As at Monday June 25, 2007
the offshore scene dominated by predominantly cold, sometimes wet, moderate
to fresh (15 to 25 knot) variable southerlies, most bluewater boaties chose
to stay home in front of the heater and watch re-runs of Rex Hunt and Fishing
Australia. The more determined anglers, however, weren't to be put off by
a bit of rain, the wind chill or the lumpy seas and when conditions permitted,
were adequately recompensed for their dogged perseverance.
Nobody ventured much beyond the middle reef belt, of course, with North Reef producing Sweetlip, Moses Perch, Parrot Fish and plenty of Snappery (av. 2.5kg) Squire. Closer in, Hancock's Shoal was the spot for Parrot Fish, Sweetlip and Squire while back up on Sunshine Reef the standouts were Railway Perch, Trevally, Moses Perch and, as you can see by the photo above, a Torpedo Scad. Young Jet Vella was out there on Wednesday with his dad, Chicko, when they hooked and boated this (initially) unidentifiable species. So, to put a name to it we ran a little online competition on this report page with the first correct, referenced entry receiving a free half day fishing charter from Noosa Blue Water Charters. Anyway, it was identified as a Torpedo Scad (Megalaspis cordyla), a species more at home in Asian and far North Queensland waters. Thanks and congratualations to Ken Watanabe who was first in with the correct identification. Last but not least, Laguna Bay was an option for the smaller boats with Spanish Mackerel chasing trolled live baits a few klms north of Big Hall's Reef. There were also large schools of Yakkas, Pilchards and Pike not far out from Main Beach.
The North Shore coastal stretch was certainly worth a look when the winds
took on a westerly aspect with Dart, Flathead, Whiting, Trevally and Tailor
on the bite near the second cutting.
The middle groyne on Main Beach was also worth a visit with Tailor (to 2kg) in good numbers. The occasional big Jewfish bust-off there managed to keep the chill out of the bones after dark.
Bream and Whiting were in good numbers around First Point while Granite Bay was the spot for Trevally and Bream.
On the east side; Dart and Tarwhine were the standout species at Sunrise, Castaways and Marcus beaches while Whiting and thumper Dart were in good numbers at Peregian Beach.
In the river, Flathead, Whiting and Bream were on the bite in the Frying Pan and down at the river mouth where, as you can see by the photo on the right, Tailor were also active.
Local angler Doug Andrew did well there yesterday morning with the 1.2kg and 1.7kg Choppers being his standouts.
Flathead were quite well spread, actually, with other 'Lizard' hot spots being Weyba Creek and the Munna Point Bridge where quality Bream and, as per the photo on the right, Trevally were also on the chew.
Local lad Josh Hampton was casting and retrieving a 10gm slug there on Saturday morning when he attracted the attention of this 1.5kg (cleaned) specimen. He was armed with an Ugly Stik and a Shimano spin reel loaded with 8lb line and 20lb trace.
Flathead were also on the go up around the Tewantin ferry (along with Bream, Trevally and Whiting) and in the Noosaville stretch where Bream and Whiting were (again) well represented.
And it was waters opposite the Noosaville Lions Park that Ryan Schuetz (right) boated the 350gm Whiting he's pictured with on Friday afternoon. Ryan, who was armed with a Jarvis Walker Marauder combo, used live Davo's Sand Worms as his bait of choice.
Last but not least, the Woods Bays were still worth a look for Trevally and Tailor with surface poppers and metal slug lures working best.
|On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam Bass were responding to Jackalls in the Main Basin, in the Borumba Arm and around the Eagles Nest while at Lake MacDonald, live Shrimp attracted Bass and Yellowbelly along the 'Bubble Trail'. The waters out the front of the botanical gardens produced some good Bass on soft plastics and tailspinners.|