at Monday May 16th 2005
Moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot) South/South Easterlies dominated earlier
in the week, making a trip to the outer reefs a less than exciting experience.
Fortunately, conditions improved just in time for the weekend when runs
to North Reef produced Pearl Perch, Moses Perch, Squire, Mowong, Parrot
Fish, Sweetlip, Scarlet Sea Perch and Northern Bluefin Tuna. Closer to
home; Castaways Reef yielded Cobia, Snapper, Squire and Pearl Perch while
at Sunshine Reef the catch was Coral Trout, Pearl Perch, Snapper and Spanish
Mackerel. Laguna Bay was still boiling, especially in the first half of
the week with Mackerel Tuna, juvenile school Mackerel, Yellowfin Tuna
and Northern Bluefin Tuna all active. Granite Bay, the Shark nets, Little
Halls' reef and the stretch outside the river mouth were the main hot
spots. Local yak angler Andrew Campbell (right) was trolling a gold bomber
type lure behind his Swing 'Angler'
kayak near the bar on Friday morning when this 9.6kg Bluefin hit hard.
He was using a Penn Powerspin rod, a Shimano Baitrunner 3500 reel and
|There was also a bit of activity North of Jew Shoal
earlier in the week with Snapper, Squire and, as you can see by the photo
above left, quality Spanish Mackerel on the bite. Adam 'Gibbo' Gibson
from Byron Bay was out there on Cougar
Too on Wednesday morning when his whole Pilchard floater was
monstered by the 14.5kg Spaniard he's posing with. He was kitted out with
an Angler Azagale rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 10kg
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were busy this week with Dart, Whiting and Tailor in numbers from the First Cutting to the river mouth on the North Shore. The middle groyne on Main Beach was another option for Tailor while over on the East side Dart were well spread. There were also Bream and Tarwhine at Marcus Beach and Tailor at Castaways Beach.
In the river, Flathead were in good numbers up around Tewantin, along the Gympie Terrace stretch, at the Woods Point and Bays (along with Trevally and school Jewfish) and down at the river mouth where Tailor, Trevally and Whiting were also on the bite. Munna Point was the spot for Whiting and, as you can see by the photo above left, Tailor. Jean Salisbury from Eumundi tempted this handsome 1.75kg specimen with a well cast and retrieved surface popper on Wednesday morning. She was armed with a Shimano spin combo loaded with 10lb Fireline. Apart from that there were a few Mangrove Jacks on the prowl in Weyba Creek and, as you can see in the photo above right, the Noosa Waters canals. Chris Lacey did well there yesterday afternoon. While trolling a Manns 10+ lure behind the family tinny he boated two Flathead (to 1kg) and two Mangrove Jacks (to 1.8kg) in a hot one and a half hour session. He was kitted out with a G-Loomis Crankbait rod and an Abu 6500 reel loaded with 10kg Fireline. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were active around the flats at 'Three Ways' and the weed edges of 'Bass Bay', 'The Gazebo' and down around the spillway.