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All in all it was a pretty good week for the
offshore brigade with light to moderate winds the norm rather than the
exception. As the week progressed, in fact, the moderate swell steadily
decreased to almost nothing which was an added bonus for the small boat
brigade. Squire, Moses Perch and Parrot Fish were common catches at the
In addition, North Reef produced Cobia, Mahi Mahi (Dolphin Fish), Marlin, Sweetlip and Pearl Perch as did Chardon's Reef but with the added bonus of Northern Bluefin Tuna, Teraglin Jewfish and Maori Cod. And it was at Chardon's Reef on Sunday that Wayne Williams from Browns Plains (above) boated the quality Dolphin Fish he's posing with. Wayne, who was on a full day Cougar Too charter at the time, was kitted out with an Angler Azagale rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 30lb line. Closer in, Sunshine Reef was a quite a popular destination and although results were a bit patchy at times, there was a wide variety of species caught. The standouts there were: Spanish Mackerel, Yellowfin Tuna, Shiny and Spotted Mackerel, Pearl Perch, Cobia, Hussar, Marlin, Sweetlip, Snapper and, as you can see by the photo on the right, Coral Trout. David Blain and Matt Hall from Tewantin were out at 'Sunshine' on Saturday morning and after trolling unsuccessfully for Mackerel, decided to anchor up, float out a couple of live Yakkas and see if they could nail a couple of reef fish. And didn't they do well! Two 'Trout', weighing in at 5.5kg and 3.5kg were more than enough to call the trip a success and the two friends were back on dry land with time for a weigh in at Davo's and a quick pic before lunch.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a bit deadly this week with the North Shore offering the best chance for a feed. Whiting and average size Dart were the bread and butter species there with best returns coming from the 2nd Cutting to the Cherry Venture where better quality Dart were on the bite. The waters around the camp ground produced a few Bream. The only other reports worth noting were of Whiting (in numbers) and quality Dart at Castaways Beach.
|In the river, Flathead and Whiting were in good numbers with the hot spots being Munna Point, the Frying Pan and, in the case of the photo above right, the river mouth. Tim French from Caboolture used a live Herring on a 5/0 hook to attract the 1.5kg 'Lizard' he's pictured with yesterday morning. He was armed with a Berkeley Dropshot rod and a Pflueger RX7 reel loaded with 15lb braid to a 40lb mono trace. Whiting and Trevally were active around Goat Island and up at the Tewantin ski run where, after dark, Mangrove Jacks, Queenfish and Grunter Bream were also on the bite. And it was around Goat Island that Megan Pollock from Petrie (above left) picked up the 450gm Trevally she's posing with. Megan was floating live Yabbies there this morning and also picked up a few Whiting. She was armed with an Alvey boat combo loaded with 6lb line. Apart from that there were a few Tailor chasing surface poppers in the Woods Bays at dawn and dusk.|
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