OFFSHORE: Although the
offshore week got off to a rather shaky start, the blustery fresh to strong
(20 to 25+ knot) south easterlies and associated
3m+ seas and swell fortunately ran out of steam well before the weekend
From Friday on, in fact, the pattern was pretty much as follows; a bit
of bluster in the early morning before the winds steadily dropped away
and the conditions on the outer reefs came close, at times, to TGO.
Not many boats ventured too far out although
there were reliable reports of plenty of quality Snapper on the grounds
up at Double Island Point.
The middle reef belt was, however, the most popular destination with Massoud's
Reef producing Spanish Mackerel and Snapper while the ever faithful North
Reef area was the spot for Maori Cod, Sweetlip, Moses Perch, Parrot Fish,
Pearl Perch, Squire and, as you can see by the photo above, Spotted Mackerel.
Andrew Battelley from Jimboomba and David Spencer from Scarborough were
out there on a 3/4 day Cougar
Too charter on Saturday when they got onto a school of these
feisty pelagics. Both anglers were bottom bashing at the time and hooked
their fish down deep.
Laguna Bay saw some action as the murk became a bit patchy with Spotted
Mackerel around Little Hall's Reef and in numbers a klick or two north
of Jew Shoal. The 'Shoal' also yielded the odd Snapper on soft plastics.
ONSHORE: The coastal
surf beaches were certainly more attractive this week with the stretch
from Teewah to the top end on the North Shore producing well. The waters
just north of Teewah were good for Bream and top quality Whiting while
some excellent gutters north of 'Freshwater' yielded quality Bream on
live Beach Worms.
Over on the east side, Tarwhine and Whiting were the high profile species
with best results coming from Marcus Beach (where Dart were also on the
bite) and North Peregian Beach which produced Bream as an additional bonus.
In the estuary, most of the action was still around the bottom end with
Flathead, Whiting and Bream active in the Frying Pan and Trevally, Tailor
(on chrome slugs) and, as per the photo above, Flathead on the bite in
the more turbulent waters of
the river mouth.
Local angler Joh Mullin was fishing from the bank there on Friday morning
when the 1.8kg 'Lizard' he's pictured with jumped his Mullet flesh bait.
He was armed with a Shakespeare threadline combo loaded with 15lb line.
The Woods Bays were also a worthwhile option with trolled lures, soft
plastics and live baits accounting for Trevally, Bream and Mangrove Jacks.
There was also a bit of Mangrove Jack action around the Sheraton Bridge
(together with Sweetlip) while Flathead, Mangrove Jacks and Bream were
on the prowl in Weyba Creek.
Apart from that, Flathead were responding to drifted Whitebaits and live
baits in the the stretch from Munna Beach to Tewantin.
Last but not least, the Noosa Waters canals were worth a shot for Mangrove
Jacks as local angler Chris Brinkley (right) discovered on Thursday night.
A floated fresh Mullet bait was all it took to attract this specimen which
Chris released straight after this quick pic. He was armed with a Shakespeare
Ugly Stik and a Penn 420SS reel loaded with 8lb Platinum line.
On the freshwater scene, Borumba Dam is now overflowing (which is a good
thing to see) and most of the Bass action this week was concentrated around
the edges of the main basin and up into the Yabba Arm.
The latest Noosa Bar crossing photo, as of last Thursday,
has now been posted. To check it out, CLICK