As at Monday July 28, 2008
OFFSHORE: Moderate to
strong variable southerlies and 3m to 4m swells put paid to any thoughts
of venturing offshore for
most of this week.
The unfavourable conditions, however, did improve dramatically from Saturday night onwards with the swell and blustery winds dropping overnight.
With limited time on the water, few boats ventured further than the middle reef belt.
North Reef was once again the most popular destination, producing moses perch, squire mowong and, as you can see by the photo on the right, snapper.
Yvette from Brisbane was on today's 3/4 day Cougar One charter to North Reef when she boated this 4.5kg specimen.
She was kitted out with a Wilson M10 rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded with 30lb line to a squid/pilchard combo. Chardon's Reef was the only other producer of note with the bulk of the catch being quality snapper as per the photo on the right.
Local angler 'Chicko' and his son Jet were out there yesterday with a couple of friends and between them bagged half a dozen of these quality knobbies in the 6kg to 7.15kg range.
They were armed with Shakespeare rods and Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reels loaded with 30lb line. Their baits? Whole yakkas.
ONSHORE: With an impressive surf dump and a strong sweep the North Shore coastal beach stretch was pretty much a no go zone until Sunday when the winds and swell dropped away to a more tolerable level.
Even then it was pretty quiet with just the odd flathead, bream and chopper tailor coming mostly from the stretch from 'Freshwater' to Double Island Point.
With plenty of fresh water in the system the river was also quiet with a few flathead on the prowl around the entrance to Noosa Waters (along with the odd bream) and down at the river mouth.
Trolled lures and, as per the photo on the right, floated pilchards worked well there.
Local lad Aden Pesarini caught and released the 85cm 'Lizard' he's pictured with on Saturday morning.
Apart from that, trevally were chasing soft plastics in the lower Gympie Terrace area, whiting and bream were on the bite around Munna Point and Luderick were active around the snags near the old dog beach.
On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam bass were responding quite well to live baits in the 'Eagles Nest' area.