As at Monday March 7, 2011
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OFFSHORE: With a strong south easterly change hitting the coast mid morning on Saturday the weekend warriors were
once again out of luck.
Prior to that, though, light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable northerlies were a feature of most mornings and those who were able to get time off earlier in the week made the most of some quite settled conditions.
The middle reef belt, however, was as far as anyone cared to travel.
Fishing Offshore Noosa did a few runs out to North Reef where they boated mackerel, the odd tuna, moses perch and grass sweetlip.
Closer in, Sunshine Reef was a tad patchy but on the good days produced sweetlip, cobia, tuna and, as you can see by the photos above and to the right, quality Spanish mackerel and coral trout.
Craig Alchin (above) and his buddy 'Captain' (right) spent the morning there on Tuesday and despite having to compete with a roaring current, came back with a 15kg Spaniard and two 'Trout', top weight 5kg. They were using 70lb handlines and whole pilchard baits on 6/0 ganged hooks.
The relative shelter of Laguna Bay came into play later in the week but there was no respite from the rain as Jackson Ross (above) found on Friday morning. Jackson was in the bay following the birds and casting metal slugs at the boils when his lure was hit by the 8.5kg northern bluefin tuna he's pictured with. Most of the pelagic action was around Little Hall's Reef where yellowfin tuna, mackerel tuna and spotted mackerel were also on the prowl. Jew Shoal and Granite Bay produced mackerel tuna and the odd 'Longtail'.
Remember: An interim snapper closure is in place from February 15, 2011 to March 31, 2011. Snapper, pearl perch and teraglin jewfish cannot be taken in any Queensland east coast waters during this six week period.
ONSHORE: There wasn't a lot of feedback from the coastal surf beaches this week. The North Shore, in fact, was the only performer of note with dart and whiting well spread and sweetlip on the bite at the top end near Double Island Point.
In the estuary, the river mouth was a worthwhile option with chopper tailor and trevally in good numbers. The Woods Bays also saw plenty of trevally and the better quality tailor action (mostly around dawn and dusk) as Bob Major and Greg Buckenham (above) discovered on Wednesday morning. The two amigos were testing out Bob's latest purchase from Davo's Compleat Angler; a Nitro 1kg-3kg Vapor rod and a Shimano Stradic 1000FI reel loaded with 3lb braid and 20lb leader. A black and gold Tilsan Bass hard bodied lure, as recommended by Davo's staffer Chris Lacey, was a huge hit with the Trev's, and even more so with the tailor, with Bob's standout fish tipping the scales at a very impressive 3.5kg.
There's been a number of long toms in the system and Ben Taylor's 62cm fish (above) was a good example. Ben used a piece of chicken fillet to attract this razor toothed speedster around Munna point this morning. Apart from that, bream and flathead were on the bite along the Noosaville stretch while most of the mangrove jack action came from between the lakes. There were also more reports of barramundi being caught and released there, up around the Johns Landing area.
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