As at Monday July 13, 2008
It wasn't a terribly exciting week on the offshore scene with chilly, fresh
to strong variable westerlies dominating up until
the weekend. A 2m to 3m swell didn't help things either, making the bar
crossing less than exciting, even when the winds dropped back on Sunday.
A few hapless boaties, in fact, were rudely reminded how treacherous the
Noosa River bar can be, especially close to low tide. Needless to say, there
weren't many boats working the local reefs with the only reports of note
coming from North Reef where squire, snapper, pearl perch, sweetlip, teraglin
jewfish, cobia and moses perch were on the bite. Apart from that, Little
Hall's Reef produced the odd mowong and Maori cod.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were pretty much a no go zone for most of the week with wild surf and chilly winds deterring all but the absolute diehards from wetting a line. Consequently there were no reports of any note from anywhere.
The river at least offered a sheltered environment for anglers with plenty of spots to get out of the chilly winds. Flathead were well spread and in good numbers, particularly in Lake Cooroibah, along the Noosaville stretch, in Weyba Creek and, together with bream, around Munna Point and down at the river mouth. Kerrie Bensley (below left) was fishing in Weyba Creek on Sunday when her fresh prawn bait was taken by the 2kg 'Lizard' she's posing with. And Barbara O'Donnell (below right) used a frozen Davo's beach worm bait to attract her 2kg specimen down at the river mouth this morning.
As mentioned, bream were in good numbers in the lower estuary with best
results for the bigger fish coming from the river mouth and, as you can
see by the photo below, the Frying Pan. Melbourne visitor Greg Creaser
did well there with mullet flesh baits on Wednesday night, boating trevally
and four bream with the 800gm fish he's posing with being his standout.