As at Monday December 20th 2004
All in all it was a pretty good week for the offshore brigade with predominantly
light to moderate variable Easterlies bringing with them some eminently
fishable conditions. Apart from Thursday, in fact, (when the winds freshened
somewhat) it was all systems go with Squire, Parrot Fish, Moses Perch,
and Sweetlip common to most of the outside reefs. In addition, for those
prepared to travel, the Barwon Banks was the spot for Maori Cod, Pearl
Perch, Snapper and Cobia (Black Kingfish) while a little closer in at
North Reef the extras were Teraglin Jewfish, Cobia, Coral Bream, Tailor
and, as you can see by the photo on the right, quality Snapper. Local
angler Greg Bartlett boated the 6kg 'Knobby' he's posing with while
out there on a 3/4 day Cougar Too
charter on Saturday. He was kitted out with a Wilson Texalium rod and
a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 25lb Pioneer Flexline.
Rocks' and 'The Hill' yielded the common species already mentioned as
did Massoud's Reef, but with the added bonus of Red Emperor, Mahi Mahi
(Dolphin Fish), Cobia and Pearl Perch. At Chardon's Reef the extras were
Snapper and Pearl Perch. Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was a popular destination,
producing Coral Trout, Railway Perch, Mowong, Pearl Perch, Snapper, Spanish
Mackerel (out wide) and, as per the photo above left, Spotted Mackerel.
Graham McCarthy from Brisbane boated this quality 3.9kg specimen while
out there trolling a pink Squid skirted Pilchard yesterday morning. He
was armed with an Alvey combo loaded with 20lb line. Last but not least,
Laguna Bay fired sporadically with Spotted and Spanish Mackerel not far
out from the river mouth bar earlier in the week plus Bonito and Mackerel
Tuna around the Shark nets and Spotted Mackerel and Snapper (chasing trolled
slugs) out on Jew Shoal.
ONSHORE: There weren't a lot of anglers working the coastal surf beaches this week so reports were a bit thin on the ground. Being mostly weed free, the East side beaches topped the popularity polls with quality Dart and Bream at Sunrise and Castaways beaches and Bream and Tailor at Marcus Beach. In the river, even with weed present down around the mouth there were still rewards to be reaped by those who persevered with Tailor and Flathead the prime target species. Local angler Joe Toplift (right) was drifting a live Winter Whiting down there on Friday morning when this thumper 4.5kg (est.) big 'Mumma' Flathead slammed it big time. Joe's line gathered so much weed during the tussle that it clogged the runners on his rod so he had to put his Alvey combo down and 'hand' retrieve his 4kg mainline! After a quick pic (courtesy of Ryan Murnane from Davo's) he released this big 'breeder' back into the river. Further up, there were Trevally (on fly) around the Munna Point Bridge early in the morning, below Keyser Island (live baits) in Weyba Creek and up around Harbourtown and the ski runs at Tewantin. Bream were active around the Woods Bays and in Weyba Creek, while the stretch between the lakes was again the spot for Mangrove Jacks with gold C-Lures Jack Snacks working well. On the freshwater scene the Lake MacDonald Bass were chasing Jackals and spinnerbaits around Three Ways, Borer Creek and Fry's Run while at Borumba Dam they were active around the edges opposite the boat ramp, off the points and in the bays before the trees. The Saratoga hot spot? The Eagles' Nest.