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As at Monday June 26, 2006
OFFSHORE: The offshore scene took a turn for the better this week and although there were no glassed out days, the Snappermore settled conditions made up for some of the rather ordinary weather we've had to tolerate so far this month. Moderate south/south easterlies dominated most of the morning sessions and, although there were a few wet days and a rolling 1.5m to 2m swell, there was no shortage of takers for a run to the outer reefs. Squire, Moses Perch and Parrot Fish were the common species taken at most locations. In addition, for those prepared to go the distance, Double Island Point produced Snapper, as did the Barwon Banks but with the added bonus of Pearl Perch, Banana Fish and Maori Cod. Brisbane angler Gary Thompson (right), in fact, boated the 4.5kg 'Knobby' he's posing with while out at 'The Banks' on yesterday's full day Cougar Too charter. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline. Chardon's 'Wide' was also worth the petrol, yielding a wide range of reefies such as Amberjack, Snapper, Rosy Jobfish, Gold Spot Wrasse, Hussar, Cobia, Yellowtail Kingfish and (phew) Pearl Perch. A little closer in, North Reef was the spot for Sweetlip, Snapper, Pearl Perch and Estuary Cod while at Sunshine Reef the standouts were Sweetlip, Pearl Perch and, as you can see by the photo below, Coral Trout. Local angler Alan Jones boated this quality 5.5kg specimen while out there on a half day Cougar Too charter on Wednesday morning. He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 25lb line. Laguna Bay was unusually quiet, despite the obvious presence of schools of small baitfish in close around the shark nets plus schools of Garfish at Granite Bay.
Coral Trout ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were certainly worth a look with Dart and Tarwhine on the bite from the river mouth to Teewah on the North Shore and quality Bream up around the top end. Across the other side of the bay the National Park headland, particularly the Hells Gate area, produced Garfish, Squire and Snapper while further south; Marcus Beach yielded Dart, Whiting and Tarwhine and Castaways Beach was the spot for the odd quality (4kg+) Greenback Tailor.
Tailor Bream
In the river, Flathead were on the bite up around Tewantin (soft plastics), Munna Beach (along with Trevally and Whiting) and down in the Frying Pan (drifted Whitebaits) where Bream, Whiting and, as you can see by the photo above left, quality Tailor were in good numbers. Tewantin angler Aten Ashby had a ripper session there late last night during which he boated the 3.5kg and 3kg Greenbacks he's posing with. He was armed with a Shakespeare Ugly Stik and a Shimano threadline reel loaded with 6kg line and 40lb wire trace. His bait? Live Biddies. Apart from that, Trevally were active up around the Tewantin ferry and in the Woods Bays while the Gympie Terrace jetties were worth a look for Chopper Tailor (to 1.1kg) and, as per the photo above right, quality Bream. Chris Lacey and his fishing buddies have been catching plenty of both species along there this week using live Herring as their draw card but Chris' 1.5kg 'Yellowfin' (pictured) was the standout. He was armed with a Steve Starling rod and a Shimano Aernos threadline reel loaded with 4kg Fireline and 15lb mono trace. On the freshwater scene the Lake MacDonald Bass action (to 47cm) was around the pump house and the dam wall and also in Bass Bay. Cast spinnerbaits and trolled hard body deep diving lures got best results.


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