As at Monday August 13, 2007
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OFFSHORE: Hooly, dooly!
Offshore conditions got off to a damn good start and went to better, to
almost ideal on some days.
Well, if you want to be picky, the winds (which were predominantly variable westerlies) did flare up a bit on Thursday and Friday but not enough to discourage any offshore excursions.
Every day, in fact, was worth the effort with Snapper, Squire, Moses Perch, Parrot Fish and Pearl Perch common to all visited reefs.
Apart from the aforementioned species, Double Island Point produced Teraglin Jewfish, North Reef was the spot for Cobia, Maori Cod and Estuary Cod and Chardon's Reef yielded Sweetlip, Maori Cod, Northern Bluefin Tuna and, as per the photo on the right, Scarlet Sea Perch.
Local angler Robert Acton hit the middle reef belt on Thursday morning, picking up half a dozen Pearlies at North Reef before dropping the pick at Chardon's where he boated this 4kg 'Scarlet'.
His bait? Pilchard floaters.
And also at Chardon's on Thursday, Garry Fitzgerald (right) boated what has to be this year's ugliest Snapper (weight 6kg) while out there on a Cougar Too charter.
He was kitted out with an Azegale rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 20lb line.
Apart from that, Sunshine Reef wasn't a bad option with Snapper, Teraglin Jewfish, Sweetlip, Coral Trout and Cobia all on the bite.
ONSHORE: With 'barely a ripple' masquerading as a shore dump the coastal surf beaches were a great family destination this week and the fishing was a dead set bonus.
The North Shore stretch was probably the best performer this week with Bream and Tarwhine around the Third Cutting, Dart, Trevally and Whiting at Teewah and Bream, school Jewfish and Dart near the Shire boundary.
Dart were also in good numbers at the top end of Teewah Beach with school Jewfish and Chopper Tailor an added bonus. On the east side, Marcus and Peregian beaches produced Dart, Whiting and plenty of Bream.
In the river, Flathead were well spread with the best results coming from down at the river mouth (on soft plastics), around Munna Point and in Weyba Creek (together with Bream), along Hilton Esplanade (small trolled divers) and up at Lake Cooroibah where drifted Whitebaits and trolled hard bodies worked well.
Apart from that, Queenfish were responding to soft plastics off the river mouth rock groyne, Tailor were on
|the bite at the Sheraton Bridge (on Pilchards) and Trevally were going for small trolled divers at Harbourtown and, as you can see by the photo above right, soft plastics in the Woods Bays. Davo's Diva Cheryl Lacey was down there around dusk on Wednesday, casting and retrieving a Gladiator gold fleck Prawn soft plastic, and was rewarded (after roughly an hour of patient work) with this 2.2kg fish. She was armed with a G-Loomis rod and a Shimano Stradic 1000 reel loaded with 6lb Crystal braid and 12lb mono leader. She was also busted off by a bigger fish but... that's just another fishy story.|