As at Monday March 26, 2012
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hard to believe but the pix above were taken on Saturday morning. Most of
the week we were under the gun with heavy rains and fresh to strong south
easterlies lashing the Sunshine Coast. Noosa missed the worst of the deluge,
fortunately, but Maroochydore and Nambour were inundated with 300mm to 400mm
of rain on Thursday which caused some serious flash flooding and significant
property damage. By Friday conditions were settled enough for the odd tentative
offshore excursion although there was apparently a lot of technicolour burley
in the water from those with less than cast iron stomachs.
Saturday morning we found ourselves in the eye of the storm and the calm conditions lasted until almost lunchtime when the swell picked up, the blustery south easterlies returned and the offshore gate once again slammed shut. The murky waters from the latest deluge extended half way across North Reef, dispersing the mackerel schools and forcing the bottom bashers to work wide of the dirty water line for any sort of result. There were no standout catches reported, just average size reefies like squire, moses perch, venus tusk fish, mowong and sweetlip. Closer in, Sunshine Reef produced sweetlip and coral trout while in Laguna Bay, mack tuna, longtail tuna and spotted mackerel were on the boil on the edge of the murk line around, and north of, Big Hall's Reef.
|Fred Huitema and his son Pete (above) booked a Becky II lure fishing charter to chase tuna in Laguna Bay on Saturday morning. While they waited for the sun to come up and the action to start they bounced a few 5" Gulp Jerk Shads in close on Sunshine Reef and boated a few grass sweetlip to 2kg. They then headed to Big Hall's Reef where they caught and released five mack tuna on slugs and Gulps. They also dropped a couple of longtails and spotted mackerel.|
The only report from the coastal surf beaches was of quality whiting, in
numbers, in the gutters opposite Teewah township on the North Shore.
The lower estuary fished well this week with plenty of action at the river mouth. Yellowfin bream, grunter bream, flathead, lots of shovel nose rays, GT's and school jewfish (on soft plastics) were the standouts there. Further up, the Munna Flats area worked really well for flathead and whiting around high tide as Tom Quine from Brisbane (above) found on Saturday morning. Catfish were also still in numbers. Lucas Kerrison from Moonee Ponds in Victoria (the home of Dame Edna Everage), below left, caught this specimen on a prawn bait near the Boathouse Restaurant. After the photo it went into the Davo's fish tank.
| Bream, flathead, grunter
bream and school jewfish were also on the bite in the Woods Bays, the back
of Noosa Sound and in Weyba Creek. Nine year old Gregory Soliman from Seattle
in the USA (above right) caught and released a 55cm flathead and the 50cm
school jewfish he's pictured with while fishing Weyba Creek on a Noosa
River Fishing Safari charter on Wednesday morning. The baits
that worked for both species were drifted whole prawns.
The bream have started to work their way back upriver as the salt levels improve. Jordy Low (above) was handline fishing near Massoud's Jetty on Gympie Terrace early yesterday afternoon when his whitebait was taken by the 28cm bream he's posing with. Not only did Jordy win himself a fresh seafood dinner, which his mum promised to cook for him that night, he also earned himself the $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize for his enthusiasm and beamy smile.
Last but not least, the Borumba Dam saratoga were going for surface lures and spinnerbaits in the Yabba Arm and in the back of the bays in the main basin.
| The Davo's Compleat Angler/Jarvis
Walker 'Easter Outdoors Sale' is now well and truly under way!
The annual sale runs through until 6pm, Monday April 16, 2012.
There's a wide range of Jarvis Walker product lines on special from tents, to fish finders, to life jackets, electric trolling motors, tackle boxes and a great selection of rod and reel combos.
If you haven't already received your six page colour brochure in the mail, you can check out the full catalogue on the Davo's page by clicking HERE or on the brochure graphic on the right ----->
Please Note: There are some items on sale that are 'while stocks last' only, so make sure you get in early or you might miss out.
And while you're in the shop, get yourself on the Davo's V.I.F. (Very Important Fisherperson) list. Costs you nothing and you could win all sorts of prizes.
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