As at Monday December 27, 2010
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| OFFSHORE: Well, the
La Nina weather pattern has certainly made an impact on Queensland this
Christmas. Relentless heavy rain and strong northerlies battered the coast
from mid-week onwards. We had a short reprieve on Christmas day when the
sun shone and the winds eased but by late Saturday afternoon it was back
to grey skies and more showers.
Those who got out earlier in the week made the most it. Sunshine Reef was the most popular destination because it had been firing well and, while the weather held, continued to do so, producing Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel, moses perch, Maori cod, snapper, sweetlip, venus tusk fish, coral trout, northern bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna and mackerel tuna.
Steven Jarrett (above) was out there on a half day Trekka 1 charter last Monday when his live yakka bait attracted the attention of the 4kg coral trout he's pictured with. These were the last few calm days before the forecast stormy weather.
While on the same charter, Andrew Crowhurst from Brisbane (above) boated a 10kg northern bluefin or longtail tuna.
And young Dylan Cross (above) tempted a 5.5kg cobia with a butterflied yakka while at 'Sunshine' on a half day Cougar One charter. This photo was from the previous week but didn't make the report because skipper Alex Pollet so was busy celebrating the arrival of his new baby daughter, Elodi, he forgot where he'd put the digital camera until a few days ago.
Travis Meyer (above) hit the jackpot at Sunshine Reef on Tuesday morning when he hooked up with a 13.5kg yellowfin tuna. He also had the dubious honour of being the last offshore angler to weigh in a fish during the Christmas week.
Laguna Bay was still murky but the mackerel tuna and spotted mackerel were working the edge of the murk and going for metal slugs at Little and Big Hall's Reefs and around Jew Shoal later in the week when 'Sunshine' was no longer fishable.
With the holidays in full swing, and in spite of the bad weather, there
were plenty of anglers working the surf gutters on the North Shore coastal
beach stretch. Dart were in numbers in the murky waters along the southern
end of the beach and, to a lesser degree, whiting were in amongst them.
Tailor were on the bite down towards the river mouth around dusk. Across
the bay, the Granite Bay side of the National Park headland rocks produced
trevally (GT's) on slugs and the odd hooked but not landed Spanish mackerel.
The only other report came from further south at Yaroomba Beach where jewfish
were on the bite. Nathan Carrott (below) caught and released this 75cm specimen
there last Monday night.
Despite the astonishing amount of fresh water in the estuary system, and the murk from the up river run-off, there were still whiting on the bite as far up as the sand flats opposite Makepeace Island and the car ferry crossing above Tewantin.
Most of the action this week, however, was down at the river mouth where flathead, quality bream, tailor and jewfish were active after dark, especially around the top of the tide.
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