As at Monday 15th September 2003
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Temperatures soared above the 30 degree Celsius mark this week as the warm
North Westerlies well and truly put paid to any memories of winter. Mornings
were certainly best for the offshore brigade with moderate to fresh winds
dominating the afternoon sessions. Blustery, lumpy conditions unfortunately
made much of Friday and Saturday pretty much a nonevent, although the rest
of the week easily made up for it, with many boats leaving the fish biting.
Squire, Parrot Fish, Pearl Perch, Moses Perch and plenty of quality Snapper were common to all of the visited reefs. In addition, anyone prepared to go the distance found 'The Hards' to be a good spot for Red Emperor, Teraglin Jewfish, Rosy Jobfish, Hussar and Amberjack. Closer in, while North Reef produced mostly the common species previously mentioned, Chardon's Reef had the added bonus of Cobia, Maori Cod, Teraglin Jewfish, Tailor, Northern Bluefin Tuna, Bonito and Reef Shark while at Sunshine Reef the standout species (apart from quality Snapper) were Mackerel Tuna and Coral Trout. And what about these double ups! Local angler Sam Nichols (above left) made the most of his half day charter to Sunshine Reef on Wednesday morning, with the two 4kg 'Knobbys' he's posing with being his standouts. Sam was on Cougar Too at the time, as was Brian Farmer (above right) from Mt. Gambier in South Australia. Brian scored a very colourful, and not so common double, when he boated these 2.5kg and 3.5kg Coral Trout in quick succession.
And it pays to be on your toes when you round the National Park headland at this time of the year as Cougar One skipper Wayne 'Big Ted' Nugent found earlier in the week. This Humpback Whale refused to give his boat right of way but no one was complaining as it was a terrific opportunity for a few close-up pics, of which most on board took advantage.
ONSHORE: Much of the coastal beach action was centred around Marcus Beach (where Tailor to 2kg were on the bite) and Castaways Beach which yielded Dart and Bream. And while not exactly beach fishing, young Jason Zahn (below left) boated this 5.4kg Mackerel Tuna while fishing close in on Sunshine Reef on Saturday morning. Jason tempted this fish with a Yakka bait on a 5/0 hook. He was armed with a Penn 320GTi combo loaded with 12kg line. Apart from that, Bream and Jewfish were active off the National Park headland while the North Shore produced Dart for those willing to put in the time. In the river, Whiting, Bream and Flathead were well represented around the ski run at Tewantin (along with Trevally), Weyba Creek, the Woods Bays (where Trevally were chasing surface poppers in the afternoons) and down towards the mouth where the Luderick continued to respond to 'Weed' at the car park rocks. Munna Bridge, however, was probably the best spot for the Trevally this week as young Steven Giannaros (above right) from Kingston, Tasmania, found yesterday morning. Steven attracted the attention of this 1.5kg specimen with a Davo's Prawn baited on a No.2 hook. He was kitted out with a Jarvis Walker threadline combo loaded with 6kg line. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass responded best to C-Lures Borer deep divers earlier in the week while at Borumba Dam the Bass and Saratoga slowed somewhat but were best tempted with gold jig-spins and spinnerbaits.