As at Monday December 26th 2005
|OFFSHORE: With the north westerlies continuing to dominate the offshore scene and hardly any swell to speak of, the early morning sessions (ahead of the more blustery afternoon north easterly sea breezes) proved to be the most preferred option for many boaties. Most anglers, in fact, stayed close to home with a run to Double Island Point (where Squire, Estuary Cod, Maori Cod, Moses Perch and Parrot Fish were on the bite) being the furthest destination reported.|
|Closer to home, Chardon's
Reef produced Pearl Perch, Squire and Parrot Fish, as did Sunshine Reef
(which ran hot and cold) but with the added bonus of Cobia, Spotted Mackerel,
Spanish Mackerel, Maori Cod, Moses Perch, Jewfish and Sweetlip.
Laguna Bay was still a tad murky from the river run-out but there were
enough clear areas to encourage the odd Spotted Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel,
Yellowfin Tuna and, as you can see by the photo above left, Giant Trevally.
Local yak angler Bill 'Billybob' Watson was test trolling a new River2Sea
Arrow Squid lure behind his Swing
'Angler' kayak not far north of the shark nets on Thursday
morning when this 14.1kg brute hit it hard. Bill was armed with a Wilson
Live Fibre 6kg-8kg rod and a Shimano TSS4 reel loaded with 30lb Platinum
line. And on Friday his yak fishing buddy Alex 'Iron Bar' Kiefer (above
right) picked up an early Christmas present when his trolled Gold Bomber
lure was savaged by the 7.2kg Spanish Mackerel he's pictured with. Alex,
who was using a Shakespeare Ugly Stik and a Daiwa 5000 Regal Z reel loaded
with 25lb Platinum line, was paddle trolling from his Perception
Swing kayak near North Hall's Reef at the time.
ONSHORE: Despite the clusters of 'weed', the North Shore fired well this week with Trevally, Jewfish, Tarwhine, Tailor, Dart and Yellowtail Kingfish on the bite up at Double Island Point. Further south, the area around Teewah produced Dart, Tarwhine, Whiting and Bream while the Third Cutting was the spot for Whiting, Dart and, as you can see by the photo on the right, Tailor. Mirinda Friend from Cootharaba tempted this very nice 3.55kg 'Greenback' with a Mullet fillet on 2x3/0 ganged hooks around 9pm on Wednesday night. She was armed with a Butterworth surf rod and an Alvey reel loaded with 15lb line and 20lb leader. Over on the east side there were quality Bream on the bite at Alexandria Bay, Whiting at North Sunshine Beach, Chopper Tailor at Castaways Beach plus Tarwhine and Whiting at Marcus Beach. In the river, Flathead were well spread in the lower reaches with the best results coming from down around the river mouth (along with Whiting), the Munna Point stretch (where Bream, Trevally, Whiting and Tailor were also active) and up around the Tewantin ferry crossing with Trevally and Tailor an added bonus. Apart from that, the waters around Goat Island produced Trevally, as did the Sheraton Bridge, with the welcome bonus of Tailor and Bream. The stretch between the lakes was a good option for Mangrove Jacks and Tarpon. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were on the bite at 'Three Ways'.