As at Monday June 4, 2012
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|OFFSHORE: The leadup to the inaugural Noosa River to Reef Family Fishing Classic wasn't ideal but fortunately by Friday the blustery 20 knot+ variable southerlies had eased to more manageable 10-15 knot nor' easters. Having said that, on Saturday the offshore scene had limited appeal for all but the bigger boats, the slightly insane and a few absolute diehards. Fortunately, Sunday's light winds and, at times, glassed out conditions made it all good again.|
| Travis Meyer (above) and his good buddy Phil
(not pictured) didn't have one of the bigger boats so we'll assume they
slot into one of the other two categories mentioned. Anyway, suffice to
say that they were only one of four boats that went offshore and the only
one that overnighted on Sunshine Reef on Friday. It wasn't terribly pleasant,
apparently, but the lads' plans to also spend Saturday night out there were
stymied by heavy rainfall which dumped about 80mm to 100mm of rain overnight
and threatened to overwhelm their bail and bilge pump capacity. After heading
home for a few hours sleep, though, they motored back out around first light
on Sunday and fished Sunshine Reef again before calling it quits around
lunch time. I'd like to report that they cleaned up but the fishing was
slow and the bad news was that Travis was the only one who boated any keepers.
The good news, of course, was that his best fish, the 79cm (4.845kg) 'Knobby'
he's posing with, won Senior 1st Prize for the biggest snapper, as did his
tusk fish, while his sweetlip got him 3rd prize for that species.
As you can see by the photo above right, he was well and truly loaded up with booty by the end of the day, collecting $1100.00 worth of tackle and Davo's gift vouchers. Other reports from Sunshine Reef were of a few pearl perch to 46cm and plenty of juvenile Maori cod. Hall's Reef produced snapper to 46cm.
|ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were hard yakka over the competition weekend with a strong sweep in the leadup to today's full moon phase making life difficult for even the most experienced anglers. Teewah Beach on the Noosa North Shore saw most of the action but there were no real standouts with the top tailor prize going to a 62.5cm fish. Tony Guilk blitzed that category and all his fish (and some of the best dart) came from down at the river mouth end of Teewah Beach. Some of the better quality whiting came from up around freshwater while at the top end the standouts were dart, whiting and small bream. Across the bay, the National Park rocks produced small snapper like the 395mm fish, below left. There were no reports from the beaches further south.|
|With the river part of the competition being strictly catch and release there was a lot of coming and going from the estuary anglers over the weekend. As best we can tell, the Woods Bays, the Noosa Harbour Marina and the ski runs were favourites for trevally, tailor and mangrove jacks while the river mouth and the Frying Pan yielded bream, flathead and whiting. The Gympie Terrace jetties and beaches, of course, saw lots of kids working hard for the many bream and whiting they ultimately weighed in. With over three hundred entrants in the initial competition it augurs well for next year with new sponsors already on board.|
|Last but certainly not least, the $27,000.00 boat, motor and trailer package was won by a very excited Tewantin Angler, John Le Noury, left in photo below.|
|The only report from the freshwater scene this
week was that Lake MacDonald was murky and full to overflowing with many
of the bass lost over the spillway.
Oh, and if you'd like to see a video clip of some of the weekend catches, and releases, and a birds eye of the prize giving, JUST CLICK HERE.
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