As at Monday July 7, 2008
OFFSHORE: Those boaties who got out over the bar earlier in the week made the most of the new moon phase and the relatively calm conditions created by the light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) west south westerlies. From Friday onwards, however, it was all over, with rain laden, moderate to fresh (20 to 25 knot) south easterlies curtailing any further activity.
Conditions were pretty chilly out on the reefs but there were few complaints from those who managed to get in ahead of the change.
'Out wide', the Barwon Banks produced squire, pearl perch, parrot fish, moses perch, hussar, small cobia and, as per the photo at the top of the page, snapper.
Young George Hood was out there on a full day Cougar One charter on Tuesday and was happy to pose with one of the 3kg specimens he boated on the day.
Closer in, North Reef was still firing reasonably well, yielding snapper, squire, sweetlip, moses perch, pearl perch, parrot fish and, as you can see by the photo below, quality coral trout.
Karl Vander Heyden tempted this thumper 7.25kg 'Trout' with a live yakka while out there on Tuesday morning.
Laguna Bay was an easy option for the small boats and kayak fishermen. Little Hall's Reef was the spot for the smaller snapper and sweetlip, as was Jew Shoal but with the added bonus there of Spanish mackerel. Noosa yak angler Bill 'Billybob' Watson (above right) was out there on his Swing Angler fishing kayak on Tuesday and in a three hour session trolled up a 1.5kg snapper and these 8kg and 12kg Spaniards. He was armed with a 6kg-8kg Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano 4500 Baitrunner reel loaded with 20lb Fireline and 40lb Seaguar leader.
ONSHORE: Results from the coastal surf beaches were a bit limited with most of the action coming in the first half of the week. The North Shore stretch was good, when it fired, with quality whiting and plenty of dart around the wilderness camp ground. The surf gutters 5-10 km's north of Teewah were good for bream (to 1kg), whiting and, after dark, tailor to 3kg.
Across the bay, there were some excellent whiting on the bite at Tea Tree Bay in the Noosa National Park while further south; Sunshine Beach produced a few flathead and Marcus and Marcoola beaches were good options for quality bream and dart. The only other reports of note were from North Peregian Beach where tarwhine and whiting were the standouts.
The river fished quite well this week and with the Davo's Holiday Bream Competition in full swing it was no surprise to see lots of kids out there chasing the big one.
James and Ryan Dunn (below) were happy with their 550gm entries which have seen them get a firm grip on third place at the moment.
The lads caught their fish down in Noosa Sound using mullet gut as their draw card.
Bream quite were well spread although the current competition leader (at 800gm) was taken up around Harbourtown on Friday.
Trevally were back in the lower system with a vengeance this week with the hot spots being the back of the Sound and, as per the photo above, Munna Point . Jason Zahn and Josh Findlayson got into them big time yesterday using soft plastics with fish to 2kg more the norm rather than the exception. And Tom Cels (above) caught and released this 50cm specimen on Wednesday night using a Gladiator gold fleck prawn lure as his draw card.
Apart from that, whiting were active near the Yacht Club and the odd tailor (to 1.4kg) was on the bite in Weyba Creek.
|And just a
reminder for all you fishing mad kids under 15 years of age.
The Davo's Holiday Bream Competition has nearly one whole week to go so you're still in with a chance to win the first prize of $100.00.
Chandler Kamradt (right) is the current leader of the pack with the 800gm bream he weighed in at Davo's Bait and Tackle on Friday.
Final weigh-in time is Sunday July 13 at 12.00pm midday so you've got plenty of time to hook and land that winning fish!
Well? What are you waiting for? Go for it!