OFFSHORE: Conditions weren't
exactly ideal on the offshore scene this week
with the light to moderate variable easterlies gusting at times and developing
into squally rain midweek. There were still more than enough fishable
days to keep most offshore anglers happy, though, even if at times it
was a little bit joggly out there.
The bigger boats weren't put off by the slightly sloppy conditions, of
course, and some even ventured out wide. It was hard work, however, and
around the full moon phase the afternoons worked best. For those who made
the effort, the Barwon Banks produced parrot fish and snapper while 'The
Hards' yielded squire, pearl perch, cobia and yellowtail kingfish.
North Reef was only good for average reefies this week but, closer in,
Sunshine Reef was still an option for parrot fish and the odd snapper
as local anglers Mark and Stimpy (above) found on Saturday.
Our two likely lads dropped the pick out there early and were more than
happy with the 2.0kg and 3.0kg fish they boated using pilchard floaters
as their draw card. They were armed with Shimano Calcutta 400 combos loaded
with 30lb line.
Last but not least, Laguna Bay turned it on for the yak
anglers with bonito and spotted mackerel on the bite at Little
Hall's Reef and sweetlip, squire and snapper at Jew Shoal. Charles Stewart
(above) and his mate Steve hit the jackpot there on their tandem kayak
on Wednesday when their trolled Rapala Magnum lure was savaged by this
ONSHORE: The North Shore surf beach stretch
produced whiting in good numbers this week with best results coming from
the first cutting to the township of Teewah. Over on the east side there
was a bit more activity with tarwhine, bream and
whiting on the bite at Sunshine and Marcus beaches and chopper tailor
at Castaways Beach.
In the river, flathead (to 90cm) were chasing soft plastics down at the
river mouth and in Weyba Creek while some quality Trevally were on the
bite in the Woods Bays (along with tailor to 3.0kg at dusk) and, as per
the photo on the right, at the Munna Point Bridge.
Local lad Zac Walker tempted this 3.0kg thumper GT on Friday morning using
a soft plastic as his draw card. He was armed with a Daiwa Tierra rod
and a 2500 Sol reel loaded with 6lb Fireline and 10lb leader. Apart from
that, mangrove jacks were responding to lures around Harbourtown at Tewantin
and live fish baits up at Lake Cooroibah where jewfish and grunter bream
were also quite active.
On the freshwater scene, Borumba Dam was the place to be for Saratoga
(on Anthrax lures) and Bass (on Rattlin' Jackalls) with the edges of the
Yabba and Kingham Arms producing the best results.