As at Monday May 7, 2007
Crikey! According to our records we're now in
our twenty third straight day of eminently fishable weather and, with very
light (5 to 15 knot) variable winds continuing their dominance, the offshore
conditions were once again as near
perfect as they can get around here at this time of the year.
Moses Perch and Parrot Fish were common catches at all locations. In addition, Double Island Point was certainly worth the effort for the bigger boats, yielding Maori Cod, Hussar, Pearl Perch, Squire and, as you can see by the photo on the right, Gold Band Snapper. Local angler Barney boated the 7kg specimen he's pictured with while out there on a full day Cougar Too charter on Tuesday. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano Trinidad reel loaded with 25lb line.
Another long distance option was Chardon's 'Wide' which was the spot for Wahoo and small Black Marlin while a little closer in, Chardon's Reef produced Mahi Mahi (Dolphin Fish), Cobia (Black Kingfish) and Maori Cod.
Also in the middle reef belt, North Reef fired particularly well with Spanish Mackerel, Wahoo, Pearl Perch, Sweetlip, Maori Cod, Cobia and plenty of sharks keeping anglers on the hop.
Back towards home base, Sunshine Reef was a good option for the smaller boats, yielding Coral Trout, Mowong, Sweetlip, Shiny Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Pearl Perch and Maori Cod while just outside 'A' Bay there were a few Tuna Boils (Bluefin and Mack) worth considering. Local yak angler Bill 'Billybob' Watson (below) was paddle trolling through a boil out there on his Swing Angler fishing kayak on Thursday morning when his Gold Bomber lure was monstered by the 7kg Northern Bluefin he's posing with. He was armed with a Wilson 6kg-8kg Live Fibre rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 20lb Fireline and 40lb Surecatch leader.
Laguna Bay was a little bit patchy with Barracuda and Sweetlip at Hall's Reef, large schools of juvenile Queenfish around and outside the shark nets, plus Northern Bluefin and Mackerel Tuna on the boil just out from Tea Tree Bay.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were again a great spot to be for all manner of activities with the fishing being a bonus. On the North Shore, Whiting and Dart were in good numbers and well spread while Chopper Tailor were still on the bite up around Teewah. On Main Beach, the middle groyne produced the odd Spotted Mackerel while around the National Park headland there were a few Trevally on the bite as Keith 'Beef' Corrigan from Pomona (below left) found to his delight on Wednesday morning. This was Keith's first time out fishing and he did extremely well, attracting this 1.8kg 'Diamond' and a 1kg 'Golden' using Frogmouth Pilchards as his draw card. He was armed with an Okuma threadline combo loaded with 20lb line. Further south; most of the action was at Marcus and Peregian Beaches where the Whiting were biting.
|In the river, Flathead
were this week's high profile species and were active around the top end
of Lake Cooroibah (as were Bream), Harbourtown (together with Trevally),
along the Noosaville stretch (where Chopper Tailor were boiling at night),
in the Frying Pan (on Whitebait) and down around the river mouth along with
Whiting (on Worms), Bream (on Frogmouth Pilchards) and (at night) Tailor
on floated Pilchards. Phew! Other Flathead hot spots were Weyba Creek (where
Whiting, Bream and Trevally were on the bite) and, as you can see by the
photo above right, Munna Point. On Friday afternoon, local angler Aaron
Thorley used a live Herring to attract the attention of the 1.85kg 'Lizard'
he's pictured with. He was armed with a 7' Jarvis Walker estuary combo.
The Munna Point area also played host to a few Trevally and Tailor early
in the morning while in the Woods Bays there were small Trevally, Bream,
Moses Perch and the odd Broadbarred Mackerel chasing cast soft plastics.
Apart from that, the stretch between the lakes produced Bream, Trevally
and Estuary Cod.
On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam Bass were of good quality and best targeted around the edges of the main basin using spinnerbaits and Jackalls. At Lake MacDonald, most of the action was around the 'Bubble Trail' with the resident Bass (to 48cm) and the odd Yellowbelly responding particularly well (as they do) to live Shrimps under float.