As at Monday 16th September 2002
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The calm before the storm was an appropriate way to describe the beginning
of the offshore week with Tuesday's
absolutely sensational TGO conditions blown away the next morning by the
arrival of moderate to strong 25 to 30 knot South Easterlies. Fortunately
these blustery winds eased just in time for the weekend although a 1.5m
swell was the best it ever got, with a bit of chop thrown in to make things
interesting. Still, the bottom line was that more than half the week was
fishable which wasn't a bad outcome, although under the circumstances
the closer reefs got most of the attention. Sunshine Reef was first port
of call for many anglers, producing Squire, Snapper, Northern Bluefin
Tuna and Pearl Perch. Those aforementioned species were also on the bite
at North Reef with the welcome addition of Parrot Fish, Mackerel Tuna,
Teraglin Jewfish, Scarlet Sea Perch, Moses Perch, Maori Cod and, as you
can see by the photo on the right, quality Cobia. Local angler John Brady
found himself with a real fight on his hands when he hooked this 25kg
Black Kingfish at North Reef last Tuesday morning. After a 55 minute battle
he and his wife Marj, who are both in their seventies, then had to use
their anchor rope to lasso the fish's tail after they found that they'd
neglected to pack the gaff! John was using an Ugly Stik, a Daiwa Sealine
reel, 15kg line and Slimy Mackerel fillet on 3x6/0 gangs.
ONSHORE: As far as the beaches were concerned there wasn't a lot to boast about (apart from Whiting and Bream) with likely holes or gutters scarce and weed making life difficult for those anglers who persevered. In the river, Whiting really made their presence felt this week, coming on the bite throughout the system. The most productive spots (along with the odd Bream and Flathead) were the river mouth, the Woods Bays, Noosa Sound (which saw a bit of tentative Mangrove Jack action), Munna Point (together with 'Chipper' Tailor and Trevally) and up around Tewantin. The real producer, however, was Lake Cooroibah where these great little fish were in almost plague proportions chasing live baits such as Yabbies, Blood Worms, Beach Worms and Prawns. Interestingly enough it was the kids who scored better than most in the Whiting stakes this week. Young Maria Baylon, below left, weighed in her 250gm and 300gm prizes on Wednesday afternoon after a session with Blood Worms down at Munna Point. And Rodney Marshall, below centre, had a blinder at Lake Cooroibah on Saturday, as you can see by the 200-320 gram fish he's pictured with. He was using a Shimano spin combo, 4lb line and live Yabby for bait.
Another young angler who was in the thick of it at Lake Cooroibah was Darcy Kross, above right, who weighed in these 200gm and 300gm specimens yesterday. Darcy was kitted out with a Jarvis Walker threadline combo loaded with 6lb line. His bait? Live Beach Worms on a No.4 longshank. On the freshwater scene the Lake MacDonald Bass responded well to Spinnerbaits and Beetlespins cast around the weed beds and C-Lures 'Borer' extra deeps in the deeper channels.