North Reef was a
popular destination, rewarding the faithful with catches of Cobia (in
numbers), Snapper, Scarlet Sea Perch, Sweetlip, Teraglin Jewfish, Reef
Shark, Spotted Mackerel and, as you can see by the photo above right,
Spanish Mackerel. Brisbane angler Jackson Millar boated this 8kg 'Spaniard'
while out there on a three quarter day Cougar
Too charter on Thursday. Closer to home, Sunshine reef was the
spot for Snapper, Moses Perch, Reef Shark, Coral Trout, Railway Perch,
Spanish Mackerel, Spotted Mackerel and Sweetlip while around the corner
in Laguna Bay things hotted up towards the weekend with Bonito, Spotted
Mackerel, Mackerel Tuna, Snapper and, as per the photo above left, Spanish
Mackerel and Yellowfin Tuna all on the bite. The local 'Perception
Yak Anglers' did pretty well out in 'The Bay' this week and
on Saturday morning it was the girls' turn to get a couple of runs on
the board. Rae McCarthy (left in the photo) and Cheryl Lacey (Davo's
Bait and Tackle) were in the pilot seats of a couple of tandem
and with the assistance of James 'Legend' Grant and Bill 'Billybob'
Watson, came back with a 6.9kg Spanish Mackerel and a 4.5kg Yellowfin
Tuna. The 'Spaniard' went for a trolled Spaniard Special
rig and the Tuna, a cast 15gm Halco Twisty.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf
beaches cranked up a notch this week with some encouraging Chopper Tailor,
Dart and Bream action on the North Shore around dawn and dusk. The river
mouth groyne produced the odd Spotted Mackerel in the morning while
on the East side; Sunrise Beach yielded Whiting as did Castaways where
some real elbow slappers were landed (with the addition of Dart) and
Marcus Beach where Tarwhine, Bream and quality Dart were also on the
And it was at Marcus Beach that local angler Chris Gibson (above left)
landed the 625gm Bream he's posing with. Chris was working the surf
gutters there this morning when his Prawn bait attracted the attention
of this 'Yellowfin'. He was armed with a Shimano spin combo loaded with
12lb line. In the river, Flathead and Mangrove Jacks were again the
hot species with the top spots being down towards the river mouth (where
Bream and quality Whiting were active) and the Woods Bays where, as
you can see by the photo above right, Trevally were also worth targeting.
Nine year old Christina O'Mara from Deception Bay got the thrill of
her life when the 1.8kg Trevally she's posing with monstered her live
Prawn bait around 6am this morning. Her outfit was a Wilson rod and
a Daiwa spin reel loaded with 10lb line. Apart from that the Munna Bridge
area was a very good option for Flathead, Whiting, Chopper Tailor and
Trevally (which were also active up around the ski run at Tewantin)
while the stretch between the lakes produced Bream and Mangrove Jacks.
On the freshwater scene the area opposite the Borumba Dam boat ramp
and the 'Eagles' Nest yielded Bass and Saratoga. At Lake MacDonald it
was mostly Bass chasing spinnerbaits and 'Jackal' lures with 'Three
Ways' producing rather well.