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a difference a day makes! The blustery gale force (30-40 knot) south easterlies,
big swells and seas continued on from last week but dropped away so quickly
on Friday that by Saturday morning it was but a bad memory.
Sunday and Monday were the best days, however, with light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) north easterlies and a nominal rolling swell making conditions ideal for a trip to the local reefs. The morning sessions were best, ahead of the more blustery afternoon sea breezes, and those boaties who were over the bar around first light certainly made the most of it.
Squire, Sweetlip and Parrot Fish were common to all visited reefs. In addition, Massoud's Reef produced Cobia, as did North Reef but with the added bonus of Pearl Perch, Moses Perch, Maori Cod, Estuary Cod, Teraglin Jewfish and, as you can see by the photos above and below, quality Snapper and Scarlet Sea Perch.
Mike Lyle (above) from Mooloolaba was out there this morning on Cougar One when his Squid/Pillie combo was taken by the 6kg 'Knobby' he's posing with. He was using a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded with 30lb line.
And Garry Black (above) from Boreen Point did well out there yesterday on a Cougar Too charter with this 5.6kg Scarlet Sea Perch being his standout for the trip. He too was kitted out with a Wilson/Alvey offshore combo.
Within cooee of land, Sunshine 'Close' was definitely worth a pick drop or two, producing the common species already mentioned, plus Mackerel Tuna and Bonito. Laguna Bay also yielded a few Bonito and the odd Tuna bust-off before it was completely browned out by the flush from the monsoonal rains.
ONSHORE: Even though the offshore swell dropped pretty dramatically towards the weekend the surf and sweep on the open beaches continued to make things unworkable for the surf anglers. As a result we again have no beach report.
The estuary, of course, at least offered a certain amount of shelter for those keen to wet a line but, unfortunately, the tea coloured run-off murk from the recent heavy rainfall has slowed the river fishing considerably. The fresh water has also brought the Catfish down in numbers so watch out for this species, a prick from one of their barbs can be very painful.
There was still a bit of action, however, with Trevally on the bite in the morning down at the river mouth and in Sun Lagoon at Culgoa Point.
Apart from that, the mouth of Weyba Creek produced a few Bream and Flathead, Tailor were chasing metal slug lures around the Woods Point and there was a bit of Mangrove Jack action around the Boathouse jetty on Gympie Terrace.
The only other river report of note was of school Jewfish and Mangrove Jacks responding to live Prawn baits up around the Tewantin ferry.
On the freshwater scene, Borumba Dam continued to fire well with Bass chasing soft plastics around the second yellow buoy (about 15 ft down), off the main point on the left side of the main basin (on soft Jackalls) and, along with the odd Saratoga, around Eagles Bay. Saratoga were also in good numbers in the upper Yabba Arm where Mega Bass Anthrax lures and (as per the photo above) soft plastics worked very well.
Young gun Chris Lacey caught and released the 75cm specimen he's pictured with there on Sunday morning using an EcoGear Grass Minnow lure as his draw card. He was armed with a Shimano Raider rod and a Shimano Stradic 1000 reel loaded with 3kg Fireline and 6kg Fluorocarbon leader. Chris also raised a few Bass with Rev-Head soft plastics.