OFFSHORE: The hot variable northerlies continued
to dominate the offshore scene and with wind strength mostly in the light
to moderate range, and little or no swell, there were plenty of takers
for a trip to the local reefs.
With calm conditions prevailing, the Hards were well worth a look and
those who made the effort reported catches of pearl perch, moses perch,
squire, sweetlip, amberjack, hussar, parrot fish, rosy jobfish, snapper
and mahi mahi.
Brisbane angler Rob Matheson (above) was out there yesterday on a full
One charter when he boated the 4kg mahi mahi he's pictured
And on the right, Keagan Matheson and Stefan Cocan were happy to pose
with a few of the snapper caught on the same charter. Closer in, North
Reef produced teraglin jewfish, squire, moses perch and collared sea bream
while over on Chardon's Reef the standouts were wahoo, black marlin (tagged
and released) and, as you can see by the photo below, quality snapper.
'Sozza' from Eumundi was out there on Friday floating down squid baits
when he hooked up with this 6.8kg (only a mother could love it) 'Knobby'.
He was armed with a Jarvis Walker/Okuma combo loaded with 25lb line.
And Bruce McLean (below) was out at Chardon's Reef the day before and
not only caught and released his first ever black marlin, but did it again
half an hour later, then hooked and landed his first ever (est. 12kg)
wahoo. Goodonya Bruce!
Sunshine Reef was a pretty popular destination this week with cobia (on
soft plastics and pilchard baits) and average size (80cm-90cm) Spanish
mackerel there in good numbers. In close, on the northern end of the reef
produced best for the Spaniards with trolled Gold Bomber hard bodied lures
and whole pilchards on squid skirted troll rigs getting most of the attention.
There were also a few small Spaniards on the prowl around Jew Shoal in
ONSHORE: News from the coastal surf beaches
was a bit more promising this week with whiting well spread along Teewah
Beach on the North Shore plus chopper tailor on the bite around the camp
grounds and, together with the odd school jewfish, in the surf gutters
at Peregian Beach on the east side. Also over that way; whiting, tarwhine
and bream were on the bite at North Sunshine and Marcus beaches.
The river action picked up a bit this week with trevally and bream on
the bite down at the river mouth and in the Munna Point stretch where
whiting and school jewfish were also active.
Flathead were down in numbers with the better quality fish on the chew
in Weyba Creek and, as per the photo on the right, along the Noosaville
Local angler Richard Morris was casting a 3" Berry Shad soft plastic
from the river bank on Thursday morning when it was monstered by the 2.1kg
'Lizard' he's posing with. He was armed with a Shimano T-Curve rod and
a Shimano Stellar 2500 reel loaded with 3kg braid and 4kg monofilament
On the freshwater scene, Borumba Dam was still firing really well with
spinnerbaits working well around the timbers and soft Jackalls getting
excellent results around the Eagles Nest.