As at Monday October 29, 2007
With light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) north westerlies dominating the offshore
scene the reefs were at least fishable for most of the week. It wasn't until
Sunday lunchtime, in fact, that the wind strength breached the 25 knot mark
and shut the gates on any further activity. However, at best it was hot
and the seas often choppy, with the morning sessions being the pick of the
bunch ahead of the more blustery (15 to 20 knot) afternoon north easterly
Squire, Parrot Fish and Pearl Perch were pretty much common to the visited reefs. In addition, Chardon's Reef produced Snapper while at North Reef the bonus species were Moses Perch and, as per the photo above, Cobia or Black Kingfish. Melbourne visitors Glenn and Darren Powell were out there on Tuesday morning when the 'Kingies' fired up and boated these 12kg and 15kg specimens using live Yakkas on 6/0 hooks as their draw card. They were armed with Shakespeare Ugly Stiks and Penn 113H Senator reels loaded with 60lb braid and 150lb mono leader. Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was the spot for Snapper and Railway Perch. In Laguna Bay, Mackerel Tuna (to 4kg) were active along the Hall's Reef stretch (on live baits and trolled hard bodies) and a few Cobia were seen but not taken, no matter what the baits.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a bit patchy this week. Having said that, there were a few Tailor (and the odd Flathead) on the bite over on the North Shore with best returns coming from the surf gutters around Teewah. Over on the east side, Trevally were active in the gutters at Sunshine Beach while at Castaways Beach the catch was mostly Dart.
In the river, Whiting and Flathead were once again in good numbers with
best results coming from the top end of Lake Cooroibah, up around the
Weyba Creek Bridge, opposite the Munna Beach caravan park and down at
the river mouth. This week's standout catch, in fact, came from the waters
across from Munna Beach where Allan Backhouse from Burpenagary (above
left) caught and released the 106cm 'Lizard' he's pictured with. Allan
was drifting a live Herring bait on Friday when this quality (estimated
7kg-8kg) fish swallowed it whole. Flathead were also on the bite in the
Woods Bays as local lad Kane Templeton (above right) discovered yesterday
morning. Kane was trolling a silver/black Frenzy deep diver around 7.30am
when this 70cm (2.8kg est.) fish ambushed it. He was using a Daiwa Cyclone
baitcaster combo loaded with 8lb line and 12lb leader. After a quick pic,
of course, Kane released this fine looking female to continue breeding.
Also in the Woods Bays, Trevally were responding to surface poppers and
metal slug lures while at night, live fish baits were attracting the odd
Mangrove Jack. The Munna Bridge area was another Trevally hot spot (live
fish baits and surface poppers) while further up river the 'Boat House'
jetty was worth targeting for quality Bream.
By the way. We've just posted the latest Noosa Bar crossing photo on the website. CLICK HERE to check it out.
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