Summary October 2017

Facebook provides an excellent and simple facility for conducting group discussions in text form, including unbeatable support for adding still pictures, movies and "shares". As a result, with our Facebook Group we have brilliant media-rich communication within Noosa Yakkers, with lots of info and useful material appearing quickly on our Group because it's so easy to post, to view and to make comments. Not on Facebook? I encourage you to dip your paddle in the Facebook sea and give it a try. If the oldest members of Noosa Yakkers can do it probably you can. Not convinced? Don't despair. We have no intention of dropping our tried and true Google Group email or our indispensable blog of Trip Reports and generally useful yak fishing info. But if you're not on Facebook, you're missing out on useful information.

To help retain contact with our established world wide blog audience we've decided to publish this monthly summary of our fishing activity. The info has been extracted from our closed (private) Facebook Group. The included link to each Facebook post will work only for members of the Noosa Yakkers Facebook Group. Constructive ideas to improve this summary and/or volunteered editorial skills are welcomed.

Don't want your Facebook post reproduced here? Please contact a committee member.

This monthly brief summary of fishing trip information within the Noosa Yakkers area is only a fraction of the useful and interesting info and banter appearing on our Facebook Group. You can see our public Page here:
Noosa Yakkers public Page (includes Sign Up link)
and our Group, fully accessible only to Group members, here:
Noosa Yakkers Facebook Group (includes request to join facility for all)

Overview, weather and species

Noosa sea temperature 01Oct17 23.3°C/74°F and at 31Oct17 25°C/77°F

Fish species mentioned or featured in Noosa Yakkers' reports this month in Noosa area: grass sweetlip, snapper, cobia, mangrove jack, trevally, tailor, flathead, slatey bream, Maori cod, bass, tilapia, fingermark

Weather: Huge amounts of rain early- and mid-month caused the Noosa River to run fresh and high, eventually resulting in a plume of murky water exiting into Laguna Bay, and a reduction in offshore fishing expeditions later in October.

05Oct17

animal:

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08Oct17

animal and others:






09Oct17

doctor dog:

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animal:

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10Oct17

teematt:

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11Oct17

animal and others:




jonnyGee:

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13Oct17


webby and others:

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weeksie:

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14Oct17


sunshiner and others:

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Video by sunshiner from that day



teematt and other:



animal and other:

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15Oct17

luke:



21Oct17


diesel and others

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sprocket:




and drone video by Phil, sprocket's son


22Oct17

luke:




23Oct17

tunny:



28Oct17

animal and son



29Oct17

animal and others

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the hoff

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The sea's now cleaning up and heating up. Let's see if the first Spanish or spotted macs for the season turn up in November.

Kev Long [sunshiner]

Summary September 2017

Facebook provides an excellent and simple facility for conducting group discussions in text form, including unbeatable support for adding still pictures, movies and "shares". As a result, with our Facebook Group we have brilliant media-rich communication within Noosa Yakkers, with lots of info and useful material appearing quickly on our Group because it's so easy to post, to view and to make comments. Not on Facebook? I encourage you to dip your paddle in the Facebook sea and give it a try. If the oldest members of Noosa Yakkers can do it probably you can. Not convinced? Don't despair. We have no intention of dropping our tried and true Google Group email or our indispensable blog of Trip Reports and generally useful yak fishing info. But if you're not on Facebook, you're missing out on useful information.

To help retain contact with our established world wide blog audience we've decided to publish this monthly summary of our fishing activity. The info has been extracted from our closed (private) Facebook Group. The included link to each Facebook post will work only for members of the Noosa Yakkers Facebook Group. Constructive ideas to improve this summary and/or volunteered editorial skills are welcomed.

Don't want your Facebook post reproduced here? Please contact a committee member.

This monthly brief summary of fishing trip information within the Noosa Yakkers area is only a fraction of the useful and interesting info and banter appearing on our Facebook Group. You can see our public Page here:
Noosa Yakkers public Page (includes Sign Up link)
and our Group, fully accessible only to Group members, here:
Noosa Yakkers Facebook Group (includes request to join facility for all)

Overview, weather and species

Noosa sea temperature 01Sep17 22.2°C/72°F and at 30Sep17 23.3°C/74°F

Fish species mentioned or featured in Noosa Yakkers' reports this month in Noosa area: snapper, bonito, pike, mackerel tuna, longtail tuna, grass sweetlip, school mackerel, cobia.

02Sep17


doctor dog and tunny:

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03Sep17


The hoff:

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weeksie:

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redwood:

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07Sep17


tunny:

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08Sep17


redwood and tunny

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09Sep17


weeksie

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10Sep17


teematt:

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11Sep17


doctor dog and weeksie:

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16Sep17

sunshiner and others

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tunny and others:

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17Sep17

weeksie:




doctor dog (camping on the upper Noosa River):

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19Sep17

sunshiner:

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22Sep17


weeksie:

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tunny:

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23Sep17

weeksie:

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27Sep17

teematt:



29Sep17

animal and friend:




30Sep17

sunshiner with stormin



sprocket:



doctor dog:




So, it turned out to be a busy month and things are likely to get busier with the cobia showing up on schedule and even longtails still a possibility. There have to be a few big snapper around, too.

