As at Monday April 16, 2007
With 20 to 25 knot (sometimes 30 knot) south easterlies dominating the offshore
scene earlier in the week it was all down to the weekend warriors to get
the runs on the board. Yesterday and today, in fact, were by far the better
options and those who took the opportunity reported Parrot Fish and Moses
Perch as the most common species boated.
The middle reef belt seems as far as anyone cared to go this week with Chardon's Reef producing Maori Cod, Estuary Cod and Pearl Perch. Young Mainze Rouse, right, was out there today on a full day Cougar One charter and was happy to pose with his standouts; a 2.2kg 'Bro' and a 2.3kg 'Pearlie'. He was kitted out with a Gold Ugly Stik and a Shimano TLD15 reel loaded with 20lb line. At North Reef the bonus species were Shiny Mackerel, Pearl Perch and, as you can see by the photo above, Jewfish. David Wibrow was one of a small number of anglers who put up with Saturday's less than ideal conditions and was rewarded with the 11kg Jewfish or Mulloway he's posing with. He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 15kg line and 50lb trace. His bait? Yakka on a 6/0 hook. Apart from that there were Garfish schools and the odd Spanish Mackerel active around (and north of) Jew Shoal. Mackerel Tuna and Northern Bluefin Tuna were on the bite around the drum lines and north of the headland and large schools of juvenile Queenfish were boiling near the shark nets.
ONSHORE: There weren't many reports from the exposed coastal surf beaches this week. The gutters north of Teewah produced the standouts on the North Shore with Chopper Tailor, quality Dart and Tarwhine (to 1.2kg) all on the bite. There were also a few Tailor active down towards the bar while over on the east side; Peregian Beach was the spot for Whiting and Dart.
In the river, the channels and flats at the river mouth produced Bream, Whiting, Flathead and, over on the North Shore side, quality Tailor. Using flesh baits, Brisbane angler Neil Pollock (right) landed this 2.5kg 'Greenback' down there late on Thursday afternoon. Neil was armed with a Wilson 6' Barra rod and a 6" Alvey reel loaded with 12lb line. The Woods Bays were still a good option for Tailor and Trevally (chrome slugs, surface poppers and Prawn lures) and, as the week ended, schools of (mostly juvenile) Shiny and Spotted Mackerel.
Most of this week's Mangrove Jack activity came from the jetties around Noosa Sound (hard body lures and soft plastics) while some top weight Flathead were responding well to drifted Whitebait and cast soft plastics in the lower Gympie Terrace stretch. Apart from that, there was some quality Whiting chasing Prawn baits at the entrance to Noosa Waters while in the canals themselves, Trevally were going for soft plastics. Chris Lacey, right, tempted this 700gm specimen with a surface retrieved pink 'Grass Minnow' Power Worm on Friday afternoon. His outfit was a G-Loomis rod and a Shimano Chronarch reel loaded with 20lb braid. Last but not least, the entrance to Lake Cooroibah was the spot for Bream, Flathead, Moses Perch and Mud Crabs.