As at Monday 25th August 2003
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|OFFSHORE: It wasn't overly exciting on the local reefs this week with moderate to fresh variable Southerlies and 2m seas opening the show and fresh to strong variable Northerlies and 3m seas winding things up before the weekend even got under way. Having said that, there were still a few fishable days (mostly earlier in the week apart from today) and although conditions were sometimes a little lumpy, most offshore boaties copped it on the chin and made the most of whatever opportunities came their way. Squire, Pearl Perch, Moses Perch and Parrot Fish were common to the visited reefs. In addition, for the bigger boats that were able to go the distance, the Barwon Banks turned it on with Snapper, Yellowtail Kingfish, Amberjack and Rosy Jobfish all on the bite. A little closer in, Chardon's Reef produced Sweetlip, Snapper, Cobia, Northern Bluefin (Longtail) Tuna and Maori Cod while North Reef yielded Northern Bluefin Tuna, Cobia, Bonito, Maori Cod and Mackerel Tuna. Sunshine Reef was relatively quiet with just average reefies making up the catch. Friday was one of the standout days (weatherwise) this week and as you can see by the two photos on the right, the fishing mirrored the weather. Tony Geritz (top right), from Aspley in Queensland, boated this very nice 4.2kg Snapper at the Barwon Banks while on a full day Cougar Too charter. And Canberra visitor Julie Rapson (right) came up with a personal best when she brought in this 15kg Cobia (Black Kingfish) while out on North Reef on a half day trip aboard Cougar One. Both were kitted out with Wilson Live Fibre rods and Alvey 725C reels loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline.|
The coastal surf beaches were given a wide berth by anglers this week,
even more so over the weekend when the strong wind warning was in place,
so, apart from the odd Jewfish off the National Park headland, we have
nothing to report from that area. In the river, the Luderick schooling
at the 'Rock Wall' lost their taste for the black 'weed' and pretty much
dropped off the boil, as did most of the other bread and butter species
throughout the system. That, of course, just meant that those anglers
keen for a result had to get a bit creative and put in a bit more time
to get a feed.
Flathead, when located, were good numbers and very receptive to well worked soft plastics. 'Lizard' hot spots were down at the river mouth (along with Whiting), the Frying Pan, the inner Woods Bay (where Tarpon and small Trevally made their mark earlier in the week), Weyba Creek (which also produced Whiting and the odd Chopper Tailor), Goat Island and the mouth of Lake Cooroibah. Apart from that there were Bream on the chew up around Harbourtown, Mangrove Jack in the back of Noosa Sound, and a few Chopper Tailor in the outer Woods Bay and the Munna Bridge area. And that was where local angler Leo Berka (above left) nailed this 2.6kg specimen around light on Friday. Armed with an Okuma threadline combo loaded with 4kg line, Leo tempted this excellent fish with a well cast Diachi surface popper. On the freshwater scene, Borumba Dam was again the favoured location with Bass, Saratoga and Yellowbelly responding well to soft plastics, jig spins and spinnerbaits. The hairy bloke holding the two 1.5kg Bass (top right) is Dominic Fry, well regarded as one of our top hard bodied lure manufacturers and fishing journalist extraordinaire. Dom was out at Borumba Dam on Tuesday afternoon with Davo's staffer Mark Pertot, where between them they caught and released a total of nine Bass, one Saratoga and one Yellowbelly. Dom was using a Shogun Medium baitcaster rod and a Mitchell Copperhead reel loaded with 14lb Fireline and 15lb mono leader. The lure that worked best on the day was a gold spinnerbait.
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