As at Monday January 24, 2011
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OFFSHORE: With 20 knots+ south easterlies
forecast (correctly) for the weekend most anglers focussed their attention
on the weekday sessions, with the afternoons (around the full moon) working
well. North Reef was a popular destination and on most days, well worth
the effort, producing teraglin jewfish, moses perch, sweetlip, hussar,
cobia, pearl perch, Maori cod and, as per the photos below, mahi mahi
and snapper. Jack and Rob Allen from Brisbane (below) booked a 3/4 day
2 charter to North Reef on Wednesday and were delighted to
boat the 8kg 'Dolly' their pictured with.
|ONSHORE: Apart from
catfish, there was no feedback from North Shore coastal beach stretch this
week. There was a bit more activity, however, across the bay where, around
Winch Cove and the Fairy Pools, spangled emperor, bream, tailor and flathead
were going for pilchards. Further south, bream and tarwhine were on the
bite off the rocks at the south end of Alexandria Bay while bream and quality
whiting were responding to prawn baits at the northern end of Sunshine Beach.
In the estuary, there was still plenty of murky, fresh water about so the river mouth continued to produce the goods on the run-in tide with (if you could ignore the catfish) plenty of bream and flathead on the bite. Stephen Strickland from Brisbane (below left) was fishing down there on Friday when his floated whitebait was taken by the 61cm 'Lizard' he's pictured with.
|The Woods Bays fished quite well this week although
the shovel nose rays were out in numbers and put any light tackle to the
test. Mangrove jacks (to 45cm) were on the prowl both there and in the back
of Noosa Sound and were responding well to hard body lures and live fish
baits. James Orr (above right) was fishing in 'The Bays' yesterday afternoon
with his buddy Bob Jeynes from Davo's
Compleat Angler when his live diver whiting bait was taken by
the 'Jack' he's posing with. Yellowfin bream and javelin fish were also
active in the Woods Bays as Alexander Capiaghi and Kai Marshall (below)
found on Wednesday. The two amigos were on the water early and tempted this
900gm 'Grunter' with a squid bait.
Apart from that, school jewfish were taken on Gladiator 'Slim Jim' lures along the second ski run above Tewantin and, as you can see by the 1.8kg 'Muddy' that Frenchy's holding below, mud crabs were on the move up near the ferry crossing.
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