Weekly Report 24 Jul 11

Davo's Noosa
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Weekly Report 24 Jul 11

Post by Brad » Sun Jul 24, 2011 9:19 am

Plenty to report offshore this week with cobia really putting on a great show. The average fish that has been taken is around the 8kg mark and fish well into the 20kg's are common place. The trick is to have yakkas or slimies on board to pick up the quality ones and remember that while the bite period is on, fish hard. Cobia can be very sensitive when they bite so patience is the key. Sometimes it is good just to lift your rod slowly as you feel some picks or a tighting of the line and if there is no weight then lower it again and repeat the process until the weight and hookup are secure. To many anglers strike quickly at them and spook them. Snapper and pearl perch are still around the WIde Caloundra area with some good snapper in around the 7 & 12 Mile Caloundra Reefs. Parrot are on the go and are best targeted on the drift leading up to a tide change. Fish areas like Murphy's, Sunshine Reef and the mentioned Caloundra areas this week as there are some great days for offshore work coming up.

Currimundi Reef and Brays Rock are still good areas to target reefies and a few kingfish are a good chance when everything else is quiet. The tides this week favour changes on dusk so this is the time to be targeting snapper and pearlies. Mowong, pigfish, iodine bream and sweetlip are also there to add to the esky. The key now is to find the bait schools to get the better fish. It is worth looking around for an hour or more to find the schools and work them with a variety of rigs or soft plastics. Once they are gone so should you be. The longer trips out to the Barwon Banks and the Hards are not really necessary as the fish are in on the closer reef areas.

The estuaries and river mouths are still providing some entertainment paritcularly in the form of tailor and mulloway. Happy Valley and the deeper channels in Caloundra are the go around the change of the tidal runs for flathead and bream. Military Jetty in the early mornings is worth a live pike of herring for a chance at a good fish. Use you vibes around the pelican waters bridge area as there are some good size bream ready to take them or your fresh prawns. The cod hole is still giving up a few mulloway and bream with whiting around the sand banks near Twin Waters Resort. Cast onto the sand bars and work your popper across the surface and deeper dropoffs for best results. Peeled prawns or worms are the best fresh bait options. Mooloolaba around the walls have been home to some quality fish. Hairtail are being taken off the pontoon around La Balsa Park (see pics). These are not as big as their southern counterparts but are tops to eat and fight really hard. The kids have been catching them on prawns and fish fillets.

The beach's have plenty of smaller dart and a few bream and tailor around into the evening low or high tides. Moffat and Kings still hold bream and whiting with some monster tarwhine being caught around the rocks at Kings. Work the area around the northern tip of Bribie Island for mulloway and tailor in the deeper holes and if that slows down then walk around to the south and target whiting in the surf. Tewantin has some great holes and a few working gutters to get your tailor so make a day and night of it to get a good feed. The week ahead is the one to fish so get out there and have fun!
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Damo hooked up to a big cobia..that got sharked.
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Jai and his mate with a hairtail taken at La Balsa Park

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