As at Monday August 21, 2006
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OFFSHORE: Yippee yahoo!.
It's been quite a while since we've been able to boast of an uninterrupted
run of idyllic conditions
but at last we can. A whole week dominated by light to moderate variable
winds meant that every day was a winner as far as the offshore brigade
were concerned. The icing on the cake, of course, was that the reef
fish were well and truly on the bite with Squire, Snapper, Pearl Perch
and Moses Perch all in good numbers at most of the visited reefs. In
addition, out wide, The Hards yielded Rosy Jobfish and Parrot Fish while
across at Double Island Point the bonus species was Maori Cod. Closer
in, North Reef was a worthwhile option, producing Gold Band Snapper,
Sweetlip, Spotted Mackerel, Parrot Fish, Estuary Cod, Cobia and Teraglin
Jewfish. Chardon's Reef was a standout for the common species already
mentioned (plus Teraglin Jewfish, big Pearlies and Maori Cod) while
at 'The Coffees' the extras were Cobia, Scarlet Sea Perch, Maori Cod,
Estuary Cod and Sweetlip. Young Jarrod Polzin from Toowoomba (above
right) was on a full day Cougar
One charter to 'The Coffees' on Saturday when he boated the
3kg Snapper he's pictured with. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live
Fibre rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 20lb line.
The coastal surf beaches were good for the bread and butter species this
week. On the North Shore Whiting and Dart were well spread although the
waters around Teewah were particularly attractive. Across the other side
of Laguna Bay the National Park headland was the spot for a few quality
Bream as Dave Andrews (below) from Peregian Beach discovered early on
Tuesday morning. Dave, who was using Tuna fillets as his main draw card,
caught a number of these great table fish, dropped a thumper, and brought
in this top weight 1.15kg specimen for a quick pic. He was armed with
a SnyderGlas rod and an Alvey 600 reel loaded with 12lb line. Further
south, Sunshine and Castaways beaches both produced Bream, Dart, Tarwhine
and Whiting while at Marcus Beach the standouts were Dart and Whiting.
In the river, there were plenty of good size Flathead taken around the
Munna Beach caravan park foreshore (along with Whiting) with live baits,
silver spoons, soft plastics and Prawn baits all working well. The river
mouth was another Flathead hot spot as young Owain Ritson (right) found
much to his delight late on Friday afternoon. Owain was floating out a
Pilchard on 3x2/0 ganged hooks when this 1.65kg 'Lizard' came to the party.
|Whiting were the other standout species this week and were well spread throughout the system. The hot spots, however, were (apart from Munna Point) around Goat Island and up at Lake Cooroibah. The Tailor and Trevally action dried up as far as lures were concerned but there were still fish to be had in the Woods Bays at night using Pilchards and live fish baits. There were also a few quality Trevally (to 2.5kg) taken on live Worms in the deeper waters in the vicinity of 'The Wharf'.|