As at Monday January 10, 2011
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OFFSHORE: Ah well, the lousy weather set in on Thursday night as forecast and from that point on we were hammered by 20 to 30 knot south easterlies and drenched with almost non stop rain. The bad news was, from Friday onwards the offshore scene was a total washout. The good news? Up till that point conditions were pretty much as good as they get, and being around the new moon cycle, the fish (both the pelagic and the reef species) were well and truly on the bite.
If you weren't looking to go too far, Laguna Bay was a worthwhile option with snapper to 5kg and Spanish mackerel to 9kg on the bite around Jew Shoal and, as you can see by the photo above, grass sweetlip on the prowl at Hall's Reef.
Damian Humphreys and Jason Armstrong worked Hall's on Wednesday morning using mackerel tuna and yakka fillets and boated over half a dozen of these quality 'Lippers', top weight 4kg, before heading back to Davo's for a weigh-in.
Sunshine Reef, however, was once again the major hot spot, producing yellowfin tuna, sweetlip, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, red throat emperor and, as you can see by the accompanying photos, coral trout and heaps of Spanish mackerel. Brad Hawkins (above) boated these 2.5kg and 3kg 'Trout' while out there on a half day Trekka 1 charter on Tuesday.
And on the same trip, Emanuele Mansueti from Italy (above) was absolutely delighted when he boated a 9kg Spaniard.
There were heaps of Spaniards in the 5kg to 7kg range boated on Sunshine Reef (mostly out wide) so John Parker's fish, at 12kg (above) was one of this week's standouts. John was out there on Thursday morning with a couple of mates doing a spot of bottom bashing when his trevally floater was monstered by the quality specimen he's pictured with.
A little further out, Chardon's Reef yielded mahi mahi, cobia, squire and moses perch.
On Thursday, on their last trip before the bad weather set in, Cougar One spent a full day at Double Island Point where they got their clients onto cobia, spotted mackerel, sweetlip, coral cod, Maori cod, pearl perch and Spanish mackerel.
The coastal surf beaches were very hard work but a few determined anglers
persevered. Most reports from the North Shore, though, were of catfish well
spread in numbers and a few but quite reasonable whiting north of Teewah.
Across the bay the rocks at the National Park headland yielded the odd snapper
while the only other report of note was from further south, at Coolum Beach,
where quality whiting were responding well to live beach worms.
As you can see by the photo above, the river is still a dark murky brown colour and full of fresh water. As a result, most of the action was still concentrated in the lower reaches on the run-in tide. Izaiah Schwerin (above) worked the Frying Pan on Tuesday and, using a bloodworm coloured Squidgy Wriggler, caught and released the nice flathead he's posing with.
The Woods Bays and the back of Noosa Sound also held fish with trevally, bream, grunter bream and school jewfish all responding well to 'Pumpkin Seed' coloured Gulp Minnow soft plastics. Gladiator Prawn lures also got a bit of attention as Riley Thompson (above) found when he fished the back of the Sound to the lower end of Weyba Creek around dusk on Friday. Riley caught and released tarpon, pike eel, a number of GT's and the 41cm mangrove jack he's pictured with.
The freshwater scene is a total non event at the moment with both Lake MacDonald and Borumba dams full to capacity and spilling. Lake MacDonald is also very murky and the Borumba Dam access roads continue to be impassable.
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