As at Monday 29th September 2003
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Apart from yesterday's strong South Easterly blow, the last week of September
was dominated by moderate to fresh variable Northerlies, and while the swell
wasn't a major factor, most days were considered just a tad too 'lumpy'
for any serious offshore excursions. The first and last days of the week,
in fact (when the Northerlies dropped below the 15 knot mark), were pretty
much the only days classified fishable. Squire, Parrot Fish, Snapper and
Moses Perch were common to the visited reefs. In addition, North Reef was
the most popular destination; yielding Northern Bluefin (Longtail) Tuna,
Mackerel Tuna, Hussar and Tailor. Sunshine Reef and Hancock's Shoal were
the only other producers of note with Coral Trout and Cobia the bonus species.
Toowoomba angler Daniel Farr (below left) boated this thumper 33.5kg 'Black
Kingfish' while on a Cougar Too trip
to Hancock's on Tuesday. He was using a Shakespeare Ugly Stik, an Abu 6000
reel and 8kg line.
Mahi Mahi in the photo above right? That was from Cougar Too's trip
to Chardon's Reef last Monday. Malcolm Milne from Victoria tempted this
6.5kg 'Dolphin Fish' with a whole Pilchard floater. He was armed with a
Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 10kg line. The
rest of the catch was Pearl Perch, Parrot Fish and Squire.
ONSHORE: The North Shore seemed to hold the most promise this week even though the stretch from Teewah to the river mouth was affected by 'Fireweed'. Needless to say, most of the action was North of Teewah up to Double Island Point with Dart and Whiting on the bite during the day and Tailor to 2kg in the late afternoon. Of the East side beaches, North Sunshine was the standout, producing Tailor to 3kg (after dark) while Castaways Beach was an option for Dart.
In the river, with plenty of holiday anglers wetting a line, the bread and butter species (Whiting, Bream and Flathead) were in profile this week with best results coming from down towards the river mouth, around the Frying Pan, in Noosa Sound, including Munna Point (along with Trevally and Tailor), at Harbourtown (Tewantin) and up around Lake Cooroibah. The Frying Pan, in fact, produced a lot of the top weight Whiting this week, as Brisbane lad Jake Bourke (above left) found on Wednesday morning. Jake tempted this 510gm elbow slapper with a live Yabby on a No.6 longshank hook. His outfit was a Jarvis Walker threadline combo loaded with 8lb line. Apart from that the odd Mangrove Jack came on the bite at night over on the North side of the river while Bream were quite active in the Gympie Terrace jetty stretch, which is where young local angler Hayden (above right) landed his 400gm fish. Hayden used a hand line and a left over Chinese noodle for bait... which just goes to show... well, I'm not sure what it goes to show, apart from the fact that the fish were mucho hungry! On the freshwater scene, The Borumba Bass and 'Toga were still happy chasing spinnerbaits and beetle spins.