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The new year got off to a pretty good start with light to moderate East
Nor' Easterlies providing quite idyllic conditions ahead of Friday afternoon's
moderate to strong South Easterly swing. Fortunately, those anglers that
didn't get out
to the more exposed reefs before conditions deteriorated were at least
able to chase pelagics in the relative shelter of Laguna Bay, and judging
by the number of Spotted and Spanish Mackerel being weighed in at Davo's
Bait and Tackle, that was definitely no real hardship. Squire,
Maori Cod, Tailor and Parrot Fish were common to most of the visited reefs.
In addition, Chardon's Reef produced Snapper, Pearl Perch and Yellowfin
Tuna while at North Reef the bonus catch was Sweetlip, Snapper, Moses
Perch, Pearl Perch, Spotted Mackerel, Samson Fish and Mackerel Tuna. An
easy option for the smaller boats was a quick trip to Sunshine Reef which
turned out to be a good spot for Mackerel Tuna, Bonito, Spanish Mackerel,
Spotted Mackerel, Mowong, and as you can see by the photo on the right,
the odd quality Coral Trout. The 6.2kg specimen that Brisbane couple Helena
and Tim Reed are pictured with was boated at Sunshine Reef on a Thursday
afternoon Cougar Too charter. It was
the result of a real team effort with Helena catching the Yakka that Tim
subsequently used as the live bait. Tim was kitted out with a Wilson Live
Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 25lb line. Apart from that,
Laguna Bay was on fire this week with Bonito, Spotted Mackerel and Spanish
Mackerel all working the bait schools. The action was at times as close
as 100 metres from the bar and well spread throughout the bay... see page
two for photos.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches seem to have returned to some semblance of normality and certainly produced the goods this week. The North Shore was again the star performer with Chopper Tailor coming from the gutters just up from the river mouth and from the stretch North of Teewah. This area also yielded some excellent size and very hungry Dart. Quality Whiting were in good numbers on all beaches, Tailor were on the bite around both of the groynes on Main Beach while Trevally and Tailor were active from Little Cove to Granite Bay. And at Marcus Beach there was even the odd thumper Jewfish to contend with as Melbourne angler Matthias Dorsch, below left, discovered to his delight around 5am on Tuesday morning. Matthias tempted this 19.6kg Mulloway using a Mullet fillet on a 5/0 hook as his draw card. He was kitted out with a SnyderGlas surf rod and a Penn 8500SS reel loaded with 10kg Berkley monofilament line.
In the river, with a large number of boats on the water, results were understandably well spread. Flathead and Whiting were by far the most prevalent species with best results coming from down at the mouth (along with Chopper Tailor), the back of Noosa Sound and Munna Bridge, which also produced Trevally to 2kg and, as you can see by the photo above right, Chopper Tailor. Brisbane angler Oliver Stojkouski landed this 1.2kg specimen on Friday night using a Frogmouth Pilchard on a 1/0 hook to good effect. He did well to bring this fish in as his outfit; a Shimano Backbone rod and a Shimano S4000 reel, was only lightly loaded with 4lb line and no trace. Other Whiting and 'Lizard' hot spots were Weyba Creek, and up at Tewantin (from Harbourtown to the ferry) where the odd Mangrove Jack and Threadfin Salmon also put in an appearance. Apart from that; the Kin Kin Creek Tarpon were responsive to a well cast fly. On the freshwater scene, Borumba Dam, currently very difficult to access safely due to low water levels, yielded Saratoga and Yellowbelly.
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