at Monday 13th June 2005
Although the week got off to a pretty ordinary start (with 20 to 25 knot
South Easterlies and 2.5m seas roughing up the outer reefs), by Thursday
conditions offshore were at least settled enough for the bigger boats
to venture out wide. And from that point on, fortunately, things just
got better, with the weekend conditions certainly as good as they get
for this time of the year. The only fly in the ointment, however, was
a steadily increasing swell over the last few days which resulted in a
couple of boats coming to grief while attempting to cross the bar around
low tide this morning.
On a brighter note, Squire, Parrot Fish, Pearl Perch and Moses Perch were common to the visited reefs. In addition, the Barwon Banks fired extremely well, producing Snapper, Amberjack, Rosy Jobfish, Hussar and Gold Band Snapper. Closer in, North Reef was a popular destination, yielding Snapper, Sweetlip, Shiny Mackerel and, as you can see by the photo above left, Northern Bluefin Tuna. Sam Kilpatrick from Christchurch, New Zealand, boated this 9kg 'Longtail' while out there on a 3/4 day Cougar One charter on Thursday. He was kitted out with an Angler rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 10kg line. His bait was butterflied Yakka. And Carmel Howe (above right), mother of Adam Howe (skipper of Cougar One) was on her first trip with her son on a charter boat yesterday morning when she boated this 2.3kg Moses Perch at North Reef. Last but not least, Sunshine Reef was the spot for Sweetlip while around the corner in Laguna Bay there were a few Mackerel Tuna and School Mackerel on the bite out around Jew Shoal.
ONSHORE: With the long weekend crowds here in numbers the coastal surf beaches got more then their usual share of attention and, even though the surf was pounding, there was still enough activity to keep even the diehards satisfied. On the North Shore the standout species was Chopper Tailor with the stretch from the Third Cutting to Teewah producing best, while on Main Beach, both rock groynes were also a worthwhile option for that species. Over on the East side there were reports of small Cobia on the bite around Lion Rock at the Southern end of 'A' Bay and Jewfish off the rocks at North Sunshine Beach. Further South; Sunrise Beach was the spot for Dart (in excellent numbers) and Whiting, Marcus Beach yielded the odd quality Tailor and at Castaways Beach the standouts were Bream and Tarwhine. In the river, Flathead, Whiting and Bream were on the bite from Tewantin to the river mouth with the Gympie Terrace stretch from the Yacht Club to Munna Beach working particularly well. Tailor were active in the Frying Pan while Trevally were responding to soft plastics and surface poppers in the Woods Bays and at Munna Bridge. Local angler Colin Gillies (right) has been doing well on the Bream lately although the 1.2kg 'Yellowfin' he's pictured with was one of his better catches. Colin boated this quality fish (and half a dozen other good keepers) up around Harbourtown at Tewantin yesterday morning. He was armed with a Shakespeare Ugly Stik and a Shimano threadline reel loaded with 3kg line and 20lb trace. His bait? Live Herring on a 3/0 hook. Apart from that, quality Whiting were on the bite at the mouth of Lake Cooroibah. On the freshwater scene, Tarpon were responding well to dark coloured Shrimp flies up at Kin Kin Creek while the Lake MacDonald Bass were quite active around 'Three Ways' and were favourably inclined towards trolled gold C-Lures Borer extra deep divers and cast Jackals.