As at Monday November 17, 2008
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| OFFSHORE: With moderate
to strong south easterlies hammering the coastline earlier in the week it
was pretty much all down to the weekend warriors to get the runs on the
board. And although the offshore week (for most boaties) centred around
that small two day window of opportunity, the outer reefs were really firing,
with some good fish to be had.
Double Island Point was certainly worth the effort, producing coral trout, cobia (in good numbers if not size), parrot fish, moses perch, Maori cod and, as you can see by the photo on the right, quality red emperor.
Garry Foley hit the jackpot there yesterday morning when his mullet fillet baits attracted the attention of these 7.5kg and 9.5kg specimens.
Another 'out wide' destination that fired well this week was 'The Hards' where snapper, squire, moses perch, parrot fish, hussar, dolphin fish, teraglin jewfish, pearl perch and yellowtail kingfish were all on the bite.
Luke Becroft from Mudjimba (top of page) boated the 6.5kg mahi mahi he's posing with while out there yesterday on a full day Cougar One charter. He was armed with a Silstar rod and a Shimano 4500 Baitrunner reel loaded with 10kg braid. His bait? Butterflied slimy mackerel. And on the same charter Tim Turvell (left in photo below) and Clint Ericson got into the snapper and red emperor with Clint's 6.5kg 'Knobby' being the standout.
Closer to home, North Reef was an option for snapper (to 7kg), moses perch, mowong, sweetlip and the odd amberjack.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were virtually a no go zone earlier in the week with the blustery south easterlies making it difficult to cast a line.
Fortunately conditions improved in time for the weekend and those anglers who ventured over to the North Shore found whiting were in good numbers and well spread with the waters around the Cherry Venture producing best.
Over on the east side, Castaways Beach was the spot for dart (in numbers) while down at south Peregian Beach the standouts were whiting, bream and dart.
In the river, whiting were schooling in good numbers in the lower system with Weyba Creek and, as per the photo below, the Frying Pan being the hot spots.
Local angler Matt Cook did well there on Friday, working the waters from his kayak (just after the top of the tide) with a clear surface popper and coming back with a good feed of fish in the 350gm to 450gm range.
He was kitted out with a Daiwa/Pfleugar threadline combo loaded with 2lb Crystal braid.
The stretch between the lakes saw plenty of mangrove jacks (to 2.1kg) and school jewfish (average size 40cm to 55cm) chasing live fish baits this week while in the Woods Bays the 'Soapies' were responding well to soft plastics and flathead were going for whole pilchards.
Apart from that, flathead were also active in the upper reaches of Weyba Creek (towards the lake entrance) while trevally were on the bite in the lower Weyba Creek area as young Ethan Redpath (above) discovered. Ethan was fishing with his dad there on Wednesday morning when this 1.5kg (cleaned) specimen monstered his whole prawn bait.
On the freshwater scene, saratoga were caught and released in good numbers in the Kingham Arm of Borumba Dam.