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As at Monday January 25, 2010

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OFFSHORE: It was another great week as far as the offshore scene was concerned with very light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable easterlies and little or no swell providing some very fishable conditions. Temperatures gradually climbed as the week progressed until they were over the 30 degree Celsius mark, but with mostly cool calm conditions in the mornings ahead of the more blustery afternoon sea breezes, it was hardly an issue for the majority of anglers.
Mahi-Mahi
With plenty of pelagic action in close, not that many boats fished the outer reefs. The only out-wide reports were from the Barwon Banks where venus tusk fish, pearl perch, squire, moses perch, gold spot wrasse and striped tuna were on the bite in reasonable numbers but average size. A little closer in, Chardon's Reef was the spot for the odd catch and release black marlin while at North Reef the standouts were morwong, squire, pearl perch, moses perch, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, striped perch and, as you can see by the photo above, mahi-mahi. Reece Major was out there on a 3/4 day Cougar One charter on Tuesday when his butterflied yakka floater was monstered by the 8kg dolphin fish he's pictured with.
Spanish Mackerel
Sunshine Reef was the pelagic hot spot this week with mahi-mahi, spotted mackerel and, as per the accompanying photos, Spanish mackerel on the bite and in good numbers. Chris Lacey (above) from Davo's Compleat Angler was out there on Saturday trolling whole bonito on lead-head chin guards and came back with two (7kg and 9kg) Spaniards.
Spanish Mackerel
Also out at Sunshine Reef on Saturday morning, Chris Wright's trolled whole pilchard bait wasn't in the water long before it was taken by the 10kg Spaniard he's posing with in the photo above. Chris was armed with a Penn 320GTi outfit loaded with 12kg braid and a 15kg mono leader. Laguna Bay was fairly quiet with just the odd Spanish mackerel and a few spotted mackerel going for cast metal slugs, trolled Halco Laser Pro lures and trolled pilchards around Jew Shoal.

ONSHORE: Conditions on the coastal surf beaches were as good as they get and it really was one of those times when the fishing was a dead set bonus. Whiting were well spread all the way along Teewah Beach although a lot of the better fish (along with dart) came from the top end. Flathead were also in good numbers, bream were active in the deeper waters and trevally were on the bite about 5km's north of Teewah township, as Dan Pertot (below) discovered on Thursday. Dan was fishing with live beach worms when the 'Trevs' came on the bite and caught and released a number of them during a hot afternoon session. Over on the east side, the northern end of Sunshine Beach produced bream, dart and whiting while Castaways Beach yielded tarwhine and whiting. The only other report was of chopper tailor on the bite at north Peregian.
Trevally
The river system was still heavily populated with holiday traffic but as usual, it managed to produce a feed for those who Whitingwere prepared to put in a bit of time and effort.
The lower estuary was a good option for the better quality whiting with the Frying Pan in particular producing a few elbow slappers.
Beryl Rea (right) who is currently staying at the Munna Beach caravan park, hit the jackpot there earlier in the week when her live yabby bait attracted the attention of the 700gm specimen she's pictured with.
The Woods Bays were also worth a look with trevally boiling there early in the morning and the odd mangrove jack in the afternoon and after dark.
Andrew Gaut and Steph Broome (below) were fishing in 'The Bays' on Tuesday afternoon when Andrew's squid bait was taken by the 2.1kg 'Jack in the photo.
The only other feedback on the estuary we received this week was of some quality (well fleshed out) mud crabs coming from Weyba Creek.
Mangrove Jack
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald bass (to 43cm) were responding well to 1/4oz Blades in the weed around the entrance to Borer Creek.



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