As at Monday 21st June 2004
Once again it was pretty much a weekend wipeout with chilly, moderate
to strong South Westerlies and heavy
seas dominating the offshore scene from Friday onwards. As with last week,
those who got out earlier in the week saw the best of it, although conditions
on some days were still rather marginal. Squire, Pearl Perch, Parrot Fish
and Spotted Mackerel were common to the visited reefs. In addition, out
wide, the Barwon Banks performed well, producing Snapper, Gold Band Jobfish,
Yellowtail Kingfish, Cobia, Mahi Mahi, Dog Tooth Tuna and Gold Spot Wrasse.
Closer to home, North Reef was the other most popular destination, yielding
Northern Bluefin Tuna, Mackerel Tuna, Purple Tusk-fish, School Mackerel,
Maori Cod, Moses Perch and, as you can see by the photo on the right,
Sweetlip. Aaron Marshell, from Coolum, was out at North Reef on Friday
and together with a couple of fishing buddies, got into a mixed bag of
fish, including Spotted Mackerel, Pearl Perch and Moses Perch. The 2.2kg
'Lipper' he's posing with was a good example of the quality of that species
on the bite and this particular fish went for a Squid bait on a 7/0 hook.
Aaron was armed with a Penn Mariner rod and a Penn 330GTi reel loaded
with 25lb line and 60lb trace. Apart from that, the target species at
Sunshine Reef was mostly Snapper while in Laguna Bay it was 'light line
time' with Garfish and Yellowtail Pike schooling around the Shark nets
and not far out from the National Park coves.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches fired well this week and the North Shore was particularly popular and productive. Bream, Dart and big Tailor (with a few School and Spotted Mackerel in amongst them) were well spread while Teewah was the spot for quality Tarwhine, Flathead and the odd Golden Trevally. Over on the East side, Marcus Beach was the a good option for Chopper Tailor, Bream and Dart and South Peregian Beach produced Whiting and Dart.
In the river, Yellowtail Pike were active and in numbers all the way up to Harbourtown while Bream, Flathead and Tailor (and the odd Trevally) were on the bite down around the Frying Pan and the river mouth, which is where Tewantin angler Mark Trevanion (above right) boated the 1.25kg 'Tea Leaf' he's posing with. Mark, armed with a Penn O/H combo, used a live Biddy on a 1/0 hook as his main draw card. For the sports anglers; Trevally and Tailor (to 2.5kg) were responding to surface poppers and soft plastics in the Woods Bays (where a few quality Bream were active under the Mullet) and up around the first ski run at Tewantin. Apart from that, Flathead were also active in Weyba Creek (together with Bream) and the bottom of Lake Cooroibah, School Jewfish or 'Soapies' were chasing soft plastics around the back of Noosa Sound and (as you can see by the photo above left) Mangrove Jacks were still on the make between the lakes. Marcus, from Brisbane, tempted this 1.1kg 'Dog Bream' last Tuesday using a Manns Stretch 15+ lure. He was armed with a G-Loomis 3-5kg rod and a Daiwa Millionaire reel loaded with 15lb braid and a 'Knotted Dog' leader. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were best targeted towards the dam wall with Rattlin' Traps working particularly well.