offshore week got off to a bit of a bumpy start with moderate to fresh
(15 to 20 knot) variable southerlies roughing up the waters before switching
to variable westerlies in time for the long weekend. Saturday was the
pick of the bunch with 10 to 15 knot south westerlies prevailing, but
most days were quite fishable, although at times a little sloppy.
Laguna Bay offered a certain amount of protection from the slightly blustery
conditions and while the baitfish and bird activity was rather patchy
by comparison to previous weeks, there were still a few bluefin tuna quietly
on the prowl at Little Hall's Reef and the odd Spanish mackerel on the
bite north of Jew Shoal.
Sunshine Reef was certainly a worthwhile close-in option, producing parrot
fish, sweetlip, Maori cod, spotted mackerel, the odd Spanish mackerel,
quality snapper and, as you can see by the photo above, coral trout.
Sam Woodford was out there on Saturday afternoon
when his live whiptail bait was taken by the 4.5kg 'Trout' he's pictured
with. He was using a 55lb handline with an 80lb trace.
Further out, North Reef was the spot for moses perch, mackerel tuna, squire,
parrot fish, Maori Cod, pearl perch and mowong while out at the Barwon
Banks the catch was squire, Maori cod, moses perch, pearl perch and parrot
ONSHORE: The coastal
surf beaches were a more attractive proposition over the Anzac long weekend
with the North Shore stretch, sheltered from the westerlies, particularly
well patronised. Whiting and dart were in good numbers and of good quality,
especially up around the township of Teewah, as Stuart Allen and Dan Pertot
(below) discovered on Saturday afternoon. Using fresh pippies and live
beach worms as their draw cards the lads got onto a good patch of fish
with these 550gm whiting and 500gm dart being their standouts.
And while there were a few chopper tailor on the chew in the gutters opposite
the camping grounds there was a bit more action about 10kms north of there
with Jewfish being the target species. Pomona angler Pete Smith (below
right) lost a couple of good fish around midnight on Friday before he
landed the 3.5kg 'Jewie' he's pictured with. He was armed with a SnyderGlas
Mag Surf rod, an Alvey reel, 25lb line and 40lb wire trace. His bait?
Mullet strip on 3x4/0 hooks. Apart from that, Sunrise Beach produced good
dart, as did Castaways Beach but with the bonus of tailor to 2kg, bream
With the estuary fairly murky (again) from recent heavy rains, most of
the activity was from the bread and butter species. Despite the fresh
in the upper reaches, flathead were on the move in Lake Cooroibah with
trolled, pink, 2 to 3 metre divers getting best results. Flathead were
also in good numbers along the Gympie Terrace stretch to Munna Beach,
as were bream. Local lass Ashley Wordsworth (above left) was fishing just
up from the boat ramp at Munna Beach on Sunday afternoon when this 25cm
'keeper' took her frogmouth pilchard bait. She was armed with a Shakespeare
threadline combo loaded with 4kg line. The only other reports of note
were of whiting working the shallow swirling waters at the river mouth.
On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam bass were responding well to
spinnerbaits and small diving lures around the bays in the main basin.