Ah well, with the moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot) south easterlies persisting
there was still no joy for the offshore brigade.
The arrival of a 2m outside swell about midweek, together with rain squalls,
just added to the pain and while a number of boats got out over the bar
at various times, most boaties reported conditions on the reefs as being
somewhere between rather lumpy and extremely ordinary.
The smaller tides allowed the runoff from the river mouth to colour Laguna
Bay once again so there wasn't much joy to be had from the close-in reefs.
Sunshine Reef, however, was reasonably clear and those anglers who spent
a bit of time there reported Snapper, Coral Trout and Sweetlip on the
bite in reasonable numbers.
North Reef was the only other producer of note
and while conditions were less than ideal (a major understatement) there
were still a few Snapper, Cobia, Cod and, as you can see by the photo
on the right, Yellowtail Kingfish to chase.
Steve Bateman from Brisbane was out there on a half day Cougar
Too charter on on Friday when his Squid/Pilchard bait combo
attracted the attention of this 8kg specimen.
He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825C reel
loaded with 30lb line.
ONSHORE: The coastal
surf beaches weren't exactly a picture of tranquility this week but those
anglers who picked their times weren't too discomforted. Although the
North Shore was pretty quiet, Whiting (to 540gm) and Flathead were responding
to live Beach Worms just north of Teewah. Apart from that, Dart were the
predominant species with the south end of Teewah Beach giving best returns.
Across the other side of the bay, the National Park headland produced
average size Squire while further south, Castaways Beach was the spot
for Dart, Whiting and, as per the photo below, Tarwhine.
Sbig Ciercan (above) was fishing at Castaways on Thursday afternoon and
apart from landing a few Whiting, tempted this 1.6kg Tarwhine with a live
Beach Worm. He was armed with a SnyderGlas rod and an Alvey 600 reel loaded
with 8lb line.
In the river, Flathead were well spread with best results coming from
down at the river mouth on the run-in tide (along with Bream, Tarwhine,
Javelin Fish, Whiting and Trevally), Weyba Creek and, as per the photo
below, around Harbourtown.
Michael Austin from Doonan (above) was fishing from the Kingfisher
Boat Hire jetty at Harbourtown on Saturday when his live Prawn
bait was monstered by the 65cm 'Lizard' he's pictured with. He was kitted
out with a Silstar rod and a Shimano
Sienna 2500 reel loaded with 6lb braid and 20lb leader.
The Estuary Cod were still in numbers around the snags near the Woods
Point and the entrance to the Frying Pan (together with the odd Mangrove
Jack) while in the Woods Bays Queenfish and Trevally were responding to
surface poppers and, as in the case of the photo on the right, shallow
diving minnow lures.
Nikki Hansard was working the waters there on Friday night when this 900gm
(est.) Big-Eye came to the party.
He was armed with a Shimano Catana rod and a Shimano Sienna reel loaded
with 8lb braid and 16lb mono leader.
And fishing with Nikki that night, Scott Robertson (below) from Davo's
Bait and Tackle used a MegaBass 'Pop X' lure to attract the
attention of the 49cm (1.3kg est.) Tarpon he's pictured with. Scott, who
released the fish after a quick pic, was using an Angler Stealth rod and
a Shimano Chronarch reel loaded with 15lb Tuffline and 16lb Hard Rock
Apart from that the Grunter Bream or Javelin Fish were particularly active
up around and in Lake Cooroibah.
On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam Bass were responding to soft
Jackalls around the points in the main basin.