at Monday 9th June 2003
With the bulk of the week dominated by light to moderate (10 to 15 knot)
West North Westerlies (and similar strength afternoon North Easterly
sea breezes), calm conditions prevailed on the outer reefs until halfway
through the weekend when, on Sunday morning, fresh to strong (20 to
25 knot) South Easterlies slammed shut the offshore gate. With
such mild conditions prevailing on all but the last two days, anglers
in all manner of boats crossed the bar and headed for the local reefs.
Those lucky enough to get time off midweek found that Squire, Parrot
Fish, Pearl Perch and Moses Perch were on the bite wherever they dropped
the pick, particularly on Chardon's 'Wide', while out on The Barwon
Banks the bonus species was Snapper. Closer in, North Reef was the spot
for Maori Cod, Tailor, Northern Bluefin Tuna, Spotted Mackerel and Bonito,
Arkwright Shoal yielded Red Emperor and Sweetlip while Sunshine Reef
was an excellent option for Wahoo, Sweetlip, Mowong, Spanish Mackerel,
Coral Trout and Snapper. Mark Lucas (right) from Christchurch, New Zealand,
boated this nice 4.2kg 'Trout' while out there on a half day Cougar
Too charter on Thursday. He was using a Wilson SureCatch Blue
Stinger rod, an Alvey 725C reel, 30lb Pioneer Flexline and a half Yellowtail
Pike as bait. And 'Noosa Yak Fishing Club' member Craig 'Hindsight'
Hinds (below) got an unexpected bonus when he took a breather from trolling
a whole Garfish on a Davo's Spaniard
Special troll rig on Saturday morning. While he gulped a bit
of water and rested up for a few minutes before moving on again, his
slowly sinking bait was monstered by the 4kg Snapper he's pictured with.
Craig was armed with a Wilson 8-12kg Live Fibre rod and a Shimano Baitrunner
6500 reel loaded with 25lb Platinum line and 55lb trace. Apart from
that, there were still a few Spanish Mackerel on the bite in outer Laguna
Bay and Mackerel Tuna on the boil not far out from Granite Bay where
the Garfish were schooling.
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