OFFSHORE: Whoopee doo! The swell eased and the wet south easterlies
finally dropped below the 20 knot mark. This wondrous event basically
meant that conditions went from last week's 'bloody awful' to being 'sort
of fishable' and allowed the desperates and die-hards an opportunity to
get out to the closer local reefs. North Reef was as far as anybody cared
to venture but with only average size squire, parrot fish and pearl perch
on the bite in underwhelming numbers it seemed hardly worth the effort.
Sunshine 'Close' was a much better option, especially earlier in the week,
and although it was pretty lumpy and the water was very murky, there were
some good catches of sweetlip, moses perch, parrot fish, coral trout and
snapper reported. There were also plenty of juvenile red throat emperor
and red emperor caught and released.
ONSHORE: Conditions on the coastal surf beaches
were less than ideal but that didn't seem to deter the long weekend holiday
crowd, especially as far as the North Shore was concerned. Bream were
in good numbers and size all along Teewah Beach, while in the surf gutters
north of Teewah township, the standouts were whiting and chopper tailor.
The river was still chocka block with muddy water which put the upper
estuary out of contention unless you were looking to
load up on catfish.
High tide at the river mouth was a good option under the circumstances
with bream and a few quality whiting being the standout species there.
Please note; There are a lot of juvenile fish on the bite at the moment
so minimum legal sizes should be adhered to.
Mud crabs were out in excellent numbers this week with one even being
taken on a baited line down at the river mouth.
Robert James (right) did really well on Wednesday and Thursday, reporting
plenty of big 'Jennies' but also a good haul of legal size 'Bucks' as
He attracted these quality muddies using tuna and reef fish frames.
Apart from that, Weyba Creek (which seemed less affected by the fresh
water inundation) produced a few flathead and the odd quality bream while
there were also a few mangrove jacks reported to be on the prowl around
the Munna Point Bridge after dark towards the end of the week.