at Monday 27th June 2005
The offshore action was pretty much confined to the first half of the
week when cool, very light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable Westerlies
flattened the swell to almost zero and kept it there until the weekend.
Unfortunately, at that point, conditions deteriorated when wet, moderate
to strong (20 to 25 knot) South Easterlies curtailed offshore activities
from Saturday lunchtime onwards. Thinking positively, though, there were
still plenty of fishable days to go round with Squire, Parrot Fish and
Pearl Perch common to the visited reefs. In addition, North Reef produced
Teraglin Jewfish, Sweetlip, Shark and Shiny Mackerel while over on Chardon's
Reef the extras were Snapper, Moses Perch and Rosy Jobfish. Closer to
home, Sunshine Reef rewarded the faithful with good catches of Sweetlip,
Shiny Mackerel, Sweetlip, Moses Perch and, as you can see by the accompanying
photos; Snapper and Cobia. Robin Gehlert (right) from Adelaide boated
this 6.5 kg 'Knobby' while out there on a half day Cougar
One charter on Thursday.
| And local angler Rose Locke (above left) boated
the 11.6kg Cobia she's posing with while at Sunshine Reef on a half day
Cougar Too charter
last Wednesday. Laguna Bay livened up a little with Mackerel Tuna (together
with the odd Bluefin) on the Main Beach side of the shark nets and out
around the drum lines where a few Spotted Mackerel were on the bite.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were as flat as a tack earlier in the week and being holiday time, were certainly well patronised prior to the wet, blustery weekend. On the North Shore there were quality Bream, Dart and Whiting on the bite with the area around Teewah township particularly productive. The outer National Park coves were another option with Garfish and small Queenfish schooling in Granite Bay and Trevally around the corner at Hell's Gate. Further South; Bream were on the bite at Sunshine Beach, as they were at Sunrise and Marcus Beaches but with the added bonus there of Dart and Whiting. And it was on Thursday morning at Sunshine Beach that local lad Levi Stubbs (near right) landed the 525gm 'Yellowfin' he's pictured with. Levi tempted this nice 'pan size' fish with a piece of fillet steak on a 1/0 hook! He was armed with a telescopic threadline combo loaded with 4kg line. In the river, Flathead and Bream were again the bread and butter species with best results coming from up around Lake Cooroibah (along with Whiting), the Tewantin area, the Weyba Creek Bridge, Munna Point and the Frying Pan. Tewantin lad Matt Thomas (far right) nailed his 1.4kg 'Lizard' while fishing from the bank at Munna Point early yesterday afternoon and had plenty of encouragement and advice from family members on how to land it. He was armed with a Penn SpinFisher spin combo loaded with 15lb line and wire trace. His bait? Mullet fillet on a 2/0 hook. Apart from that, Trevally were responding to soft plastics under the Mullet schools in the Woods Bays and were also active in Noosa Sound (together with Tailor) although chrome slugs appeared to be the best option there. The freshwater scene was painfully quiet all week.