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As at Monday May 22nd 2006

OFFSHORE: With the first half of the week dominated by moderate to fresh (18 to 25 knot) south easterlies and a 2+ metre swell, few anglers ventured over the bar much before Friday. Even then, unfortunately, although the winds and swell eased somewhat, the fishable days were far from perfect with cool, sloppy (and at times wet) conditions on the outside reefs being the norm rather than the exception. Under the circumstances, no one ventured too wide with the middle reef belt, again, being the outer limit. Those who went the Chardon's Reef found Spanish Mackerel and Spotted Mackerel on the bite while over on North Reef the standouts were Sweetlip, Pearl Perch, Spotted Mackerel, Shiny Mackerel, Northern Bluefin Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Moses Perch, Coral Trout, Parrot Fish, Squire and, as you can see by the photo below, Snapper. Scott from Cooroy boated the 3kg specimen he's pictured with when he joined a full day Cougar Too charter to North Reef on Saturday. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano 6500 Baitrunner reel loaded with 10kg line.
Snapper

Northern Bluefin Tuna
Sunshine Reef was very quiet although those prepared to put in the time came back with Cobia, Estuary Cod and Parrot Fish. The only other producer of note was Laguna Bay where Spotted and school Mackerel showed up sporadically at Jew Shoal over the weekend. Apart from that, Little and Big Hall's reefs yielded Spanish Mackerel and, as per the photo above right, quality Northern Bluefin Tuna. Local yak angler Richard 'The Pike' Pikus was trolling a Rapala X-Rap behind his Swing Angler fishing kayak at Little Hall's this morning when it was monstered by the 18.6kg 'Longtail' he's posing with. He was armed with a 10kg-12kg Penn Powerspin rod and a Shimano TSS4 reel loaded with 30lb Schneider line.

ONSHORE: With the Fraser Island Competition in full swing the only coastal surf beach reports of any note were of Tailor, Tarwhine and Bream opposite the Third Cutting on the North Shore and Whiting and Dart at Peregian Beach.
Flathead Queenfish
In the river, Flathead and Bream were on the bite down around the river mouth (along with Whiting), in the Munna Point/Culgoa Point area (as were Moses Perch, Trevally, Tailor and Mangrove Jacks) in Weyba Creek and, as you can see by the photo above left, up along the Gympie Terrace stretch. Local angler Mark Arnall tempted this 2.65kg 'Lizard' with an Atomic soft plastic on Tuesday afternoon. He was armed with a Daiwa Heartland rod and a Shimano Stella reel loaded with 10lb line and 10lb Fluorocarbon leader. Other areas of interest were up around Tewantin where Bream and Moses Perch were active, and the stretch between the lakes which yielded Mangrove Jacks and Bream. Last but not least, the Woods Bays were again worth considering (dawn and dusk) for Trevally and Tailor with, as you can see by the photo above right, the odd quality Queenfish thrown in to make life interesting. Brereton Kay tempted this 3.4kg 'Skinny' with a live Biddy around dusk on Thursday. His outfit was a Silstar PowerTip rod and a Shimano TX2000 reel loaded with 6lb line and 20lb trace. On the freshwater scene, Borumba Dam fired up with Yellowbelly and Bass going for live Shrimp in the Borumba Arm. Saratoga were also worth targeting around the Eagles Nest and along the edges of the main basin past the weed point where Bass were active. The Lake MacDonald Bass were responding to Jackals in Borer Creek.


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