The offshore brigade certainly had a much better run this week with the
swell and seas dropping away and light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable
winds dominating the scene right through until Saturday.
And with this being the week of the new moon phase there were some pretty
good results posted. The fishing 'Almanac', in fact, listed Thursday through
till Saturday as being prime fishing times and the reef fish responded
as if on cue.
Tewantin angler Gavin Shambrook (above) took the opportunity to run down
to the Inner Gneerings on Saturday and was rewarded for his efforts with
a few squire and sweetlip plus this 19.5kg cobia.
He was armed with a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 combo loaded with 80lb braid.
His bait? Yakka on 3 x 6/0 gangs.
And as has been the case lately, North Reef was by far the most popular
and productive destination with squire, moses perch and parrot fish in
good numbers, but of average size, while thumper sweetlip and snapper
were an added and welcome bonus.
Local anglers Bryce Smith and Rod Cullen (above right) hit the jackpot
there on Thursday, bagging out on quality snapper with their top weight
coming in at 5.5kg. They were using Penn rods and Shimano TLD20 reels.
Their baits were pilchards and yakkas.
Thursday was obviously a hot day at North Reef as Brisbane anglers Sharon,
Tom, Neil and Mark (above) discovered. This group of friends had a great
time boating quality sweetlip (to 4.5kg) and snapper (to 6.5kg) with squid
and pilchards being their main draw card. They were using Shimano T-Curve
rods and Daiwa Saltist reels loaded with 30lb line.
ONSHORE: The coastal
surf beaches were a better proposition this week with the North Shore
producing dart, bream and whiting wherever there was good water. There
were also a few quality Tailor (to 4kg) landed from the surf north of
Across the other side of the bay, quality whiting were still worth targeting
in Granite Bay while further down the coast at Marcus Beach the standout
species were dart, whiting and tarwhine.
With the fresh water runoff from last weeks torrential rains colouring
the waters a dark brown there was a marked lack of activity in the upper
reaches of the river. The best results, under the circumstances, came
around the top of the tide when the
salt water intrusion was at it's peak.
The river mouth was one of the better options, producing flathead (on
'Red Rum' Squidgy shad soft plastics) and quality bream to 1.5kg.
Local lad Kodie Richardson (above) was down there on Saturday with his
good buddy Wade when his chicken gut bait was taken by the 700gm 'Yellowfin'
he's pictured with.
He was armed with an Abu rod and a Shimano Alivio reel loaded with 8lb
line and trace.
The Munna Point Bridge area saw plenty of bream action over the weekend
and although there weren't a lot of standouts landed, there were plenty
caught and released to keep the youngsters happy. Brisbane lad Ben Hosegood
(above right) and his family caught and released a number of these fish
on Saturday afternoon and had an absolutely marvelous time into the bargain.
Apart from that there were still a few trevally chasing soft plastics
in the Woods Bays while in Noosa Waters the mud crabs were definitely
out in numbers.
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