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Light to moderate variable Easterlies dominated the offshore scene this
week and although the swell didn't drop
much below the 1.5m mark, it wasn't really an issue as far as the bluewater
brigade were concerned.
Squire, Parrot Fish and Sweetlip were common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, Double Island Point was worth a look if you could spare the gas, with Hussar, Maori Cod and, as you can see by the photo on the right, Pearl Perch and Gold Band Snapper all on the bite. Brisbane angler Jamie Bacon boated this 5.2kg Pearly and 7.2kg Gold Band while up at 'D.I' last Monday on a full day Cougar Too charter. He was kitted out with a Shimano TLD20 overhead combo loaded with 25lb braid to a 40lb trace.
Closer in, North Reef produced Mahi Mahi (Dolphin Fish), Hussar and Southern Fusilier, Massoud's Reef yielded Estuary Cod and Moses Perch while at Chardon's Reef the extras were Snapper, Pearl Perch, Rosy Jobfish and Hussar.
Within cooee of land, Sunshine Reef was the spot for Spanish Mackerel, Spotted Mackerel, school Mackerel, small Amberjack, Yellowfin Tuna, Mackerel Tuna and Maori Cod while Laguna Bay ran hot and cold with Mackerel Tuna on the move throughout the bay and Spotted Mackerel going for trolled Squid skirted whole Pilchards not too far out from the river mouth towards the end of the week.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were again quite productive with Whiting well spread throughout the North Shore and Tailor up around Teewah township after dark. The National Park was another good option with plenty of Whiting in close at Tea Tree Bay and, as you can see by the photo below right, Jewfish on the chew around the Fairy Pools.
full moon is an optimum time to target Jewfish at night as local 'Jewie'
specialist Tony Sims knows only too well. Tony landed this 7kg Mulloway
on Tuesday night using Pilchard on 5/0 ganged hooks as his draw card.
He was armed with a 13' 6" Wilson Live fibre surf rod and a Penn
9500 threadline reel loaded with 10kg line and 60lb trace. Down the coast
there were Chopper Tailor, Bream and Whiting coming off the rocks at North
Sunshine Beach and school Jewfish (to 3kg) from the surf gutters a little
further South. Apart from that; Marcus Beach was the spot for Tarwhine
and Whiting and at Peregian Beach the catch was mostly Whiting and Bream.
|In the river, Trevally and Tailor lifted their game a little this week and were active down towards the river mouth (along with Flathead, Whiting and Bream, the Woods Bays (together with Mangrove Jacks), the lower Weyba Creek stretch (which also produced Flathead and Bream) and up around Tewantin where Bream and Flathead again featured in the catch. Apart from that, there were a few Tailor and Whiting on the bite around the top end of Lake Cooroibah and the odd Mangrove Jack just down from the Woods Point in the lower estuary. On the freshwater scene, Lake MacDonald had plenty of juvenile Bass chasing 'Jackals' while at Borumba Dam the resident Bass were in good numbers off the points in the main basin (Jackals and beetlespins cast at the weed edges and trolled in the deeper waters) and the Saratoga action was mostly in the top end of the Yabba Arm. Last but not least, the Barramundi have been on fire at the Rainbow Villas Barra Park as Cheryl Lacey from Davo's Bait and Tackle (above left) found to her delight on Friday. Cheryl was part of a group guided by local lure maker and freshwater specialist Dominic Fry. During a hot late afternoon (and on past dusk) session she caught and released ten Barra with the 8kg specimen she's pictured with being a good example of the quality. She was armed with a G-Loomis GL3 5-6kg baitcaster rod and a Shimano Chronarch reel loaded with 14lb Fireline and 24kg Schneider leader. The lure that got all the attention was a locally made 'C-Lures' surface popper.|