OFFSHORE: Very light to
moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable northerlies and a gently rolling 1m swell
set the scene for some pretty calm, and at times totally glassed out offshore
conditions this week so, as you can imagine, the blue water brigade made
the most of the situation ahead of Saturday afternoon's strong, wet and
wild south easterly change.
From that point on it was a no go as far as the outside reefs were concerned
although there were few complaints considering the variety, quality and
quantity of fish weighed in. Squire, Parrot Fish, Moses Perch and Pearl
Perch were pretty much common to most of the visited reefs. In addition,
Chardon's Reef produced Maori Cod, Teraglin Jewfish, Cobia,
Scarlet Sea Perch and Northern Bluefin Tuna while at North Reef the standouts
were Yellowtail Kingfish, Teraglin Jewfish, Northern Bluefin Tuna and,
as you can see by the photos above and below, Sailfish and Mahi Mahi.
Brett Farnell (above centre) from Ipswich was on a full day Cougar
One charter to North Reef on Saturday when his live Yakka bait
was taken by the Sailfish that he and two of the crew are pictured with.
He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD25 reel
loaded with 30lb line. The fish, of course, was released after a quick
pic. And on the same charter, Richard Fletcher (below), another Ipswich
angler, boated this very nice Mahi Mahi, Dorado or Dolphin Fish. Again,
a live Yakka was the draw card. Closer in, Sunshine Reef fired quite well
yielding Cobia, school Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Mackerel Tuna, Snapper,
Sweetlip, Marlin (caught and released) and, as per the photo above right,
quality Coral Trout. Brisbane angler Graham Lawrence boated the quality
6.5kg 'Trout' he's posing with on Saturday morning using a live fish bait.
He was armed with a Shimano T-Curve Jig Rod and a Shimano Stella 20000
threadline reel loaded with 75lb braid. Apart from that there were a few
small Spaniards on the prowl in Laguna Bay and, this morning, Spotted
Mackerel in good numbers in the stretch from just outside the river mouth
bar to Little Hall's Reef.
ONSHORE: The coastal
surf beaches were a great place to have a picnic or wet a line this week
with conditions as good as they get for this time of the year. Mornings
were best, ahead of the more blustery afternoon north easterly sea breezes.
The North Shore was still a good option for quality Tailor (at night)
while Whiting were in good numbers around Teewah and Chopper Tailor were
on the bite south of the Cherry Venture. Over on the east side, Sunshine
Beach produced Flathead, Sunrise Beach was the spot for Tarwhine, Bream
and quality Dart while at Marcus Beach the standouts were Chopper Tailor.
In the river, Whiting were still in good numbers and of good quality with
best results coming from the shallows at the top end of the Frying Pan,
the sand banks opposite Munna Point and, as you can see by the photo on
the right, the Tewantin area. Young Carl Profke tempted this 600gm elbow
slapper with a live Yabby bait around midday on Saturday and considering
it was his first ever fish, it was an excellent start. He was armed with
a Shimano threadline combo loaded with 8lb braid. Flathead were another
bread and butter species worth pursuing with the better fish on the bite
on the run-out tide from the Gympie Terrace stretch to the river mouth,
where a few Chopper Tailor were also on the chew. Last but not least,
Trevally were active along the Tewantin ski run (surface poppers and Rio's
Prawns), the Munna Bridge area at night (along with Tailor) and in the
Woods Bays where Queenfish and Broad-barred Mackerel were hammering Atomic
Minnow soft plastics (fast retrieved near on the surface) as the week
wound to a close