As at Monday July 4, 2011
OFFSHORE: With moderate to (at times) strong variable southerlies hammering the coastline until Saturday morning it was a pretty short week for the blue water brigade. Yesterday and today, in fact, presented the best opportunities for locals and holiday makers and those who could get out over the bar made the most of the improved weather conditions.
The middle reef belt was as far as anyone cared to go under the circumstances. North Reef was, as usual, one of the better performers, producing teraglin jewfish, cobia, moses perch, pearl perch and plenty of average size (2kg) snapper.
Thomas Button from Victoria (above) was happy to pose with a couple of the pearlies boated during yesterday afternoon's Trekka 2 trip to North Reef. And Lindon Cripps (below) did the honours with a sampling of the snapper from the same trip.
Noosa Blue Water Charters ran a 3/4 day charter to The Coffees today and came back with Maori cod, teraglin jewfish, moses perch and a 7.5kg jewfish. Jim Francis from Auckland, below, was the lucky angler who boated the trip standout.
Apart from that, grass sweetlip were on the bite at the far northern end of Sunshine Reef while closer to home, the odd northern bluefin tuna and a few mackerel tuna (along with plenty of small noahs) were still on the prowl in Laguna Bay.
the coastal surf beaches were well patronised by the holiday crowds, we
weren't overwhelmed with reports from that sector this week. On the North
Shore, the surf gutters from the second to the third cutting produced some
quality dart, chopper tailor (and the odd greenback) and a few elbow slapper
whiting, while across the bay, the National Park headland rocks yielded
squire. Further south, whiting and dart were on the bite at Sunrise Beach
and at Marcus Beach but with the added bonus there of flathead in numbers.
North Peregian Beach was the spot for bream.
With the school holidays in full swing the estuary was alive with all manner of craft. All this on-water activity usually tends to shut the fishing down somewhat but it didn't seem to have much of an adverse effect on the catch numbers this week.
Flathead were in good numbers in the Lake Cooroibah channel, around the first ski run at Tewantin (along with tailor and bream) on the run-in tide, in Weyba Creek (as were small bream) and down at the river mouth where whiting and bream were also on the bite. Allan Read from Esperence (below) caught and released a 76cm and then an 82cm flathead down at the mouth on Tuesday morning while on a Noosa River Fishing Safaris charter. Both fish went for live herring baits.
Trevally weren't in the same numbers or anywhere near as active as last week but they were still making their presence felt in the outer Woods Bay (out from Ricky's), especially in the late afternoons. Gladiator Prawn lures worked well there and (after dark) around the Woods Point where mangrove jacks were an added bonus. Bryce Davis (below left) fished the 'Point' from the bank around 11pm on Wednesday night and was rewarded with a 2.7kg 'Big-Eye' and a 1.3kg 'Jack'.
|The back of Noosa Sound was also well worth
considering. Braiden Jeynes (above right) and his father Bob from Davo's
Compleat Angler were trolling the old tried and true 'teaser'
rig (this one an EcoGear CX40HS chasing a fly) on 2kg main line around there
on Friday when the fly component of the rig attracted the attention of the
tea leaf trevally in the photo.
Note: There are a lot of quality bream in the system at the moment and they've been hitting on lures like there was no tomorrow. Working well are Pontoon 21 Ga Ga Goons, Greedy Guts & Cracka Jacks and EcoGear SX40's and CX40HS.
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald bass (and the odd yellowbelly) were in numbers and going for shrimp baits along the Bubble Trail. Bass were also on the bite around Harry's Hut in the Noosa Everglades and in Borumba Dam. Travis Meyer (above) boated this 2kg specimen at Borumba on Friday morning using a LittleMax Blade as his draw card.
|The Davo's Compleat Angler 'Fish of the Week' species is trevally. Competition ends at 6pm Friday, July 8.|
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