As at Friday March 1, 2019.
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|Below left. There were a few pretty decent sets coming across the bar over the weekend, courtesy of tropical cyclone Oma...|
|Above right. But in the latter half of the week it was mostly wind driven slop and chop and a 1.0m to 1.5m swell on the bar...|
|OFFSHORE: Thanks to tropical cyclone Oma, offshore was a no go most of the week with 40 knot+ south easterly winds and 4m+ seas and swell dominating the weekend. Conditions slowly improved after that but the offshore gate still remained closed until Wednesday.
The semi-cyclonic weather couldn't have come at a worse time for the offshore brigade with the mackerel well and truly on the bite.
Sadly, those anglers looking for one last chance to submit a final entry in the Davo's $1000.00 Mackerel Mania Competition were out of luck and out of options as the gale force winds and massive seas battered the coastline. Those who got their entries in early, though, were on tenterhooks with some quality fish weighed in and some great stories told. Featuring strongly in the competition was the McGregor clan (above) who managed to get their photos taken at all three Davo's stores. They also had some great tales to tell about the spotted and Spanish mackerel they caught from their kayaks while fishing from the Noosa North Shore to Coolum. Fifteen year old Emily McGregor, however, muscled her way into the final six with an impressive number of FaceBook Likes of her first ever Spaniard. She boated her fish while paddle trolling a slimy mackerel off Teewah Beach in a tandem kayak with her brother. Emily's beaming smile was the final element that got her over the line and saw her walk away with the ultimate prize, a $1000.00 shopping spree at Davo's.
The only current offshore pix were from jet ski angler Anthony Van der Kley, above... "Hey Bill. Took the small window of opportunity to get out Wednesday morning. Picked up a few mack tuna and this little longtail just off the headland. Got them all on 25gm metal slugs."
|Below left. Chicko's been a busy boy lately. A few weeks ago we filmed him while he filleted a small Spanish mackerel after a good session in the bay. The video was for the very popular 'Mackerel Night' seminar which was held at Davo's Tackle World.|
|Above right. We followed that up with a segment on how to fillet a larger Spaniard, which you'll see is a different kettle of fish.|
|COASTAL: Believe it or not we received a couple of reports from the open beaches. Despite the rough conditions there were a few whiting on the bite at Castaways Beach while up from there, the northern end of Sunshine Beach produced jewfish and the odd shark.
ESTUARY: There wasn't a lot happening in the river earlier in the week due to the rather ordinary weather. Those who braved the winds and the odd shower, however, at least managed a feed with some good whiting on the bite from the Frying Pan to the Munna Flats.
River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. Didn't get out much the last week due to Cyclone Oma but it was good to see the headland points pumping. Anyway, we snuck out on Thursday morning for a four hour charter. We mainly fished around the Dog Beach, Sand Bags and the Frying Pan trying to tuck out of that easterly. We caught flathead in numbers with a few small bream mixed in. Most were released and left chewing for tomorrow. Pictured (above left) is David from Noosa with 77cm lizard which he caught and released on a silver biddy. And (above right) Martin with a mid 60’s model which he caught on a whole whitebait."
Also from Thursday morning's charter, Rachael from the USA (above left) caught and released a 70cm specimen on a whole prawn. There wasn't a lot more from the lower estuary apart from bream along the Gympie Terrace jetties. The good news was that the mud crabs were out in numbers. From Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "None of our pots were raided on Sunday night so we came home with a good feed of bucks! My mate Don (above right) will only go near them when they're tied up! Chill mud crab on the menu!"
And from the day before... "With these big tides , it was time to sink the pots. After deploying four, we had two rods on board with deep divers attached. My good mate at the ramp even laughed at the size of them. Well, they were only in the water for about 20 seconds then wham!! This Queensland grouper nearly pulled me out of the boat! So it’s true... big lure, big fish! Released, of course, Chicko."
FRESHWATER: The freshwater scene was a little quieter this week due to the wind, however some big toga were captured early in the week in both impoundments. If heading out you may find a sheltered spot in Macdonald or Borumba but it can be hard as Borumba has deep valleys that push the wind around. Hard bodies and spinnerbaits would be the best option as surface will be out of action.
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