OFFSHORE: There were some
picture perfect conditions on the local reefs this week as the light to
moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable westerlies settled
the seas quite nicely. Those lucky enough to be still on holiday made
the most of it, as did the weekend warriors, although the the Noosa river
bar crossing did tend to be a tad hairy towards low tide.
With mild conditions prevailing, the Barwon Banks were on the agenda and
those who made the effort reported parrot fish, squire, pearl perch, moses
perch, hussar and, as you can see by the photo above, quality snapper
in good numbers.
With this being the week of the full moon, those who could overnight got
the pick of the crop as local angler Richard Bart found on Saturday night.
Using live slimy mackerel as his draw card Richard did well out there
on the reefies with this 7kg 'Knobby' being his standout. He was armed
with an Angler M10 rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 10kg line.
'The Hill', 'The Coffees' and Massoud's Reef produced squire, pearl perch,
moses perch and parrot fish as did North Reef but with the added bonus
of Maori cod, bonito, sweetlip, snapper and, as per the photo above, quality
Blake Cole from Eumundi was out there on Saturday morning jigging 7"
Gulp soft plastics when this 6.5kg 'Trout' came to the party. He was using
an Abu rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 4500 reel loaded with 30lb braid to
40lb 'Vanish' leader.
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was the spot for snapper and cobia while
in Laguna Bay, sweetlip were on the bite around Jew Shoal and (as above)
the odd jewfish was on the prowl from the river mouth to Little Hall's
Local yak angler Ian Tagg was trolling a River2Sea Downsider 150 deep
diver behind his Swing
Angler fishing kayak on Saturday when this 17kg 'Jewie' slammed
it hard. He was armed with a 6kg-10kg Penn Power Stick and a Shimano TSS4
threadline reel loaded with 30lb braid and 60lb Jinkai leader.
ONSHORE: The North
Shore stretch was well worth the effort this week with tailor, whiting
and flathead on the bite from the First Cutting to Double Island Point.
On the east side the only report of note was of quality bream at Marcus
Bream were the bread and butter species in the estuary this week with
best results coming from the Munna Point area, the
Woods Bays, the stretch from the old dog beach to the river mouth and
in the Frying Pan.
Carl Gearing from Lake MacQuarie (right) was fishing the Woods Bays on
Thursday when his bonito strip bait attracted the attention of the 750gm
'Yellowfin' he's pictured with. He was kitted out with a Jarvis Walker
threadline combo loaded with 6lb line.
There were a few school jewfish on the prowl in the Munna Point stretch
as local angler Nick Radge (above) discovered.
Nick was working the waters around there on Thursday, drift jigging a
green/gold Squidgy Wriggle Tail soft plastic when it was taken by the
2kg specimen he's posing with. Apart from that there were a number of
flathead taken on frogmouth pilchards down at the river mouth.