As at Monday March 17, 2014.
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| OFFSHORE: The offshore
scene got off to a bit of a sluggish start with fresh to strong (18 to 20
knot+) east south easterlies dominating earlier in the week. Then, as the
winds eased off into the light to moderate zone, the easterly swell started
to build and pump up over the 2m mark as the weekend approached.
The bar crossing was gnarly at times and surprised a few unwary boaties, especially those who headed out on Saturday to make the most of the light 5 to 10 knot south easterlies. For every skipper that tackled the crossing there were two that turned around and went home. The video footage can be viewed HERE.
North Reef was pretty much as far as anyone cared to venture under the circumstances but that was a good thing as the pelagics were schooling out there.
Spanish and spotted mackerel were in excellent numbers and were responding well to pilchard floaters in berley. Other species accounted for were yellowfin tuna (again on floaters), mackerel tuna, northern bluefin tuna, moses perch, lots of small reef sharks, venus tusk fish, squire, sweetlip and pearl perch. Tim and John Hales from Canberra (above) were very happy with their quality spotted and Spanish mackerel from Friday's Trekka 2 charter to the top of North.
While Norm Barton and his sons Alister and Glenn from Victoria (above) are pictured with a yellowfin tuna and a couple of mackerel from that same charter.
2 targeted North Reef again on Saturday and although the mackerel
were a bit quiet, they still managed get their clients on to some good reef
fish. Ian Robinson from Brisbane (above) boated the standout pearl perch
while Tewantin lad Jack Beeson (above) is pictured with a nice pearly and
Noosa Blue Water Charters scheduled a half day charter to North Reef on Saturday and above we have young Lachlan Challis from Eumundi and the ever bubbly Layla Innes from Tewantin (who's becoming a regular on our reports) with a couple of nice yellowfin tuna. Both fish went for floaters in the berley trail.
|And on Sunday morning, Cougar
One targeted Victor Bailey's Reef on a half day charter and while
the bar crossing was a bit of a challenge (especially for the smaller boats)
it was certainly worth the effort with spotted mackerel in numbers and the
odd Spanish mackerel on the bite down that way. We got Trish Beets from
Brisbane (above) and Hiro from Japan (above right) to pose on the bow of
the boat with some of the spotted mackerel from that excursion.
Local angler Justin McNab (above) set the pace on yesterday's Cougar One charter by hooking and landing this 7kg (est) Spanish mackerel not long after they arrived. His quality Spaniard and Colgate smile also won him this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize. Apart from that, longtail tuna, yellowfin tuna, moses perch, venus tusk fish and sweetlip were active on Sunshine Reef while mackerel tuna and longtail tuna were on the boil just outside the bar.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches got hammered a bit by the swell as the week progressed and of course the northerlies from Sunday on didn't make life any easier for the beach brigade. Having said that, that didn't stop the die-hards and there were reports of good tailor on the bite after dark opposite the Third Cutting on the Noosa North Shore. Further south, Marcus Beach produced quality dart as did Sunrise Beach but with the added bonus of bream, and whiting.
The estuary was a tad quiet but those anglers who were prepared to put in the time, move around a bit and mix it up with lures and baits did alright. The river mouth was still a good option for the bread and butter species such bream, flathead, estuary cod, trevally and whiting. The trevally were in numbers at times and responding to floated baits, cast slugs and Shimano Waxwings. Jack McDonald from Melbourne (above) caught and released this trevally and a couple of flathead on herring baits at the river mouth on Tuesday morning while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari. The Frying Pan was the spot for bream, whiting, tailor and flathead while the Woods Bays produced tarpon and in the current line; tailor and trevally (GT's and big-eyes) around dawn. The back of the Sound was good for trevally on surface lures after dark while Weyba Creek yielded estuary cod, bream, flathead (on trolled hard bodies) and the odd mangrove jack.
|Flathead and bream were on the bite along the
Noosaville stretch and around the mouth of Lake Doonella on the run-out
tide. The Noosa Marina was good for mangrove jacks at night, trevally and
flathead were on the prowl around the first ski run while jacks and tarpon
were active just below Makepeace Island. Further up, whiting (in numbers)
and tarpon were reported at the mouth of Lake Cooroibah. On the freshwater
scene, Bass Bay at Lake MacDonald saw a bit of bass and saratoga action
in the latter half of the week. Local lad Tyson Whitford (above left) caught
and released this 73cm saratoga, after what looks like a bit of a mud wrestle,
in that area on Friday afternoon. He was using an Atomic Hardz Crank 38
lure as his draw card. The photo above? The Noosa River
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