As at Monday March 6th 2006
Crikey, and we thought last week was a bit wild, wet and windy! This time
around we went one better with gale force (30 to 40 knot+) wet south easterlies
and 4m-5m seas and swell hammering the entire eastern seaboard all week
before finally settling somewhat on Sunday and eventually dropping away
to almost TGO conditions this morning.
Unfortunately, while today was eminently fishable, the waters all the way to Sunshine Reef were murky and the fish were so shell shocked that none showed any interest in floated baits or colourful troll rigs. A little bit further south; however, Spotted Mackerel and school Mackerel (in numbers) and the odd Spanish Mackerel were on the bite at Castaways Reef.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were no place for the faint hearted this week and certainly not the place to wet a line, no matter how desperate you were for a feed of fish. Laguna Bay was the most protected under the circumstances but with a solid shore dump, strong undertow and murky water there really wasn't a lot of point in casting a bait. The National Park point breaks were the only other option but with surfies occupying every inch of water from First Point to the Fairy Pools, most anglers stuck to the estuary. And in the river, fortunately, it was a little more encouraging with Whiting and Flathead on the bite down in the Frying Pan, at the river mouth (where Chopper Tailor were also on the bite) and up at the mouth of Lake Cooroibah where Bream were an added bonus. Flathead were also active around Tewantin as Joel (right) found on Thursday when his live Herring bait on a No.2 suicide hook was monstered by the 2kg specimen he's pictured with. Apart from that there were a few Garfish and Whiting to be found in Weyba Creek, Mangrove Jacks around the back of the Sound and Bream on the chew along the Gympie Terrace stretch. Local angler Scott Robertson and his good buddy Simon Forster (below) caught these 900gm and 950gm 'Yellowfins' just down from the boat ramp around lunchtime on Saturday. They were armed with Abu Garcia rods and Shimano (Sahara 4000 and Aernos 4000) spin reels loaded with 10lb line. Their baits? Live Herring.
On the freshwater scene Borumba Dam was still fishing consistently for Bass (on Jackals) around Rowe's Island this week. Saratoga were also worth targeting in the bays before the timber with Jackals (again) getting most of the attention.