OFFSHORE: Wow! We had it all this week. Heavy rain periods, big
seas, strong to gale force winds and an offshore swell peaking around
5m over the weekend.
All this put paid to any thoughts of hitting the offshore reefs unless
you were either crazy or really, really desperate for a feed of fish.
The offshore brigade either put their feet up or grabbed their surf boards
and made the most of the wild surfing conditions.
Prior to the bad weather settling in, the local reefs had been really
firing with Sunshine Reef, in particular, producing coral trout and Spanish
mackerel in almost record numbers.
Kent Deer and his son Jaidyn (below) got out there just before the weather
turned and were more than satisfied with the 4kg 'Trout' they came back
And the cover photo on the right? That's 'Billybob'
Watson gracing the cover of the latest issue of the Queensland
While the fish wasn't a recent capture it is typical of the size we get
at this time of the year.
If the weather forecast can be relied on we hope to see a few of these
bigger Spaniards on next week's report or at least some time in the next
five or six weeks.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a complete
waste of time this week unless got out just ahead of the building shore
dump. Even then there wasn't much to report apart from bream, dart and
the odd chopper tailor at Sunshine Beach.
The river continued to fire well with trevally and tailor leading the
charge. The best spot for both these feisty sports fish was the Woods
Bays where school jewfish were also making a splash. James Crothers and
Toby Back (below) caught and released a number of 'Trevs' there last Monday
using soft plastics as their draw card.
Trevally (to 1kg) were also in numbers in the Munna Bridge area earlier
in the week while bream were well spread from the river mouth to Tewantin
with many being just legal size. Apart from that, Weyba Creek produced
the odd flathead and a few small mud crabs and whiting (not that many)
were responding well to live yabbies at the Munna Beach caravan park.
Twenty hardy anglers braved the wet and blustery conditions at Lake MacDonald
during the latest Bass Electric qualifier on Sunday to bring in a total
of 16 legal bass. Shane Anderson from Bundaberg (below left) took out
top spot with a bag of two bass weighing in at 2.175 kg along with the
‘big bass’ of 1.171kg. Targeting an area near the ‘Runway’ where he pre-fished,
Shane used his G-Loomis 783CBR with a Shimano Chronarch spooled with 15lb
Platil braid and 14lb Vanish leader to cast a Jackal up into the weeds
to land 8 legal fish for the session. Shane's winning bag pushed up and
coming young angler Callum Munro (directly above and below right) into