Weekly Report 20 Feb 12

Davo's Noosa
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Weekly Report 20 Feb 12

Post by Brad » Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:13 pm

The question remains; where are all the mackerel? What a slow season it has been and of course the argument about the weather has not helped at all. Naturally you would assume that fishing can't be good all the time, but the run we have had over the past couple of years has been well below average and the biggest contibutor has been without doubt the fluctuating weather patterns. Luckily we have the opportunity to diversify quite a bit with freshwater dams, fully stocked impoundments, hundreds of miles of esturies and offshore fishing available to fill the gap. More importantly is the easy reach of other areas to enjoy fishing. It is only a short trip to Noosa North Shore or through to Double Island Point and if we can spare a weekend we can either head north or go south to catch a fish when we are blown out. Offshore this week may be a chance but not if the northerlies start to blow hard. My suggestion is to be ready to put on the boat and go.

Offshore will still be pretty heavy so closer in reefs may be the way to look for the first half of the week and look to move further out later if it is at all possible. There are still good sweeetlip and moses perch around the inner reefs with red throat emperor and tuskfish always giving a good account of themselves. The pearl perch have been around but in smaller than legal size making it a little frustating at times. We all need to remember that in another year these fish will be legal so a little patience goes a long way in these times. There are still bait schools being smashed by stripey tuna and yellow fin so they are worth a look when everything else is slow. There are also plenty of little tuna to keep the kids excited and they make great bait for a reef trip. Just remember when everything else fails offshore you need to find structure and and the bait schools to have a chance at success.

The estuaries have again ruled with any number of bream, elbow slapping whiting and flathead being caught around the traps. Twin Waters channel area has good whiting on poppers at the tide change in the early mornings. The cod hole is still worth a look in the evenings with trevally and bream working the area. The Boardwalk along the Pumicestone Passage whilst slow by normal standards can still dish up a quality bream or trevally in the early parts but once the light is up it is normally all stop. Tarwhine around the surf lifesaver hut and good whiting and dart mixed in amongst the shallow waves around Happy Valley. Whiting are more plentiful around Bells Creek and further south and by working the weed beds you should get a few good fish for a feed. Blood or squirt worms or live prawns are the pick of the baits but if you cannot get them try smaller yabbies. An interesting week ahead weather wise so good luck and have fun!
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Re: Weekly Report 20 Feb 12

Post by gazza59 » Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:37 pm

Thanks for the reports - they are very useful.
One question - where and how does one find bloodworms in the passage?

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Re: Weekly Report 20 Feb 12

Post by Brad » Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:33 am

I get them when I am pumping for yabbies or sometimes they can be found under rock areas. The best spot to get them is around the mangroves but you can't go near them to dig. I will ask around the other fishermen and see what we can come up with for you.
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