OFFSHORE: The offshore scene was a great
option this week with light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable easterlies
bringing with them settled conditions ahead of late Sunday morning's strong
south easterly blow.
Trips to the outer reefs were very much on the cards with squire,
pearl perch, moses perch, hussar and parrot fish being the common species
caught. In addition to that, the Barwon Banks produced teraglin jewfish
and amberjack while The Hards was the spot for the odd caught and released
marlin and, as per the photo above, quality snapper. Mick Goodchild was
out there on a full day Cougar
One charter on Thursday and was happy to pose with one of the
4kg fish caught on the day. Closer in, North Reef yielded most of the
common species mentioned plus Maori cod, spangled emperor and collared
sea bream. Back near home base, Sunshine Reef was on fire with coral trout,
sweetlip, pearl perch and, as you can see by the photo below, plenty of
Spanish mackerel on the bite. Nuch Howe was out there on Friday with her
husband Peter when the Spaniards came on the bite big time and she's pictured
here with their standout 8kg fish.
And local yak angler Ian Tagg (below) paddled his Swing
Angler fishing kayak out to Sunshine Reef on Saturday and despite
getting a number of hookups, came back empty handed. Not to be denied,
he did it all again yesterday morning in pretty ordinary conditions and,
armed with pilchards on a Davo's Spaniard Special
troll rig, trolled up these 7.5kg and 10.7kg 'Spaniards'. He was using
a Wilson Live Fibre rod, a Shimano Twin Power reel, 30lb braid and 60lb
The rubble grounds about 3 to 4 kilometres off the National Park headland
were also worth a shot as another yak angler, Bill 'Billybob' Watson (below),
discovered on Friday. Bill was out there trolling a River2Sea Gecko 120
lure behind his Swing
Angler fishing kayak when the 8kg cobia he's pictured with
slammed it hard. He was armed with a 7' Shogun Barrier 6kg-8kg graphite
rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 3500 reel loaded with 14lb Fireline and 30lb
Last but not least, Laguna Bay fired up as the bait schools moved in,
followed by the pelagics. Jew Shoal, the drum lines, Granite Bay and Tea
Tree Bay played host to mackerel tuna and the odd bluefin tuna plus a
few shiny and spotted mackerel while across the other side, Little and
Big Hall's reefs had mostly sweetlip, moses perch and shiny mackerel.
ONSHORE: Conditions on the coastal surf beaches were as good as
they get for this time of the year and those lucky anglers who were free
to do so made the most of the situation. The North Shore was well worth
the ferry crossing with quality
whiting and bream active in the stretch from the camp grounds to the old
Cherry Venture site.
Those two species, plus quality dart, were also active around Teewah while
chopper tailor were on the bite just before the Shire boundary.
Over on the east side, dart were in good numbers (if not size) on most
In addition, the northern end of Sunshine Beach produced whiting while
at Sunrise Beach the bonus species was bream.
In the estuary, flathead, bream (on whitebaits) and tailor (on lures and
live baits) were the standouts down at the river mouth while around Munna
Beach, whiting and bream were going for live worms and yabbies.
The Woods Bays were well worth a look with tarpon, school jewfish and
mangrove jacks working in amongst the bait schools. Soft plastics got
best results although whole pilchards were another option as Cooroy angler
Stephen Hughes (above right) found on Saturday night when this 1.5kg 'Jack'
slammed his pillie floater. Mangrove jacks were also active in Weyba Creek
and in the stretch between the lakes where mullet fillet baits accounted
for at least one 3kg specimen.
Apart from that, trevally were responding well to surface poppers around
the Munna Point Bridge.
On the freshwater scene, Borumba Dam was the place to be with the resident
bass chasing Blades and soft Jackalls around the timbers and saratoga
snatching at spinnerblades and well cast flies in the shallow bays. Yellowbelly
were also on the prowl with best results for that species coming from
soft Jackalls cast around the points in the main basin.