As at Monday May 4, 2015.
|OFFSHORE: Ha ha. We
don't know when we're well off sometimes. Everyone has been complaining
about the weather over the past week. Strong winds, big seas and swell,
torrential rain. The reality was, though, we only copped it for three days,
with the worst days being Thursday and Friday when the fresh to strong (20
to 30 knot) variable easterlies hit. By Saturday morning it was as if it
had never happened, the only reminder being the 3m+ seas and swell.
Before the blow the outer reefs were still an option with the Barwon Banks producing gold band snapper, sweetlip, moses perch, snapper, mowong, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, hussar and coral bream. Ben Whitby from Toowoomba (above) boated his gold band snapper on Monday's Trekka 2 charter.
And above, from that same full day charter, we have Warrick "Yes mate, this is me smiling" McNee from Kin Kin with a venus tusk fish and a Maori cod.
Closer in, North Reef ran hot and cold, with the yellowfin tuna and Spanish mackerel schools noticeable by their absence. In their place were a few good cobia and spotted mackerel while for the bottom bashers there were pearl perch, reef shark, scarlet sea perch, snapper, moses perch and sweetlip.
Cougar One is now back on the water after a complete re-fit. This involved all new wiring, computer systems and two brand spanking new 250hp Suzuki outboards. Ben Young, Tewantin and Darryl Lazzaro, Geelong (above) boated a couple of cobia on their shakedown trip to North Reef on Sunday morning.
Doesn't he look happy! Patrick Kelly from Doonan (above) was very pleased with the quality spotted mackerel he boated on the same Cougar One charter.
2 also fished North Reef on Sunday. Adam Garvey from Pomona (above
left) is pictured with a colourful scarlet sea perch from that half day
A good option for the smaller boats was Sunshine Reef which yielded snapper, sweetlip, moses perch, shiny mackerel, mowong, jewfish and lots of juvenile red emperor. Hamish Morris from Auckland, New Zealand (above right) boated a painted sweetlip or mowong there on Tuesday's half day Trekka 2 charter.
And David Jones from Coolum Beach (above) certainly hit the jackpot! He not only boated the standout jewfish on Tuesday's T2 charter, he also won this week's $50.00 Davo's Tackle World Fish of the Week prize with his movie star smile and classic 'trophy fish' pose. Well done mate. Apart from that, the longtail tuna and mack tuna were getting stuck into the baitfish a few hundred metres off the headland, and earlier in the week, just out from the Noosa bar.
By the way, the latest bar crossing video (as at Sunday May 3, 2015) has now been uploaded to the website. To view it, simply... CLICK HERE.
|ONSHORE: The Noosa
North Shore coastal surf beach stretch warmed up a bit this week with
some good water a couple of clicks past Teewah township producing whiting
to 34cm, tarwhine and good dart. The local pippies have been in numbers
lately and were a well received bait. Tailor to 2.5kg were on the bite
another three or four clicks north of there. The only other report was
from the north end of Sunshine Beach which was good for bream, whiting
In the estuary, the river mouth was good for mangrove jacks, jewfish and tailor (at the top of the tide) between dusk and dawn. GT's were active during the day, smashing the incoming bait schools either side of the high. Bream, flathead and golden trevally were also on the prowl there with live baits working well. Phil Ohlson (Melbourne), above, caught and released his golden at the mouth on a live herring on Saturday. He was on a Noosa River Fishing Safari.
River Fishing Safaris were drift fishing the river mouth while
I was down there filming the bar crossing on Sunday morning. I took a
few photos of skipper Chris 'Fella' Arnold netting a few baitfish and
not long after, pinged one of his clients (above left) as he brought in
a flathead. Didn't get his name but it looked like he was having a good
time. Bream and flathead were also on the bite in the Frying Pan (as were
whiting on live yabbies) and in the Woods Bays where queenfish, GT's,
big eye and golden trevally were making their presence felt. The Sand
Bags produced trevally and tailor on poppers and soft plastics around
first light and the odd jack at night on live fish baits. Bream were also
active there, as well as at Munna Point and in Weyba Creek, along with
moses perch and flathead. Whiting were biting along the Gympie Terrace
beaches earlier in the week with Black Magic 'Whiting Snatchers' getting
good results. Bream, cod and flathead were reported around Tewantin, again
earlier in the week. Neil Rose from Kaikoura NZ (above) caught and released
a 65cm flathead opposite the Council Chambers on Monday's Noosa
River Fishing Safari. He was using whitebait as his draw card.
Apart from that, flathead were going for trolled pink Strada Dredge 70mm
hard body lures in the Lake Cooroibah boat channel. This, of course, was
before the heavy rains.
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald bass were responding well to lightly weighted soft plastics and blades over the weed. The standout lures were Keitech Easy Shiners, Berkley Ripple Shads and Z-Man Slim Swimz. Jighead weights varied from 1/12 to 1/4oz. The favourite blades were 1/4oz Little Max in a variety of colours. Spinnerbaits were another good option with the Bassman Carls Compact and Keitech Custom Mini Spin producing the goods.
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