With moderate to fresh south easterlies roughing
up the outer reefs from Saturday onwards, those offshore boaties lucky
enough to get out earlier in the week ahead of the more blustery conditions
got the best of the deal.
Although fairly quiet, Squire, Pearl Perch, Moses perch and Parrot Fish
were pretty much common to the visited reefs. In addition, North Reef
produced Teraglin Jewfish, Cobia, Snapper and Maori Cod while at Massoud's
Reef the bonus species,
as you can see by the photo above, was Snapper.
Tim from Brisbane was out there on a full day Cougar
One charter last Monday when he boated this 4.5kg specimen.
He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825C reel
loaded with 15kg line. His bait? A live Yakka.
Last but not least, Sunshine Reef yielded Railway Perch, Sweetlip and
the odd Mowong.
ONSHORE: Dart were in good numbers and well
spread on the coastal surf beaches this week so anyone with a small surf
outfit and fresh bait was pretty much guaranteed a feed.
On the North Shore, apart from the abundant Dart, the waters opposite
Teewah were good for Bream and Tarwhine as were the surf gutters about
6km's north of there where average size Flathead were an added bonus.
Over on the east side coastal stretch; Bream, Tarwhine and Whiting were
also well represented in the gutters from Marcus Beach to Peregian Beach.
In the river, Flathead, Chopper Tailor and Bream were active down in the
Frying Pan as local yak angler Jim Vagne (above right)
found when he fished the area on Tuesday morning. Jim used floated Pilchards
on 4x3/0 ganged hooks to good effect and came back with a good feed for
a large family.
Flathead were also on the bite in Weyba Creek (as were Bream), in the
stretch between the lakes (with trolled hard
bodies and drifted Whitebaits working well) and around the top of Lake
Cootharaba where trolled soft plastics rained supreme.
Apart from that, Bream and Tailor were on the bite just below the mouth
of Lake Cooroibah while there were plenty of Whiting and Bream and (as
per the photo on the right) a few Trevally in the stretch from Goat Island
to Munna Point.
Ian Bland (right) was working that area from his canoe on Friday morning
when his half Pilchard bait was taken by the 1.9kg 'Golden' he's pictured
with. He was armed with a Silstar rod and a Shimano 2500 spin reel loaded
with 4kg line and 20lb trace. The Woods Bays were a lot more sedate than
previous weeks although there were still the odd Trevally, Bream, Tarpon
and Tailor for those prepared to put in the time. On the freshwater scene,
Borumba Dam was worth the effort with Bass active around the Eagles Nest
and Yellowbelly chasing spinnerbaits and Jackalls at the start of the
timber. The Lake MacDonald Bass (to 45cm) were responding well to soft
plastics around Gazebo Bay.