As at Monday 15th March 2004
Light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) South Easterlies dominated the offshore
scene this week and while conditions were nowhere near TGO, most days
were classified fishable. Apart from Thursday's short lived 20 to 25 knot
bluster the worst case scenario was a 1m to 1.2m swell and a spot of rain.
Squire, Snapper, Pearl Perch and Sweetlip were common to most of the outside
reefs. In addition, Laguna Bay, which was still affected to a certain
extent by the river run-off, had Mackerel Tuna working the murk line from
Little Halls' to Big Hall's reefs, off the National Park cove points and
out around the headland. Darcy's Reef was also an easy in-close option,
producing Parrot Fish, Spanish Mackerel and, as per the photo on the right,
Blue Maori Cod. Local angler Leo DeBoer boated this 3.5kg 'Cattle Dog'
while on a half day Cougar One charter
on Wednesday. Around the corner on Sunshine Reef the catch was Cobia,
Mackerel Tuna, Red Throat Emperor, Spotted Mackerel, Shark, Amberjack
and Northern Bluefin Tuna.
| A little
further out, North Reef yielded Scarlet Sea Perch, Hussar and Mowong while
across at Chardon's Reef the bonus species were Red Emperor, Moses Perch,
Scarlet Sea Perch, Gold Spot Wrasse, Teraglin Jewfish, Mackerel Tuna,
Cobia and Maori Cod. And while Snapper were quite a wide spread catch
this week, Chardon's Reef produced most of the thumpers with the 8.8kg
fish that local angler Cameron Reid (top left) boated yesterday morning
taking out the top weight award. Cameron, a very regular Noosa Blue
Water Charters client, was out there on a full day Cougar
Too charter. He was armed with a Silstar Crystal Tip rod and a
Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 10kg line.
ONSHORE: Dart and quality Whiting were pretty much the profile species on the coastal surf beaches this week. On the North Shore the waters around the Third Cutting were particularly productive while on the East side, Marcus Beach was a good option for both of those species with Bream a welcome bonus. Apart from that, Chopper Tailor (to 1.5kg) were on the bite at Castaways Beach and (at first light) around both the river mouth groyne and middle groyne on Main Beach.
In the river, with plenty of fresh and murk still in the system, top of the tide was the best option. Flathead and Whiting were on the bite at the mouth of Lake Cooroibah (although they were competing with large numbers of Catfish) and down at the river mouth where Bream and, as you can see by the photo above left, Javelin Fish were active. Five year old Joshua Richardson was on his first ever night fishing expedition down at the river mouth on Friday (with family) and was very excited when he hooked and landed this 500gm Javelin Fish all by himself. Joshua didn't know much about the outfit he was using but this bait was definitely Prawns. Bream (both Grunter and Yellowfin), in fact, were this week's high profile species with other hot spots being Harbourtown (together with Mangrove Jacks and Cod) and the Woods Bays where Tailor and Mangrove Jacks were the other active species. And it was in the Woods Bays on Saturday that Jarrad Duff (above right) landed one of each (500gm & 800gm) of this bread and butter species. Jarrad was using a Jarvis Walker spin combo loaded with 4kg line and 15lb leader. His bait? Frogmouth Pilchards on 1/0 ganged hooks. The only freshwater report to hand is that Borumba Dam is full and Saratoga are chasing flies and spinnerbaits around the edges.