As at Monday March 29, 2010
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| OFFSHORE: While light
to moderate (10 to 15 knot) south easterly winds prevailed this week they
tended to be in the top end of the range, so while the whole week was certainly
fishable, the local reefs were at times a bit lumpy and choppy. This, and
a persistent 1.5 metre swell, took a tiny bit of the shine away from an
otherwise perfect week but was in no way a deterrent to those anglers who
got the whisper that the murk was clearing and the pelagics were back in
For the bigger boats, Double Island Point produced Spanish mackerel, moses perch, squire, hussar and shiny mackerel.
Chardon's Reef continued to fire well with spotted and Spanish mackerel on the prowl in good numbers on most days. Marco Cento from Noosaville (above) was out there on Friday on a full day charter with Noosa Blue Water Charters and was more than happy to pose with this 7kg Spaniard that was taken on a trolled, medium diving, Rapala hard body lure.
North Reef was also worth a look as Tim French from Beerwah (above) found on Saturday morning. Tim was doing a spot of bottom bashing when his pilchard floater was monstered by the 13kg (est) Spanish mackerel he's pictured with. Other anglers reported cobia, pearl perch, yellowtail kingfish, squire, shiny mackerel, moses perch and venus tusk fish.
Sunshine Reef improved as the week progressed and the waters cleared. Earlier in the week it was mostly sweetlip, coral trout, parrot fish, pearl perch, Maori cod, snapper and northern bluefin tuna but by the weekend the murk was gone and the Spanish and spotted mackerel were back in numbers, going for trolled squid skirted whole baits and, as per the photo above, floated pilchards. Adam Watts from Pomona was fishing the northern edge of Sunshine Reef yesterday morning when his pilchard floater on 4 x 5/0 gangs attracted the attention of the (105cm) 5kg+ (est) spotty he's posing with.
There was plenty of action across Laguna Bay from Granite Bay to Big Hall's Reef with the bait schools being hammered from below by northern bluefin tuna and spotted mackerel and from above by large flocks of feeding sea birds. Local lad James Strachan (above) got his 9.5kg 'Longtail' casting a 30gm slug at the boils in the bay on Saturday morning.
Also in the Bay on Saturday morning, Brandon Fourie (above) and his father picked up a 4kg spotted mackerel and the 9kg northern bluefin tuna he's pictured with while trolling pink squid skirted lead head rigs with whole pilchard baits.
| ONSHORE: Conditions
on the coastal surf beaches were as good as they get but there weren't all
that many surf anglers taking advantage of the situation. Those who made
the effort, though, did well on the North Shore, especially over the weekend
with whiting, chopper tailor and quality dart on the bite from the Third
Cutting to the Shire boundary. Over on the east side, Sunshine and Sunrise
beaches produced good whiting while at Marcus Beach it was bream and quality
In the estuary, the lower reaches continued to fire more consistently than anywhere in the system and with the full moon phase almost peaking, the prawns were running. The river mouth area was a good option for trevally, flathead, bream, dart and whiting, as was the Frying Pan but with the added bonus there of tailor on surface poppers.
The back of Noosa Sound and the Woods Bays were again prime spots for the odd flathead on soft plastics during the day, and in the afternoon and after dark, trevally and tailor on SP's and hard bodies. Cheryl Lacey (above) from Davo's Compleat Angler caught and released a 1.0kg (est) 'Trev' in the Inner Bay just after dark on Friday using a Savoy Shad lure as her draw card. She was armed with a Shimano Raider rod and a Shimano Chronarch reel loaded with 10lb braid.
Apart from that, flathead and whiting were also on the bite along the Noosaville stretch, around the Munna Beach area and, together the odd mangrove jack, in Weyba Creek. Last but not least, Matt Ireland (above) weighed in a 1.8kg estuary cod he caught in Noosa Waters on Wednesday. His bait? Mullet gut.
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