As at Monday April 24th 2006
It was a fairly ho hum week as far as the offshore brigade
were concerned with moderate to fresh south easterlies and a 2m+ swell making
life difficult at the beginning and end of the week. Light to moderate winds
otherwise prevailed but were more at the 'moderate' end of the scale, resulting
in some rather sloppy conditions at times. Still, there were fish to be
had for those prepared to make the effort, although few boaties ventured
much beyond the middle reef belt. Moses Perch and Parrot Fish were common
to all locations. In addition, Chardon's Reef produced a few Shiny Mackerel
and Pearl Perch, as did North Reef but with the added bonus of Sweetlip,
Squire, Spotted Mackerel, Snapper and Teraglin Jewfish. Closer to home,
Arkwright Shoal was the spot for Spotted Mackerel, Sweetlip and Railway
Perch while at Sunshine Reef the extras were Shiny Mackerel, Pearl Perch,
Cobia (Black Kingfish) and the odd Coral Trout.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a little more subdued this week. In fact the only reports of note were (from the North Shore) of quality Whiting around Teewah and just south of the Cherry Venture and (over on the east coast) of Dart and Whiting at Castaways Beach. In the river, Flathead catches were spread from Tewantin (along with Bream and Tailor) to the river mouth where Tailor were also on the bite. Another Flathead hot spot was the Noosa Waters canals (which also produced Mangrove Jacks) which was where Chris Lacey (right) caught and released the thumper 93cm specimen he's pictured with. Chris was trying out his birthday present (happy birthday mate); a Nitro Innovator graphite rod with a Shimano Stradic 4000 reel loaded with 20lb braid, when this quality 'Lizard' jumped his trolled MARS shallow diving HB minnow lure on Sunday afternoon. Trevally were worth targeting around Munna Point (soft plastics) and along the Gympie Terrace stretch where (as in the photo below left) live baits were working well. Young Jarrod Priestley attracted the attention of the 700gm specimen he's posing with by floating out a live Herring. Trevally were also on the bite in the Woods Bays but were a little bit out-muscled by the Tailor this week, as you can see by the photo below right. Local lad Joel Greig was casting and retrieving a Rapala Skitter Pop surface popper in the inner bay on Friday nigh when it was slammed hard by this 3.5kg 'Greenback'. He was armed with a Shimano Stradic threadline combo loaded with 6lb line and 12lb trace.
|Apart from that, Whiting were on the chew in the Frying Pan and in Weyba Creek along with Mangrove Jack and Bream. Last but not least, the stretch between the lakes produced some thumper Bream and the odd Mangrove Jack. On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam Bass were active in the lower reaches of the Yabba Arm and around the 'Clumps'.|