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It was like 'Groundhog Day' again with 15 to 20 knot south easterlies and
the ever present two metre
swell creating rather ordinary conditions for the offshore brigade for the
first half of the week. It wasn't until Saturday, in fact, that anybody
ventured out past the shelter of the bay and even then, North Reef was about
as far as anyone was prepared to travel. Those who went that far, however,
were well rewarded with good catches of Snapper, Pearl Perch, Cobia, Amberjack,
Wahoo, Moses Perch, Sweetlip and Mahi Mahi. Closer to home, Arkwright Shoal
was the spot for Red Throat Emperor, Shiny Mackerel, Squire, Sweetlip, Moses
Perch, Parrot Fish and Spotted Mackerel while Sunshine Reef produced Pearl
Perch, Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, Sweetlip, Moses Perch, Parrot Fish and,
as you can see by the accompanying photos, quality Coral Trout. Vicki McIntosh
from Doonan (above right) boated the 5kg 'Trout' she's pictured with while
out at Sunshine Reef yesterday on a half day Cougar
Too charter. She was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod
and a Shimano 6500B Baitrunner reel loaded with 8kg line.
And, coincidentally, New South Wales visitors Darrin and Sneza Marinelli (above) also hit the jackpot out there yesterday when they boated two of these much sought after reef fish. Our dynamic duo used live Yakka baits to tempt these very nice 4kg and 5.6kg specimens. They were armed with Penn offshore outfits loaded with 15kg line and 60lb mono trace.
ONSHORE: Ah well, the coastal surf beaches weren't terribly exciting this week with dumping surf adding a degree of difficulty that few anglers could be bothered with. The North Shore wore the worst of it and the only reports of any interest were of quality Dart at Peregian Beach and also at Marcus Beach where Whiting and Jewfish were another target option.
|In the river, Flathead were very much the high profile species down at the river mouth and in the Frying Pan with trolled C-Lures 'Jack Snacks', soft plastics and drifted Whitebaits all working well. Trevally were in good numbers and chasing surface poppers in the Woods Bays (with Mangrove Jacks active along the jetty strip) and on live baits around Munna Bridge where, as you can see by the photo above left, the odd Jewfish was a bonus catch. Tewantin angler Greg Vaughan tempted this 3kg specimen with a Squidgy 'Silver Fox' soft plastic yesterday afternoon. He was armed with a Daiwa threadline combo loaded with 20lb line. Apart from that, Mangrove Jacks and Trevally were still on the bite up between the lakes (although there were no standouts), and down around Tewantin with the odd Flathead thrown in for good measure. And it was in the Tewantin area that Woolongong visitor Gordan Volcan (above right) landed his 2.25kg specimen late on Thursday morning. Gordan was working the waters with a Mars 'Silver Whiting' lure when struck gold. He was armed with a Shimano Backbone rod and a Shimano Symetre reel loaded with 12lb braid and 4kg mono trace. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were responding to surface poppers and soft Jackalls around 'Three Ways' and spinnerbaits and (long cast, slow retrieved) gold 'Borers' in the open, deeper waters. At Borumba Dam the resident Bass were in very good numbers everywhere in the main basin with Jackalls getting best results. Last but not least there were Bass and Saratoga on the bite at the Ewen Maddock Dam in Landsborough. Check out page two for the photos.|