As at Monday July 30, 2007
Well, as they say... you wouldn't be dead for
quids. After enduring some pretty chilly and at times blustery weather
over the last month or two we drifted into a week where light variable
southerlies were the norm rather than the exception. As a result, offshore
conditions were pretty much as good as they get for this time of the year.
Squire, Pearl Perch, Moses Perch and Parrot Fish were the common catch at most of the visited reefs. In addition, for those with the bigger boats and even bigger fuel tanks, Double Island Point produced Snapper and Cobia while out at 'The Hards' the extras were Snapper and Rosy Jobfish.
Billy Doeland (above) boated the 7kg 'Knobby' he's posing with while on Friday's Cougar Too charter to 'D.I'.
Billy, who was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded with 30lb line, used fresh Mullet fillet to attract this quality fish.
A little closer in, North Reef was the spot for Cobia, Mowong, Teraglin Jewfish and Northern Bluefin Tuna while at Chardon's Reef the bonus species were Sweetlip, Maori Cod and, as you can see by the photo on the right, quality Snapper. Trent boated this 7kg specimen while out there on a full day Cougar Too charter on Saturday. Apart from that, Sunshine Reef yielded the common species mentioned earlier and Jew Shoal in Laguna Bay produced the odd Spaniard on floaters.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a great option for a family outing this week with the fishing being a definite bonus.
On the North Shore the waters opposite the camping grounds produced quality Bream, as did the stretch from the First Cutting to the river mouth, but with the added bonus of Dart and Whiting.
Over on the east side Bream and Whiting were also in good numbers with the best results coming from Sunshine Beach (together with the odd Squire) and Peregian Beach where a few Dart were also on the bite.
In the river, Flathead and Bream were the higher profile species with the hot spots being down towards the river mouth (where Luderick were still active at the top of the tide), Weyba Creek, the Gympie Terrace stretch and up around the Doonella/Tewantin stretch with soft plastics and Mullet fillet working well.
Apart from that, Flathead (to 66cm) were chasing soft plastics in Lake Cooroibah, quality Bream were on the bite around the bottom end of Lake Cootharaba and the top weight Whiting were going for live Worms opposite Munna Point caravan park.
Last but not least, the Woods Bays continued to fire sporadically with Trevally (to 2kg), Queenfish and, as you can see by the photo above right, Tailor chasing surface poppers and soft plastics.
Local lad Moses Mbye used a Prawn Power Bait to attract the attention of this 2.05kg specimen early on Sunday morning. He was armed with a Shimano Catana/Sienna 2500 combo loaded with 4lb Fireline and 12lb mono leader. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were in good numbers, responding to Jackalls around 'Weed Point' and, as per the photo above, soft plastics in the main basin. Davo's staffer Scott Robertson had a ball out there on Friday, catching and releasing eleven of these feisty sportsfish. He was armed with a Stealth rod and a Shimano Chronarch 100 reel loaded with 15lb Tuffline and 16lb Hard Rock leader. The lure that worked best? A yellow Slider Grub on a 1/2oz jighead.