As at Monday 26th August 2002
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Well, up until the middle of August we'd been experiencing a predominantly
warm, dry winter. It's been so dry, in fact, that most of us have been
praying for at least a little bit of rain, and boy did we finally get
it. Rain, rain and more rain. It's great for the farmers, of course, as
well as being a very important element in the life cycle of our freshwater
impoundments and our estuary system, and as far as the offshore brigade
were concerned, certainly no impediment to hitting the reefs. At least
that was the case earlier in the week when moderate to fresh variable
Easterlies were the order of the day. Unfortunately for the weekend boaties,
the predicted strong South South Easterlies put a damper on things, pushing
the prevailing 1.5m swell up into the 2.5m to 3m range and curtailing
offshore activity from early Saturday morning onwards. Nonetheless, for
those prepared to put up with the somewhat wet and joggly conditions earlier
in the week the fish were there for the taking with Squire, Pearl Perch
and Parrot Fish the species common to the visited reefs. In addition,
the Barwon Banks and The Hards produced quality Snapper while at Chardon's
Reef the bonus catch was Mackerel Tuna, Yellowlip Butterfly Bream, Tailor,
Bonito and, as you can see by the photo on the right, quality Cobia. Gold
Coast visitors Luke Mercer (left in photo) and his brother Cameron had
to share the load when it came to holding this Black Kingfish for the
camera last Tuesday morning, and no wonder; at 25kg this is a serious
fish. Cameron, who incidentally was celebrating his birthday on the day,
was the lucky angler who hooked and boated this thumper on a Cougar
One charter but as you can imagine, his brother Luke was cheering
him all the way to the finish line. Cameron was kitted out with a Gary
Howard rod and an Alvey 725C reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline.
ONSHORE: Conditions on the coastal beaches were ordinary to say the least, with the wind chill factor and a dumping surf combining to discourage all but the most ardent surf angler from even thinking about wetting a line. In the river, which at least provided a degree of shelter from the elements, Bream were well spread but of only average size and the better Whiting came from the stretch from Munna Point to the river mouth and Weyba Creek. The Trevally responded quite well to Bubble Poppers in the Woods Bays while Flathead showed a higher profile and a bit more aggression up at Lake Cooroibah, on the drift from Tewantin to the river mouth, Weyba Creek and as in the case of the photo below left, Noosa Sound. Brisbane angler Jaimie Patulla boated this 2.5kg 'Big Mumma Lizard' in the Sound on Tuesday afternoon and released her back into the river straight after the photo was taken. (Goodonya mate). His bait? Live Worm on a 1/0 hook.
On the freshwater scene, the Tarpon were on the bite at Kin Kin Creek and as you can see by the photo above right, the Bass were still very active at Lake MacDonald. On Saturday afternoon Andrew Grabham caught and released these two 44cm (approx 2kg) specimens and two others of similar quality by casting June Bug Slider Grubs on 1/8oz jig heads. He was armed with a Daiwa ProCaster-X rod and a Daiwa Regal-X 2500 reel loaded with 6lb Fireline and 10lb 'Vanish' leader.
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