As at Monday July 4th 2005
Strong (20 to 30 knot) variable Northerlies, heavy, dumping rain and a
serious 3m+ Northerly swell made the offshore scene pretty much a no go
zone until the winds finally dropped below the 15 knot mark on Friday.
Realistically, Sunday (with its light to moderate variable Southerlies
and nominal swell), provided the best opportunity for the bluewater brigade
although, under the circumstances, most boaties limited their excursions
to the close-in reefs. Even so, feedback was rather sketchy with reports
coming only from Victor Bailey's Reef where Sweetlip, Parrot Fish and
Nannygai were on the bite and from Sunshine Reef where the standout species
were Squire, Snapper, Sweetlip and Parrot Fish.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches took an absolute hammering earlier in the week and, like the offshore scene, were not a good option for wetting a line until closer to the weekend. When fishable the North Shore (particularly the area around and North of Teewah) produced Bream, Tailor, Dart and, as you can see by the photo below left, Whiting. Local lad Jackson Mason landed this elbow slapping 650gm specimen yesterday morning using Pippie as his draw card. Traveling South there were Tarwhine and Tailor on the bite around the 2nd and 3rd Cuttings while the groynes on Main Beach produced mostly Tailor and Bream. Over on the East side; Sunshine Beach was the spot for Whiting, Bream and Tailor, as was Peregian Beach (but with the bonus of Tarwhine) and Marcus Beach where Dart were a welcome extra.
In the river, despite the fresh, Flathead and Whiting were on the bite up as far as Lake Cooroibah, around Tewantin (along with school Jewfish, Trevally and Tailor), along the Northern side of the river from Goat Island to Munna Beach (together with Trevally and Tailor), the Frying Pan and down at the river mouth where Bream were also a worthwhile target. Apart from that there were Trevally and Tailor chasing surface poppers around the back of Noosa Sound while in the Woods Bays (as you can see by the photo above right), the standouts were Mangrove Jack and Trevally. Dynamic duo Scott Jenkins and Jordon Harrison had a ripper session there on Saturday during which their live Prawn baits attracted the attention of these quality 1.1kg and 1.3kg 'Trevs' and a very nice 2.4kg 'Jack'. Their outfit was a Shakespeare Ugly Stik and a Shimano 1000 threadline reel loaded with 2kg line and 4kg trace. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were chasing C-Lures Borer extra deeps near the Botanical Gardens and along the 'Bubble Trail' and spinnerbaits at 'Fry's Run'. At Lake Borumba there were Bass and Saratoga going for gold spinnerbaits opposite the boat ramp.