As at Monday 4th August 2003
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It was a bit of a mixed bag for the offshore brigade this week with nearly
all of the action (and the fishable weather)
restricted to the first half of the week when the predominantly light
to moderate (10 to 15 knot) West South Westerlies reigned supreme. On
the weekend, unfortunately, it was a totally different ball game with
moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot) South South Easterlies and a 2m+ swell
deterring all but the die-hards from even attempting a bar crossing. The
upside (ain't there always one?) was that those who got out earlier in
the week were more than adequately rewarded. Squire, Parrot Fish and Moses
Perch were common to the visited reefs. In addition, Chardon's Reef produced
Pearl Perch and Mackerel Tuna while at North Reef the add-ons were Snapper,
Coral Trout, Bonito, Hussar, Pearl Perch and Tailor. A very popular spot
this week was Sunshine Reef (both for its close proximity and productivity),
which played host to Spotted Mackerel in numbers, a few excellent Cobia
and, as you can see by the photos on the right, quality Snapper. Graeme
Davis (top right) from Ballarat in Victoria boated this nice 'Knobby'
on Thursday while out there on a 3/4 day Cougar
Too charter. Graeme used a whole Pilchard floater to tempt this
specimen and at 4.7kg it was one of the top weights on the day. He was
armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 spin
reel loaded with 18lb line. And Melbourne visitor Rino Giove, right, wasn't
far off the mark with his 4.2kg fish, caught not long after on a live
Slimy Mackerel. His outfit was a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD20
O/H reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline.
ONSHORE: Those targeting the East side surf beaches earlier in the week turned in some pretty reasonable catches of Whiting, Bream, quality Dart and Chopper Tailor with Castaways, Peregian and Marcus beaches being the standouts. On the North Shore, the surf gutters around the Third Cutting produced Chopper Tailor, while Flathead were well spread.
In the river, the Luderick still had a hankering for fresh 'Weed' at the river mouth car park rocks while in the Frying Pan there was a bit of Trevally and Chopper Tailor action. The stretch from Munna Beach to the river mouth accounted for many a Whiting, Bream and Flathead while there were some quality Garfish schooling off the Woods Point and some of the Gympie Terrace jetties. Apart from that, there was a bit of Chopper Tailor action up around Harbourtown at Tewantin, Trevally in the Munna Bridge area at first light and, as per the photo above left, a few quality Bream in Weyba Creek. Local angler Rodney Beck worked Weyba with an Atomic 'Grey Ghost' coloured 2" Shad on Wednesday morning and hit the jackpot when this 1.1kg Bream hit it hard. He was armed with a light Penn spin rod and a Shimano 2000 reel loaded with 8lb line. And yesterday morning 'Noosa Yak Fishing Club' member Craig 'Hindsight' Hinds (above right) trolled up a couple of Chopper Tailor in the Frying Pan using a C-Lures 'Small Fry' then, after changing to a Manns Stretch 10+ 'Grey Ghost', nailed the 1.1kg Flathead he's pictured with near Munna Point. He was armed with an Innovator Shogun rod and a Shimano Calcutta 200 reel loaded with 12lb braid. On the freshwater scene, Lake MacDonald was hard work most of the week with anglers reporting best results with Rev Head/soft plastic combos and extra deep diving C-Lures 'Borers'.
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