As at Monday November 27, 2006
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| OFFSHORE: Ah
well, not too many complaints this week with light to moderate (5 to 15
knot) north easterlies and the New Moon phase combining to provide some
healthy catches under quite idyllic circumstances. The morning sessions
were certainly best ahead of the more blustery afternoon sea breezes with
Moses Perch, Parrot Fish and Pearl Perch on the bite at Chardon's and Massoud's
reefs and pretty much the common catch at the other local reefs. In addition
to those species, 'The Coffees' produced Maori
Cod, Hussar and Sweetlip while at North Reef the extras were Teraglin Jewfish,
Cobia, Northern Bluefin Tuna, Squire and Snapper. Closer in, Sunshine Reef
was the spot for Squire, Estuary Cod and Yellowfin Tuna while Arkwright
Shoal yielded Maori Cod, Cobia, Sweetlip and, as you can see by the photos,
Mahi Mahi and Yellowfin Tuna.
Too spent the day at Arkwright Shoal last Tuesday during which
regular customer Barney (above left) boated the quality 15kg Yellowfin he's
posing with. He was armed with an Angler rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500
reel loaded with 8kg line. And Glen Monday from Geelong (above right) got
one of the other standouts on that charter; a 9kg Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish.
His outfit was a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel
loaded with 8kg line.
ONSHORE: There were still a few good Tailor tides earlier in the week which local angler Dave 'Sterny' Sternberg (below) was banking on when he set himself up opposite a good beach gutter on the North Shore last Wednesday night. The spot he picked was just out from the Second Cutting and proved to be a winner when the 3.45kg 'Greenback' Sterny's pictured with monstered his Tuna fillet on 2x7/0 hooks at high tide. He was armed with a SneiderGlas surf rod and a Penn 8500 SpinFisher reel loaded with 20lb Penn line and 80lb mono trace. Other hot spots on the North Shore were down towards the river mouth (Choppers at low tide) and up at Double Island Point where Jewfish (to 9kg) and Tailor (to 4.5kg) were on the bite. Quality Whiting were active on the opposite side of the bay at First Point, just out from Main Beach while further south, Sunrise Beach was a good option for Whiting and Flathead and Marcus Beach produced mostly Whiting and Tarwhine. Last but not least, Peregian Beach was the best spot for those after a feed of Dart or Chopper Tailor.
In the River, the better quality Flathead were active down towards the river mouth while some good size Bream were on the bite around the Quamby Place resorts, along the Noosaville stretch and in Noosa Sound where, as you can see by the photos below, Whiting and Chopper Tailor were also worth targeting. Brisbane angler Ian Grant (below left) boated eight of these great table fish with his top weigh tipping the scales at 600gms. He was kitted out with an Alvey Estuary combo loaded with 8lb line. And young Courtney Anderson from Melbourne had a real ball in the 'Sound' Wednesday afternoon. Using live Herring as bait, Courtney caught a Trevally and a number of Chopper Tailor with the 1.5kg specimen she's posing with being her standout. Apart from that, Trevally and Tailor were active in the Woods Bays and around Munna Bridge at dawn and dusk with surface poppers, metal slugs, flies and trolled hard body lures all working well.
|Further up river, Mangrove Jacks, Jewfish, Trevally, Tailor and Whiting were the target species around the Tewantin area while between the lakes the standouts were Cod, Bream and Mangrove Jacks. On the freshwater scene, Bass (to 47cm) were chasing surface poppers at dawn across Lake MacDonald and Jackals between Gazebo Bay and Three Ways.|