OFFSHORE: With the offshore
scene dominated once again by variable northerly winds it was a bit of
a lottery on some days
as to what the conditions were going to be like on the outer reefs.
Wind strength varied from 5 knots to 25 knots but with little swell to
contend with, wind driven chop (especially in the afternoon) was the only
other negative in a generally uninspiring week.
Still, there was a feed to be had for those prepared to take the punt
with Snapper, Squire and Moses Perch common to most of the visited reefs.
In addition, Chardon's Reef produced Teraglin Jewfish and Parrot Fish,
as did North Reef, but with the added bonus of Pearl Perch and, as you
can see by the photo on the right, Cobia.
Nigel Letty, visiting Noosa from Melbourne was out there on Friday when
the Black 'Kingies' came on the bite and managed to tempt this 10kg fish
with a well presented Squid bait. He was armed with a Shimano 6500 Baitrunner
outfit loaded with 20lb line.
were also on the bite at 'The Coffees' and (a little closer to home) Arkwright
Shoal where Pearl Perch, Mowong and Sweetlip were an added bonus.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf
beaches were well worth a shot this week with the North Shore being one
of the better options.
Tailor (to 3kg) were on the bite from the 3rd Cutting and north
of there with Flathead, Whiting and Dart making the trip worthwhile.
The rocks at Double Island Point produced Trevally
on Mullet fillet.
Over on the east side, Whiting were biting at
Marcus Beach and at Peregian Beach where Tarwhine and Dart were also active.
In the river, Flathead were still in good numbers
with the better results coming from down at the river mouth (where small
were chasing soft plastics), from Munna Point (drifted Whitebait, live
baits and soft plastics) to Goat Island, from the Tewantin ferry to Lake
Cooroibah (along with Bream) and at the top end of Lake Cooroibah.
The Woods Bays continued to produce the goods (although somewhat sporadically)
with Trevally and Mangrove Jacks responding to live baits at night.
'The Bays' also yielded Estuary Cod in numbers as local lad Kane Templeton
(above right) discovered yesterday morning.
Kane was trolling his favourite lure, a Frenzy silver/black deep diving
Minnow when this 1.3kg specimen ambushed it.
He was armed with a Daiwa Cyclone baitcaster combo loaded with 8lb Platypus
line and 12lb Penn leader. Last but not least, Trevally were on the bite
in the stretch between the lakes and around the Munna Point Bridge with
fish to 4kg be taken on surface poppers and fly in the morning earlier
in the week. Blake Cole (above) actually landed these two fish (top weight
3kg) last week but as we didn't have room, here he is now. Blake, who
was kitted out with a Shakespeare spin combo, used a live Biddy and later
a surface popper to attract these quality Trevally.
On the freshwater scene, Borumba Dam was still firing well with Bass chasing
soft Jackalls around the main basin.