Well, it may be the middle of winter but as long as the sun shone and
the winds stayed light to moderate, there were no complaints from the
locals or visitors. The weekend's southerly change did bring with it some
really chilly mornings but the forecast blustery conditions failed to
materialise, up this end of the coastline anyway.
North Reef was again the most popular destination,
producing squire, moses perch, parrot fish, sweetlip, cobia and, as per
the photo above, yellowtail kingfish and quality snapper. Local angler
' Woody' and his son Sam totally blitzed it there on Friday 13th. They
put paid to the bad luck theory normally reserved for Black Friday by
boating a number of squire, a 13kg cobia and the 7kg snapper and 12kg
yellowtail kingfish they're pictured with. They were armed with Shakespeare
Ugly Stiks and Penn 113H Senator reels loaded with 40lb braid. Their baits?
Yakkas and slimy mackerel on 6/0 hooks.
The Coffees were another cobia hot spot this week as Cole McDonald (above)
from Marcus Beach found on Friday. Cole was out there at first light and,
using live yakka floaters, boated a 17kg specimen and the 14kg fish he's
posing with. He was armed with Shimano Speedmaster offshore combo loaded
with 30lb Platinum line and 40lb leader.
And Black Friday turned out to be a pearler of a day with Chardon's Reef
also firing very well. The crew from Noosa
Blue Water Charters dropped the pick there on a full day charter
and came back with squire, pearl perch, moses perch, Maori cod, parrot
fish and (above) a standout 8kg 'Knobby'. Local angler Paul Kerr boated
this 'Freddy Krueger' lookalike using a pilchard/squid combo as his draw
card. He was using a Penn Power Stick and an Alvey 725C reel loaded with
ONSHORE: Even though
conditions were pretty good most of the week the only reports from the
coastal beaches were from the North Shore stretch where dart, thumper
whiting and quality bream (to 1.5kg) were on the bite north of Teewah.
The estuary system was again quiet with most of the action still coming
from the lower reaches around top of the tide.
The Gympie Terrace stretch was well worth a shot with whiting being the
high profile species.
Local lad Aston Steel (above) was very excited with the 350gm specimen
he caught there around Sunday lunchtime using live Davo's
beach worms as his draw card.
He was kitted out with a Jarvis Walker estuary combo loaded with 8lb monofilament
The Woods Bays produced tailor and trevally, as did the Munna Point/Culgoa
Point stretch but with the added bonus of good size bream chasing fresh
The river mouth, however, would have been the top performer with tailor,
bream and, as per the photo above, flathead on the bite. Brisbane angler
Toby Back tempted this 55cm 'Lizard' with a 'Red Rum' Squidgy shad soft
plastic at high tide on Tuesday. He was kitted out with a a Shimano Sonic
Series 5.6' Barra rod and a Shimano Calcutta 200B reel loaded with 15lb