at Monday 28th June 2004
Well, not surprisingly for this time of the year we had another week of
(predominantly) variable Southerlies which were at times very cool (when
they came from the West) and blustery (when they took on an Easterly flavour).
As a result, conditions varied from almost TGO to just marginally fishable
(over the weekend, of course), although it was only today's strong wind
warning that finally shut the gate (and very briefly by the looks of it)
on further offshore activity. Squire, Parrot Fish and Moses Perch were
common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, the Barwon Banks turned
it on for the bigger boats, yielding Snapper, Northern Bluefin Tuna and
Amberjack. Back in at North Reef the extras were Sweetlip, Trevally, Tailor
and Yellowlip Butterfly Bream while across on Chardon's Reef the bonus
species were Pearl Perch, Maori Cod and, as you see by the photo directly
below, the ever feisty Northern Bluefin or Longtail Tuna.
angler Shane Cichero boated this 9kg specimen while out there on a half
day Cougar One charter on Saturday
morning. He was kitted out with a Shimano Beastmaster rod and a Shimano
6500 Baitrunner reel loaded with 25lb Pioneer Flexline. Closer to home,
Sunshine Reef really fired up, producing Spotted Mackerel, School Mackerel,
Gold Spot Wrasse, Snapper, Bonito, Sweetlip and quality Cobia while a
bit further South, Arkwright Shoal was the spot for Sweetlip and, as per
the photo above right, Red Emperor. Craig Walker, from Bardon (North Brisbane),
tempted this 5kg 'Government Bream' with a Squid/Pilchard combo while
on a 3/4 day Cougar Too charter yesterday.
His outfit was a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825BC-V reel loaded
with 30lb line. Apart from that there were plenty of Wolf Herring to be
targeted on light line around the Shark nets and out from Tea Tree Bay,
where Chopper Tailor were also on the bite.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches continued to reward the faithful with Tarwhine and Flathead in good numbers on the North Shore despite the netters. The beach gutters opposite the Third Cutting were a good option for Tailor, as were the National Park points from Tea Tree Bay to Granite Bay, with the added bonus of Garfish, Bream and a few Luderick. Further South; quality Dart were at all popular beach locations while Lion Rock (South Alexandria Bay) produced Jewfish. Marcus Beach yielded Bream, Flathead and Whiting, at Peregian and Castaways beaches there were Tailor, Bream and Whiting and Sunrise Beach, as you can see by the photo below left, was the spot for quality Bream. Local angler Horrie Hockings landed the 890gm 'Yellowfin' he's pictured with just before dawn yesterday morning using Pippie on a No.2 hook as his draw card. He was armed with a 10ft threadline surf outfit loaded with 2kg line and 6kg mono trace.
In the river, Flathead were in impressive numbers from the sand island opposite Munna Beach down to the river mouth where Bream and Whiting were also on the bite. Flathead and Bream were also a target species in the Woods Bays and around the Munna bridge (where Tailor and Trevally continued to respond to surface poppers and shallow diving trolled lures) and Weyba Creek. Apart from that, the Luderick came on the bite (though not in mega numbers) about half a klik up (South) from the river mouth car park rocks. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass responded well to Ice Jigs, flies and 'Rev Heads' at 'Three Ways', out from the scout camp boat ramp and around the runway weed edges. And senior Davo's staffer Mark Pertot (above right) worked most of these spots on Tuesday afternoon, catching and releasing a total of nine of these great freshwater sports fish. Mark got his best results by casting Slider Grubs on 1/2oz 'Rev Heads' and black/purple Clouser flies. His spin outfit was a G-Loomis GL3 rod and a Daiwa TDS reel loaded with 6lb Fireline and 14lb Berkley 'Vanish' leader and his fly gear was a Redington 8wt rod and a Shimano Ultragraph reel.