was another glorious week out on the local reefs with light to moderate
variable westerlies dominating the offshore scene until halfway through
the weekend. The fishing, unfortunately, was a bit patchy at times with
anglers bagging out on snapper and associated reef fish one day when on
the next day they were hard pushed to catch a scale.
The excellent weather saw the bigger boats head out wide and most found
the effort well worth the cost of the extra fuel. Snapper, pearl perch
and moses perch were common to most of the visited reefs. In addition,
Double Island Point produced cobia and teraglin jewfish while out wide
of Chardon's Reef the extras were gold band snapper, gold spot wrasse
and, as you can see by the accompanying photos, amberjack, scarlet sea
perch and parrot fish. Justin McMahon (above) was out there on Sunday
on a Cougar
One 'Maxi Day' when he boated the 15.5kg 'A.J' he's pictured
And a couple of days earlier, Chris Maxworthy from Brisbane (above) was
out there on a full day Cougar
One charter when he landed a 2kg scarlet sea perch while on
the same trip, Bosta Gerretzen (below) boated a 2.5kg parrot fish.
A little closer in, Chardon's Reef was the spot for parrot fish and Maori
cod, as was North Reef but with the added bonus there of teraglin jewfish,
quality cobia (to 18kg), the odd northern bluefin tuna plus plenty of
average size squire
Back towards home base, Sunshine Reef produced the odd coral trout, sweetlip,
and earlier in the week, lots of quality snapper to 5kg. In Laguna Bay
the only reports of any activity were of the odd snapper on Jew Shoal
over the weekend.
ONSHORE: There wasn't much to report from the
coastal surf beaches this week. Conditions were great but the lack of
swell meant that good gutters were few and far between. On the North Shore,
while bream and tarwhine were widely spread, best results came from the
waters between the 2nd and 3rd Cuttings. Bream and tarwhine were also
well spread over on the east side but were not in numbers. Marcus Beach
was the only standout, with quality whiting on the bite.
In the river, bream, chopper tailor and flathead were well spread with
some good 'Lizard' action reported around the mouths of all the lakes,
especially on soft plastics. Bream were responding best to fresh prawns
and mullet flesh baits with best results coming from the Woods Bays (along
with tailor) and the stretch from Tewantin to Lake Cooroibah. There was
also a bit of trevally and tailor action around the top end of Lake Cooroibah.
The luderick had made themselves scarce over the last week or two but
local angler Milan (above) decided to give it one last shot today and,
working the small bay just up from the river mouth car park rocks, he
came up trumps when he managed to land these two blackfish a couple of
hours before high tide.
On the freshwater scene, bass in the 47cm to 48cm range were on the bite
around the timbered areas of Borumba Dam.
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