while moses perch, bream, grunter bream and school jewfish were active in the waters from the Noosa Marina at Tewantin to the first lake.
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald bass (42cm to 45cm) were scattered throughout Three Ways and Fry's Run but they were slow to respond and only persistent casting (with spinnerbaits) got results. Earlier in the week it was too windy for surface lures.
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