OFFSHORE: Those who got out over the bar earlier in the week made
the most of some relatively calm conditions before a 2m+ swell and 20
to 30 knot south easterlies pretty much shut the offshore gate to most
boats from Friday onwards.
While the going was good the Barwon Banks and The Hards were certainly
an option. Unfortunately, those boaties that went that far reported only
fairly average catches of only the basic species such as squire, moses
perch and parrot fish.
Most anglers, in fact, found that Sunshine Reef (on the good days) produced
quite good catches of sweetlip, parrot fish, snapper (in close), northern
bluefin tuna, spotted mackerel and, as you can see by the photo above,
quality coral trout.
David 'Hatchy' Hatch attracted this 6.5kg specimen out there on Wednesday
using a live yakka as his draw card. He was armed with a Silstar Power
Tip rod and a Penn 320GTi reel loaded with 30lb line. 'Sunshine' was also
the spot for quite a few Spanish mackerel in the 8kg to 12kg range plus
one thumper Spaniard which tipped the scales at 25kg. Northern bluefin
tuna (to 10kg) were taking cast metal slugs not far off the National Park
headland while in Laguna Bay the northern bluefin tuna, bonito and mackerel
tuna were hammering the bait boils at Granite Bay, Tea Tree Bay, around
the shark nets and in the stretch from the river mouth to Big Hall's Reef
where Spanish and spotted mackerel were also active.
ONSHORE: The North Shore coastal beach stretch
produced quite well this week. Dart were well spread and in numbers with
chopper tailor in amongst them. The better quality dart, however, were
taken north of Teewah along with sweetlip, tarwhine, bream, school jewfish
and whiting. It was quiet at the top end with bream being the standout
With a lot of fresh in the system, most of the action this week was in
the lower estuary. Quality bream were on the bite (on prawn baits) down
at the river mouth with the top of the tide working particularly well.
Those areas that experienced less run-out flow and thus held more salt
water produced best with the back of Noosa Sound and the Woods Bays yielding
most of this weeks mangrove jacks (on live baits) while the waters opposite
Ricky Ricardo's had a few trevally chasing Gladiator prawn lures. Big
news of the week, though, was the capture of a 7.5kg (85cm) barramundi
(pictured above) in the Woods Bays on Friday. John the 'River Rat' was
slow trolling a live poddy mullet there around 4.45am when this beautiful
'Barra' smashed into it and then went aerial. John managed to keep the
4/0 hooks set and after an exciting tussle, boated his prize. He was armed
with a Shakespeare Ugly Stik combo loaded with 20lb line. Apart from that,
the odd mangrove jack was on the prowl in Noosa Waters while quality bream
were on the bite at the Noosa Marina at night.
On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam saratoga were responding well
to Blades in the Kingham Arm while the bass were going for Blades in the
deeper waters of the main basin and Megabass Anthrax lures in the Yabba
Arm. Local angler Mal Favager (above) caught and released this 45cm bass
(and three others) in the Yabba Arm using his favourite 'Blade' lure.
He was kitted out with a G-Loomis rod and a Shimano Chronarch 50Mg reel
loaded with 20lb Fireline to a 20lb trace.