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Ah well, the weekend warriors didn't even get a look in this time around
with 25 to 30 knot South Easterlies (the strong wind warnings are still
current) hammering the coast from Friday night onwards. Having said
that, those who were able to get out over the bar earlier in the week
were treated to near TGO conditions as the moderate North Westerlies
died away to almost nothing just ahead of the big blow. Squire, parrot
fish, pearl perch and moses perch were common to most of the reefs.
In addition, for those with the urge to travel, The Hards produced mahi
mahi, snapper and gold band snapper. A little closer in at Chardon's
Reef the extras were red emperor, snapper, spanish mackerel, sweetlip
and maori cod, at Massoud's Reef it was scarlet sea perch and at North
Reef the bonus species were; sweetlip, spotted mackerel, spanish mackerel
and, as you can see by the photo below, quality snapper.
When Paul Brinckman
(left in photo) hooked this 7.8kg 'Knobby' on Friday morning he was initially
off balance and in danger of getting 'bricked' until his his more experienced
fishing buddy Phil Passaris quickly stepped in and took charge just long
enough to get this fish into clear water. The two Brisbane anglers were
on a half day Cougar One charter to
North Reef at the time and Paul was kitted out with a Penn Power Stik
and a Penn 330 GTi combo loaded with 25lb line. Sunshine Reef was again
popular, yielding coral trout, sweetlip and, as per the photo above right,
most of the week's spotted and spanish mackerel. Local angler Ben Nothling
(left in photo) and his good buddy Mitch Betts from Melbourne bagged out
on spaniards (5kg to 7kg) there last Tuesday using live Yakkas and whole
Pilchard floaters as their draw cards. They were armed with a Wilson 'Live
Fibre' rod and an Ugly Stik plus Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reels loaded
with 20lb line and 80lb trace. Last but not least, Laguna Bay worked well
while the weather held with Jew Shoal turning it on around the turn of
the tide (top and bottom), yielding spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel,
yellowfin tuna and bonito.
ONSHORE: Those coastal surf anglers who tried their luck on the North Shore couldn't win a trick this week with the earlier Northerlies pushing the weed in and the strong South Easterlies blowing them all off the beach over the weekend. Around the National Park headland; Granite Bay was the pick of the coves, producing squire, bream and tailor while further South; Sunshine Beach was the spot for bream, dart and, in the Northern corner, plenty of whiting. Those three species were also on the bite at Marcus and Castaways beaches along with the added bonus of chopper tailor.
In the river, there wasn't a lot of action to speak of with flathead and trevally the main target species in the inner Woods Bay and a few 'trevs' around Munna Point and below Keyser Island in Weyba Creek. Flathead were also on the bite up around Goat Island, as were whiting, as you can see by the photo above left. Young Brisbane lass Kate Murdoch was out on the family boat drifting the area with her mum, dad and brother Nicholas when her live beach worm bait attracted the attention of the 490gm whiting she's posing with. Kate was armed with a Shimano spin combo. Apart from that there were a few 'jacks' on the prowl in the stretch between the lakes. On the freshwater scene, Borumba Dam had good bass and saratoga chasing gold or white spinnerbaits around the second yellow marker buoy and at the start of the timber, while at Lake MacDonald; most of the bass action was centred around 'Three Ways', as South Australian angler Matt Thrower (above right) found last Tuesday. Matt was out at 'Maccas' getting a few pointers from Davo's staffer Mark Pertot and during a three hour session caught and released twelve bass, six of which were in the 45cm+ (1.8kg to 2kg) range. He was armed with a G-Loomis rod and a Shimano Chronarch reel loaded with 10lb Superbraid and 14lb 'Vanish' leader.