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|OFFSHORE: Blustery twenty
knot south easterlies and a 2m+ easterly swell pretty much put paid to any
thought of excursions to the local reefs this week. Even the relative shelter
of Laguna Bay was a no go with quite tricky conditions on the bar at times
making the crossing a lottery that very few boaties were prepared to put
their money on.
With the coastal surf beaches taking a bit of a hammering from the swell
it was pretty much a non event on the North Shore. The only report of note,
in fact, was of Whiting and Dart at Sunrise Beach.
In the river, the flush from the recent rains seemed to suit some of the larger predators with Queenfish and Trevally active around the Munna Point/Culgoa Point area (as were Mangrove Jacks), in the Woods Bays (along with Tailor) and in the stretch from the Woods Point to the river mouth. And it was down towards the mouth that Tim French (right) from Caboolture nailed the 3.7kg 'Skinny' he's posing with. Tim was fishing from the bank on Wednesday when his live Herring bait proved too much of a temptation for this quality sports fish. He was armed with a Shimano Raider rod and a Daiwa Capricorn 1500 reel loaded with 10lb braid. Mangrove Jacks were on the bite in Weyba Creek (together with Flathead), between the lakes and, as per the photo on the right, around Harbourtown at Tewantin. Tewantin angler Phil Townsend boated this 2kg specimen on Thursday night using a live winter Whiting as his draw card. He was armed with a Silstar Crystal Tip rod and an Okuma Epix reel loaded with 8lb braid and 20lb mono leader. The Tewantin area was also an option for Tailor and Queenfish while, as you can see by the photo below right, the lower Gympie Terrace stretch produced this week's top weight Trevally. Local angler Mark Arnall was plugging the waters in that area with Berkley Crawdad soft plastics when the 2.1kg 'Trev' he's pictured with came to the party. He was kitted out with a Heartland rod and a Shimano Stella 1000 reel loaded with 10lb braid and 20lb leader. Apart from that, Flathead and Whiting were on the bite down at the river mouth while the Noosa Waters canals yielded Trevally, Flathead, Mangrove Jacks Bream and Queenfish on small soft plastics.
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass (to 45cm) were responding well to spinnerbaits and Jackalls (hard and soft) around 'Three Ways'.
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