As at Monday June 1, 2009
| OFFSHORE: With the
swell and winds dropping away rapidly at the start of the week the scene
was set for some very fishable conditions on the local reefs. The weekend,
unfortunately, was a tad blowy but (as they say) you can't have it all.
There were no reports of anyone hitting the wider marks with the middle reef belt being far enough for most local boaties.
North Reef was a popular option, producing teraglin jewfish, squire, moses perch, pearl perch, Maori cod, cobia and spotted mackerel while over on Chardon's Reef the standouts were mackerel tuna, pearl perch, parrot fish, Maori cod, hussar and, as per the photo on the right (courtesy of Noosa Blue Water Charters), snapper.
Close to home, Arkwright Shoal was the spot for sweetlip and cobia while Sunshine Reef yielded Maori cod, squire, parrot fish, shiny mackerel, northern bluefin tuna, snapper and coral trout. Mark North (top of page) was out there on Saturday when his yakka bait was taken by the 3kg 'Trout' he's posing with. He was armed with a Nitro Godzilla rod and a Shimano Calcutta 400 reel loaded with 15kg braid. And local lad Josh Ross (below) was out there the day before and, floating out a live bait, boated his 6kg 'Longtail' just on the turn of the tide.
Last but not least, there was a bit of snapper, sweetlip and mackerel tuna action around Jew Shoal in Laguna Bay.
ONSHORE: As the swell dropped away the action on the coastal surf beaches improved virtually overnight. Dart, tailor, flathead, whiting and lots of bream were on the bite on the North Shore, especially about midway up Teewah Beach while on the east side, bream were well spread and in good numbers up and down the coast. In addition, Sunrise Beach produced dart and tarwhine, as did Sunshine Beach but with the added bonus of whiting (at the northern end) and the odd snapper. Apart from that, south Peregian Beach was the spot for chopper tailor while the Coolum rocks yielded sweetlip.
Although the river was still pretty murky there was still enough action to keep most anglers happy, with the entrance to Noosa Waters and the river mouth being worthwhile spots to target bream and whiting (with peeled prawns) on the runout.
Further up, the lower Weyba Creek area produced grunter bream and flathead (on live yabbies) as did the Munna Point Bridge stretch but with the added bonus there of trevally on lures. The real action, however, continued to be in the Woods Bays where trevally (on clear minnow soft plastics), tailor (to 3kg on Savoy Shads), mangrove jacks (to 2kg on hard body lures) and the better quality bream (on prawn baits) were all on the bite. Afternoons seemed to get best results this week.