As at Monday December 22, 2008
OFFSHORE: With a 20 to 30 knot south easterly blow correctly forecast for Saturday, all those who could manage it got out over the bar before the weekend and made the most of the relatively calm conditions that were created by the light variable northerlies.
While the going was good, The Hards were worth a shot, producing snapper, squire, moses perch, parrot fish, pearl perch and, as you can see by the photos above and below, quality mahi mahi or dolphin fish.
Tony Stringer (above) from Brisbane was out there on a full day Cougar One charter when his pilchard bait was monstered by the 17kg specimen he's posing with while Mark Ward (below) boated his 8kg fish shortly after.
Closer in, North Reef was well patronised and although not exactly firing, rewarded the faithful with a variety of reef fish such as moses perch, snapper, Maori cod, railway perch, collared sea bream, teraglin jewfish, pearl perch, parrot fish, mowong and, as per the photo above, the odd quality scarlet sea perch. John Naughton from Mt Coolum (above right) hit the jackpot at North Reef during a half day Cougar One charter when the 8kg 'Scarlet' he's posing with took his squid/pilchard bait. He was kitted out with a Wilson/Alvey combo loaded with 15kg line.
With the mackerel still on the bite and in good numbers, Sunshine Reef was rather cluttered with craft of all shapes and sizes, some trolling, some burlying up and floating out baits. Most got results with Spanish and spotted mackerel (mostly in the 3.5kg to 6kg range) making up the bulk of the catch along with a few small mackerel tuna for good measure.
Laguna Bay didn't disappoint either with quality yellowfin tuna a few klicks wide of the 'Pin', Spanish mackerel chasing trolled shallow diving lures around Jew Shoal and the odd small cobia on deeper divers in close near the shark nets.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were certainly worth a look this week with whiting, dart, bream and the odd tailor on the bite in the North Shore surf gutters from the Third Cutting upwards. Earlier in the week was best ahead of the weekend blow which pretty much closed most of the exposed beaches.
Over on the east side, when fishable, Sunshine Beach (in front of the surf club) was the spot for bream and whiting.
Apart from that, north Peregian Beach yielded chopper tailor, as did Castaways Beach but with the added bonus of bream, dart and flathead.
In the river, the Woods Bays were one of the better spots to wet a line this week with bream, flathead and the odd mangrove jack (around the snags) on the bite.
The Munna Bridge/back of the Sound stretch was another option for the early risers, producing trevally on surface poppers and live baits around first light. For quality whiting and flathead it was hard to beat Weyba Creek where mud crabs were also a welcome bonus. Bream were on the bite at the river mouth (on frogmouth pilchards) and along the Gympie terrace stretch. Sabine Mills (above) was fishing at the Gympie Terrace boat ramp on Wednesday when her live yabby bait attracted the attention of this 500gm specimen. Apart from that, tarpon, school jewfish and quality mangrove jacks were on the prowl between the lakes.
|On the freshwater scene, Mark Pertot from Davo's Bait and Tackle (above left) and Callum Munro caught and released over twenty bass (43-44cm to the fork) around the timbers in the lower Yabba Arm using soft Jackalls as their draw card.|