As at Monday June 27, 2011
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offshore scene was a tad ordinary this week. The swell was quite manageable
but the winds came from all points and were, more often than not, 'moderate
to fresh' rather than the forecast 'light to moderate'. The good news was
that when it all happened there were some productive, if somewhat short
lived sessions on the local reefs as the snapper came on the bite in good
numbers then suddenly shut down again after thirty to forty minutes of frantic
A few of the bigger boats ventured as far as the Barwon Banks and Double Island Point but came back with only average size pearl perch, moses perch, teraglin jewfish, Maori cod and snapper to 2kg. Closer in, North Reef was by far the most popular destination, producing sweetlip, cobia, mackerel tuna, pearl perch, moses perch, red emperor, venus tusk fish, northern bluefin tuna and, in short bursts, snapper (in numbers) in the 3kg to 4kg range. There was the odd standout as well as Ken Massey (above) discovered when he boated this 7kg+ 'Knobby' on a half day Trekka 2 charter this morning.
|Gary Norris from the Noosa
Boat Fishing Club (above left) fished North Reef last Sunday
and although he found it very slow and hard work, he eventually managed
to get onto a few good pearl perch, tuna and the 6kg cobia he's posing with.
And another club member, Craig 'Chicko' Vella (above right) fished there on Monday afternoon and as well as pearl perch, cobia, squire and a couple of small scarlet sea perch, attracted the 5kg red emperor in the photo with a live yakka bait.
Local lads Travis and Brett (above) did an overnighter at North Reef last Monday and stopped in at Davo's on the way home on Tuesday morning for a quick weigh-in and photo shoot. Their standouts were a 9kg cobia, a 3kg cod and a 2kg snapper. Sunshine Reef was the spot for northern bluefin and mackerel tuna while in Laguna Bay the mackerel tuna were on the boil just outside the river mouth. To a lesser extent, longtail tuna and the odd spotted mackerel were also reported.
Note: The Fishing and Fisheries Research people at James Cook University have tagged over 2000 sharks in Laguna Bay as part of a research project. If you catch one with a tag in its dorsal, as per the photo above, they would appreciate it if you'd note the information on the tag and notify them on 07 4781 5973. As a reward you'll receive a free project tee shirt.
Important: Queensland Fisheries Minister Craig Wallace announced yesterday that in lieu of further snapper closures the the recreational angler bag limit will be four snapper, instead of five, and only one of the catch can exceed 70 centimetres. The remaining snapper must be within 35cm and 70cm. The government has yet to name a starting date for the new laws.
|ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a bit more lively this week. The North Shore fired quite nicely with flathead, whiting and some quality dart on the bite in the waters from the first to the third cuttings. Bream, whiting and a few larger dart were active just south of Teewah while tailor to 2kg were on the prowl in the surf gutters around Freshwater. Further north, the rocks at Double Island Point produced sweetlip, dart, bream and small snapper. Across the bay, squire and big bream were taken at the Fairy pools and Hells Gates. Further south, the north end of Sunshine Beach yielded bream and chopper tailor, Marcus Beach produced whiting, dart and tarwhine while at north Peregian the catch was mostly whiting.|
|In the estuary, flathead and bream were
on the bite at the river mouth, the Frying Pan, the first ski run and near
the car ferry at Tewantin (as were moses perch) and at both ends of Lake
Cooroibah. Bream were also active at Jew Hole on the run-in tide. Steven
Douds from Northern Ireland (above left) caught and released over a dozen
Lizards at the first ski run while on a Noosa
River Fishing Safaris charter on Tuesday afternoon. Most of this
week's pelagic activity was centred around the Woods Bays. Matt Koch and
Trish Phengrasmy from Canberra (above right) are pictured with a GT (taken
on a Storm Chug Bug) and a 35cm bream they caught and released in the Woods
Bays late on Friday. They, too, were out with Noosa
River Fishing Safaris. They also released a couple of big eyes, a
few more bream and a couple of flathead.
The trevally were either fully on the boil or not feeding at all but according to Bob Jeynes from Davo's Compleat Angler, when The Bays fired up, it was without doubt the best trevally action seen there for a long time. There were a wide range of species on the bite; goldens, big eyes, GT's to 65cm and heaps of diamond trevally from 50cm to 78cm.
Surface poppers, Gladiator Prawn and River2Sea Gastronomic soft plastics, trolled deep diving minnows and Shad style hard bodies all got results. Local lad James Strachan (above) caught and released a variety of trevally in a couple of action packed early morning sessions using the ever popular SugaPen surface poppers, and Savoy Shads, on 4lb braid.
And that's not all! The tailor were in amongst the trevally and there was some quality fish on the chew. Riley Thomson (above) was in the thick of the action on Thursday morning and apart from catching and releasing a number of trevally, boated a 55cm tailor and the 61cm (2.5kg) Greenback he's pictured with. He was using a SugaPen surface popper, 6lb braid and 10lb mono leader. Apart from that, some good quality bream were on the bite around most of the jetties in the back of Noosa Sound, the Woods Bays and along the Gympie Terrace stretch. Oh, and the first luderick or blackfish capture of the season was reported at the river mouth car park rocks on Sunday the 19th, three days ahead of schedule.
|The Davo's Compleat Angler 'Fish of the Week' species is snapper. Competition ends at 6pm Friday, July 1.|
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