As at Monday September 28, 2009
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It was a bit of a mixed bag this week with variable westerlies coming on
hot when they blew from the north and cool when they took on a southerly
flavour. On top of that we were blanketed mid week by thick reddish dust
clouds made worse by local bush fires. Not a good scene for asthmatics.
Add in a couple of blustery days and it was a real mish mash as far as conditions
went but at worst there were only a couple of days that could have been
classified unfishable. Did I mention the swell? Well, there wasn't any.
And as a result, the bar crossing was as flat as the proverbial tack.
The predominantly calm conditions were a green light for the bigger boats to go the distance and those who spent time at Double Island Point reported good catches of snapper, pearl perch, moses perch, hussar and, as per the photos above and below, cobia and teraglin jewfish. John Wesolowski (above) from Geelong in Victoria was out there on Friday on a full day Cougar One charter when he boated the 12kg black kingfish he's pictured with. And on the same charter, Mark McNaughton from Brisbane (below) kindly posed with this very nice example of a teraglin jewfish. We needed a good photo of this species for the next edition of our book Fishing Noosa which is currently a work in progress. Thanks Mark.
The middle reef belt fired reasonably well this week with snapper, teraglin jewfish and moses perch reported by most anglers. In addition, North Reef produced pearl perch and mowong while at Chardon's Reef the bonus species was Maori cod. Wendy Morris from Doonan (below) hit the jackpot while on a 3/4 day Cougar One charter to North Reef yesterday when her squid/pilchard bait combo was monstered by the 6kg snapper she's pictured with.
Back towards home base, Sunshine Reef was the spot for small snapper in numbers while Laguna Bay fired up with large schools of small (50mm) baitfish being hammered by small mackerel tuna and spotted or school mackerel. None have been weighed in yet but there were lots of small boats heading out loaded up with small metal slug lures to work the boils visible behind the surf line along the North Shore, just out from river mouth, along the shark nets and out to Granite Bay.
ONSHORE: There were a lot of birds working the boils just behind the surf line on the North Shore but no reports of any surf anglers hooking up. Not to worry though, there were plenty of whiting and dart to target, with the waters just north of Teewah producing some of the better quality fish. Tailor to 2.5kg were still on the bite up around Double Island Point.
Over on the east side; chopper tailor were active at North Sunshine Beach, Castaways Beach and North Peregian where bream, whiting and tarwhine were an added bonus. Marcus Beach was the spot for bream and dart.
In the river, flathead and whiting were on the bite down towards the river mouth with live baits and surface poppers working well. Flathead were also reported around Goat Island (going for drifted whitebaits and soft plastics) and up past Tewantin along the ski runs where trevally and tailor were responding well to live baits and trolled hard body lures.
Trevally were also on the prowl around Munna Point, the Woods Bays and (together with whiting) at the Sheraton Bridge. Aaron and Dustin (above) caught a number of trevally (top weight 1.8kg) and the odd whiting there last Tuesday night using live prawns as their draw card. They got their best results on the run-out tide.
Hayden and Chester from Brisbane kicked off their holiday break with a boom when they fished the Woods Bays early on Friday morning. Using live herring as bait they boated these 1.9kg and 2.7kg trevally just on sunrise.
By the way, if you're chasing live prawns for bait, the Munna Point area is a pretty good option at the moment.
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald bass were chasing Beetle Spins and Blades around Three Ways. At Borumba Dam the schooling bass were going for Blades and soft plastics in the main basin and Blades around the steeper rocky banks in the timber. The upper reaches of the Yabba Arm produced saratoga on Anthrax lures.
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!|