As at Monday 1st December 2003
Well, that was a pretty ordinary week to say the least. The offshore
reefs were definitely no place for the faint hearted (or anybody with
a modicum of common sense) earlier in the week with moderate to strong
South Easterlies, 2.5m seas and a 2m outside swell prevailing right
through until Saturday afternoon. Fortunately the situation from that
point on improved quite quickly as the swell dropped away under the
influence of a more benign 10 to 15 knot North Easterly change. Those
who were able to get offshore over the last few days found that Squire
and Pearl Perch were common to the outer reefs. In addition, Sunshine
Reef was the spot for Coral Trout, Sweetlip and Parrot Fish.
ONSHORE: The exposed surf beaches were pretty much a no
go zone for most of the week so many beach anglers simply gave it a miss.
Those keen for a feed, however, made a bee line for the calmer conditions
in Laguna Bay where Tailor (to 2kg) were on the bite around first light
at the groynes on Main Beach and Yellowtail Kingfish and Jewfish were
active around the bay side of the National Park headland. In the river,
Trevally were in good numbers and size with
the hot spots for these feisty critters being around the Tewantin ferry,
Harbourtown (along with Bream and Mangrove Jack), the Woods Bays and as
in the case of the 1.25kg fish below; Munna Bridge. Local angler Andrew
Batten did well to land this fish this morning as he was only lightly
armed with a 6ft 'Microlight' rod/Abu reel combo loaded with 6lb line.
His lure? The ever popular River2Sea Bubble Popper.
|Flathead, Whiting and Bream were more responsive to live baits this week with the better results coming from Lake Cooroibah, Weyba Creek and down at the river mouth, which is where local angler Gary Turner (above right), using a live Biddy as bait, caught and (after a quick pic) released this thumper 4.5kg 'Big Mumma' Lizard yesterday morning. Gary and his mate Keith Gravett (who's assistance was very much required when it came to boating this fish) did well considering their outfit was a Jarvis Walker threadline combo loaded with 6lb line. The Pelican in the background, by the way, was simply 'dreamin'. Apart from that the Gympie Terrace stretch accounted for the odd Bream and Javelin Fish. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald and Borumba Dam Bass were going for for beetle spins and spinnerbaits.|