OFFSHORE: Wind direction
was harder to pick than a broken nose this week so I guess the most appropriate
description would be 'variable'. Wind strength? It was a bit gusty on
Friday and Saturday but otherwise mostly light
With the swell down around the 1m mark there were plenty of reasons for
the blue water boys to head out to the local reefs. The bar crossing was
pretty flat so it was all systems go with a few of the bigger boats venturing
as far as Double Island Point where red emperor (to 15kg), hussar, and
pearl perch to 5kg were on the chew.
Closer to home, Chardon's Reef produced snapper, squire, pearl perch and
moses perch, as did North Reef but with the added bonus of sweetlip, teraglin
jewfish, parrot fish and, as you can see by the photos above and below,
cobia and northern bluefin tuna. Jock Walker (above right) was out there
on a Cougar
One charter yesterday when his 7" Cajun Chicken soft plastic
bait was slammed by the 16kg cobia he's pictured with. On the left in
the photo, helping to hold his catch, is erstwhile deckie 'Chuck' Norris
who, as you can see in the photo, is absolutely over the moon about Jock's
On the same charter, and using a 7" black/purple Cajun Chicken soft
plastic as his draw card, Steven Barnes from Beaudesert (above) hooked
and landed a 9kg 'Longtail'. He was using a Daiwa Heartland combo loaded
with 20lb braid.
Last but not least, Gary Ward from Cardwell (above) celebrated his 29th
birthday with a trip to North Reef on the same Cougar
One charter and hit the jackpot when he boated the standout 8kg
snapper using the same type of soft plastic. The only other reports of
note were of squire and snapper taken on floated baits and jigged soft
plastics on Jew Shoal.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches, although
a bit chilly at times, were quite productive with the surf gutters about
6km's north of Teewah producing small bream and whiting plus chopper tailor
to 1.5kg. The better quality bream were found to be on the bite up around
Freshwater during the day with a couple of fish reported around 1.7kg
and 2kg. Across the bay, Hells Gates on the National Park headland yielded
squire and tailor on pilchard baits while further south, Marcus Beach
was the spot for dart, bream and tailor in the morning, plus down around
Marcus Creek; the odd squire.
In the river, flathead, tailor and trevally were on the bite from Tewantin
to the river mouth with some quality fish taken all along that stretch.
Luderick were still active at the river mouth car park rocks (on Coolum
weed) but were not in numbers.
The Woods Bays was the only other producer of note with tailor chasing
prawn soft plastics and trolled hard body lures around the boats in the
inner bay. Gary Trim (above) got a nice surprise there on Thursday morning
when his trolled Rapala Extreme lure was monstered by the 3kg Greenback
he's pictured with.