As at Monday August 4, 2008
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All in all it was a pretty good week for the offshore
brigade and although conditions on the water were chilly, the predominantly
light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) west south westerlies at least flattened
out whatever swells there were.
Trips 'out wide' were a viable option in the relatively calm conditions with Double Island Point producing snapper, pearl perch and red emperor and the Barwon Banks yielding squire, snapper, moses perch, pearl perch, hussar and parrot fish.
Closer in, North Reef was certainly worth a pick drop with snapper, squire, yellowtail kingfish and cobia well and truly on the bite. Norm Stace from Alexandra in Victoria (above) was out there on a half day Cougar One charter on Thursday and in a hot session boated a 15kg cobia and the quality 'Knobby' he's pictured with.
And on the same charter, Gary Roest from Beerwah (above) came up trumps when he hooked and landed this 15kg yellowtail kingfish using a yakka bait. He was using a Gary Howard rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 15kg line.
Not far from home base, Sunshine Reef fired a bit better this week with snapper and pearl perch in quite good numbers and the odd quality coral trout (as per the photo above) out on the northern edge. Local angler Bryce Smith picked up a thumper 8kg specimen out there on Saturday night but was elbowed out of the picture by his eager young assistants Jack, Sam, Clay and Harry. He was kitted out with a Shimano TLD20 outfit loaded with 20kg line. His bait? A live yakka.
ONSHORE: With conditions as good as they get, and the new moon phase in full bloom, the coastal surf beaches were well patronised.
The North Shore stretch was certainly a better proposition this week with some thumper whiting coming from the waters down towards the river mouth bar.
And good surf gutters between the second and third cuttings yielded dart and chopper tailor.
Further north, the waters 6km above Teewah were another hotspot, producing dart, flathead, whiting, tarwhine (1kg+), plenty of chopper tailor, the odd greenback (to 3kg) and jewfish to 5kg.
Across the other side of the bay, Tea Tree Bay was the spot for quality whiting while around the corner on the south side of Alexandria Bay, tailor and quality bream were responding well to whole pilchard baits. Further south, Sunrise Beach was the spot for a few flathead and at Marcus Beach, bream were the high profile species.
In the river, flathead numbers were on a slight increase with best results coming from up around Harbourtown and down at the river mouth where bream and luderick were also actively on the bite.
Mel Goodall from Melbourne (above right) was fishing down there on Tuesday afternoon when her live Davo's beach worm was taken by the 1.2kg 'Blackfish' she's posing with.
Apart from that there were a few tailor chasing soft plastics in the Woods Bays and the odd Mangrove Jack on the bite around the Munna Point Bridge and the back of the Sound.
Local angler Rob Duke (right) was fishing the bridge pylons on Friday night when his mullet flesh bait on ganged 2/0 hooks was taken by the 2.2kg 'Jack' he's pictured with. He was kitted out with a Shimano Catana rod and a Shimano Sienna 2500 reel loaded with 6lb Fireline and 40lb mono leader.