Continuing on from last week's weather pattern the winds waxed and waned
as their aspect seesawed from chilly South Westerlies (light to moderate)
to blustery South Easterlies (moderate to strong). Apart from today,
however, when a strong wind warning was in place, every day was classified
fishable, if occasionally rather lumpy.
Snapper were in good numbers at all the visited reefs this week, as
were Squire, Parrot Fish and Moses Perch. When conditions permitted,
a trip 'out-wide' to the Barwon Banks had the added bonus of Maori Cod
while a little closer in at Chardon's Reef the extras were Teraglin
Jewfish and Sweetlip. Massoud's Reef was another pretty good option,
yielding Northern Bluefin Tuna, Pearl Perch, Estuary Cod and, as you
can see by the photo above right, Maori Cod. Young Paul Hatzis, on holiday
in Noosa from Melbourne, boated this 3.5kg 'Bro' while out there on
a half day Cougar One charter
on Saturday. North Reef, however, was once again the most popular destination,
yielding Pearl Perch, plenty of Whale sightings, Estuary Cod, Northern
Bluefin Tuna, Trevally and Yellowlip Butterfly Bream. Snapper, as mentioned
earlier, were again the high profile species and while there were a
few snodgers about, the average fish were in the 3kg to 5kg bracket.
Amanda Braithwaite and Gigi Fin (above left), from London and Brisbane
respectively, boated the 3.5kg and 4kg specimens they're pictured with
during a Cougar One trip to North Reef last Wednesday.
Apart from that there was Garfish in Granite Bay and Chopper Tailor
off Dolphin Point and the Boiling Pot where Wolf Herring were also on
ONSHORE: The coastal surf
beaches rewarded the faithful this week with Dart and Tailor well spread
on the North Shore. On the East side, Sunshine Beach produced Bream
in good numbers, as did Castaways Beach with the added bonus of Chopper
Tailor and quality Dart. Peregian Beach was particularly notable for
large numbers of good quality Whiting.
In the river, Whiting were up in size with 400gm to 450gm the rule rather
than the exception.
Best spots for these great table fish were in the lower estuary with
the river mouth (where Flathead and Bream were also active), the Munna
Point stretch from the DPI jetty to the bridge (where Hairtail and Tailor
were on the bite) and Weyba Creek (which was also a good option for
Bream and Flathead) producing the top weight fish. And it was around
the DPI jetty that Nambour lad Jonathan Purcell (above left) boated
this elbow slapping 550gm Whiting on Saturday afternoon. Jonathan was
armed with a Shakespeare threadline combo loaded with 6lb line and 12lb
trace. His bait? Live Yabby on a No.4 baitholder hook. And later on
his good buddy Ben Pollari nailed the 500gm Bream he's pictured with
around in Weyba Creek. Ben, armed with an Abu Sonar Tip rod and a Daiwa
Caprice reel loaded with 12lb line, was using a Yabby on 1/0 baitholder
hook as his draw card. Apart from that, Bream were on the bite up around
the mouth of Lake Cooroibah (together with Tailor and Flathead), Harbourtown
(where they were of good quality) and in the Woods Bays; where Tailor,
Flathead and, as you can see by the photo above right, Trevally were
on the go. Brisbane angler Brad Dieker landed this 1.1kg 'Trev' on Saturday
using a Berkley Power Bait to good effect. He was armed with an Ian
Miller rod and a Shimano Stradic reel loaded with 4lb line and 8lb trace.
On the freshwater scene, there were small Bass on the chew around the
edges of the weed beds in the main basin. Rev Heads, Ice Jigs and Beetle
Spins all worked equally well this week.