As at Monday August 10, 2009
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It was a pretty good week on the offshore scene with a 1m swell and light
to moderate (5 to 15 knot) south easterlies up until the weekend. Saturday
was a no go with winds in the 20 to 25 knot range and an increased swell
but the blustery conditions were fairly short lived and by Sunday it was
once again all systems go for the blue water brigade.
The middle reef belt was productive enough to keep most boaties satisfied with snapper, pearl perch, parrot fish and teraglin jewfish well spread and in quite good numbers. In addition to that, Chardon's Reef produced hussar, Maori cod and a few longtail tuna while North Reef yielded the odd longtail and some quality cobia. John Fairbairn from Canberra (above) was out there on Tuesday on a Cougar One charter when he hooked up with the 18kg cobia he's posing with.
And Vic Evans from Sydney (above) was more than happy to pose with an 8kg longtail tuna boated on the same charter.
Chris Desaubin and Glenda Thomas (above) hit paydirt at Chardon's Reef when, out on their friend John's boat 'Rodbenda", they got onto a school of nice snapper earlier in the week.
The fish were in the 6kg to 7kg range and, apart from a mix of reefies, they came back with five 'Knobbys' like those pictured. Their baits? Live slimy mackerel.
Apart from that, Sunshine Reef was the spot for sweetlip and, as you can see by the photo on the right, squire and snapper.
Local angler Ken McBride was out there early on Tuesday morning floating a few Davo's pilchards down when these 2.5kg and 4kg specimens came to the party.
ONSHORE: Conditions on the coastal surf beaches were excellent this week but for some reason there weren't many reports from local anglers. The only news from the North Shore was of whiting on the bite in the surf gutters about 7km's past Teewah. Over on the east side, bream and dart were on the bite on most beaches with some quality specimens in amongst the schools. In addition, Sunrise Beach produced whiting while Peregian Beach yielded tarwhine, as did Marcus Beach but with the added bonus there of chopper tailor.
In the river, flathead were in good numbers in lakes Cooroibah and Doonella and around those two lake mouths.
Further down, whiting were biting around the sand flats from Munna Point to the river mouth while bream were in good numbers along the Gympie Terrace stretch.
Young Tewantin lad Thomas Broad (right) was fishing from the bank at the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club when his prawn bait attracted the 500gm 'Yellowfin' he's pictured with.
On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam bass were responding well to 1/2oz Blades in the Yabba Arm as Callum Munro (below) found on Wednesday. His best fish, as below, was 50cm
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