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the first half of the week dominated by 20 knot+ south easterlies and a
2m+ swell, most offshore anglers took a break and waited for the weekend
when conditions were a little more favourable. Even so, those who paid a
visit to the outside reefs were forced to burley up extensively and troll
their hearts out to get some sort of result for their troubles. North Reef
improved as the week wound to a close, however, producing Maori Cod, Parrot
Fish, Moses Perch, Sweetlip, Spotted Mackerel and, as you can see by the
photo below, Spanish Mackerel in numbers. Phillip Durban, Mike Byforda,
Gordon Collie (UK), Johan Lundmark and Per Gabrielsson (Sweden) were out
there today on a 3/4 day Cougar
Too charter when their live Yakka baits got well and truly hammered
by the 8kg to 11kg Spaniards they're posing with.
Over on 'The Hill' the catch was Spotted Mackerel, Sweetlip, Moses Perch and Maori Cod while, a bit closer to home, Sunshine Reef was an easy option but very hard work, yielding only the odd Pearl Perch, Parrot Fish, Cobia and Shiny Mackerel. Laguna Bay was quiet with the murk from the river run-off severely limiting the mackerel action and just the odd Spotted Mackerel taking trolled lures and floated Pilchards at Little and Big Hall's reefs. There were quite a few fast moving 'boils' traversing the bay later in the week but these were mostly Mackerel Tuna, sharks (in numbers) and Bonito.
ONSHORE: The east side coastal surf beaches showed some life this week with quality Bream at north Sunshine Beach, Whiting at Sunrise Beach, thumper Dart at Marcus Beach and Chopper Tailor at south Peregian. The only other producer of note was First Point in Laguna Bay where Bream and Whiting were active. In the river, Whiting and Bream were the bread and butter species with best results coming from down around the river mouth, Munna Point (together with Tailor and Trevally), the Gympie Terrace stretch, the Noosa Waters canals (where Flathead and Mangrove Jacks were also on the bite) and up at the mouth of Lake Cooroibah where Mangrove Jacks and Flathead were also active. And it was at the bottom of Gympie Terrace that local lass Pascale Lowe (below right) landed this week's standout Bream (which won the Davo's Fish of the Week prize). Pascale tempted this 1.15kg specimen late on Saturday morning using a fresh Prawn on a No.2 baitholder hook as her draw card. She was armed with a Pflueger threadline combo loaded with 12lb line.
|The local Mangrove Jacks were really on the bite this week with quality fish in good numbers reported coming from the stretch between the lakes and in the Woods Bays where Tailor, Trevally and Giant Herring were also making a splash. And yes, it was the Woods Bays that provided the thumper 53cm (2.6kg) 'Dog Bream' that Camille Hulthen (above left) is proudly posing with. Camille, armed with a 4kg threadline outfit, boated this excellent fish on Thursday night. Apart from that, there were also a few Flathead on the chew up along the Tewantin reach. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were active around the Gazebo, Three Ways and Runway Point. At Borumba Dam there were Saratoga on the bite around the Eagles Nest (Jackals) and Bass on the bite in the upper reaches of the Kingham and Yabba Arms.|