As at Monday July 20, 2008
With the light to moderate west south westerly winds quickly flattening
what was left of the rolling swell, conditions on the local reefs just got
better (if still still rather chilly) as the week progressed.
Most reef species were reported to be on the bite, but it was the snapper
and pearl perch that were in excellent numbers at most locations.
Dan Halls from Mackay (above) was out wide of Chardon's Reef on Saturday on a full day Cougar One charter when the snapper came on the bite and, although it doesn't look like it in the photo, he had a marvelous time reeling in some quality 5kg to 6kg 'Knobbies'. And on the same charter, Irene Robertson from the Gold Coast (below) was very happy to boat one of the standout fish on the day. The rest of the catch, by the way, was squire, moses perch and teraglin jewfish.
Closer in, North Reef produced pearl perch, parrot fish, lots of teraglin jewfish and, as you can see by the photo below, more quality snapper. Davo's staff member Daniel Hollis was out there early on Sunday morning with his father Jed when he boated his personal best 'Knobby', a very nice 6kg specimen. He was armed with a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 combo loaded with 30lb braid and 80lb mono leader. His bait? A whole pilchard floater on 6/0 ganged hooks.
Apart from that, Sunshine Reef was the spot for moses perch, teraglin jewfish, squire and of course, quite a few snapper.
ONSHORE: The North Shore stretch was the pick of the coastal surf beaches this week with whiting, bream and dart well spread and going for beach worms and pippie baits. There were also snapper, tailor, bream and the odd jewfish reported taken from the rocks at Double Island Point. Over on the east side, Castaways Beach produced bream, as did Sunrise beach but with the added bonus of tarwhine and big dart. The only other report of note was of whiting at Peregian Beach.
Flathead were the highest profile species in the river this week and although they were still well spread, the best results came from the lower estuary. The river mouth and, as you can see by the photo above, the Frying Pan produced most of the larger fish as local angler Dick McClymont (above) discovered on Thursday. Dick caught and released the thumper 92cm Lizard he's pictured with and kept a smaller 68cm specimen for the dinner table. His bait? Davo's pilchards.
|Bream were also in good numbers throughout the
system with the hot spots being the Noosa Marine Village, the Woods Bays
and the river mouth. Brooke Russell (above left) fished from the banks in
'The Bays' with frogmouth pilchard baits on Thursday afternoon and caught
half a dozen keepers, the 37cm, 800gm specimen she's pictured with being
And Mandy (above right) was fishing at the river mouth the day before when her 'froggy' bait attracted her 750gm bream.
The river mouth sure was popular with fish and anglers this week. In the afternoon there were a few chopper tailor taken on floated pilchard baits while in the morning, from mid tide through to the top of the tide, luderick were on the bite off the rocky point at the car park. Based on his experience there the day before, Matt Flett (above) calculated that the blackfish were going to come on the bite around 10.15am on Tuesday and sure enough, he got his first hookup at 10.17am on the knocker. During a hectic three hour session Matt caught over a dozen of these feisty sports fish with his standout (not pictured) tipping the scales at roughly 2kg. Last but not least, there were jewfish (to 75cm) chasing Savoy Shad lures up around the Tewantin ferry, a few quality whiting taken in the Munna Point area, while in the Woods Bays; the odd trevally and tailor were still responding to surface poppers in the morning.
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald bass were chasing Blades in the waters opposite the Botanical Gardens while at Borumba Dam the resident bass were scattered through the timber over the weekend, and were very flighty.