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OFFSHORE: With the weekend lost to the moderate to strong (20 to 30 knot) south easterly blow and 2m swell, the only anglers who saw any sort of offshore action were those who got out earlier in the week. Up until Friday afternoon the hot, light to moderate northerlies provided quite calm conditions but, unfortunately, that was as good as it got with the fish being rather reluctant to join the party.
The Barwon Banks were as 'wide' as anyone cared to venture this week and those who made the effort found it quiet with just the odd squire, moses perch and hussar on the bite.
Closer in, North Reef was hard work, producing only average catches of Maori cod, moses perch, squire, sweetlip, pearl perch, teraglin jewfish, mowong and, as you can see by the photos above and on the right, the odd quality snapper.
John Rankin and his son Paddy from Kirra on the Gold Coast were out there on Friday afternoon on Cougar One and, on their first try with soft plastics, boated these 3.5kg and 5kg snapper. The lures that did the deed (as you can see in the fish's mouths in the photos) were 7" mango ripple glow soft plastics.
The only other reports of note were of sweetlip on the bite at Arkwright Shoal and, as per the photo above, Castaways Reef. Rob James from Cooroy boated the 3kg 'Lipper' he's pictured with at Castaways late on Friday morning. He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD20 O/H reel loaded with 30lb line. His bait? Davo's squid.
ONSHORE: The North Shore was well worth the effort this week, especially before the weekend blow, with the odd quality greenback tailor on the bite around Teewah, plus tarwhine (to 1kg), whiting (450gm+) and plenty (heaps) of dart about five kilometres north of there. Whiting were also on the bite in the surf gutters opposite the camping grounds while a smidge north of there, Steve Penn from N.Z (below left) landed a 5kg snub nosed dart on dusk on Thursday. He was using pippie baits as his draw card. Apart from that, there were some quality bream taken around Massoud's Rock at the top end.
Over on the east side, Sunrise Beach was the spot for average size whiting plus quality dart and a few good tarwhine.
In the river, a few elbow slapper whiting and the odd quality bream were taken down at the river mouth and in the Frying Pan with prawns and live yabbies getting best results. Bream were also active in Weyba Creek (as were flathead and mud crabs) and above the Tewantin ferry crossing where moses perch and school jewfish were a welcome bonus. Apart from that, the snags around John's Landing (between the lakes) produced mangrove jack while along the Gympie Terrace stretch; estuary cod and trevally were on the prowl. Sydney angler Craig Halloran (above right) was fishing from one of the Terrace jetties on New Years day when his live herring bait was monstered by the 1kg trevally he's pictured with.
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