OFFSHORE: The winds were
all over the place this week but apart from Thursday when they blew hard
from the south east, they were light to moderate in strength. The swell
wasn't much to speak of so those anglers who made the effort found that
even though conditions on some days were choppy, they were always fishable,
even if the bite rate was slow.
For whatever reason, North Reef was the destination of choice for most
boaties this week and when it fired it produced squire, cobia (to 9kg),
spangled emperor, pearl perch, moses perch, the season's first spotted
mackerel (80cm) and, as per the accompanying photos; snapper, yellowfin
tuna, mackerel tuna and northern bluefin tuna. Neale, Joshua and Andre
(above) were out there at first light on Wednesday and using pilchard
baits, boated this 5kg snapper, a 7.5kg mack tuna and a 7.5kg yellowfin
before heading for home. They were using Shimano Baitrunner 6500 combos
loaded with 25lb line.
And young Stuart Milligan (above) was at North Reef last week with his
family when they got onto some mixed reefies, a few cobia and this 9kg
northern bluefin tuna. We didn't have room for all their pix in last week's
report so here he is now.
Apart from that, 'The Coffees' yielded snapper and longtail tuna, Sunshine
Reef was the spot for average sized mixed reefies while at Jew Shoal the
catch was squire, snapper and sweetlip with soft plastics doing most of
the damage there.
By the way, Cougar
One has been off the water for a refit and should be back in
business by the weekend sporting two brand spanking new Suzuki 300hp,
four stroke outboards, making it the fastest offshore charter boat in
ONSHORE: There was hardly anyone fishing the
coastal surf beaches this week so the reports were pretty thin on the
ground. The only one of note, in fact, was from Castaways Beach where
bream (to 1kg) and dart were on the bite.
Like the coastal beaches the river was pretty quiet this week. Bream and
flathead made up the majority of the catch with the lower reaches (from
Tewantin to the river mouth) working best. Trevally were on the move and
made an appearance at various times in the Woods Bays, Munna Point and
up along the ski runs at Tewantin. Whiting were also worth targeting for
those in the know or for those with a bit of luck on their side. Young
Jaxon Orchard (above) hit the jackpot at Munna Point on Saturday when
his live beach worm bait was taken by the 400gm whiting he's pictured
with. He was armed with a Shimano threadline combo loaded with 6lb line.
On the freshwater scene, Borumba Dam was pretty quiet with only the odd
bass (to 1.6kg) chasing spinnerbaits and hard body Rattlin' Jackalls in
the Yabba Arm.