As at Monday July 25th 2005
With wet, moderate to strong (20 to 30 knot) South Easterlies and 3m seas
hammering the coastline the bluewater boys had no choice but to cool their
heels for most of the week. It wasn't until Sunday, in fact, when the
winds abated and later took on a Westerly aspect, that a few boats headed
over the bar to test the waters. North Reef was the only real performer
this week (or perhaps that's just where everybody went) with Squire, Pearl
Perch, Moses Perch, Teraglin Jewfish, Parrot Fish, Cobia (Black Kingfish)
and, as you can see by the photos below, Snapper all on the bite.
Adelaide visitor John Riedel (above left) boated the 2.5kg and 4.5kg Snapper he's posing with while on a full day Cougar Too charter to North Reef today. He was kitted out with Shimano Taipan rod and a Shimano 6500B Baitrunner reel loaded with 20lb Pioneer Flexline. And on the same trip (which was not far off being a TGO), Leo Fowler from Geelong, Victoria (above right) boated this 3.5kg 'Knobby'. His outfit was a Shakespeare Ugly Stik and an Abu 6000 reel loaded with 20lb line. As the week drew to a close, Laguna Bay saw plenty of bait schools, the presence of which attracted a few schools of Mackerel Tuna to the outer bay. Apart from that, juvenile School Mackerel, Watson's Leaping Bonito and Chopper Tailor (in good numbers) were on the bite either side of the shark nets from Tea Tree Bay to Little Cove.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a no go zone until halfway through the weekend but as conditions improved surf anglers found there were some quite productive looking beach gutters to work. On the North Shore the bottom end of Teewah Beach produced some quality Bream (to 1.7kg) while up around 'Freshwater' the catch was Trevally, big Dart and, as you can see by the photo below left, Tarwhine. Local angler Dave King weighed this 1.32kg specimen in at Davo's on Tuesday. He was armed with a 12ft surf rod and and Alvey 500 reel loaded with 12lb line. His bait was Pippy.
Whiting were the high profile species on Main Beach this week, as they were over on North Sunshine Beach. Further South; Castaways Beach produced Dart and Tailor, Marcus and Coolum beaches yielded Dart and Bream and at Mudjimba Beach there were Bream, Australian Salmon and Greenback Tailor on the bite. Coolum angler John Green (above right) had a productive session there last night during which he landed a 2.5kg Salmon and the 3.8kg Greenback Tailor he's pictured with. He was using a 15ft custom surf rod and an Alvey 700 reel reel loaded with 20lb line and 50lb trace. His bait? Mullet fillet on 2x6/0 ganged hooks. In the river, Tailor, Trevally and Flathead were well represented in the Woods Bay (together with Whiting and Bream), the Munna Point stretch and up around Tewantin. Flathead were also on the bite up at Lake Cooroibah and down at the river mouth (including the Frying Pan) along with Bream and Whiting. Apart from that, Tailor and Bream were worth targeting at the entrance to Noosa Waters. The freshwater scene was quiet.