As at Monday September 19, 2011
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OFFSHORE: Wow! The weather forecast looked sensational for the lead-up to (and the start of) the September holidays and for a change it panned out as the gurus predicted. Light to moderate variable winds, a modest 1.0m swell and a bar crossing that was as good as it gets no matter what time of the year, meant it was hogs' heaven for the bluewater boys.
The boat ramps, of course, were chokka block from Friday afternoon onwards with visitors and locals taking full advantage of some of the best weather patterns seen on the Sunshine Coast for quite some time. Those with boats big enough for out-wide excursions (and a few who really had no business even attempting it) headed for the more distant localities.
Double Island Point was on the top of the 'must do' list for many boaties and Travis and his good buddy Brett (above) did an overnighter there on Saturday night during which, using pilchards and yakkas as their draw cards, they boated gold spot cod, cobia, moses perch, pearl perch and, as you can see by the 7kg and 7.5kg fish in the photo, quality snapper.
And Peter Wells from Davo's Compleat Angler (above right in photo) and his best mate Ziggy fished Double Island Point on Sunday morning and bagged out on snapper (top weights 6kg and 6.5kg) using 7" Gulp Nuclear Chicken soft plastics.
The deeper waters of The Hards produced snapper, Maori cod, hussar, venus tusk fish, moses perch, gold band snapper, teraglin jewfish and, as you can see by the photo above, quality pearl perch. Adrian Lawson was fishing The Hards yesterday on a full day Cougar One charter when his live yakka bait caught the attention of this thumper 4.5kg pearlie.
The Barwon Banks were good for snapper, cobia and pearl perch. Closer in, Massoud's Reef yielded pearl perch, moses perch, sweetlip, snapper, venus tusk fish, cobia and teraglin jewfish as did North Reef but with the added bonus there of longtail tuna and, as per the photo above, coral trout and Maori cod. James Wilson and Blair Stedman are pictured with a Maori cod and a small trout that were part of the catch on a half day Cougar One charter to North Reef on Wednesday.
Glen Beare from Peregian (above) was on his 'Bucks Party' on Friday which kicked off with a half day charter to North Reef on Trekka 2. Glen had a great time out on the water with his mates and capped it off by boating a 14kg longtail.
Also on Friday, Adam and Melanie Finlayson from Brisbane (above) booked themselves onto a three quarter day Trekka 1 charter to Massoud's Reef where they struck gold in the shape of not one, but two cobia in the 8kg to 10kg range.
Laguna Bay had a bit of sporadic bird sign but most of the bait boils were associated with mackerel tuna. There was the odd bluefin prowling in close though, as local yak angler John Burns (above) discovered on Wednesday morning.
John had already boated a small snapper on Jew Shoal and was paddle trolling a River2Sea Gecko lure on the Main Beach side of the shark nets on his way home when it was savaged by the 19kg northern bluefin tuna he's pictured with.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches weren't terribly exciting but did produce results, of sorts, for those anglers prepared to put in the time. On the North shore the stretch from the river mouth to Teewah was a bit patchy, producing the odd bream, dart and whiting where good water was found. Further north, around 9km's above Teewah, whiting were in better numbers while the waters up towards Double Island Point yielded mostly bream. Across the bay, jewfish to 10kg and trevally were on the prowl around Hell's Gate on the National Park headland while further south, whiting, tarwhine and bream were on the bite at Sunrise Beach. The only other reports of note were of dart and whiting at north Peregian Beach.
In the estuary, trevally and tailor (to 4kg) and the odd thumper 3kg+ sweetlip were on the bite down at the river mouth in the late afternoon and
after dark. Bream, flathead and whiting were also active in the Frying Pan and down towards the river mouth. Twelve year old Paddy Bourke from Noorat in Victoria (above) caught the 1.2kg (est) flathead he's posing with while on a Noosa River Fishing Safaris charter on Wednesday.
He was drifting a live herring bait at the time.
And young Ethan Goding from Melbourne (below) was drifting a live herring at the mouth on a NRFS charter on Friday morning when a feisty 42cm tailor swallowed it whole.
He released it back into the river after a quick pic at Munna Beach.
Flathead were also active along the Gympie Terrace stretch. Local lad Dylan King (above) caught this 1.6kg 'Lizard' at the boat ramp on Thursday.
Bream and tailor (plus big eye trevally at night) were taken in the Woods Bays and, together with flathead, up around the house boats at Tewantin. The first ski run produced school jewfish and also the odd bream. Apart from that, whiting were in numbers around the Munna Flats and in the boat channel at Lake Cooroibah. Weyba Creek yielded the odd flathead.
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