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The fresh to strong south easterlies just won't go away. Even though the
weather bureau continued to insist that the winds were abating, there were
no signs of that up this way. The first half of the week, in fact, was dominated
by 25 to 30 knot winds and at best, as the week wound to a close, they dropped
just below the 20 knot mark.
Not too many boaties braved the rather blustery conditions (made even less inviting by a rolling 2m offshore swell and seas) and only a small number reported catches that made the effort worthwhile.
Brisbane angler Goran Talijan (above) decided to give it a go this morning and, together with a mate, took a run to Chardon's Reef. Fortunately there were a few reefies about and after boating some quality Moses Perch and this 4.5kg Coral Trout, they headed back in. His feedback on conditions out wide? Not for those with faint hearts or weak stomachs.
The only other report of note was of Sweetlip responding to floated Pilchards and jigged soft plastics at Little Hall's Reef.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were worth targeting with the light surf gear this week with Yellowfin Bream in good numbers around the southern end of Teewah Beach on the North Shore. Bream were also in good numbers at Marcus Beach over on the east side while at Sunrise Beach, Whiting were the standout species, particularly around low tide.
The Noosa National Park headland was another worthwhile option with Jewfish on the bite there earlier in the week after dark. Bream and Whiting were also in numbers there with Winch Cove and Tea Tree Bay producing best results.
Estuary Cod were everywhere in the lower estuary system this week with one angler reporting catching and releasing thirteen of these voracious predators in one session. Flathead and Bream were in pretty good numbers along the Noosaville stretch and down at the river mouth (where they responded well to drifted Whitebait) and in the Frying Pan.
The Frying Pan, in fact, was a major hot spot this week with a good cross section of species on the bite.
Local lads Nathan Zahn and Nathan Thorn (above) hit the jackpot there around midday yesterday when their Prawn baits attracted Bream (to 510gm), Whiting (to 450gm) and a 1.5kg Trevally.
And this morning they were back there again, but this time boating four Flathead in the 1.5kg to 2kg range.
The Mangrove Jacks were also out in numbers with best results coming from around the back of Noosa Sound (along with Trevally and Tarpon), around the rocks near the Sheraton and in amongst the snags at the Woods Point. The Jacks were also very much the high profile species around the snags from the Woods point to the river mouth. Tim Ross from Kedron did well in that stretch on Thursday morning when his Pilchard floaters attracted the attention of these 1.6kg and 1.7kg specimens.
Apart from that, Chopper Tailor were chasing surface poppers around Munna Point and up along the Tewantin ski run.
On the freshwater scene, all of the action was at Borumba Dam (which is now at 70% capacity) where the resident Bass were responding well to soft Jackalls around the points of the main basin and the Saratoga were going for surface poppers in the upper reaches of the Kingham and Yabba arms.