a week dominated by light to moderate (sometimes fresh) variable easterlies
there were plenty of opportunities for the offshore brigade to wet a line
at the local reefs. Having said that, there were a few lumpy days in the
mix (especially so during the afternoon) but these were no real deterrent
to those looking for a fresh feed of reef fish.
Squire, Pearl Perch, Parrot Fish, Sweetlip and Moses Perch were common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, North Reef produced Cobia, Teraglin Jewfish, Estuary Cod, Black Marlin (released) and Spotted Mackerel while across at Chardon's Reef the extras were Teraglin Jewfish, Spotted Mackerel and, as you can see by the photo above, Mahi Mahi. Scott Chattell from West Australia boated this 8kg Dolphin Fish while out there on a half day Cougar One charter on Wednesday. He was using a Wilson Live Fibre rod, a Shimano TLD25 reel, 30lb line and a live Yakka bait.
| Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was the
spot for Shiny Mackerel, Cobia and, as per the photos above, Snapper and
Coral Trout. Brendan Ryan from Cooroy (above left) boated the 3.5kg Snapper
he's pictured with while out there on a half day Cougar
Too charter on Thursday. He was armed with an Angler rod and
a Shimano Baitrunner 6500B reel loaded with 8kg line. And on the same charter,
John Rankin from Ashmore, Gold Coast (above right) used a Pilchard to attract
the 4.5kg Coral Trout he's posing with. His outfit was a Silstar Crystal
Tip rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 10kg line. Laguna Bay was quiet
apart from reports of Spanish and Spotted Mackerel at Hall's Reef over the
last few days.
ONSHORE: Activity on the North Shore was a little bit more subdued this week with most of the action coming from the gutters north of the township of Teewah where Whiting (top weight 630gm), Dart, Bream, Tarwhine and Tailor (to 1.5kg) were on the bite. Whiting were still worth targeting around the river mouth groyne while Whiting and Dart were well spread along the southern beaches. Sunshine, Castaways and Marcus beaches produced best results there. Apart from that, south Peregian Beach was the spot for Chopper Tailor.
In the river, the Flathead catches were concentrated down towards the river mouth with drifted Frogmouth Pilchards and cast soft plastics working best. Whiting were still in good numbers around the sand flats opposite Munna Beach and down at the junction to the Frying Pan while Trevally were active around Munna Bridge and the back of the Sound (live winter Whiting at dawn) and, together with Tailor, in the Woods at dusk. Storm Chug Bugs worked well there, with dusk being the peak time. The Woods Bays also yielded the odd Bream as Cooroy lads John and James Bray (above) found on Saturday when the 400gm Bream they're pictured with swallowed their Squid bait. Apart from that, there were a few school Jewfish on the bite (live Prawns) at the mouth of Lake Cooroibah and Mangrove Jacks on the prowl between the lakes. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were chasing soft and hard Jackalls around 'The Gazebo' and 'Three Ways' while at Borumba Dam the 'Toga' and Bass action was in the Yabba Arm.