As at Monday 10th May 2004
With the week dominated by moderate to fresh South Easterlies, conditions
were never destined to be much better than 'fishable', although it was
the first and last days of the week that bore the brunt of the more blustery
and were more realistically classified as 'forget it'. Nevertheless, there
was still ample opportunity for those with seaworthy boats and strong
stomachs, with most reefs producing Squire, Spotted Mackerel, Pearl Perch,
Moses Perch and Parrot Fish. A few adventurous souls traveled as far as
the Barwon Banks where the extras were Snapper and Hussar but most of
the action came from the closer reefs such as North Reef where the bonus
species were Teraglin Jewfish and School Mackerel. Sunshine and Castaways
reefs were popular destinations, yielding Sweetlip, Mackerel Tuna, Hussar
and Northern Bluefin Tuna. And while the Spotted Mackerel were down in
numbers they were up in quality as Melbourne angler Dean Jacobs (above
left) found on Wednesday morning. Dean was out on Sunshine Reef on a half
day Cougar Too charter when this 6kg
'Spotty' monstered his Pilchard bait. He was kitted out with a Wilson
Live Fibre rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 8kg line.
Apart from that, in Laguna Bay (although it was 'dead' by comparison to
the previous couple of weeks), there were still a few Spaniards, Spotties
and (as you can see by the photo above right) Mackerel Tuna to be had.
Local angler Tony Sims boated this 6kg 'Mac' Tuna around midday on Wednesday
by casting a 20gm slug lure at one of the boils. He was armed with a Penn
750SS threadline outfit loaded with 6kg line.
ONSHORE: Those anglers that worked the coastal surf beaches this week did quite well with Tailor (to 3kg) well spread on the North Shore plus Bream and Tarwhine in the gutters from the First Cutting to the river mouth. The National Park headland was a good spot for Tailor and Garfish while further South; Castaways Beach yielded Dart and Tailor. In the river, the Tailor were everywhere in the lower estuary with the hot spots being the river mouth and the Frying Pan (along with Flathead and plenty of Bream), Munna Point (which also produced Garfish and Trevally) and the Woods Bays where Trevally (soft plastic and slugs) and Mangrove Jacks were on the bite. And it was the Woods Bays that produced the 'Greenbacks' with 2.5kg to 3kg fish the standouts. Local angler Mark Arnall nailed this 2.75kg specimen around 7am yesterday by casting a Chug-Bug surface popper near the boils. He was armed with a G-Loomis rod and a Shimano Calais baitcast reel loaded with 20lb 'Bionic' braid and 20lb Siglon leader. Apart from that; Flathead and Mud Crabs were active around the Tewantin ferry run (as were Mangrove Jacks) and up at Lake Cooroibah while in Weyba Creek the target species was Sand Crab. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were chasing soft plastics at the edge of the weed beds and around 'Three Ways'.