As at Monday May 31, 2010
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| OFFSHORE: Moderate
to fresh variable winds and a 1.8m swell roughed up the offshore scene earlier
in the week. A few brave souls did get out ahead of the weekend's calmer
conditions and returned with some good catches of reef fish and pelagics.
Nobody ventured far, however, with Sunshine Reef proving most popular with
the smaller boat owners.
Bob Jeynes from Davo's Compleat Angler (above) braved the lumpy conditions on Friday afternoon and worked the waters of Sunshine Wide. Bob was on a bottom bashing mission and did well, boating a number of small snapper and the 5kg coral trout he's posing. Plus, in between, he hooked and landed a northern bluefin tuna and although he was bitten off many times, boated two 12kg Spaniards. Down the coast at Victor Bailey's Reef the standouts were sweetlip and tuna.
Noosa Blue Water Charters hit Sunshine Reef on Sunday with the crew from the 'Yachtie Fishing Club' and while they boated mostly average size keeper reefies, brought up a few coral trout in the 1.5kg range, like Gary Rossiter's above.
North Reef was pretty much as wide as anyone was prepared to go this week and those boaties who made the effort reported quite reasonable catches of squire, snapper, sweetlip, venus tusk fish, Maori cod and moses perch.
At the other end of the spectrum and much closer to home, Laguna Bay yielded mostly northern bluefin tuna, with Jew Shoal producing fish to 9kg. The more frantic tuna action, however, was along the surf line side of the Hall's Reef stretch.
ONSHORE: Tailor were in
good numbers along the North Shore stretch this week with large schools
of choppers (with a few greenbacks in amongst them) hammering the bait
schools inside the surf line. The surf gutters opposite Third Cutting
were as good a spot as any as Gus Cisneros (below) found on Thursday when
his whole pilchard on 3x5/0 ganged hooks was taken by the 1.2kg (cleaned)
chopper he's pictured with. The middle groyne on Main Beach was another
tailor hot spot while over on the east side, Castaways Beach produced
tailor and bream. Apart from that, Sunrise and Marcus beaches were a good
option for whiting, as was north Peregian Beach but with the added bonus
there of dart in numbers.
| Earlier in the day they fished Weyba Creek where
Harry caught and released a number of bream like the one he's holding.
Weyba Creek was also a good spot for whiting as nine year old Connor Gillies (above) discovered on Saturday afternoon. Connor fished there with his dad and was very pleased with the lovely 450gm whiting he tempted with a live yabby bait.
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