As at Monday 5th April 2004
The weekend warriors were once again on the receiving end of some rather
ordinary weather when moderate to fresh South Easterlies made
offshore a tough ask from late Friday onwards. Lighter winds earlier in
the week, fortunately, at least gave those with a bit of flexibility in
their work situation the chance to wet a line in relatively calm conditions.
Squire, Snapper and Parrot Fish were common to the visited reefs. In addition,
Double Island Point was worth a look, with (as you can see by the photo
on the right) quality Red Emperor in good numbers. Local angler Ian Felsinger
got in ahead of the deteriorating conditions on Saturday morning and came
back with a 12kg Amberjack and a number of Red Emperor; the 10.6kg specimen
he's pictured being his standout. His bait was octopus on a 7/0 Snapper
to home, North Reef produced Pearl Perch, Trevally, School Mackerel, Spotted
Mackerel and Red Emperor while Sunshine Reef was a good option for Sweetlip,
Trevally, Spotted Mackerel, Mackerel Tuna and, as per the photo above
left, Coral Trout. Brisbane angler Tony Richards boated this 4.7kg 'Trout'
on Thursday while out there on a half day Cougar
Too charter. He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano
TLD20 reel loaded with 25lb line. Apart from that, Mackerel Tuna and Northern
Bluefin (Longtail) Tuna were working the murk line North of Jew Shoal,
off the National Park headland and out from Alexandria Bay.
ONSHORE: For a variety of reasons (weather, weed, lethargy) there was little of note to report from the coastal surf beaches apart from Chopper Tailor chasing chromed slug lures off the groynes at Main Beach around dawn and dusk.
In the river, Whiting were in excellent numbers and size this week with the best results coming from down at the river mouth, (along with Flathead, Bream, Trevally and Tailor) Munna Point (where Trevally were also quite active) and the stretch from the Noosa Yacht Club to Goat Island. And that's the general area that Brisbane angler Bruce Wilson (above left) nailed this brace of elbow slappers. Bruce boated these quality fish (average 450gm, top weight 600gm) on Thursday morning using fresh Pippie on a No.4 longshank hook as his draw card. He was armed with a Penn threadline outfit loaded with 8lb line and 10lb trace. Other hot spots were Weyba Creek (where Bream, Trevally and Flathead were on the bite) and the Woods Bays which saw a bit of Trevally action. Local angler Brian Kingdom (above right) nailed a 'Golden' there on Thursday and at 1.5kg it was indicative of the average fish on the prowl. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were of good size and numbers with 'Three Ways', 'Garden's Reach' and 'Frys Run' all producing well.