As at Monday January 30, 2012
OFFSHORE: Hooly dooly. It's been a while since the offshore scene was a 'no go' and while that wasn't quite the scenario this week, we came close to it. It was the wettest lead up to Australia Day for a long time and the fresh to strong winds made life difficult enough for the land lubbers, never mind those who wanted to wet a line in the true blue Aussie tradition.
The bar crossing was a bit of a challenge at times and the exposed reefs were definitely no place for those with weak stomachs. Fishing Offshore Noosa took a punt and ran a couple of half day charters to Sunshine Reef on Australia Day morning and while conditions were fishable (though wet and windy) the murk slowed the action down quite drastically. Having said that, there were still fish on the bite, in particular snapper, striped tuna, longtail tuna, sweetlip and moses perch, many of which were taken, before they could be boated, by the numerous sharks that were on the prowl in the dirty water. Arlette from Switzerland (above) was more than happy to pose with a couple of the snapper taken on Trekka 2.
And from the same charter, Brad Gould from Melbourne (above) is pictured with one striped tuna (or skipjack) and the head and shoulders of another that didn't quite make it past the hungry noahs. Not surprisingly, they also came back with a few small sharks (mostly hammerheads) for the dinner table. The only other reports were of striped tuna in Laguna Bay.
| ONSHORE: With a lot of
brown water spilling out of the river mouth the best results on the North
Shore came from the clearer water up towards Double Island Point. Dart and
bream were the dominant species there, while across the bay off the Boiling
Pot, bream were in good numbers. Further south, Marcus Beach produced dart
in numbers and chopper tailor.
The estuary was as dark and murky as it gets this week and with the fresh water still running out, the catfish were out in numbers throughout the system. Those anglers who were prepared to work the top of the tide got best results with the river mouth producing the odd whiting and flathead plus plenty of shovel nose rays. Bream were on the bite along the Noosaville stretch with the odd standout taken around the Noosa Harbour Marina. Weyba Creek was the spot for flathead, moses perch, bream and estuary cod plus the odd mangrove jack and whiting. Last but not least, Noosa Waters had barracuda (to 1m) and big eye trevally firing up at first light and mangrove jacks and tarpon on the bite at dawn and dusk.
|The video above? Well, we didn't have any photos to go with the onshore report this week (which is unheard of) so, with room to spare, we put together this video clip from the catch and release footage we'd archived over the last six months.|
|Background Music... 'Waves Of Ecstasy' From the Album 'Heart and Soul'... by Ian Cameron Smith... www.iancameronsmith.com.au|
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