While the chilly, moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot+) variable westerlies
ensured that many anglers stayed home
on the weekend there were a number of opportunities prior to that to at
least make a trip across the bar worthwhile.
In the lea of the North Shore, in fact, Little
and Big Hall's reefs were well worth a look although the thumper Spaniards
that were cruising there over the last few weeks were nowhere to be seen.
And while the air temperature was low enough to warrant digging out the
old beanie and woolen gloves the water temps were still high enough to
accommodate the the odd good size Northern Bluefin Tuna as David Hatch
(right) found on Thursday morning.
'Hatchy' was out on Big Hall's floating live Yakkas when the 14kg 'Longtail'
he's pictured with took a fancy to one of them.
He was armed with a Shakespeare Ugly Stik and a Penn 55S high speed reel
loaded with 30lb line.
The only other producers of note were Sunshine 'Wide' where Spanish Mackerel
(to 23kg) were responding well to live fish baits and North Reef (in today's
almost glassed out conditions) which produced Squire, Sweetlip, Moses
Perch and Scarlet Sea Perch.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were worth
a look this week as long as you dressed for the cool conditions around
On the North Shore stretch the surf gutters around Teewah and north of
there produced Tailor, Whiting and Dart.
Over on the east side; Marcus Beach was the spot for Dart and Tarwhine
and Peregian Beach yielded quality Whiting, while at Castaways Beach (which
had plenty of good gutters) Dart and Bream were well spread and in good
In the river, Flathead were in excellent numbers and very well spread
with best results coming from the Tewantin to Munna Point stretch (on
trolled hard bodied lures), the Frying Pan (along with Bream) and down
at the river mouth where Bream and Tailor were also on the bite.
The Woods Bays worked well for Trevally and Tailor in the morning (on
surface poppers, slugs and soft plastics) and, as per the photo on the
right, Flathead on trolled hard bodies.
Dan Pertot attracted the attention of this 1.6kg specimen by trolling
a deep diving Gold Bomber there on Friday afternoon. He was kitted out
with a Shimano Catana rod and Sienna reel loaded with 4lb Fireline.
Flathead were also in good numbers in Weyba Creek and around the Munna
Point Bridge where the odd Tailor was on the bite. Bream were also there
in good numbers, as local lads Jack Ashford and Joshua Lloyd (below) found
last Monday. The dynamic duo landed four Bream (top weight 750gm) and
won the Davo's Fish of the Week prize with the standout of their catch.
They were both using Shakespeare Ugly Sticks and Shimano Baitrunner 3500
reels. Their bait? Pilchard tails.
Apart from that, the lower Gympie Terrace stretch produced Whiting, Bream
and Trevally (av. 1kg) and Mangrove Jacks were responding to live fish
baits around Tewantin and to trolled hard bodied lures in the Noosa Waters
On the freshwater scene, Lake MacDonald was really firing with Bass in
excellent numbers hammering soft plastics around the Botanical Gardens
and along the boat ramp stretch