As at Monday September 6th 2004
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While conditions during the first half of the week were far from ideal
(20 to 25 knot South South Easterlies) they
were certainly still fishable. Well, they were as long as you a big boat,
a strong stomach and a cavalier attitude to life, that is. The weekend,
on the other hand, with 5 to 15 knot East South Easterlies, light to moderate
afternoon North Easterly sea breezes and a moderate swell saw all manner
of craft cross over the bar and head out to the local reefs. Squire, Pearl
Perch and Parrot fish were common to the visited reefs. In addition, when
conditions permitted, the Barwon Banks yielded Snapper, Yellowtail Kingfish
and Hussar. Closer to home, North Reef was by far the most popular destination,
producing Cobia, Northern Bluefin Tuna, Moses Perch, Yellowfin Tuna, Mowong
and as you can see by the photo on the right, quality Sweetlip. Joe Franz
boated this 4.9kg 'Grassy' while out there on a half day Cougar
One charter on Saturday. He was kitted out with a Gary Howard
rod and an Alvey 825 graphite reel loaded with 35lb Pioneer Flexline.
Other than that, Massoud's Reef was the spot for Cobia, Snapper, Maori
Cod, Estuary Cod, Moses Perch and Sweetlip, Snapper were on the chew at
Castaways Reef and, earlier in the week, Tailor were responding well to
trolled shallow divers off the National Park headland and the Laguna cove
point breaks where Queenfish were also on the prowl.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beach activity cranked up a notch this week, especially on the North Shore where Jewfish and, as you can see by the photo on the right, quality Bream and Tailor were all on the bite after dark. Local angler Cliff 'The Bear' Andreassen had a very productive night working the stretch from the First Cutting to the river mouth on Tuesday, landing one 12.3kg Jewfish, a number of Bream (to 1.05kg) and the 5.39kg Greenback Tailor he's pictured with. Cliff was armed with an Angler rod and an Alvey 700 reel loaded with 20lb Platinum line. His bait was Bonito fillet. The East side surf beaches were a little more subdued with the standouts being Marcus Beach with Whiting and Castaways with Whiting and quality Dart. In the river, quality Whiting (to 580gm) stood out as the profile species this week with best results coming from (along with Flathead and Bream) down towards the river mouth, the Woods Bays and Weyba Creek. Flathead and Trevally were active up around Harbourtown, Lake Cooroibah and the stretch 'between the lakes' while Tailor, together with Bream, made a splash in the Munna Point/Bridge area. The freshwater scene was again quiet.