As at Monday January 2, 2012
OFFSHORE: With the outside swell around the 2m mark and the south easterlies in the 15 to 20 knot range, conditions were far from ideal. It was certainly fishable though, if you had nothing better to do and were keen for a feed of reef fish.
Noosa Blue Water Charters did a run to the Barwon Banks on Tuesday while it was still feasible and came back with yellowfin tuna, venus tusk fish, snapper and moses perch. From Wednesday onwards, however, most boaties stayed pretty close to home. Along the middle reef belt, North Reef was the better performer, producing teraglin jewfish, moses perch, hussar, squire, Maori cod, spangled emperor and, as per the photo above, cobia. James Allt-Graham from Sydney was out at North Reef this morning on a Cougar One charter when he hooked and landed this 10kg black kingfish. Closer in, Sunshine Reef was the spot for sweetlip, hussar, coral trout (to 3kg), pearl perch, squire and 'just keeper' size Maori cod. In the bay, sweetlip and the odd spotted mackerel were on the bite on the edge of the murk line at Hall's Reef.
ONSHORE: The wind, swell and sweep made the coastal surf beaches a tad uninviting this week but as always there were a few hardy souls prepared to brave the conditions. On the North Shore the only reports though, were of dart (in numbers, if not size) about 5km's north of Teewah, flathead around the camp grounds and, up towards the top end, quality whiting. Across the bay, Tea Tree Bay was the spot for whiting and flathead while bream were on the bite in Granite Bay. Further south, Marcus Beach produced whiting and bream, as did Castaways Beach but with the added bonus of dart.
| With the increased number of boats in the estuary
there was the inevitable slow down in activity from some fish species. Flathead,
fortunately, didn't seem all that perturbed by the holiday traffic and were
still in reasonable numbers (as were bream and whiting) in the Frying Pan
and down at the river mouth. Charlie Green from Toowoomba, above left, boated
the 55cm flathead he's posing with at the river mouth on Tuesday afternoon
while on a Noosa
River Fishing Safaris charter.
Mangrove jacks, moses perch, bream, whiting and more flathead were on the bite around the back of Noosa Sound and in Weyba Creek. Danny Nathanson from Sydney, above right, fished the back of the Sound with Noosa River Fishing Safaris on Friday afternoon and is pictured here with a 52cm flathead he tempted with a whole prawn bait.
Weyba Creek, as mentioned, was one of the week's mangrove jack hot spots. Angelo Tseros from Sydney, above, caught and released this 50cm jack while fishing there on a NRFS charter last Tuesday morning. His bait? A small pilchard.
And in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Craig Cobb and his mate Jaryd (below) fished the lower Weyba Creek area using live fish baits and, before the sun came up, managed to boat three jacks. The top weight (caught by Craig) was 3kg.
And Jack Hughes from Coolum Beach (below left) was very excited when his live worm bait attracted the attention of the 380gm whiting he's pictured with. He was fishing the back of the Sound with his father on Friday morning.
The Woods Bays were relatively quiet although the odd queenfish and chopper tailor were on the active list around first light on some mornings. Further up, mangrove jacks, flathead and bream were on the prowl at Tewantin while the mouth of Lake Cooroibah was the spot for grunter bream and a few school jewfish. There was the odd surprise catch as well. John Little (below right) saw something sizable hammering the baitfish near his jetty in Noosa Waters on Friday afternoon so he cast out a whole small mullet on 2x ganged hooks (on a wire trace) and hooked the 3kg barracuda he's pictured with.
|On the freshwater scene, good bass
(to 48cm) and small saratoga were going for surface poppers in the early
morning in Borer Creek.
Paul and Sue Fleming from the Lake MacDonald Freshwater Fishing Club fished 'Macca's' on Wednesday morning and Sue is pictured on the right with a bass (which measured 42cm to the fork) that she caught and released at Three Ways.
Fish to 47cm were responding well to spinnerbaits in that area, especially around the weed beds.
Fry's Run also had bass chasing both spinnerbaits and Jackalls.
At the Bubble Trail and in the main basin, bass (to 43cm) and yellowbelly (to 47cm) were caught and released using 1/4oz blades and soft plastics.
| Hey! Just when you
thought it was safe to go back into Davo's Compleat
Angler, they go and announce they're having a huge Jarvis Walker 'Get
Set For Summer' sale.
The sale runs until January 31, 2012.
This means you've got plenty of time to get over the hustle and bustle of Christmas and still be able to indulge yourself well into the New Year.
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