As at Monday 19th May 2003
OFFSHORE: Well, wet, moderate to strong (20 knot+) South Easterlies were once again a feature earlier in the week and with an associated 2m+ rolling Easterly swell, even Laguna Bay became a no go zone for all but the surfing fraternity. On a positive note, though, conditions were on the improve from late Friday onward, which meant that weekend boaties were out there in numbers from first light on Saturday. And while there were no TGO's to crow about, the fish were well and truly on the chew with Squire, Trevally, Sweetlip and Moses Perch common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, Double Island Point produced Red Emperor, Pearl Perch and Parrot Fish while not far out behind the surf line from Rainbow Beach to the First Cutting, Longtail and Mackerel Tuna were found hammering the bait schools with a vengeance. Apart from a bit of sporadic Tuna activity around the Shark nets, 'The Bay' was relatively quiet although not far out around the headland at Sunshine Reef there was plenty of action with Snapper, Coral Trout, Cobia, Maori Cod, Parrot Fish and Red Emperor on the bite. Local angler Simon Ball (above right) boated the 4.5kg Sweetlip he's pictured with on Saturday afternoon while out there on Cougar Too. He was kitted out with a Wlison Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825 reel loaded with 30lb Schneider line. And on a half day Cougar One charter to Sunshine Reef the following afternoon, Brisbane angler Kevin Johns (above left) came up with the trip's standout; a 6kg (cleaned) Island Trout. He was armed with a Penn 320GTi combo loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline. A little further out, Chardon's Reef yielded Snapper, Maori Cod, Pearl Perch and Hussar, as did North Reef with the added bonus of Honeycomb Cod, Northern Bluefin Tuna and Mack Tuna.
The only coastal beach waters worth checking out were over on the North
Shore where Dart, Bream and quality Whiting (along with the odd Chopper
Tailor) were active between the 2nd and third Cuttings, with the low tide
surf gutters producing best. Apart from that there were Garfish schools
in the Granite Bay area plus Tailor, Bream and Jewfish on the bite off
the headland rocks, which is where Matt Doran (right) from Noosaville
nailed the 8.5kg Mulloway he's pictured with. Matt tempted this fish with
a Garfish fillet on a 3/0 hook. He was armed with an 8kg 'Bullfrog' rod
and an Abu 6000 reel loaded with 20lb line. In the river, with the fresh
still coming down, most of the activity continued to be in the lower estuary,
with Whiting, Flathead and Bream concentrating down towards the mouth
(along with Chopper Tailor), the Woods Bays and Munna Point where a few
Chopper Tailor and and the odd Trevally were also on the bite.
When there's fresh water in the system you can always expect to see plenty of Grunter Bream (Javelin Fish) coming down stream and when these strong fighting fish are on the move they're usually very much on the bite, as Coolum Beach angler Craig Newton (right) found on Wednesday night. Craig landed this excellent 1.5kg fish in Noosa Sound using a live Herring on a 4/0 hook as bait. His outfit was a Shimano baitcaster combo loaded with 12lb line.
On the freshwater scene, Borumba Dam saw Bass and Saratoga chasing beetle spins and spinnerbaits at the Eagles Nest and up in the Yabba Arm.
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