As at Monday July 16, 2007
the better part of the week dominated by cool, moderate to fresh (15 to
20 knot) south west/westerlies and a 2-3m rolling swell, conditions offshore
were certainly less than ideal, especially for the smaller boats.
As the week progressed, however, many boaties bit the bullet and headed for the closer reefs, prepared to put up with a bit of wind chill and 'rock and roll' for the sake of a good feed of reefies. And most were more than well rewarded for their effort with Squire, Parrot Fish and quality Snapper on the bite and in good numbers at all locations. In addition, for those really hardy souls prepared to go the distance, 'The Hards' was the spot for Pearl Perch and Amberjack while at the Barwon Banks the extras were Pearl Perch plus, as you can see by the photo above, plenty of quality Snapper.
Young Reilley Thompson from Peregian was out there today (in almost perfect conditions) on a full day Cougar Too charter and landed one of the day's standouts, a 5.5kg 'Knobby'. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 20lb line.
Along the middle reef belt, Chardon's Reef produced Maori Cod and Moses Perch, Massoud's Reef yielded Sweetlip and North Reef was a good option for Pearl Perch, Moses Perch, Sweetlip, Maori Cod and of course, more Snapper. Local angler Bryce Smith (above) dropped the pick there this morning and after boating three 'Knobbys' (top weight 5.5kg), headed for home. His bait? Slimy Mackerel. Sunshine Reef was the only other producer of note with (apart from plenty of Squire and Snapper) Sweetlip being the bonus species.
ONSHORE: There was a bit of swell and sweep on the North Shore stretch this week but despite the less than ideal conditions there were some quite healthy catches of the bread and butter species reported. More specifically; Dart, Tarwhine and Whiting were in good numbers from the First Cutting to the river mouth, in the stretch between the Second and Third cuttings and up towards the top end of Teewah Beach.
Over on the east side, Whiting were in good numbers and were well spread with the top spots being North Sunshine and South Peregian beaches. Apart from that, Marcus Beach produced Dart, Chopper Tailor and a number of quality Bream.
In the river, Bream and Flathead were in pretty good numbers with the hot spots being down around the river mouth (along with Trevally), the Frying Pan (with Whiting) and in the Woods Bays where Trevally, Tailor and Queenfish were chasing soft plastics.
Other Bream and 'Lizard' hot spots were up along the Tewantin stretch (together with Javelin Fish), around the Munna Bridge (where the odd Hairtail was on the bite) and, as per the photo above, at Munna Point. Local lad Jack Ashford was fishing there yesterday morning when his Frogmouth Pilchard bait attracted the attention of this 300gm Yellowfin.
Apart from that there were a few Tailor and Flathead chasing soft plastics in Weyba Creek and Flathead going for drifted Whitebait in Lake Cooroibah. On the freshwater scene the waters around the botanical gardens at Lake MacDonald were still good for Bass with soft plastics and tailspinners continuing to get the best results.