As at Monday May 21, 2007
the winds mostly light to moderate and the swell dropping away to almost
nothing it turned out to be a pretty reasonable week on the offshore scene.
Well, weatherwise anyway. Fish-wise, it was a little bit slow with many
putting in a lot of hard work to half fill the esky.
Still, as is the way, the fish were certainly firing on some days so the trick was to pick just when and where it was going to happen.
Not that easy, of course, but those that got it right found that Parrot Fish and Moses Perch were common to all of the visited reefs.
In addition, with conditions right for some 'out wide' excursions, the Barwon Banks produced Snapper, Squire, Teraglin Jewfish, Gold Band Snapper and, as you can see by the photo on the right, Pearl Perch. Mick Knight from Geelong in Victoria was happy to pose with the 3.5kg specimen he boated while out there on a full day Cougar Too charter on Wednesday. He was using a Silstar Crystal Tip rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 20lb line. Closer in, North Reef yielded Shiny and Spanish Mackerel, Maori Cod, Mowong, Cobia, Squire and Teraglin Jewfish while not far from the headland, Sunshine Reef was the spot for Sweetlip, Coral Trout, Pearl Perch, Shiny Mackerel and, as per the photo below, Yellowfin Tuna. Rebecca, also from Geelong, boated this 4kg+ specimen while out there on a Cougar Too charter on Thursday. She too was armed with a Silstar Crystal Tip/Shimano Baitrunner combo.
Laguna Bay ran hot and cold with Mackerel Tuna boiling sporadically around the shark nets and drum lines and Spanish Mackerel chasing trolled live baits and Pilchard floaters at Hall's Reef and trolled whole baits around Jew Shoal.
Local yak angler Bill 'Billybob' Watson (below left) scored a double in the Jew Shoal area on Tuesday morning, trolling up a 9kg Spaniard not far out from Granite Bay first up and, half an hour later, a 19kg specimen about 1km north west of the 'Pin'. He was using a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano 4500 Baitrunner reel loaded with 20lb Fireline and 40lb mono trace. His baits? Whole Yellowtail Pike and small Mackerel Tuna on Davo's Spaniard Special troll rigs.
|And a couple of days
later, local angler Brian MacRitchie (above right) was out on Jew Shoal
trolling a Slimy Mackerel on (you guessed it) a Davo's Spaniard
Special when the 15.6kg Spaniard he's pictured with swallowed the
6/0 hooks. He was armed with a Shimano Catana rod and a Shimano Charter
Special reel loaded with 50lb braid and 80lb trace.
ONSHORE: The North Shore stretch was a popular option this week with Whiting, Dart and a few Tailor on the bite down towards the river mouth end of Teewah Beach. Whiting were also in good numbers up around Teewah while in the beach gutters about 5km's north there were big Dart, quality Tarwhine (to 900gm), Jewfish (est. 9kg) and Chopper Tailor (to 1.5kg) on the chew. Over on the east side, Castaways Beach produced Whiting, as did Marcus Beach but with the added bonus of Dart. Apart from that, Peregian Beach was a good option for for Bream (to 1kg), quality Dart and Chopper Tailor.
In the river, Bream were well spread with the hot spots being Lake Cooroibah, the Noosa Waters canals (bridges and jetties), Weyba Creek and Munna Point where Flathead and Tailor were also on the bite. The Woods Bays and Munna Bridge areas saw Queenfish, Trevally and the odd Tailor chasing surface poppers and soft plastics in the morning while down at the river mouth, Tailor were active around dawn and dusk. Apart from that, Whiting were schooling around Goat Island and in Lake Weyba where Flathead and Garfish were also on the menu.
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass (to 45cm) were best targeted with soft plastics around Gazebo Bay.