As at Monday 8th July 2002
It was another
great week for offshore anglers with light to moderate West South Westerlies
dominating, and even though last week's carry-over swell was still a feature
out wide, there wasn't a day that could be classified unfishable. In fact,
as the week unfolded, conditions on the closer reefs progressed from good,
to terrific to absolutely sensational
with Squire, Parrot Fish and Pearl Perch the common catch at most pick
drops. In addition, for those with strong stomachs or big boats; The Hards
produced Snapper and Pearl Perch while at the Barwon Banks, quality Amberjack
were on the prowl. Back towards home (and in the latter half of the week;
to near TGO conditions) North Reef was a good spot for Maori Cod, Snapper,
Moses Perch, Tailor and Mackerel Tuna. Sunshine Reef, however, once again
outdid them all with some excellent catches of Snapper, Coral Trout, Sweetlip,
Longtail (Northern Bluefin) Tuna, Mackerel Tuna, the odd Spanish Mackerel
and as you can see by the photo above, quality Cobia. Father and son Peter
and Blase Freemantle (Brisbane) were on a Cougar
One charter to North Sunshine on Thursday morning when their live
Yakka floater proved too much of a temptation for this 25kg Black Kingfish.
Peter and Blase worked as a team to subdue this fish and then later just
to hold it up for the camera. They were using a Shakespeare Ugly Stik,
a Shimano 6500 Baitrunner reel and 20lb braid.
And the photo of the Whales? That was snapped last week out on Chardon's Reef by skipper Sam 'Slammer' Ladd when these two curious mammals cruised in for a closer look at what Cougar One's crew and passengers were up to.
ONSHORE: The East side beaches produced the goods this week with some good gutters forming. Chopper Tailor were in numbers around dusk at Marcus (with the odd Greenback in amongst them), Castaways and Sunshine beaches (and rocks) and were also on the bite (as were Bream and Whiting) around both groynes on Main Beach. The National Park headland also wasn't a bad option for some quality Bream, as was the North Shore, with the added bonus of Whiting. Rob Cooke, near right, came up with one of this week's standouts at Marcus Beach on Saturday night. Rob had his eye on a likely stretch of water and was rewarded in the first five minutes when his Mack Tuna flesh bait attracted the 4.2kg Greenback he's pictured with. He was kitted out with a SnyderGlas surf rod and an Alvey 650C reel loaded with 20lb line and 80lb trace. The river was fairly subdued this week with Flathead still leading the pack, though somewhat down in numbers. Best spots were the river mouth (along with Whiting, Luderick and Bream), the Frying Pan (where a few Chopper Tailor were on the bite earlier in the week), Munna Point (which also yielded Whiting and Bream) and from Harbourtown to the Tewantin ferry, where Chopper Tailor and quality Bream also made a splash. Apart from that, the Woods Bays fired sporadically, with Tailor and quality Trevally chasing surface poppers and/or epoxy baitfish flies down deep. And Cooroy lad Kaleb Hamilton, above right, was absolutely delighted when he weighed this 400gm Bream in at Davo's last night. Kaleb, using the Alvey 'Junior' combo he won at this year's 'Fishing Classic', boated this fish at Munna Point using fresh Prawn on a 1/0 hook. On the freshwater scene the Lake MacDonald Bass showed a preference for Beetle Spins and small deep diving lures.
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