at Monday October 17th 2005
The offshore scene ran hot and cold this week with
some pretty sensational days in amongst the hard yakka ones. The winds
(both Northerly and Southerly) were predominantly light to moderate with
Sunday's 25 knot blow being the only real blip in an otherwise fishable
week. Squire, Parrot Fish and Pearl Perch were common to most of the visited
reefs. In addition, The Barwon Banks produced Scarlet Sea Perch, Moses
Perch, Maori Cod and, as you can see by the photo on the right, Snapper.
Local angler Jarmila Dolezal boated the 3.9 kg 'Knobby' she's posing with
while out there on a full day Cougar
Too charter on Thursday. She was kitted out with a Gary Howard
custom rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline.
|Closer in, Chardon's Reef yielded Teraglin
Jewfish, Moses Perch, Northern Bluefin Tuna, Sweetlip and Hussar, as did
North Reef but with the added bonus of Cobia, Red Emperor and Maori Cod.
And it was on a 3/4 day Cougar
Too charter to North Reef on Tuesday that Melbourne visitor
Martin Clarkson (above left) boated the 9.4kg ' Longtail' he's pictured
with. He was kitted out with a Silstar Crystal Tip rod and a Shimano TLD
20 reel loaded with 20lb line. Other outside reefs worthy of a mention
were Massoud's Reef where Snapper, Moses Perch and Mowong were on the
bite, Arkwright Shoal which was the spot for Snapper and Moses Perch and
Sunshine Reef which produced the odd Sweetlip. Laguna Bay was still quiet
with Bonito, Mackerel Tuna and the occasional Snapper around Jew Shoal.
There were also juvenile Spotted Mackerel working in amongst the Yakka
and Slimy Mackerel schools in the stretch from First Point to the Drum
ONSHORE: The activity on the coastal surf beaches cranked up a notch this week with Whiting on the bite up around Teewah on the North Shore and Chopper Tailor in the surf gutters opposite the 2nd and 3rd Cuttings. Over on the East side, Marcus Beach produced Whiting, as did Peregian Beach but with the added bonus of Dart and (at the South end) Chopper Tailor. Apart from that, North Sunshine Beach was the spot for Bream and Tarwhine. In the river, Trevally were well spread throughout the system with anglers getting best results from surface poppers at dusk in the Woods Bays (along with Chopper Tailor) and the back of the Sound. The moored house boats up around Tewantin were another good option for 'Trevs' as was Kin Kin Creek in the Everglades. Other reports of note were of Flathead, Bream and Whiting coming from the deeper holes along the dog beach foreshore down at the river mouth and, as you see by the photo above, Whiting and Bream around Munna Point. John and Gillian Mitchell boated a number of Whiting to 480gm and a few Bream while floating out live Prawns around there on Saturday afternoon. They were armed with Penn Power Tip rods and Daiwa Samurai reels loaded with 8lb line. On the freshwater scene, there were Bass and Yellowbelly chasing spinnerbaits in the Yabba Arm at Borumba Dam while at Lake MacDonald, Borer Creek was the spot for Mary River Cod (on Jackals) and Bass on spinnerbaits.