OFFSHORE: It was a bit
of a patchy week as far as the offshore scene was concerned with variable
easterlies prevailing. Tuesday and Wednesday were a bit blowy, as was
Saturday and today but if you were game, most days were fishable although
at times lumpy. There were some good size snapper boated but most of the
other reefies were pretty average.
The swell dropped away as the week progressed so there were no problems
with the bar crossing. Nobody ventured out wide this week, however, with
the middle reef belt being as far as anyone cared to go. The only reports
from that area were from North Reef which at times ran hot and cold, producing
(on the good days) pearl perch, moses perch, teraglin jewfish, sweetlip,
Maori cod and, as per the photo above, quality snapper to 8kg. Mark North
(above) was out there on Friday jigging 7" blue Peppercorn Jerk Shad's
when he hooked and boated the 6.5kg specimen he's pictured with. Closer
in, Sunshine Reef was the spot for snapper to 4.5kg and cobia to 11kg.
ONSHORE: On the coastal surf beaches, quality whiting were biting
along the North Shore stretch while good tailor and juvenile school mackerel
were hitting on cast soft plastics and metal slug lures around the middle
groyne on Main Beach.
Over on the east side; north Sunshine Beach produced some nice whiting,
as did Sunrise and north Peregian beaches but with the added bonus there
of dart and, at Peregian, tarwhine. Castaways Beach was the spot for dart
The river wasn't exactly
on fire but it still produced a few of the bread and butter species for
those who were looking for a feed. Flathead in the 50cm to 60cm range
were active along the Gympie Terrace stretch as were quality bream (at
night) along the jetty stretch there and in Noosa Waters. There was still
a fair bit of bait school activity at Munna Point and in the Woods Bays
where trevally (and the odd mangrove jack) were responding to prawn baits.
Apart from that, there were plenty of whiting on the bite off the beaches
at Munna Point with the odd 40cm fish and thumper flathead amongst them.
On the freshwater scene, Will Sims (above) fished the Yabba Creek area
below the Borumba Dam spillway earlier in the week and caught and released
bass (on Jitterbug surface lures) and the Mary River cod he's posing with.
Will tempted this handsome specimen with a silent Jackall lure. He was
armed with a Team Daiwa combo loaded with 10lb PE braid.
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