As at Monday June 12, 2006
|OFFSHORE: Ah well, another week of very cool, moderate to fresh (15 to 25 knot) variable southerlies brought home the fact that winter is well and truly here, while a few days of fairly heavy rainfall simply rubbed it in. Still, even though it was icy cold around dawn and dusk it was quite pleasant once the sun reached its zenith. Unfortunately, conditions steadily deteriorated as the week progressed (and a 2m-3m south easterly outside swell developed) and the much anticipated annual Queen's Birthday long weekend was pretty much a fizzer as far as the offshore brigade were concerned.|
|The only offshore reports received, in fact,
were from earlier in the week when North Reef was producing Squire, Moses
Perch, Pearl Perch, Teraglin Jewfish and, as you can see by the photo above
left, Snapper. Local angler John Summers boated the 4kg specimen he's posing
with while out there on a half day Cougar
One charter on Wednesday. And above right we have ex NBWC skipper
(now Beach Baker proprietor) Sam 'Slammer' Ladd with a 4kg 'Knobby' he picked
up while out at 'The Banks' the week before... we didn't have room for it
then so here it is now. Sam was kitted out with an Angler Azigale rod and
a Shimano 6500 Baitrunner reel loaded with 8kg line. His bait? A whole Pilchard
ONSHORE: Conditions on the coastal surf beaches weren't particularly inviting at times this week but there were still plenty of keen anglers prepared to wet a line when the rain eased off and the sun warmed things up a bit. On the North Shore the Mullet run saw the Tailor numbers on the increase with the stretch north of Teewah producing best. The sheltered surf gutters on Main Beach were well patronised (see directly below) although apart from the odd Chopper Tailor the catch was mostly Bream and Whiting. Over on the east side; Marcus Beach was the spot for Dart, as was Peregian Beach but with the added bonus of Flathead and (at the southern end) Chopper Tailor. The only other surf report of any note was of Whiting and Bream at Sunrise Beach and up around the rocks at the northern end of Sunshine Beach.
In the river, there were some quality Bream and Whiting down at the river mouth and up in Weyba Creek where Flathead were also on the bite. The Gympie Terrace stretch was another Flathead hotspot (on trolled lures), as was the top end of Lake Cooroibah where soft plastics worked well. Apart from that there were Tailor at night (live Herring) at the entrance to Noosa Waters plus Trevally and Tailor (to 2kg) going for soft plastics, slugs and surface poppers in the Woods Bays.
On the freshwater scene the only reports were of the Lake MacDonald Bass responding to Jackals around 'Three Ways'.