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|OFFSHORE: There were definitely no complaints from the bluewater brigade this week with light to moderate East South Easterlies dominating from Wednesday onwards, and although there were no TGO days, they were all quite fishable.|
|The morning sessions (as usual) were best, ahead of the slightly more blustery afternoon North Easterly sea breezes. Squire, Parrot Fish, Moses Perch and Pearl Perch were common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, for those with the bigger boats or bigger fuel tanks; The Barwon Banks produced Gold Band Snapper, Hussar and Rosy Jobfish while Double Island Point was the spot for Snapper, Gold Spot Wrasse, Mowong, Rosy Jobfish and, as you can see by the photo on the far right, quality Amberjack. Ritchie Brown from the Queensland Reds boated this 17kg specimen while up at 'D.I' on a full day Cougar Too charter yesterday. He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825C offshore reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline. Closer to home, North Reef produced Coral Bream and Teraglin Jewfish, Chardon's Reef yielded Mahi Mahi (Dolphin Fish), and at Massoud's Reef the standouts were Maori Cod, Estuary Cod and, as per the photo above, thumper Snapper. Bob Balneaves, from Beenleigh, boated this 9kg 'Knobby' (a truly excellent fish by anyone's standards, although only a mother could love that head) while on a full day Cougar Too charter to Massoud's on Thursday. Bob, too, was kitted out with a Wilson/Alvey 825C offshore combo.|
the smaller boats and 'yak' anglers; Sunshine Reef was a good option with
the bonus species being Sweetlip, School or Shiny Mackerel, Mowong, Spotted
Mackerel, Yellowfin Tuna, and Spanish Mackerel (in excellent numbers)
while in Laguna Bay there were plenty of Spotted Mackerel throughout the
bay earlier in the week, plus fast moving schools of Bonito, Mackerel
Tuna and Yellowfin Tuna all over, and a few Snapper and Spanish Mackerel
out around Jew Shoal.
ONSHORE: With the sustained absence of 'weed' on the coastal surf beaches the action hotted up this week, especially on the North Shore where there were Tailor (to 2kg) on the bite down towards the river mouth and just South of the First Cutting where quality Dart and, as you can see by the photo below left, Bream were also on the active list. Ian 'Tinny' Treloar landed the 1.1kg 'Yellowfin' he's posing with on Friday afternoon using a live Beach Worm on a 1/0 hook as his draw card. Other Teewah Beach hot spots were around the Cherry Venture where Whiting, Tarwhine and Chopper Tailor (to 1.5kg) were on the chew and just below the camping ground where Whiting were by far the highest profile species.
On the East side; North Sunshine Beach produced Chopper Tailor, Sunrise Beach yielded Whiting and Dart, Peregian Beach was the spot for Whiting and at Marcus Beach the catch was mostly Chopper Tailor and Dart. In the river, the river mouth rock groyne wasn't a bad option for Tailor as local angler Kim Vitale (above right) found on Wednesday. Kim tempted this very nice 3kg 'Greenback' with a whole Pilchard on 3x5/0 ganged hooks. He was armed with a SnyderGlas rod and a Penn 8500 Spinfisher reel loaded with 8kg line and 60lb trace. Other areas of note were the Frying Pan (which yielded Bream, Whiting and Flathead), the Woods Bays (which had Trevally and Tailor chasing poppers and slugs) and the Munna Bridge area where Mangrove Jack and Trevally were the target species. Apart from that, Mangrove Jack and Trevally were on the bite in the stretch between the lakes. On the freshwater scene, Lake MacDonald was the place to be with Bass chasing spinnerbaits up in Fry's Run and down around the spillway where Saratoga were also on the bite.