OFFSHORE: There wasn't much of a letup from
last weeks blustery conditions with the fresh to strong variable easterlies
continuing to make offshore excursions difficult, if not at times, impossible.
Having said that, there were a few die-hards who weren't to be denied
although no-one (that we're aware of anyway) ventured much beyond good
old Sunshine Reef.
And, fortunately, Sunshine Reef was in a productive phase with snapper,
sweetlip, parrot fish and coral trout plus Spanish and spotted mackerel
on the bite and ready to rumble. All you needed were a few pilchards,
a reliable boat and a strong stomach. Chicko Vella and Gordan Volkanovski
(above) endured the less than ideal conditions out there on Tuesday and
were well rewarded with the 3.8kg coral trout and 9kg Spaniard they're
pictured with, plus four nice spotted mackerel.
Wednesday was pretty lumpy but that didn't deter Brisbane angler Don (above)
and a couple of mates from dropping the pick at North Sunshine for a few
hours. Conditions on the reef were 'bloody awful' according to Don but
they hung in there long enough to attract this 17.5kg Spanish mackerel
with a pilchard floater before pulling the pin and heading for home.
ONSHORE: The North Shore
stretch was certainly worth the effort this week with quality whiting
in good numbers along the northern stretch of Teewah Beach. The surf gutters
just above Teewah township produced fish to 480gm as well as bream, big
dart and golden trevally, top weight 2.5kg. The Third Cutting was the
spot for chopper tailor while across the bay, the National Park headland
rocks produced a few yellowtail kingfish (top weight 6kg) on cast metal
In the river, whiting were well spread in the lower reaches with the best
results coming from the Frying Pan, the sand flats opposite
Munna Point, Weyba Creek (together with bream) and along the Noosaville,
Gympie Terrace stretch.
Small (35mm and 45mm) surface poppers were still getting good results.
The flathead numbers picked up towards the end of the week with the river
mouth producing particularly well.
Mangrove jacks were active in the Woods Bays, around the Sheraton Bridge
and, as per the photo below, up between the lakes.
Local angler Mark Arnall has been doing well there lately on this species.
He caught and released the 2kg specimen he's pictured with using a Savoy
Shad soft plastic.
Apart from that, trevally were on the bite up around the mouth of Lake
Doonella. John Cherry (above) was fishing there on Wednesday when his
live earthworm bait was monstered by the 2kg fish he's posing with.