As at Monday April 17th 2006
|OFFSHORE: Although a swing to strong south easterlies effectively shut the gate on offshore fishing over the last couple of days, the rest of the week more than made up for it. Light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) variable southerlies were the dominant winds and, with calm conditions prevailing, the blue water brigade certainly made the most of the holiday break.|
|Squire and Pearl Perch were pretty much
common to the visited reefs. In addition, for those with loads of time and
plenty of fuel, the Barwon Banks produced Gold Band Snapper, Parrot Fish
and Snapper while at 'The Hards' the extras were; heaps and heaps of Snapper
(3.5kg to 5.5kg) and, as you can see by the photo above left, quality Amberjack.
Lisa Hodgson from Brisbane boated this 14kg 'AJ' while out there on a full
day Cougar Too charter
on Friday. She was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey
825C reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline. Closer in, Chardon's Reef was
the spot for Moses Perch and Parrot Fish, as was North Reef but with the
added bonus of Sweetlip, Teraglin Jewfish, Yellowfin Tuna and Snapper. And
it was at North Reef on Wednesday, during a half day Cougar
Too charter, that Sam Crookshank from Sunrise Beach (above right)
came up with the 2.8kg Pearl Perch he's posing with. He too was armed with
a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded with 30lb line. Not
far from home base, Arkwright Shoal was worth a shot for Moses Perch and
Mowong while in Laguna Bay there were Mackerel Tuna and the odd Spotted
Mackerel from the river mouth, along the Halls' reefs stretch and out around
Jew Shoal where Sweetlip were also a welcome bonus.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were surprisingly subdued although due to the moon phase, fished best after dark. Because of the Easter holiday the North Shore was well and truly targeted with best results coming from the stretch from Teewah to the camp ground where Bream, Flathead, Whiting and Chopper Tailor were all well represented. On the east side, the only reports of any note came from Marcus Beach where Whiting and Dart were the high profile species.
|In the river, Chopper Tailor were in good numbers with best results coming from up around Tewantin (where Bream and Flathead were also active) down at the river mouth (along with Flathead) and (together with Trevally) in the Woods Bays, which is where local angler Brett Bambling (above left) picked up the 1.5kg specimen he's posing with. Brett was casting surface poppers there on Thursday morning and did well for himself, going home with a small esky full. He was armed with a Butterworth rod and a Shimano 3500 Baitrunner reel loaded with 6kg line. Apart from that, Whiting were on the bite down in the Frying Pan and in Weyba Creek (as were Garfish) while Trevally (to 750gm) were active along the Gympie Terrace stretch and around Munna Point. Munna Point also yielded a few Bream and, as per the photo above right, the odd Javelin Fish. Niall Hoolahan tempted this 700gm 'Grunter' on Saturday using a whole Prawn as his draw card. He was kitted out with a Shakespeare Ugly Stik, a Penn Powerspin reel and 6lb line. On the freshwater scene, the only reports were of Bass responding to Jackals in Eagles' Bay and in the upper reaches of the Yabba Arm at Borumba Dam.|