Report 21/3/16

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Report 21/3/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Sat Mar 26, 2016 12:10 pm

OFFSHORE: The smaller boats copped another flogging this week. Moderate to strong 15 to 25 knot south easterlies were the rule rather than the exception and those recreational anglers who headed out over the bar were more often than not back shortly after. Conditions past the shelter of the headland were sloppy and choppy to say the least and it wasn't until Friday that the winds backed off dramatically. Saturday's forecast of 5 knot variable winds and a 1.0m to 1.2m swell saw an endless stream of boats heading for Sunshine Reef, making the most of what must be the best coral trout season in over a decade.

Based on Saturday's favourable forecast, the lads on Trekka 2 scheduled a nine hour charter to Double Island Point, returning with a boat load of delighted customers and a bin load of quality reef fish. On the capture list were; knobby snapper, squire, Maori cod, venus tusk fish, coral bream, striped sea perch, mowong, grass sweetlip and heaps of pearl perch. Andy Kelly from the Gold Coast is pictured with a couple of nice knobby snapper from that trip.
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Along the middle reef belt, North Reef was good for the bottom bashers, producing quality grass sweetlip, venus tusk fish, mowong, monocle bream, gold spot wrasse, squire, Maori cod, scarlet sea perch or large mouth nannygai, pearl perch and moses perch. Steve Harrouk from Logan in Brisbane and Tony Pollicina from Brisbane are pictured with a Maori cod and a couple of grass sweetlip from Saturday's Wild Thing 2 charter to the middle of North.
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Chardon's Reef really came alive on Saturday for anyone chasing pelagics. The Spanish mackerel were in excellent numbers and responding well to trolled hard body lures, cast and jigged metal slugs, live floaters and surface poppers. Peter and Lachlan Riley from Tewantin boated a couple of 7.5kg specimens out there in the morning. They nailed one on a live pike floater and the other one (when they were busting up around the boat) on a large popper.
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And what about the wahoo! They came on the bite about the same time as the Spaniards, hitting trolled hard body lures with abandon. Chris Walter from the Noosa Offshore Fishing Club trolled up this 11kg 'Hoo' at Chardon's roughly an hour after the top of the tide on Saturday morning. It went for a deep diving Rapala X-Rap hard body. His quality fish won Chris this week's $50.00 Davo's Tackle World Fish of the Week prize.
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Closer to home, Sunshine Reef fired up in the sloppy conditions, producing snapper, squire, moses perch, mowong, Maori cod, grass sweetlip, many lined sweetlip, banana fish, Spanish mackerel, spangled emperor, scarlet sea perch, dark tailed sea perch, northern bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, school mackerel, spotted mackerel, red throat emperor, venus tusk fish and lots of quality coral trout. Local angler John Holeszko nailed his thumper trout there on Friday's Trekka 2 charter while Rico Faurie from Victoria is pictured with one of the standout spangled emperors boated on Thursday's charter.
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Wild Thing 2 was in amongst the action most days as well. From Sunday's seven hour charter we have Brad Burchell from Murrumba Downs with a dark tailed sea perch and quality snapper while Brett Ritson from Tewantin and Vince Fama from Geelong in Victoria boated a quality coral trout each.
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In the relative shelter of Laguna Bay, mackerel tuna, spotted mackerel and northern bluefin tuna were on the move and going for trolled hard body lures and cast metal slugs. Apart from that, Hall's Reef was good for grass sweetlip and the odd squire with pilchard and live yakka baits getting best results.

ONSHORE: There was a bit of sweep along the coastal surf beaches but despite that there was a feed to be had for those prepared to put in the time. Along Castaways Beach the start of the incoming tide was good for whiting (on worms) plus bream and dart while at the northern end of Sunshine Beach, jewfish were responding well to fresh mullet after dark. Around the corner in Laguna Bay the middle groyne on Main Beach had bream and whiting at the start of the incoming tide. On the Noosa North Shore, the Third Cutting was the spot for some quality bream, the odd dart and a few tailor late afternoon and evening. Further north from there, whiting were in numbers in the surf gutters near Double Island Point while squire, tarwhine and tailor were active around the rocks.

The estuary was still pretty quiet. There was a good spread of species but, like last week, they weren't in any real numbers. At the river mouth there were a few jacks chasing live fish baits at night while during the day, flathead, bream, the occasional queenfish and golden trevally, grunter bream, tailor and even the odd luderick were on the bite. Further up, the Frying Pan was good for bream, flathead and tailor. Corinna Cope caught a 60cm flathead in the Frying Pan on Thursday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a whole prawn bait. Whiting were going for live worms and yabbies opposite the Dog Beach during the day while there were a few thumper tailor taken on whole pilchard baits around the Sand Bags in the late afternoon and evening.
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The outer Woods Bay and the current line produced some nice sized trevally and the odd tailor around dawn and dusk. Working the last of the run-out tide, trolling hard bodies like the Jackson Athletes and the Ecogear SX60's, as well as fishing soft plastics like the Atomic minnows and Fuze Prawn heads, got good results. Queenfish were also active in The Bays while around the back of the Sound, mangrove jacks were going for live fish baits and fresh mullet after dark. During the day it was bream, flathead and tarpon. Chris Kay sent in these pix and a brief report from a session around the back of the Sound on Friday... "Hey Davo's. Just went for a quick flick around Sheraton Bridge. Second cast, this decent tarpon took my Babybel lure and within a couple of minutes my mate Ben Lavender hooked up to this monster 60cm flathead. It took a Berkley Gulp 8cm Craw. Both were released."
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Bream, flathead and crabs (blue swimmer and mud) were on the prowl in Weyba Creek. Brendan Lee from Melbourne boated this 70cm flathead in upper Weyba Creek on Thursday using a white bait as his draw card. He was on a Noosa River Fishing Safari at the time. Further upriver, the Tewantin stretch and Tewantin ski run had some nice sized school jewfish and mangrove jacks around dawn and dusk with fresh mullet being the preferred bait. Trevally were also chasing surface lures there around first light. Lake MacDonald was full to overflowing with lots of bass going over the spillway. Fishing the weed edges with Smak Spinnerbaits, LittleMax blades and 3" Keitech soft plastics early morning and late afternoon, however, still got the odd strike.
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