Weekly Report 5 Feb 12

Davo's Noosa
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Weekly Report 5 Feb 12

Post by Brad » Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:51 pm

For those have been able to venture out for a fish there are plenty around. Sadly there are some mighty big seas on occassions out there and when they are backed with 15-20knot winds it can be a rough ride. Still there are plenty of schools of stripey, yellow fin and mack tuna around that are feeding on the many schools of small whitebait and pilchards off our coastline. The area out around the Gneering Shoals right through to the Outer Gneerings and the blinker east of Mooloolaba are some top spots to try. Small 20 and 30gram metal slugs are the best option but you will find that 20g can be a little light on when the wind starts to blow so always have a heavier one ready to hook on. If you are out there fishing for tuna and finding that they are not staying up for long there is a real possibility that dolphins are working in a large school under the bait. The dolphins and tuna schools actually just stop the bait balls from reaching the surface making it difficult to get more than one shot of them per bust up. The remenance that do reach the surface are then bird fodder. Persistance is the key and you will need to keep moving until you get a hook up. You would not want to be a baitfish out there at the moment.

The local game club was reporting some catches of marlin on Friday afternoon out wider and there are still reef species to be had for the diehards. The difficulty is trying to get an anchor down and stay down in big waves. Try using plastics and jigs if the chance comes along later in the week because it is just to unsafe to put an anchor down in big swells in smaller boats. Moses perch and sweetlip will be the order of the day if you can get out there. The mackerel are around but at the time of posting this report they remain well spread. It is a matter of watching all the signs and relying on your equipment to pin point these great fighters. Estuary fishing is still slow with too much freshwater around and plenty of tea coloured water. Don't dispair because dirty water allows the big preditors from offshore to sneak in and feed on all the live bait like herring and gar within the system. In times like these work the channel or deeper holes and hang on. Have Fun!

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