As at Monday October 5, 2009
With the winds correctly forecast to be a blustery 20 to 30 knots over the
weekend, anyone who wanted a fresh fish dinner made a point of getting out
over the bar earlier in the week. And with the swell in the 0.5 to 1m range
and weather conditions relatively calm until Friday, there were at least
plenty of options to pursue, even for the smaller boats.
Double Island Point was on the cards for the bigger boats with Noosa Blue Water Charters dropping the pick there on Wednesday during a Maxi Day charter and coming back with cobia, amberjack, northern bluefin tuna, moses perch, teraglin jewfish and, as you can see by the photo above, scarlet sea perch. Greg Chatterton from Maroochydore attracted this 9.5kg specimen with a pilchard/squid combo bait.
A trip out wide to the 'Muds' also turned out to be well worth the effort as Ben Nothling (above) and a couple of buddies found on Wednesday. During a hot afternoon session they boated teraglin jewfish, parrot fish, pearl and moses perch and bagged out on snapper in the 3kg to 5kg range. Gulp 7" Nuclear Chicken soft plastics got most of the attention. Closer in, North Reef produced mackerel tuna, snapper, teraglin jewfish and cobia while at Sunshine Reef it was mostly snapper and sweetlip. Laguna Bay still had some pelagic activity with bonito, mackerel tuna and the odd northern bluefin tuna (10kg est.) responding mostly to cast metal slug lures and trolled hard bodies around the shark nets and the river mouth.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches fired well this week with dart and whiting well spread along the North Shore stretch and tailor on the bite halfway between Teewah and the camping grounds and up towards Double Island Point.
Over on the east side, the North Sunshine Beach rocks again produced chopper tailor as did Castaways Beach and North Peregian Beach but with the added bonus there of dart and bream. Marcus Beach also yielded the odd chopper, plus whiting and tarwhine, while Sunrise Beach was the spot for most of this week's elbow slapper whiting.
Whiting were up in numbers and quality in the estuary with best results coming from the sand flats up near the Tewantin ferry crossing and down at the river mouth. Local angler Bruno Zigliotto (above) boated his personal best fish at the mouth on Sunday on the last of the runout tide and at 750gms it is, as far as we can tell, a website record. His bait? Live prawn.
Trevally (to 60cm) were well spread throughout the system with the better fish coming from the mouth of Lake Cooroibah, the ferry crossing and the Woods Bays where tailor were also on the bite. Chris Lacey from Davo's Bait and Tackle (above) boated this 2.3kg greenback in 'The Bays' at dusk on Friday using a Savoy Shad sinking lure as his draw card.
Last but not least, most of the mangrove jack action came from up around the Weyba Creek Bridge, the Noosa Waters canals and the top end of Lake Cootharaba. Bob Jeynes from Davo's Bait and Tackle (above) boated half a dozen of these sought after sport fish earlier in the week, keeping a couple and releasing the rest. Bob got a lot of hookups and a lot of bust-offs to the snags even though he was fishing with 30lb line on an old Alvey outfit. His bait? Pilchard floaters.
Hey! Why not get your catch on TV! The next time you land a half decent fish you could not only be on our next website report, you could also be on Channel Seven's Thursday night Fishing Report with Mark Planck!
|Just pop into Davo's Bait and Tackle for a weigh-in and photo shoot or book an offshore trip with Noosa Blue Water Charters and you too could be a star!|