As at Monday December 28, 2009
OFFSHORE: It was a great
lead-up to Christmas with light to moderate northerlies and little or
no swell. The really good news, however, was that the pelagics were almost
out of control earlier in the week with frantic boils of furiously feeding
bonito, mackerel tuna, spotties and Spaniards hitting on anything that
moved in the water just out from the river mouth, around Little Hall's
Reef and, along with school cobia, out around Jew Shoal. After a blustery
weekend which saw most boats stay at home, the Spaniards and spotties
were again on the bite in numbers today at Jew Shoal in Laguna Bay and
around at Sunshine Reef where the odd catch and release black marlin (to
50kg) added a bit of excitement at times.
| ONSHORE: The North Shore
stretch was inundated with 4x4's and camper trailers as the holiday crowd
set themselves up for a festive season on Teewah Beach. They didn't have
to go far for a feed either with quality whiting (to 39cm) and some good
dart on the bite over the weekend in the surf gutters opposite the camp
grounds and, along with bream and tarwhine, about 2kms north of Teewah township.
Chopper tailor were also on the bite there but only around dusk. Karl Sternberg
(below) hit the jackpot there on Tuesday when his live worm baits accounted
for over a dozen whiting. Over on the east side the only reports of note
were from Sunshine Beach where dart and whiting were the standout species.
In the river, the flathead and bream hot spots were down at the river mouth, in the Woods Bays (where trevally were active at night) and in Weyba Creek where mangrove jacks were on the bite. Michelle Campbell from Nowra (below) was working the waters up towards the Weyba Bridge with a gold Manns 10+ lure around 7pm on Saturday night when it was monstered by the 2.2kg 'Jack' she's pictured with. She was armed with a Shimano threadline combo loaded with 6lb line.
Apart from that, tarpon were chasing surface poppers up in Kin Kin Creek while at the Lake MacDonald the bass were responding well to Blades and (in the early morning) surface poppers in Bass Bay.
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