OFFSHORE: With moderate
to strong (15 to 25 knot) south easterlies hammering the coastline without
much of a letup this week there were very few opportunities for the offshore
brigade to get anything much in the way of 'runs on the board'.
Realistically, Laguna Bay was pretty much the only option for those who
couldn't wait for the conditions to settle and even then the pickings
were rather slim with Bonito on the bite out beyond the shark nets and
around the drum lines and, as you can see by the photo above, Mackerel
Tuna on the boil around Jew Shoal as the week drew to a close.
Local jet ski angler Rob Grace was out there on his waverunner this morning
in pretty ordinary conditions and tempted this 7kg 'Mac' with a well cast
14gm River2Sea metal slug lure. He was armed with an Outermark rod and
an Okuma Epix 80 spin reel loaded with 30lb braid and 80lb mono leader.
ONSHORE: The exposed coastal
surf beaches were not the most exciting option this week and consequently
there were no reports of any activity (from man or fish). Most anglers,
in fact, directed their attention to the more sheltered estuary.
In the river, things were a bit more subdued than normal with anglers
seeking out the more sheltered spots to wet a line. Flathead were still
well spread but in lesser numbers with best results coming from down at
the river mouth, Weyba Creek
(together with Grunter Bream and Whiting) and the top and bottom of Lake
Cooroibah where Mangrove Jacks and Trevally were also responding well
to live Prawns and Herring.
Whiting were chasing live Worms and Prawns around Munna Point (as were
Bream) and, as per the photo above, live Yabbies in the ever faithful
Ron Priddy from Maroochydore boated the thumper 625gm specimen he's pictured
with just before noon on Friday.
He was armed with a Penn spin combo loaded with 6lb Platypus line.
The Woods Bays were also host to Trevally and Tailor (on live baits and
Prawn lures), as was the Munna Bridge area as local angler Alan Davidson
(above) found on Saturday morning. Alan was casting and jigging a 5"
white Snapback soft plastic when he attracted the attention of a 1kg Chopper
Tailor then a 1.6kg Tea Leaf Trevally.
He was kitted out with a Daiwa Procaster rod and a Shimano Symetre reel
loaded with 10lb braid and 20lb Seagar leader.
Apart from that, Bream and a few Mangrove Jacks were on the bite in the
Noosa Waters canals. Local lad Jake Packard (above) was working the waters
with a River2Sea Bubble Popper on Sunday morning when it was slammed by
the 1.75kg 'Jack' he's posing with. Jake was using a Tsunami rod and a
Tica Spinfocus reel loaded with 8lb Fireline and 16lb trace.
On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam Bass were chasing spinnerbaits
around the second yellow marker and (together with Saratoga) at the start
of the Yabba Arm, while at the top of the 'Arm' the catch was Yellowbelly.