Kev [sunshiner]

Little Halls cobia, 19Sep17

[Two videos: trip summary and cobia catch, at end of post]

There was this one offshore yak fishing opportunity for the week showing up on Seabreeze and confirmed by MetEye. I put out the word on FB the afternoon before and, as I'd hoped, tunny agreed to accompany me on a brief foray to Little Halls Reef before the wind started blowing hard from the north, for several days.

Tunny was already in the carpark when my little green Mazda also arrived, at around 0450. Soon we were trundling our yaks down to the beach where I was happy to be greeted by a very small swell and smooth waters inshore but in the improving light, a small chop out wider, denoting a light NW breeze, as forecast.

I really needed a snapper today as my snapper score for 2017 so far has been woeful and way below my yearly average. I was also intent on experimenting with a bobby cork rig which allowed a live or dead bait (or lure) to be suspended at a depth of 10m. Today it was rigged for bait. Those familiar with Little Halls Reef will immediately recognize that such a rig, if working properly, will keep the bait 2-3m above the ocean floor in that area. So, snag free but well within the reach of succulent and nervous bottom dwellers such as sweetlip.

Tunny was first in the area (well he is younger, and fitter!). After a short while he reported that he'd found a small patch of bait, which is really important, we think, for indicating where we should fish. "The secret to fishing: fish where the fish are." This first patch of bait proved illusory and so we paddled and drifted randomly fishing all the while and eventually I ran across a decent, if rather small, patch of bait which I marked and then told tunny about. We fished within about 50m of this bait school for the rest of the session.

We'd started fishing the area at around 0600 and the first action wasn't for an hour or so after this. My experimental bobby cork rig provided it. I was fishing with a SP on my casting rig and keeping a peripheral eye on my bobby cork, bobbing around some 10-15m away, with the bait suspended at 10m depth. Quite suddenly the float sank. My heart raced and I struck to feel a slight weight which soon revealed itself to be a very juvenile Maori cod. Hey, the rig worked! The stinger treble was lodged securely in its jaw. Back it went to do some growing up.


I rebaited the bobby cork rig with a pre-sliced strip of bonito and paddled the short distance back to the bait school where I deployed my attractions again. It didn't take long. Again, the float disappeared, but more violently this time. Line was pouring off the reel and, having picked up the trailing rig, I had two rods in my hands. What's more, the casting outfit also took off (later I realised that the SP on this rig must have somehow become engaged with the bobby cork rig as I had line pouring off both reels).


Then everything went slack (well, nearly everything). My leader knot on the bobby cork rig had broken. Perhaps I'd upped the drag a little too high but the knot did break (bugger!). My float popped up some distance away and tunny helped retrieve it. So, what to do? Re-rig of course. No small task in a kayak rocking on the ocean: tie on a new leader (10m long), thread a bead on then thread the bobby cork on followed by tying on a new terminal rig, baiting it and paddling back to where the fish might be. This seemed a fair-enough idea at the time, but I made the fatal mistake of feeding out the 10m leader overboard while I was setting stuff up. I was all ready to redeploy it when I realised that I had the new leader around the rudder. Fark! There was nothing for it but to ask tunny to help and as it was "be kind to old guys' day" he did, but in the process the new leader etc was rendered useless (it was in several pieces, which is not good). But I hadn't lost my float, or the new terminal gear, which is good.

Tunny helps out
I sulked for a short while, fishing with only my casting outfit. Then a ray of sunshine arrived in the form of a small but keeper snapper. That banished my sulkiness and started me thinking about repairing the trailing rig and making it simpler: i.e. no float.

My second snapper for 2017
The re-rig of the trailing outfit took only a couple of minutes. I baited it with another slice of the bonito I caught a couple of trips back, paddled back to "where the fish are" and deployed it first, simply letting a little line out until I judged it might be several metres down. I then placed the rod in the rod holder making sure that the drag was lightly set (this to minimise the possibility of being rolled in the event of a big strike). I then cast out my SP on the other rod and settled back into my routine. One minute, two minutes, pow! The drag ratchet sounded like a chain saw in a quiet forest dale, even though I'm half deaf.


Even if I do say so myself, I think I did a decent job of getting the casting rig retrieved and out of the way and the drogue too, all while fighting the rampaging monster with my spare hand. I guessed early on that it may have been a cobia as it fought straight up and down (lots of down, I can tell you). Half way through the 15 minute fight I saw the cobe clearly below. Possibly a PB, I thought, but certainly not a Noosa Yakkers record. I just kept the pressure on and waited for the inevitable tiring of my opponent. The gaff went in once I judged it was really knackered and I dragged it aboard and slid it straight into the open hatch.

The cobia swims past just before gaff time.

I had enough fish but tunny and I hung around for a little longer before heading in, accompanied by an increasing northerly breeze, exactly as forecast, and, unforecast, a pod of three whales which swam on a parallel track with me toward Middle Groyne for around 15 minutes.

Beach pics

Mother and daughter, holidaying from Melbourne, were happy to have their picture taken.

Pic by tunny. Thanks, mate.

On the mat. At least 117cm, maybe 120 but not longer.

Thanks for reading.

And for those who like to watch...

The cobia capture


The trip summary


Kev [sunshiner]