As at Monday March 31, 2008
OFFSHORE: Yippee, yahoo!!!
The only bad thing you could say about this week was that it only had
seven days in it!
With the swell dropping away to almost nothing and the south easterly winds holding consistently in the 5 to 15 knot range, the offshore scene came to life in a spectacular fashion.
Laguna Bay was a sight for sore eyes with spotted mackerel, mackerel tuna and bonito (along with the odd bluefin tuna and Spanish mackerel) hammering the bait schools from (at times) only a few hundred metres outside the river mouth.
Of course, as is the norm, there were good and bad days, but when the fish were on the chew it was all on for young and old as father and son team Peter and Jayden Cunningham (above) discovered when they hit the Hall's Reef stretch on Saturday morning. Casting into the boils with 15gm and 20gm metal slug lures the boys hooked and boated a couple of 3kg spotties and then, much to their delight, the 14.5kg Spanish mackerel that Peter's posing with. They were armed with Shimano rods and Okuma reels loaded with 30lb braid and 40lb mono traces.
The boils came and went at times but the other close-in hot spots were the shark nets, First Point, the Boiling Pot, Granite Bay, off the headland and just out from Alexandria Bay.
Sunshine Reef also ran hot and cold this week but when it was good it was very, very good, producing sweetlip (to 3kg), pearl perch, parrot fish, wahoo, mackerel tuna, bonito, Spanish mackerel (5kg to 14kg) and some quality snapper.
Local angler Zane Brown (above) dropped the pick at Sunshine Reef on Tuesday and using squid baits, was rewarded with a 2kg sweetlip and the 5.5kg snapper he's pictured with. He was armed with a Shogun 'Heavy' graphite rod and a Shimano Calcutta 400 reel loaded with 20lb braid and 40lb mono trace.
The almost 'picture book' conditions encouraged many boaties to head further out with North Reef being very popular. It was fortunately also quite productive, yielding squire, pearl perch, parrot fish, snapper, moses perch, spotted mackerel, maori cod, estuary cod and cobia.
Brisbane angler Neil Pollock (above) was out at North Reef on Saturday on a half day Cougar One charter and was delighted when he landed the standout of the day; a 15kg cobia or black kingfish. He was armed with a Gary Howard rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 10kg line. His bait? Yakka fillet.
Apart from that, some of the bigger boats took the opportunity to head 'out wide' and those who did were well rewarded. Noosa Blue Water Charters made a run to the Barwon Banks on Sunday and, in almost glassed out conditions, boated a bin full of squire, snapper and parrot fish and topped that off with gold spot wrasse, rosy jobfish and hussar.
ONSHORE: Even though conditions on the coastal surf beaches were as good as they get for this time of the year there were only a few reports from that area. Of particular interest, though, was the the surf line on the North Shore where, on a couple of days, spotted mackerel and mackerel tuna were boiling in close, especially north of Teewah. For those with lighter gear, whiting were also a good option there. Across the bay, squire were on the bite of the National Park headland while further south; Marcus Beach was the spot for whiting and Castaways Beach produced quality dart and bream.
There were plenty of holiday anglers fishing the river this week and
fortunately the bread and butter fish such as bream and whiting were around
in good enough numbers to keep them occupied. Hot spots for those species
were down at the river mouth (where a few quality tailor were reported
to be on the bite) and around Munna Point where, as you can see by the
photo above right, flathead were an added bonus.
Local lass Sam Dunlop hooked and landed this 1kg 'Lizard' at Munna Beach yesterday morning. She was armed with an Abu estuary combo. Her bait? Davo's prawns.
Queenfish were active in the Woods Bays (as were bream) and, as per the photo above left, around the back of Noosa Sound. Five year old Sam Lord from Victoria celebrated his second day of his holidays in Noosa by landed the 1kg (est) 'Skinny' he's posing with from the jetty of the family holiday house. His bait? You guessed it. A Davo's prawn.
Apart from that, bream (to 38cm) were well worth targeting in Weyba Creek and in Noosa Waters where trevally and the odd mangrove jack made life interesting for the light tackle brigade.
The latest Noosa Bar crossing photo, as of last Thursday, has now been posted. To check it out, CLICK HERE.