As at Monday May 17, 2010
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| OFFSHORE: All in
all it was a pretty good week for the bluewater boys with light to moderate
variable southerlies bringing cool but otherwise relatively calm conditions
to the offshore scene. The swell never got much above the 1.5m mark which
was a good thing as the Spaniards were found to have gone wide and were
active at the Barwon Banks, as were spotties, snapper, red throat emperor,
squire, moses perch, hussar, venus tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, coronation
trout and wahoo.
The reefs at Double Island Point produced plenty of Spaniards in the 7kg to 12kg range this week, as well as venus tusk fish, moses perch, morwong and, as you can see by the photo above, quality red emperor. Malcolm Raven of 'Coco Chocolat' fame boated the 8.5kg specimen he's pictured with while up there on Friday on a full day Cougar One charter.
The middle reef belt may have lacked pelagic activity this week but made up for it with some good catches of reef fish. North Reef was the best performer, yielding squire, sweetlip, cobia, pearl perch, moses perch, venus tusk fish and good size snapper. Tyson Little from Brisbane (above) boated this 6kg 'Knobby while out there on Saturday on Cougar One.
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was fairly quiet but still managed to produce the odd coral trout, sweetlip and snapper while down at Arkwright Shoal the standouts were Spanish mackerel (a couple apparently over 20kg) and the odd 2kg parrot fish. Most of the action, however, was in Laguna Bay with mackerel tuna and spotted mackerel (in numbers) well spread and, as per the photo above, the odd thumper Spaniard at Jew Shoal. Shaun Stevic was out there trolling the shoal with his father Mick on Tuesday morning and had just decided to head for home when his trolled Gold Bomber lure was taken by the 26kg Spanish mackerel they're both holding for the photo. Twenty minutes later he had it on board.
And Jason Armstrong (above) from Yandina fished Hall's Reef on Tuesday for a good catch of sweetlip, top weight 4.5kg.
| ONSHORE: The
North Shore was well worth a look this week with whiting biting either side
of Teewah (as were tarwhine and flathead), chopper tailor and dart in numbers
between the 2nd and 3rd cuttings and quality tailor on the bite from the
Ist cutting to the river mouth. On the east side, the only report of note
was of quality bream (to 1kg) at Castaways Beach.
With the RiverFest 'Youth Fish' Fishing Competition in full swing over the weekend things got a bit confusing as to where the fish were coming from and with 200 entrants in the catch and release competition it's understandable. The river mouth area was, however, where the trevally and tailor were biting, as was the odd mangrove jack. Chris Lacey from Davo's Compleat Angler (above) was competing in the 'King of the River' lure-only section and is seen here with the standout tailor of the weekend, which weighed in at 1.76kg. It was taken on an EcoGear 3" Power Shad at the mouth on Saturday.
The Woods Bays also produced well for flathead, trevally and jacks while the Gympie Terrace jetties were a good option for bream and trevally. Riley Lamb (above) fished from the yacht club to the river mouth and somewhere in between he managed to hook and land the winning mangrove jack in the competition. At 1.87kg it was a good fish in anyone's book.
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