As at Monday March 3, 2008
the fresh to strong south easterlies dominated the offshore scene this
week there were a couple of days which were settled enough for the keener
boaties to hit the reefs. It was a short and sweet interlude, though,
with conditions easing on Wednesday, almost glassing out on Thursday and
then blowing out again later on Friday morning.
|Massoud's Reef wasn't exactly on fire but
was still worth a troll for Yellowfin Tuna and the odd Spotted Mackerel
while closer in on Sunshine Reef the catch was mostly Sweetlip.
Apart from that, trolled lures accounted for the the odd Bluefin Tuna just out from the National Park headland while in Laguna Bay there were small Snapper and Sweetlip chasing soft plastics around Jew Shoal and Sweetlip at Hall's Reef.
ONSHORE: With the south easterlies blowing hard during the latter half of the week the coastal surf beaches weren't particularly well patronised by the weekend warriors. The North Shore was pretty quiet with the only reports of note being of Bream up around the Cherry Venture and Trevally, Squire and Jewfish from the rocks at Double Island Point.
Across the other side of the bay the rocky points from First Point to the Boiling Pot produced Bream, Sweetlip and the odd thumper Tarpon while Dolphin Point was the spot for a few Squire. Further south, most of the action was at Marcus and Castaways beaches where Bream, Whiting, Tarwhine and Dart were the predominant species.
Bream (both Grunter and Yellowfin) were in big numbers (if not size) in the estuary system this week with the Munna Point area and the river mouth being especially productive. The river mouth area was also good for the odd Trevally plus, as you can see by the photo above, Flathead and Mangrove Jack. Local anglers Matthew 'Matty' Webb and Aaron 'Azza' Thorley were floating live Herring baits down there around the turn of the tide on Tuesday morning when they hooked and boated these 800gm and 1.0kg 'Lizards' and a 1.8kg 'Jack'. Flathead were also active in Weyba Creek (on live baits) and along the Noosaville stretch where drifted Whitebaits got a lot of attention.
Apart from that, the North Shore side of the Noosaville stretch had Mangrove Jacks chasing Gold Ecogear lures while in the Woods Bays, Trevally were responding to cast chrome slugs early in the morning.