OFFSHORE: Although the
offshore week got off to a rather ordinary start, the 25 knot+ south easterlies
were already running out of puff. From Wednesday onwards, in fact, it
was pretty much full steam ahead for the blue water brigade.
There were still a few days when conditions were best suited to the die-hards
and desperates but just about every day was fishable with squire, snapper,
moses perch, pearl perch and parrot fish common to most of the visited
'Out Wide', the Barwon Banks were a viable option for the bigger boats
this week, producing (in addition to the common species already mentioned)
Maori cod, hussar, teraglin jewfish, samson fish and amberjack.
Robert Maxworthy and Darrell McKiernan (above) were out there on Cougar
One on Friday on Maxworthy Fabrications'
annual fishing trip and did well on the 'Knobbies' and 'A.J's'
with these fish being just a small sample of the catch.
Closer in, at North Reef, the bonus species were teraglin jewfish, sweetlip
and Maori Cod. Snapper were also in good numbers there as Luke Becroft
from Mudjimba (above) found during a half day Cougar
One charter on Friday morning. Luke rustled up this 4.5kg 'Knobby'
by jigging a soft plastic.
Sunshine Reef was a bit patchy but on the good days yielded snapper (to
4kg) while in Laguna Bay, snapper and cobia were responding well to soft
plastics out around Jew Shoal.
Blake Cole from Eumundi (above) was out there on Sunday jigging 5"
Gulp SP's when he hooked and landed this 7.5kg cobia. He was armed with
an Abu rod and a Shimano 4500 Baitrunner reel loaded with 20lb braid and
30lb mono leader.
ONSHORE: The coastal
surf beaches were a good option this week with the North Shore being well
patronised by locals and visitors alike. Bream, dart and whiting were
well spread from the river mouth to the top
end while tailor (1.5kg to 2kg) were on the bite in the surf gutters north
of Teewah, up around 'Freshwater' and at D.I., where tarwhine were also
The lower estuary system was well patronised, especially by the younger
anglers keen on taking out the prize for the top weight
bream in the Davo's Kids' Bream Fishing Competition.
As a result, bream were the hot ticket item this week with best results
coming from down towards the river mouth (where flathead were also active),
in the Frying Pan (on live yabbies), along the Gympie Terrace stretch,
around the back of Noosa Sound and in the Woods Bays where, as you can
see by the photo above, whiting were also biting.
Brisbane lad Jack Ainsworth hit the jackpot there on Thursday when his
prawn baits attracted the 450gm whiting and the 600gm bream he's pictured
The bonus for Jack was that the bream put him in equal third place in
the Bream Competition. He was armed, by the way, with a Jarvis Walker
As mentioned, the river mouth was a 'Lizard' hot spot as local lad Jack
Ashford (right) found.
Jack was down there with his trusty handline and prawn baits yesterday
morning when he hooked and landed the 1.5kg
specimen he's posing with.
Whiting and flathead were also on the bite in the Munna Point area while
around the back of Noosa Sound, trevally and tailor were chasing surface
poppers. Ryan Dunn from Kilcoy (below) was trolling a surface popper there
on Wednesday when it was monstered by this 1.5kg 'Chopper'.
Apart from that, the luderick (finally) came on the bite in good numbers
around the snags near the old dog beach (up from the river mouth), signaling
the start of the 'Blackfish' season. They were responding well to 'cabbage'.
Winners of the Davo's
Kids' Bream Fishing Competition:
1st Place: Chandler Kamradt (800gm)... $100.00 Davo's
2nd Place: Josh Ashford (650gm)... Bream kit, soft plastics, cap, DVD.
Equal 3rd Place: Jack Ainsworth and Ryan Dunn (600gm)... Bream kit, soft
plastics, cap, DVD.