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As at Monday 23rd June 2003

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OFFSHORE: Despite a burst of moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot) South South Easterlies earlier in the week, most days were still classified fishable, although at times perhaps a little lumpy. Things did improve, however, when a swing back to light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) West South Westerlies over the weekend saw the swell drop to around 0.5m metres literally overnight. Squire, Pearl Perch, Parrot Fish and Maori Cod were common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, Sunshine Reef, the close proximity of which was a definite draw card, turned it on for Snapper, Spangled Emperor, Spotted Mackerel, school Mackerel and Red Throat Emperor. North Reef, however, was by far the most popular destination, producing Snapper, Tailor, Trevally, Yellowlip Butterfly Bream, Mowong, Moses Perch and as you can see by the accompanying photos, Northern Bluefin Tuna.
Northern Bluefin (Longtail) Tuna

Northern Bluefin (Longtail) Tuna

Mother and daughter team Jeannie (Auckland) and Nicky Gehlhaar (Brisbane), above left, were out there on Friday on a three quarter day Cougar Too charter and both girls got in on the action when these 6kg+ 'Longtails' hit on their whole Pilchard and live Yakka floaters. They were kitted out with Wilson Live Fibre rods and Shimano 6500 Baitrunner reels loaded with 20lb line. And on the same charter Melbourne angler John Blamey (above right) had fun with a light spin outfit (Innovator rod/Daiwa Emblem 3500 reel loaded with 14lb braid) when he boated the 6.5kg 'Longtail' he's pictured with.

ONSHORE: There were no real hot spots on the coastal surf beaches this week although most anglers who cared to wet a line reported respectable catches of quality Dart and Whiting up and down the coast. Apart from that, the National Park headland produced a few Jewfish and Chopper Tailor and Winch Cove yielded quality Bream and the odd Trevally.
Australian Bass
In the river, while Bream, Whiting and Flathead were slightly down in numbers and well spread throughout the system, the welcome news was that the first Luderick of the season were taken earlier in the week in the Frying Pan (where Trevally and Chopper Tailor were also on the bite) and (over the last few days) at the river mouth car park rocks. There was also a bit of Chopper Tailor and Trevally action in the Woods Bays and around Munna Bridge. On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam Saratoga were active in the Yabba arm and the Bass were on the bite near the Eagles Nest. And when the Yamaha Bass Electric competition was held at Lake MacDonald yesterday morning most of the activity came from the angling fraternity, for when 'time' was called, only five legal fish were weighed in. The up side was that the top three were all quality 2kg+ fish with winner (above right) Mal Favager's fish tipping the scales at a whopping 2.6kg. Mal's win was even more notable considering he was a last minute entrant, borrowing an electric motor from one of the boys at Davo's and fishing the comp with a Shimano threadline Bream outfit that was only lightly loaded with 4lb Fireline! Second place went to his good mate, Davo's staffer Mark Pertot (above left) with a respectable 2.08kg specimen.

(Mal's photo courtesy of Steve Morgan, Queensland Fishing Monthly)

Hey! Davo's Bait and Tackle are holding a three day, '20% off everything stocktake sale' this weekend. Starts 7am Friday 27th June and finishes 6pm on Sunday 29th June, so be there!


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