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As at Monday June 30, 2008

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OFFSHORE: Well, it was as good as it gets for this time of the year with light to moderate winds and little or no swell to contend with. The mornings were still chilly but once the sun was up, tea shirts, shorts and sunglasses were mandatory.
'Out Wide' was a temptation hard to resist in such glorious weather although those anglers who dropped the pick at the Barwon Banks found the fishing a bit lean with average size squire, pearl perch, hussar, parrot fish and cobia in passable numbers. In sharp contrast, North Reef was totally on fire, producing moses perch, pearl perch, parrot fish, northern bluefin tuna, squire, sweetlip and, as you can see by the photos directly below, quality snapper in excellent numbers.
Snapper Snapper
Local lass 'Nitch' (above left) was out there fishing from the back of a jet ski around lunchtime on Thursday when her floated pilchard bait was taken by the 4kg (cleaned) snapper she's pictured with. She did extremely well to boat this fish as, incredibly, her outfit was a little Jarvis Walker estuary combo (pictured) loaded with 8lb line.
And Mick Norris from Tewantin (above right) tempted this 3kg snapper with a soft plastic while out there on a Cougar One charter on Tuesday. He too was armed with a lightweight rig; a Pflueger threadline combo loaded with 14lb braid.
Snapper
Sunshine Reef was also worth a look as local angler Ron Blackshaw (above) found on Thursday. Moses Perch and Mowong were on the bite there but Ron , who has been trying very hard to boat a quality snapper, tempted this 5.5kg 'Knobby' using a Davo's squid bait as his draw card. He was kitted out with a Penn offshore combo loaded with 30lb line.
Jewfish
Last but not least, Laguna Bay was as good an option as any with sweetlip and small snapper on the bite out and around Jew Shoal and at Little Hall's Reef where, as per the photo above, jewfish were an added bonus. Local yak angler Ian Tagg was drifting a whole prawn behind his Swing 'Angler' fishing kayak on Saturday when he hit the jackpot. Paddling in the wake of a working prawn trawler, he was delighted when the 10kg 'Jewie' he's posing with tried to run away with it.
ONSHORE: Conditions were excellent for camping and fishing on the North Shore this week with the surf gutters north of Teewah producing dart and quality whiting. Some good size bream were reported on the bite up at the camp grounds and while there were a few tailor caught they were more of a by-catch. Across the bay, Tea Tree Bay was good for whiting.
Whiting Bream

The estuary system was still quiet although there some quality whiting on the bite from the yacht club to Munna Beach. Greg White from St. George (above left) tempted this 500gm specimen with a prawn bait at Munna Point on Tuesday.
Bream were also active along the Gympie Terrace stretch as seven year old Joel Cloves (above right) discovered on Sunday. Joel was floating out a frogmouth pilchard bait from the bank when it was taken by the 200gm 'Yellowfin' he's pictured with. Apart from that, the odd trevally was still active in the Woods Bays as were tailor with fish to 2.5kg going for shallow diving, hard body lures.
On the freshwater scene, bass to 45cm were chasing Jackall lures and pink Eco Gear soft plastics south of Harry's Hut in the Everglades. Please note that this is the spawning time for wild bass so it is closed season on this species until August 31, 2008. Consequently, any fish caught must be immediately released.

And check this out! Davo's Bait and Tackle are running a 'Kids Bream Competition' these school holidays.

First Prize, for the heaviest bream weighed in at Davo's, is a $100.00 Gift Voucher!

There are runner-up Second and Third Prizes as well, which will be packs of lures!

Final weigh-in time is Sunday July 13 at 12.00 Midday. Entries limited to children under 15 years of age.

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