As at 9pm Monday 17th February 2003
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|OFFSHORE: Light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) South Easterlies followed by North Easterly seabreezes dominated the offshore scene earlier in the week, and with the swell varying at times from flat to 1.5m, it was all systems go for the blue water boys. While an increase in wind strength over the weekend (plus a swell around 1.8m to 2m) slowed the movement of boats over the bar somewhat, there were still plenty of boaties prepared to tackle the (at times) trickier conditions. Unfortunately there were also a few mishaps, with three boats having sadly come to grief by Sunday afternoon. Squire, Pearl Perch and Parrot Fish were common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, the Barwon Banks produced Cobia, Teraglin Jewfish, Mowong, Samson Fish, Amberjack, Yellowtail Kingfish, Coral Bream, Hussar and as you can see by the photo below, quality Mahi Mahi. Craig Stevens from Deception Bay boated this 15.1kg 'Dolphin Fish' while out there on Cougar One yesterday. He was kitted out with a Jarvis Walker rod and a Penn 330GTi reel loaded with 30lb line. Closer in, North Reef was the spot for Coral Trout, Estuary and Maori Cod, Moses Perch, Mowong, Sweetlip, Mackerel Tuna, Cobia, Tailor, Yellowfin Tuna, Yellowlip Butterfly Bream, Bonito, Hussar and Trevally.|
Reef wasn't a bad option for Maori Cod, Moses Perch and Honeycomb Cod
while at Sunshine Reef there was Snapper, Moses Perch and as per the photo
above right, Spanish Mackerel. Local angler Jason Andrews boated this
18kg 'Spaniard' while at Sunshine Reef late yesterday afternoon. He was
armed with a Shimano rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with
15lb line and 50lb trace. His bait? A whole Pilchard floater on 4/0 ganged
hooks. Apart from that there was a bit of 'Spaniard' and Bonito activity
in Laguna Bay plus Maori Cod and Sweetlip at Little Hall's Reef.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were quite well patronised this week but most anglers who made the effort had to be content with a feed of Whiting, which were in good numbers and well spread. Another species in good numbers were Dart, especially on the East side, although unfortunately the keepers were few and far between. Jewfish were on the chew at Yaroomba and around the headland of the National Park where Chopper Tailor were also on the active list. In the river, Trevally were again very much on the bite and on the move with the hot spots being the Woods Bays, the Sheraton Bridge, lower Weyba Creek and the Culgoa/Munna Point stretch. Bream, Flathead and Whiting made their presence felt from the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club to the river mouth. Apart from that, Tarpon were responding to flies in the back of the Sound and most this week's Mangrove Jack action occurred up between the lakes, which is where local angler Paul Glover, right, nailed his first ever 'Jack'. Paul was fishing up around John's Landing on Tuesday night when this 1.3kg specimen monstered his Mullet fillet bait. Paul was using an Abu rod and a Banax baitcaster reel loaded with 6kg line and 50lb trace. On the freshwater scene it was all down to Lake MacDonald with the odd Saratoga on the bite and Bass chasing C-Lures 'Borer' deep divers.
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