at Monday October 23, 2006
light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable northerlies dominating the offshore
scene ahead of Sunday's fresh to strong (25 knot+) south easterly change,
and with the new moon phase at its peak, the offshore brigade made the most
of some excellent fishing conditions. And while there were no TGO's to speak
of, it was quite pleasant on the local reefs, with the morning sessions
the more settled ahead of the more blustery afternoon north easterly breezes.
And while it wasn't a record week as far as fish captures went, there was still a feed to be had for those who were prepared to put in the time. Squire, Parrot Fish, Moses Perch and Pearl Perch were all common to the visited reefs. In addition to those species, 'The Coffees' produced Snapper, Sweetlip and Cobia, as did North Reef but with the added bonus of Teraglin Jewfish, Hussar and, as you can see by the photo above, Sailfish. John Hallett, visiting Noosa from Vietnam, caught and released this 60kg specimen while out there on Wednesday on a full day Cougar One charter. He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD25 reel loaded with 35lb line. Closer in, Sunshine Reef was good for the common species mentioned plus Estuary Cod and, as per the photo on the right, the odd Coral Trout. Darren Boyer was out there on Thursday jigging a 160gm River2Sea Squid rig 'Sea Rock' lure when the 3kg Trout he's posing with slammed it hard. He was using a Maverick rod, an Okuma Titus reel, 50lb braid and 60lb mono leader.
|ONSHORE: Whiting were in good numbers on the coastal surf beaches this week with the First Cutting on the North shore producing the odd elbow slapper plus a few Bream. Further down towards the river mouth there were Chopper Tailor on the bite around dawn and dusk. Over on the east side, Sunshine Beach was one of the standouts with Bream and Whiting the main catch. In the river, Trevally were in good numbers up at the Tewantin ferry crossing and down towards the river mouth (along with Flathead), in the Woods Bays (chrome slugs) and around the Munna Point Bridge where, as you can see by the photo on the right, the odd Blubber Lip Bream was also on the bite. Brett Millard from Brisbane was up here on his honeymoon with his new wife Nicole and somehow found time to squeeze in a spot of fishing! That's dedication for you! Brett was floating out a Prawn bait around the bridge pylons on Friday morning when the 2kg+ 'Brown Morwong' swallowed it whole. He was armed with a Strudwick 'Blue Water' spin stick and a Shimano 3500 Baitrunner reel loaded with 10lb line. Apart from that, the first ski run at Tewantin saw a bit of Queenfish activity, the mouth of Lake Cooroibah was the spot for Flathead and the odd school Jewfish, the top of the lake yielded Whiting and in the stretch between the lakes there was a bit of Mangrove Jack action. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were going for surface poppers in Bass Bay and Jackals around 'Three Ways' while at Lake Borumba, most of the Bass and Saratoga action was in the Kingham Arm where Jackals were the favoured lure.|