As at Monday January 25, 2010
| OFFSHORE: It was
another great week as far as the offshore scene was concerned with very
light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable easterlies and little or no swell
providing some very fishable conditions. Temperatures gradually climbed
as the week progressed until they were over the 30 degree Celsius mark,
but with mostly cool calm conditions in the mornings ahead of the more blustery
afternoon sea breezes, it was hardly an issue for the majority of anglers.
With plenty of pelagic action in close, not that many boats fished the outer reefs. The only out-wide reports were from the Barwon Banks where venus tusk fish, pearl perch, squire, moses perch, gold spot wrasse and striped tuna were on the bite in reasonable numbers but average size. A little closer in, Chardon's Reef was the spot for the odd catch and release black marlin while at North Reef the standouts were morwong, squire, pearl perch, moses perch, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, striped perch and, as you can see by the photo above, mahi-mahi. Reece Major was out there on a 3/4 day Cougar One charter on Tuesday when his butterflied yakka floater was monstered by the 8kg dolphin fish he's pictured with.
Sunshine Reef was the pelagic hot spot this week with mahi-mahi, spotted mackerel and, as per the accompanying photos, Spanish mackerel on the bite and in good numbers. Chris Lacey (above) from Davo's Compleat Angler was out there on Saturday trolling whole bonito on lead-head chin guards and came back with two (7kg and 9kg) Spaniards.
Also out at Sunshine Reef on Saturday morning, Chris Wright's trolled whole pilchard bait wasn't in the water long before it was taken by the 10kg Spaniard he's posing with in the photo above. Chris was armed with a Penn 320GTi outfit loaded with 12kg braid and a 15kg mono leader. Laguna Bay was fairly quiet with just the odd Spanish mackerel and a few spotted mackerel going for cast metal slugs, trolled Halco Laser Pro lures and trolled pilchards around Jew Shoal.
ONSHORE: Conditions on
the coastal surf beaches were as good as they get and it really was one
of those times when the fishing was a dead set bonus. Whiting were well
spread all the way along Teewah Beach although a lot of the better fish
(along with dart) came from the top end. Flathead were also in good numbers,
bream were active in the deeper waters and trevally were on the bite about
5km's north of Teewah township, as Dan Pertot (below) discovered on Thursday.
Dan was fishing with live beach worms when the 'Trevs' came on the bite
and caught and released a number of them during a hot afternoon session.
Over on the east side, the northern end of Sunshine Beach produced bream,
dart and whiting while Castaways Beach yielded tarwhine and whiting. The
only other report was of chopper tailor on the bite at north Peregian.
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