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OFFSHORE: The week got off to a less than ideal start with fresh to strong (18 to 25 knot+) south easterlies making life a tad uncomfortable (although not impossible) for the blue water brigade. By Friday, however, the winds had morphed into more manageable light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) variable easterlies which enabled the smaller craft to join in the search for the elusive pelagic schools. The reef fish action was uncharacteristically lethargic and while Pearl Perch, Moses Perch, Squire and Parrot Fish were common to the visited reefs, it was hard going for even the more experienced anglers.
Even the better days, unfortunately, were a bit sloppy so under the circumstances most boaties limited their activities to the more local reefs. North Reef, in fact, was as far as most cared to venture and apart from the common species already mentioned, Teraglin Jewfish were the bonus species there. Sunshine Reef, because of it's close proximity, was a popular destination with the extras there being Spotted Mackerel, Maori Cod, Estuary Cod and Railway Perch. The relative shelter of Laguna Bay, of course, was a major draw card for the smaller boats and the presence of large schools of small baitfish saw some encouraging Spotted and school Mackerel activity (on slugs and Pilchards) over towards the surf line in the stretch from Little Hall's to Big Hall's reefs. Local lad Daniel Farge (above) was out there this morning with his father Les and while the fish were frustratingly picky, they still managed dinner in the form of the 1.4kg Spotty that Daniel's posing with. His lure? A 10gm Rio's metal slug. Apart from that, there were Bonito and Mackerel Tuna throughout the bay although the shark nets were a pretty good option for those chasing these feisty sportsfish on light tackle.
ONSHORE: There were no reports from the coastal beaches this week with most of the local surf anglers either out of town, partying it up or nursing hangovers. In the river, Whiting (top of the tide) and Flathead (first of the runout) were the bread and butter species this week with best results coming from down towards the river mouth, Munna Point and Weyba Creek where Bream were also on the bite. And it was Munna Point that Stephen Mumford (right) from Chittaway Bay in NSW boated the thumper 600gm Whiting he's pictured with. Stephen was drifting a Prawn bait from his hire boat late on Friday morning when he struck gold. The Woods Bays were a good option for Tailor (to 2.5kg) early in the morning, with surface poppers getting the most attention. Further up river, the top of the Tewantin Ski Run fired well with Trevally, Mangrove Jacks and quality Queenfish on fire (surface poppers and live baits) at dawn and dusk. Local angler Craig Alchin (below) hit the jackpot there on Thursday when his drifted live fish baits attracted two very nice Mangrove Jacks (2.1kg and 2.4kg) and the excellent 4.2kg Queenfish or 'Skinny' he's posing with. Craig was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano threadline reel loaded with 9lb line and 20lb trace.
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were responding well to soft Jackalls around 'Three Ways' and 'Fry's Run' while at Borumba Dam the resident Saratoga were going for flies (in particular 'Rust Buckets' and '3D's') in the upper reaches of the Yabba and Kingham Arms.