at Monday June 15, 2009
| OFFSHORE: Hooly
dooly! I would have thought last week's weather was going to be hard to
beat, but this week was an absolute pearler! Very light to moderate (5 to
15 knot) variable westerlies dominated the offshore scene and with the swell
dropping away towards zero, you'd be very hard pressed to find any negatives
about the conditions on our local reefs.
Squire, moses perch and pearl perch were common catches at all of the visited reefs and with such idyllic conditions prevailing it was simply a matter of picking your destination and going for it. Double Island Point was an easy option for the bigger boats and those who made the effort reported plenty of activity from the aforementioned reefies. In addition, the standouts were school mackerel, parrot fish, northern bluefin tuna and red emperor. Closer in, Chardon's Reef produced cobia, teraglin jewfish, sweetlip and northern bluefin tuna as did North Reef but with the added bonus of parrot fish, coral trout and heaps of quality snapper. Simon, Scott, Alf, Colin and Clayton from Brisbane (above) were out on 'North' on a half day Cougar One charter on Saturday when they got onto a few northern bluefin tuna, teraglin jewfish and snapper.
Sunshine Reef also fired very well with Spanish mackerel, samson fish, yellowtail kingfish, sweetlip, snapper and quite a few quality coral trout on the bite. Joe Pizarro (above) was out there on Wednesday when his whole pilchard bait on a 50lb handline was taken by the thumper 6kg 'Trout' he's pictured with.
In Laguna Bay, Jew Shoal produced a few sweetlip, squire, mackerel tuna and, as you can see by the photo above, the odd quality snapper. Local yak angler Ian Tagg worked the 'Shoal' in his Swing Angler fishing kayak on Sunday morning without result and was just heading for home when his trolled pike bait was taken by the 6.5kg 'Knobby' he's posing with. He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano Twin Power 6000 reel loaded with 30lb braid and 60lb trace.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were an attractive proposition for anglers and holiday makers this week and the fish were there for those who cared to wet a line. The presence of the mullet netters on the southern end of Teewah Beach on the North Shore was a bit of a turnoff (for anglers and fish) so most of the focus was on the waters from Teewah township to Double Island Point where dart, bream, tarwhine, the odd flathead and lots of tailor were on the bite. Over on the east side; Sunrise Beach was the spot for whiting and bream as was Marcus Beach but with the added bonus of tarwhine and plenty of small dart.
In the river, bream were in good numbers and were well spread throughout the system.
Flathead were active in the lower reaches with good results coming from the Gympie Terrace stretch to the river mouth.
The Woods Bays, however, continued to host most of the pelagic activity with tailor and trevally responding well to metal slug lures, prawn baits and soft plastics. Riley Thompson (above) fished that area on Saturday afternoon and used a Gulp soft plastic to attract the quality tailor he's pictured with.
And Brenden (above) was in the 'Bays' on Wednesday morning when his whole prawn bait was taken by the 2.5kg golden trevally he's posing with. He was armed with a Starlo Stick (which he broke in the tussle) and a Jarvis Walker threadline reel loaded with 8lb line. He also caught a number of bream to 33cm but that's another story.