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As at Monday June 19, 2006
OFFSHORE: The cool blustery variable southerlies carried over from last week making life (at times) rather uncomfortable for the offshore brigade as they fluctuated from 10 knots up into the 25 knot region. The fishable days were at best pretty Scarlet Sea Perchsloppy but still certainly worth a shot for those with a hankering for a feed of reef fish. Squire, Moses Perch and Parrot Fish were common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, for those with big boats and strong stomachs, 'The Hards' produced Snapper, Pearl Perch, Gold Spot Wrasse and, as you can see by the photo on the right, quality Scarlet Sea Perch. Brian Smith from Caloundra boated this 6kg specimen while out there on a full day Cougar Too charter on Friday. Closer in, North Reef was the spot for Sweetlip and Shiny Mackerel while over on Chardon's Reef the extras were Amberjack, Gold Band Snapper, Yellowtail Kingfish, Pearl Perch, Hussar and Snapper. The only other reports of any note were of Coral Trout, Sweetlip and Shiny Mackerel at Sunshine Reef and Mackerel Tuna, Bonito and Northern Bluefin Tuna around the shark nets and just out from the river mouth in Laguna Bay. Local yak angler James 'Legend' Grant (below) was about half a klik from the river mouth, trolling a Rapala X-Rap behind his Swing 'Angler' fishing kayak on Wednesday morning, when the 17kg Northern Bluefin Tuna he's posing with came to the party. This thumper 'Longtail' took an hour to subdue, towing James and his kayak across the bay to the Boiling Pot and back out around the shark nets before finally giving up the fight. James was armed with a Daiwa Interline rod and a Shimano TLD5 reel loaded with 15kg braid and 20kg trace.
Northern Bluefin Tuna
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a bit of a mixed bag this week but, as with the offshore situation, there were fish to be had for those prepared to put in the time. On the North Shore, from the First Cutting to the township of Teewah, Diamond Trevallythe catch was Bream, Dart and Tailor while over on the east side the only other report of note was of Whiting, quality Dart and the odd Chopper Tailor at Marcus Beach. In the river, Flathead were the target species from Munna Beach to the river mouth with drifted Whitebait getting good results. Quality Bream were a feature around the Munna Point, Culgoa Point stretch (Pilchard and Pike baits) while up around Tewantin the profile species were Trevally, Bream and Flathead. Apart from that the Woods Bays were still an option for Tailor and Trevally with metal slugs, surface poppers and soft plastics getting best results. Having said that, Tewantin angler Doug Andrew (right) used a Garfish fillet to attract the attention of the very nice 2.4kg Diamond Trevally he's pictured with. Doug, who was armed with an Abu baitcaster outfit loaded with 20lb braid, was fishing in the Woods Bays on Friday evening when he got his result. On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam Bass were going for live Shrimp around 'The Clumps' and Rowe's Island while at Lake MacDonald the action was around 'Fry's Run' and 'Three Ways'.


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