As at Monday August 6, 2007
to you by...
well, well. Another week of excellent offshore fishing weather with every
indication that the favourable conditions
will continue on for at least a few more days yet.
It wasn't all beer and skittles, of course, with a 25 knot blow shutting things down on Friday.
Fortunately this was a very brief glitch in an otherwise eminently fishable week with the weekend's near windless conditions drawing record numbers of boats out to the local reefs.
Snapper, Squire, Parrot Fish, Moses Perch and Pearl Perch were pretty much common to most of the visited reefs.
In addition, North Reef produced Maori Cod while at Massoud's Reef the extras were Sweetlip, Estuary Cod, Mowong and, as per the photo on the right, plenty of quality Pearl Perch.
Dana Sih from Victoria was out there on a Cougar Too charter on Thursday and was happy to pose with a couple of the 3kg Pearlies boated on the day.
She was armed with a Wilson M10 custom rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded with 30lb line. Her bait? Squid/Pilchard combo.
Sunshine Reef was another worthwhile option, especially for the smaller boats with, as you can see by the photo below, Cobia and Snapper featuring high on the capture list.
Father and son duo Graham and Rory Sanders dropped the pick at Sunshine this morning and apart from spending a very pleasant time on the water, boated the 11.5kg Cobia and 3.5kg Snapper they're pictured with. They were armed with Silstar rods and Penn 320 reels. Their bait? The ever faithful Davo's Pilchards.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were looking very inviting this week but strangely enough the reports were pretty thin on the ground. Most of the action, in fact, seemed to come from the east side beaches where Marcus Beach produced some good size Dart and Tarwhine, as did South Peregian Beach but with the added bonus of quality Bream and Whiting.
The only other report was of, as per the photo on the right, quality Bream at Sunshine Beach.
Robert Tomlinson from Cooroy did well there early on Sunday morning with this 1kg Yellowfin being his standout. He was armed with a Jarvis Walker surf combo loaded with 15lb line. His bait? Whole Prawn on a 1/0 Mustad hook.
Bream were also in good numbers in the estuary system this week with best results coming from down at the river mouth (where Luderick were responding to weed around top of the runout) the Frying Pan, Munna Point (later in the day), Weyba Creek (together with Flathead), up at Tewantin and around the bottom end of Lake Cootharaba.
Apart from that there were a few Flathead responding to soft plastics in Lake Cooroibah while down in the Woods Bays; Tailor, Queenfish and, as you can see by the photo on the right, Trevally were also chasing soft plastics.
Local lad Jason Homan caught this 1.75kg specimen on Saturday afternoon and after a quick few pix at Davo's, released it back into the river. He was using a Shimano Raider rod and a Shimano Stradic 1000 reel. The lure that did the deed was a Gladiator gold fleck Prawn.
On the freshwater scene the Lake MacDonald Bass were still active around Weed Point in the afternoons with Jackalls getting the lion's share of the action.