at Monday 6th June 2005
Cool, fresh (20 knot+) South South Easterlies kept most of the offshore
brigade at home for the first few days of the week but by Friday, as the
winds dropped below the 15 knot mark, it was pretty much a green light
for all manner of craft to cross the bar. And while it was still rather
lumpy out there at times, those who made the effort found Squire, Snapper,
Pearl Perch and Moses Perch were common to most of the reefs. In addition,
The Hards produced Amberjack, as did the Barwon Banks but with the added
bonus of Gold Band Snapper, Hussar, Parrot Fish and Rosy Jobfish.
|Closer in, Chardon's Reef was the spot for Sweetlip
and quality Spanish Mackerel (to 17kg) while over on North Reef the extras
were Northern Bluefin Tuna, Parrot Fish, Spotted Mackerel and, as you
can see by the above photos, Amberjack and Red Emperor. Paul Balsarini
(above left) from Sydney boated the colourful 5.2kg 'Government Bream'
he's pictured with while out there on a 3/4 day Cougar
One charter on Friday. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live
Fibre rod and a Penn reel loaded with 10lb braid and 40lb trace. And Ben
Lovell from Dalby (above right) also did well at North Reef (on a full
day Cougar One charter), this time on Saturday,
when his floated Pilchard bait attracted the attention of the absolute
thumper 20.2kg Amberjack he's just managing to hold up for the camera.
Ben was armed with an 8kg-10kg Penn rod and a Shimano TLD25 reel loaded
with 30lb line. Within cooee of land, Sunshine Reef yielded the odd Snapper,
as did Jew Shoal (along with Mackerel Tuna), while over on Hall's Reef
there was the added bonus of quality Spanish Mackerel.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were certainly worth a look this week although with most of the serious anglers off at the Fraser Island Fishing Competition, reports were a bit thin on the ground. Nevertheless, on the North Shore, there were Whiting, Bream and Tailor on the bite up around Teewah, Tarwhine and Dart around the Second Cutting and Whiting down towards the river mouth. With high tide around dawn and dusk the rock groynes on Main Beach were a good option for Tailor and, as local angler 'Birdman' (below left) found to his delight on Wednesday morning, Northern Bluefin Tuna.
Birdman's cast Pilchard bait had only just hit the water not far out from the middle groyne when this 16kg 'Longtail' ambushed it and then ran hard and fast for over 40 minutes before finally giving up the fight. The catch was even more remarkable when it was revealed that Birdman's Daiwa 5500 threadline surf combo was only loaded with 12lb line. Well done mate. In the river, Flathead were on the bite down around the river mouth, in the Frying Pan (along with Whiting), around Keyser Island in Weyba Creek and along the Gympie Terrace stretch, which was where Marcoola angler Barry Pryle (above right) nailed the 1.6kg 'Lizard' he's posing with yesterday morning. Mangrove Jacks were active in the vicinity of the Weyba Walkway, the Munna Point Bridge (on Pearl C-Lures Jack Snacks), up around Harbourtown at Tewantin (together with Bream and Trevally) and between the lakes (particularly around John's Landing), where trolled gold/chrome C-Lures Jack Snacks, Headmasters and Barra-Pro's all got results. Apart from that, Trevally were active in the inner Woods Bay early in the morning. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were chasing Jackals at 'Three Ways', spinnerbaits at Runway Point and trolled C-Lures Borer 'Extra Deeps' in the Main Basin.