As at Monday March 14, 2011
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| OFFSHORE: Opportunities
for offshore excursions were limited this week with the fishable days, from
Thursday through until Saturday afternoon, book-ended by blustery south
easterlies. The swell headed towards the 2m mark towards the weekend, causing
a few palpitation and the odd mishap on the bar crossing towards the bottom
of the run-out tide.
Noosa Blue Water Charters saw an opening for an out-wide trip on Thursday so they headed for the southern end of the Barwon Banks where they boated rosy jobfish, spangled emperor, red throat emperor, venus tusk fish, moses perch and a few Spanish mackerel. The 10kg specimen (above) landed by Markus Michalowitz from Amamoor was the standout.
Back around the middle reef belt; Chardon's Reef produced mahi mahi, small black marlin (caught and released) and Spanish mackerel (to 18kg) while at North Reef the standout species were, disregarding the many sharks; yellowfin tuna, school mackerel, Spanish mackerel, spangled emperor, moses perch, venus tusk fish and cobia in good numbers.
Jim Gillis from Brisbane (above) was out there on a 3/4 day Cougar One charter on Friday when he boated the 10kg black kingie he's pictured with. Why is he dressed like a pirate? Well, it was apparently his bucks party. Enough said.
And Dane O'Neill from Wodonga in Victoria (above) was fishing at North Reef on Friday on a 3/4 day Trekka 1 charter when his pilchard bait was taken by the 14kg cobia he's happily posing with.
When fishable, Sunshine Reef was the spot for Maori cod, red throat emperor, moses perch, venus tusk fish, coral trout, sweetlip, spotted mackerel and, as you can see by the photo above, quality Spanish mackerel. The three amigos, Snake, Nugget and Captain hit the jackpot there around 5am on Friday when their pike bait was taken by this 25.45kg fish.
In Laguna Bay, most of the action was around Little Hall's Reef where sweetlip, moses perch and tuna were on the bite.
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: The North Shore coastal beach stretch fished very well this week which was an encouraging sign. Tailor (mostly choppers), dart, bream and whiting well spread along Teewah Beach with the northern end of the camp grounds producing particularly well. Over on the east side; bream and whiting were active at the northern end of Sunshine Beach.
In the estuary, chopper tailor and dart (would you believe) were on the bite down at the river mouth while bream and tailor were active along the Noosaville stretch. The Woods Bays (inner and outer) were still good for trevally and tailor after dark.
Apart from that, the Munna Point Bridge area yielded flathead (to 1.2kg) while the Weyba Creek Bridge produced small bream and the odd surprise like the blubberlip bream above. Young Jazz Evans tempted this 1.5kg fish with a prawn bait.
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald bass were on the prowl around the shallow arms with the 'Strawberry Patch' being one of the hot spots for the 40cm+ fish. The odd saratoga was also spotted lurking in the weedier channels.
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