As at Monday 18th August 2003
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Those lucky anglers who managed to get out over the bar earlier in the
week experienced almost idyllic conditions, with light to moderate variable
Northerlies and only a nominal swell prevailing. From Friday morning onwards,
however, the swing to moderate to strong (20 to 30 knot) South Easterlies
pretty much shut the offshore gate, and with the swell headed towards
the 2.5m mark, the weekend boaties had to content themselves with a bit
of estuary fishing. While the weather was good, though, there were some
excellent results in-close with Sunshine Reef producing Spotted Mackerel,
Snapper and Coral Trout. North Reef was again the most productive destination,
rewarding the faithful with good catches of Squire, Parrot Fish, Moses
Perch, Tailor, Northern Bluefin Tuna, Pearl Perch, Sweetlip, Spotted Mackerel,
Maori Cod, Cobia, Mackerel Tuna, Red Emperor, Snapper and Scarlet Sea
|There were certainly
a few standouts boated this week and the 12.5kg Scarlet Sea Perch that
James Chadwell from Ohio, USA (above left), was a real tackle tester.
James hooked up to this whopper 'Nannygai' during a full day Cougar
Too charter to North Reef on Tuesday. He was kitted out with a
Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 725C reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer
Flexline. And, not to be outdone, the 7.9kg Snapper that Brisbane angler
Walter Wood (above right) came back with from North Reef was a real corker.
Walter nailed this 'Knobby' while there on a half day Cougar
One charter on Thursday. He was armed with a Shimano Backbone
rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 50lb Fireline.
ONSHORE: With the tides and weather conditions less than favourable this week the coastal surf beaches were a tad quiet. In fact, apart from a few Bream on the North Shore, the best news was of quality Whiting from the Sunshine Beach to Coolum stretch. In the river, Whiting and Flathead were on the bite down at the mouth (where Luderick were still very much a high profile species at the car park rocks), the Woods Bays (which saw some quite good Trevally, Tarpon and Tailor action throughout the week), and up at Lake Cooroibah. Apart from that, the Gympie Terrace jetties yielded Garfish on bread flies while Noosa Sound produced the odd Mangrove Jack, as did the the Tewantin stretch from the ferry to Harbourtown, with the added bonus of Flathead and Bream. On the freshwater scene, Lake Borumba was the place to be with Bass and Saratoga going for flies, beetle-spins and in the case of the 'Togas'; surface poppers. Davo's staffer Mark Pertot did well there on Wednesday, catching and releasing one 60cm Saratoga and eight Bass (to 45cm) in a productive two hour session. He was armed with a Redington 4kg rod and a Shimano Chronarch reel loaded with 15lb Bionic braid and 20lb Siglon Fluorocarbon leader. He was using Slider Grubs and 1/4oz jig spins.
Hey! If you want to get 'The Knowledge' on how to go about landing a big Greenback Tailor from our local surf beaches, hurry on down to Davo's Bait and Tackle this week and pick up a ticket (only $6.00 per person) for:
Tailor' with Ian 'Tinny' Treloar
$2000.00 to be won in
miss this one! It'll be a fun, informative night.
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