As at Monday July 18th 2005
Aside from last Tuesday's 25 to 30 knot blow it was pretty much all systems
go for the bluewater brigade this week. Light to moderate (10 to 15 knot)
variable Westerlies predominated and conditions on some days were as close
to TGO as they get, especially under the influence of the cool South Westerlies.
Squire, Snapper, Parrot Fish and Moses Perch were common to all of the
visited reefs. In addition, out wide, 'The Hards' produced some quality
catches of the common species mentioned, plus Amberjack, Pearl Perch,
Teraglin Jewfish, Hussar and Yellowtail Kingfish. Another popular destination
was North Reef where the extras were Sweetlip, Red Emperor, Teraglin Jewfish,
Northern Bluefin Tuna, Pearl Perch, Scarlet Sea Perch and, as you can
see by the photo on the right, Cobia. Matt Davies boated this 20kg 'Black
Kingfish' while out there on a full day Cougar
Too charter on Thursday.
| North Reef was also an option for Shiny Mackerel
and, as per the photo above left, quality Coral, Trout as local angler
Peter Curley discovered when he dropped the pick out there on Thursday
afternoon. Peter tempted this 6kg specimen with a Squid bait on a 4/0
hook. He was armed with an Abu rod and a Shimano TLD15 reel loaded with
30lb braid and 60lb trace. Laguna Bay was relatively quiet with the odd
Snapper out around Jew Shoal and Tailor near the cove points.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were certainly worth a look this week with quite idyllic conditions prevailing. On the North Shore, Bream and Dart were the standouts up around the top end of Teewah Beach while around the township of Teewah itself the catch was mostly Tarwhine and Whiting. There were also a few Flathead on the bite further down towards the river mouth while across the other side of the bay; Yellowtail Pike were in good numbers around the Boiling Pot and at First Point, with Chopper Tailor also quite active. On the East side, Peregian Beach produced Tailor, as did Castaways Beach, but with the added bonus of Dart. In the river, Flathead and Bream were the standout species with most of the action occurring from Munna Point to the Frying Pan. Flathead were also on the chew up around Lake Cooroibah and were in good numbers down around Tewantin. Apart from that, early morning was the best time in the Woods Bay for Chopper Tailor and, as you can see by the photo on the right, Trevally. Anglers reported best results on both species using soft plastics and surface poppers but local lad Ryan Hardman tempted his 1.7kg 'Trev' with a live Prawn. On the freshwater scene, the going was slow at Lake MacDonald although the small number of Bass that were caught and released (mostly on trolled C-Lures extra deep divers) were quality fish with one specimen touching on 49cm.