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As at Monday 14th June 2004
OFFSHORE: The most consistent thing about offshore this week was the wind direction.... Southerlies all the way. Wind strength varied from light-to-moderate ( 5 to 15 knots) to moderate-to-strong (20 to 30 knots) and of course, as Murphy's Law will have it, the more blustery conditions hit just in time to dash the hopes of all but the absolute die-hard weekend warrior. Fortunately, those who got out in between the worst of the blows did very well with Squire, Snapper, Teraglin Jewfish and Pearl Perch all common to the visited reefs. In addition, the Barwon Banks was (for some reason) a very popular 'out wide' destination this week, producing Moses Perch, Spotted Mackerel, Gold Spot Wrasse, Amberjack, Hussar, Red Throat Emperor, Red Emperor and Black-Spot Pigfish. A little closer to home, North Reef yielded Sweetlip, Cobia, Northern Bluefin Tuna, Spotted Mackerel, Scarlet Sea Perch and Maori Cod while at Chardon's Reef the bonus species were Moses Perch, Hussar and as you can see by the two associated photos; Snapper and Northern Bluefin (Longtail) Tuna. Ted Bates (right), from Melbourne, boated this excellent 10kg 'Knobby' while out there on half day Cougar One charter on Tuesday morning. He was armed with a Gary Howard rod and an Alvey 725C reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline.
Northern Bluefin or Longtail Tuna
Snapper

On the same trip, Coolum angler Steve Pettinato (above) nailed this 8kg Bluefin on a Pilchard floater. He was kitted out with a Shimano Beast Master rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 25lb line. The only other reports were of Northern Bluefin Tuna hammering the Garfish schools over the last few days near Alexandria Bay and Granite Bay.

ONSHORE: The North Shore coastal beach strip fired quite well this week with good gutters from the river mouth to Double Island Point. Quality Dart and Bream well spread and a few Greenback Tailor (to 3kg) came from the stretch from Flathead and Whitingthe First Cutting to the river mouth. Garfish were a good option around the National Park coves while further South; Peregian Beach produced Tarwhine and quality Dart. In the river, Bream and Flathead were the bread and butter species with best results coming from the river mouth and the Frying Pan (where Chopper Tailor were also on the bite), Munna Point, lower Weyba Creek (along with Trevally and Tailor), around the Tewantin ferry and up between the lakes. The 'Lizards' were also on the chew in the Gympie Terrace stretch and that was where local lad Chris Bland (near right) landed the 1kg specimen he's pictured with. Chris, armed with a Jarvis Walker threadline combo, used a live Herring to tempt this fish. And while the Whiting were down in numbers, they were still of reasonable quality in the lower estuary, as Tewantin angler Liam Purser (above right) found on Saturday. Liam, who was armed with a Jarvis Walker spin combo, landed this 480gm fish down towards the river mouth. His bait? A live Davo's Beach Worm on a No.4 longshank hook. Apart from that, the Woods Bays were a magnet for the sports angler with Trevally, Tailor and Tarpon responding well to expertly jigged soft plastics and trolled and cast C-Lures Jack Snacks. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were best targeted with flies and Rattli'n Traps around 'Three Ways'.



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