As at Monday April 4, 2011
OFFSHORE: Fairly ordinary but often fishable would best describe the week that was. The variable southerlies were light at times (more so early morning) but most often moderate, although the swell really didn't push much over 1.5m. As the south westerlies kicked in yesterday morning the bar flattened out quickly, but by Sunday afternoon the fresh, 20 knot+ south easterlies had arrived, shutting down the outer reefs. The relative shelter of Laguna Bay was still an option however.
Trips out wide were certainly on the cards for the bigger boats although reports from the Barwon Banks were of just fairly average catches of snapper, moses perch, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, hussar, mowong and Maori cod. Closer in, North Reef fired a little better, producing moses perch, sweetlip, Maori cod, Spanish mackerel and cobia. Sam McCully from Christchurch (above) was out there on Thursday on a 3/4 day Cougar One charter when he boated this 9kg Spaniard.
While on the same charter, Norman White from St. George in Queensland (above) was very happy to land a 7kg cobia. Apart from that, tuna (mostly small yellowfin, average size 2kg) were hammering the baitfish around the shark net lines.
ONSHORE: The only reports from the coastal surf beaches were from the North Shore stretch where whiting (and to a slightly lesser extent, dart) were in good numbers and well spread along Teewah Beach, with the waters below the First Cutting being particularly productive. Chopper tailor (average size 1kg) were on the bite opposite the Third Cutting.
In the estuary, quality whiting, bream and flathead were active in the Frying Pan and down towards the river mouth. Greg Sutton from Greys Point in Sydney (below left) was fishing the river mouth on a Noosa River Fishing Safaris charter on Friday morning when his pilchard bait was taken by a 1.2kg 'Lizard'. And on Sunday morning Luke Cock from Logan in Brisbane (below right) caught and released an 84cm specimen. Click on the photo to view a short video of the release.
Flathead, bream and trevally were on the bite in Weyba Creek while whiting,
bream, chopper tailor and trevally were on the chew in the Munna Point
Bridge/Culgoa Point area and in the Woods Bays. The Woods Bays were also
a good option for mangrove jacks and javelin fish as Bob Jeynes from Davo's
Compleat Angler (below) found earlier in the week. Bob worked
that area after dark with Gastronomic Shad Tails, catching and releasing
flathead, trevally and grunter bream but it wasn't until he switched over
to green Gladiator Slim Jims that he boated four mangrove jacks, releasing
all but the 1.8kg specimen pictured. He was using a Gladiator Elite rod,
a Shimano Stradic 2500 reel and 2kg Bonzai braid.
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How does it work? Well, next time you're in Davo's making a purchase, introduce
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