As at Monday March 5, 2007
OFFSHORE: Well, despite dire predictions from the so called weather experts, the much discussed cyclone didn't form and we weren't all blown away or inundated by flood waters over the weekend. It was, in fact, a beautiful week here in Noosa with excellent offshore conditions prevailing. Light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable winds and a 1.5m rolling swell saw plenty of activity at the local reefs although for some reason, few boaties ventured beyond the middle reef belt.
|North Reef was once again a very popular pick
drop, producing Pearl Perch, Moses Perch, Squire, Parrot Fish, Teraglin
Jewfish, Cobia, Sweetlip, Spotted Mackerel, Maori Cod and, as you can see
by the photos above, Scarlet Sea Perch and Snapper. Russ Jeffs from Sunshine
Beach (above left) boated the 4.5kg 'Knobby' he's posing with while out
there on a 3/4 day Cougar
Too charter on Sunday. He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre
rod and a Shimano TDL25 reel loaded with 25lb line. And on the same charter,
Gympie angler Denis Smith (above right) boated this 4.5 kg 'Scarlet'. He
was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded with
30lb line. The only other producer of note was Sunshine Reef which yielded
Snapper, Squire, Coral Trout, Northern Bluefin Tuna, Cobia, Spanish, Spotted
and Shiny Mackerel, Sweetlip, Moses Perch and Parrot Fish.
ONSHORE: With an earlier forecast of a 2m+ swell and semi-cyclonic conditions for the weekend it's surprising that anybody ventured onto the coastal surf beaches at all. As it was, the North Shore was all but deserted and the only reports of note were from Sunrise, Castaways and Marcus beaches where Tarwhine, Dart and Whiting were on the bite.
In the river, Whiting (on live Worms and Yabbies) were in good numbers throughout the system this week with best results coming from the mouth of Lake Cooroibah, around Goat Island, in Weyba Creek and down towards the river mouth where Flathead were responding well to live fish baits. Mangrove Jacks and Queenfish were chasing surface poppers in the Woods Bays and, along with Trevally and the odd Broadbarred Mackerel, around the Sheraton Bridge. Apart from that, the Munna Point Bridge produced a few Mangrove Jacks (live fish baits) while the better quality Bream were on the bite around the Noosa Harbour Marine Village. With the dams now reaching capacity the the freshwater scene was firing well. Borumba Dam didn't disappoint with the Kingham Arm yielding Saratoga and the Yabba Arm being the spot for Bass. Yellowbelly were also an option there. Lake MacDonald was very busy on Sunday with one of the early rounds of the Australian Bass Electric Tournament in full swing. Fifty six angler competed in this strictly catch and release event with the top spot going to Barry Oxford from Ipswich (above) with a combined two fish weight of 3.62kg. Barry, armed with a G-Loomis/Shimano baitcaster outfit and TN70 black/gold Jackalls, worked the stretch from Fry's Run the Eagles Bay to get his winning fish.