at Monday October 1, 2007
It was a bit of a mixed bag as far as the offshore scene
was concerned this week with morning conditions (with mostly light to moderate
north westerlies) being best ahead of the blustery afternoon north easterly
With hardly any swell to speak of the Noosa River bar crossing was as flat as the proverbial 'tack' and under the circumstances there wasn't a day that could be classified as unfishable. Sunday, in fact, was a TGO but as luck would have it, the fish were far from cooperative and it was a rather slow and frustrating week for many offshore anglers. Having said that, those who could afford to stay through a couple of tide changes were generally rewarded with a reasonable feed for the table with Squire, Parrot Fish and Pearl Perch common to most locations. In addition, for those prepared to travel, The Hards' produced Snapper as per the photo on the right. Zane Brown was out there on Sunday and stopped off at Davo's for a quick pic of the 3.5kg specimen he boated. He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD15 reel loaded with 8kg line and 14kg trace. His bait? Squid on a 5/0 hook. Closer in, North Reef was the spot for Goat Fish, Moses Perch and Railway Perch while at Massoud's and Chardon's reefs the bonus species was Teraglin Jewfish. All in all, however, Sunshine Reef was by far the better bet this week, yielding Cobia, Sweetlip, Red Emperor and, as you can see by the photo at the top of the page, quality Coral Trout. Tewantin angler Peter Smith did an overnighter there last Tuesday and scored well with the 6kg 'Trout' he's pictured with being his standout. He was armed with a Shimano Trinidad combo loaded with 50lb braid and 80lb leader. His bait? Octopus.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches continued to improve with Bream and Whiting in good numbers and of good quality all along the North Shore beach gutters and as an added bonus, Tailor (to 3kg) were on the bite around Teewah. Across the other side of the bay the National Park headland was a good option for Queenfish, Dart and, as you can see by the photo below right, quality Bream. Brisbane angler Antonio Tolo was flicking soft plastics off the rocks at the Fairy Pools on Saturday when this 800gm 'Yellowfin' came to the party. He was kitted out with a Pflueger rod and a Shimano Sedona 2500 reel loaded with 4lb Fireline and 8lb leader. Further south, Whiting were taken on most beaches with the better quality fish coming from Sunrise Beach. Apart from that, Marcus Beach produced Bream and Dart, Castaways Beach was the spot for Bream and Chopper Tailor and at North Peregian Beach the standouts were Dart and Flathead.
|In the river, Flathead
(although not as numerous as last week) were well represented with the hot
spots being down at the river mouth where Bream, Queenfish, Whiting and
Trevally were also active. And it was at the river mouth on Saturday that
Jessie Bowden from Moranbah (above left) landed the 500gm 'Lizard' she's
pictured with. Jessie, who was armed with a Shakespeare threadline combo
loaded with 8lb line, was using Squid for bait. Flathead and Whiting were
in good numbers in the Frying Pan (as were Bream), in the Woods Bays (along
with Trevally) and at Munna Point.
Trevally were also on the bite around the back of Noosa Sound and, more specifically, the Sheraton Bridge. Local angler Grant Kemen (above) tempted these two 1kg specimens on Wednesday afternoon using Prawns on a No.4 longshank as his draw card. Apart from that, Weyba Creek was worth a shot for Bream, Harbourtown at Tewantin saw a bit of Trevally action and there was plenty of Flathead on the prowl in Lake Cooroibah.
On the freshwater scene, Bass (to 45cms) were chasing Jackalls, soft plastics and spinnerbaits around the Eagles Nest and in the Yabba Arm while around dusk they were schooled up down towards the Spit.