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As at Friday July 29, 2016.
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ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were looking a treat this week and the local surf angling fraternity (and families) were out in force. The continued presence of chopper tailor was an added incentive with good catches reported from Coolum upwards. Marcus Beach was a good option for bream and tarwhine during the day while Sunrise Beach produced tailor in numbers early in the morning and Sunshine Beach excelled in the afternoon. Cast metal slug lures and pilchards worked best. On the National Park headland, Hell's Gates was the spot for snapper to 60cm plus more tailor around dusk. Spanish mackerel were spotted and even hooked there but no one reported landing one. Around from there, squire were on the bite at the Fairy Pools and the Boiling Pot while Little Cove was good for bream and whiting at first light before it got busy. On the North Shore the tailor were well spread, although the best reports were from the surf gutters between the First and Third Cuttings.
Luderick or Blackfish
In the estuary, the river mouth continued to produce the bread and butter species such as bream and flathead plus the odd tailor and good size golden trevally. As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago the vast majority of the goldens (and 100% of the bigger ones) are worm infested so best released. The luderick, of course, were still very much on the bite around the slack tide and Coolum Cabbage was the bait of choice. Local angler Billy Budd (above) hooked and landed this quality blackfish within five minutes of setting up at the Sandy Cove end of the river mouth car park rocks yesterday. He hooked up again as I was leaving so looked like doing well.
I popped down to the river mouth about an hour and a half before high tide on Saturday morning. Johhny Cobb (above left) already had two luderick in his keeper net but it had been quiet for the last twenty minutes. I hung around chatting for half an hour before he got another hookup. Filmed it then headed home for a bite to eat. And Brian Smith (above right) was on a roll with the luderick at the river mouth on Tuesday morning so I grabbed the video camera out of the car and got a bit more footage. He decided not to use his landing net and instead opted to tire the fish out before swinging it up and out of the water onto the bank. He dropped a couple in the process but I managed to film his technique for posterity. He had three fish in the keeper bag by the time I had to go so he too looked like having a good session
Tailor Flathead
Bream and flathead were also active in the Frying Pan and, together with golden trevally and tailor, in the Woods Bays and at Munna Beach. Our old mate Cliff Grey (above) was in his usual spot on Munna Beach when I dropped by on Tuesday morning. He'd been busted off by a good fish and at this point had a keeper bream plus this tailor in the bucket. It went for Cliff's usual bait, a piece of mullet. Not far from there the GT's were responding well to surface lures around first light at the Munna Point Bridge and (along with big eye trevally at night) along the back of The Sound. Weyba Creek was a good option for bream, flathead, tailor, cod and more trevally. Zac Portelli from Melbourne (above right) caught this 68cm flathead on a whitebait in Weyba Creek on Friday afternoon while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari.
And Kye Barth from Melbourne (above) caught and released this 80cm flathead in Weyba using a herring bait. He was on Saturday's Noosa River Fishing Safari.
Tailor and Trevally
Last but certainly not least, Shane Wagner (above) was out and about on Sunday afternoon, enjoying the beautiful weather, when he hooked up in Weyba Creek to a nice tailor which lived to fight another day. He was armed with an FJ Stradic reel, 3kg braid, Nordic Stage Gunslinger rod and 6kg Sunline FC Rock leader. His lure? A Samaki Boombait. He didn't mention what the trevally went for. Apart from that, flathead were on the bite in Lake Doonella and in the ski run shallows at Tewantin.
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