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As at Monday October 13, 2008

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.
Snapper, Mackerel Tuna and Yellowfin Tuna 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.
Northern Bluefin Tuna 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 town.


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.
Whiting
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.



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