Well, it wasn't a terribly exciting time for
the offshore brigade with the westerly winds finally giving way to the
southerlies and picking up pace as the week progressed. Fortunately, the
first half of the week, although a tad lumpy was at least fishable before
the moderate to strong (20 to 30 knot) south easterlies shut the gate
from Friday onwards.
the Snapper decided to lay low after last week's big showing so it was
mostly Squire and Moses Perch on the bite at the visited reefs. In addition
to that, however, Sunshine Reef produced Sweetlip and Maori Cod while
a little further out at North reef the extras were Teraglin Jewfish, Pearl
Perch and, as you can see by the photo above, Northern Bluefin Tuna. Bob
Waldock was out there on a half day Cougar
Too charter on Tuesday when he hooked and landed this 12kg
'Longtail'. He was armed with a Shakespeare Ugly Stik and a Shimano Baitrunner
6500 reel loaded with 15lb line.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were certainly
worth a look earlier in the week and early morning when the winds were
less of a problem. On the North Shore, Bream, Whiting, Dart and Tarwhine
made up the bulk of the catch with the best
returns coming from the waters opposite the First Cutting and around the
township of Teewah.
Over on the east side Bream, Whiting and Tarwhine were on the bite at
Sunshine Beach while at Peregian Beach the catch was Flathead, Dart, Tarwhine
and Chopper Tailor.
And it was at Sunshine Beach on Friday morning that local angler Ralph
Thorne (right) hooked and landed the 1kg Tarwhine he's pictured with.
Ralph was fishing for Whiting when his Pippy bait on a No.4 longshank
hook was monstered by this healthy specimen. He was armed with a Jarvis
Walker light surf combo.
In the river, Flathead and Bream were well spread with the hot spots being
Weyba Creek, Munna Point, Tewantin and Lake Cooroibah. Apart from that
there were a few Luderick on the bite down at the river mouth while in
the Woods Bays there were Trevally and, as you can see by the photo below,
quality Queenfish chasing soft plastics. Local lad Shaun Nesbit was casting
and retrieving a Prawn Power Bait on a Nitro jighead from the Woods Spit
yesterday morning when the 4.5kg 'Skinny' he's posing with came to the
party. This was an excellent catch in anyone's book considering Shaun's
estuary outfit was only loaded with 4lb Fireline. Well done mate.
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were responding well
to soft plastics in Bass Bay and Gazebo Bay.