As at Monday November 26, 2007
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With moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot) variable easterlies dominating the
offshore scene, the bluewater brigade had to contend with some fairly ordinary
conditions at times on the outer reefs. Having said that, there was the
odd lull between blows and morning sessions were often quite calm so, slightly
more than half of the week was fishable.
There were no 'out wide' excursions this week with the middle reef belt once again being as far as most anglers ventured.
North Reef was a pretty popular destination, producing Squire, Pearl Perch, Mowong, Parrot Fish, Maori Cod and Moses Perch while Chardon's Reef was hard going with only the odd Jewfish and Maori Cod on the bite. 'The Coffees' was also worth a shot, yielding Pearl and Moses Perch, Parrot Fish and Cobia while at Massoud's Reef the catch was Squire, Moses Perch and Mowong. Closer to home, Sunshine Reef rewarded the faithful with moderate catches of Squire, Moses Perch, Sweetlip, Mowong, Parrot Fish, and as you can see by the photo above, a number of Cobia. Melbourne visitor Keith Stanbury did well out there on Thursday morning, coming back with two (6k and 8kg) Cobia and a 1.5kg Sweetlip.
The only other report of note was from further south at Arkwright Shoal (as per the above photo) where Snapper were responding to trolled lures. Coolum yak angler Peter Howard (right in photo) christened his new Swing Angler fishing kayak in style on Friday morning when his trolled Halco Laser Pro lure attracted the attention of these 1.8kg and 2.5kg Snapper. Peter was armed with a Penn 6kg to 8kg Snapper rod and a Shimano TSS4 reel loaded with 30lb Platinum line.
ONSHORE: Most of the coastal surf fishing action came from the North Shore beach gutters this week with quality Whiting coming from the high tide gutters around the old Cherry Venture site and mostly Flathead just past Freshwater.
The river was a bit quiet this week with the river mouth working best for the odd Flathead and Tailor on Pilchards and (in the shallows) Whiting. Whiting were also on the bite in the waters opposite the Munna Beach caravan park while in the Woods Bays a few Trevally and Tailor were chasing live fish baits. Apart from that, Grunter Bream were active in Weyba Creek, Flathead were seen but not often taken in Lake Cooroibah and Mangrove Jacks (2kg+) were responding to live baits around the Tewantin ferry and lures in the stretch between the lakes.
On the freshwater scene, the upper Noosa River system (Lake Como upwards) really fired this week with quality Bass (to 50cm) and the odd Bream responding to trolled medium divers and, as per the photo above, well presented Ecogear Grass Minnows. Chris Lacey caught and released this exceptionally good wild 50cm Bass (and two other slightly smaller fish) yesterday afternoon. He was armed with a Shimano raider rod and a Shimano Stradic 2500 reel loaded with 6lb Fireline and 20lb leader.
Borumba Dam was another good option with quality Bass (50cm+) going for Jackalls and spinnerbaits around the Eagles Nest and in the Yabba Arm. The upper Yabba Arm also produced a few 60cm+ Saratoga on MegaBass lures.