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OFFSHORE: It was a bit of a mixed bag this
week with the south easterlies waxing and waning, sunshine and rain, swell
and no swell. The one constant, though, was the presence of the mackerel
which have been in such prolific numbers that this season is turning out
to be the best we've had since we started our regular website fishing
reports back in 1997.
| Laguna Bay was alive with schools of small baitfish
which were moving fast, pursued by mackerel tuna. Spotted mackerel joined
the chase towards the end of the week and were in particularly good numbers,
and responding to cast 5gm to 10gm metal slugs, near Granite Bay. There
was also another another mackerel species making its presence felt this
week. Local kayak angler Ian Tagg (below) paddled out to Sunshine Reef yesterday
morning (he assures us he didn't know there was a Tsunami warning in place)
and after boating a 10.8kg cobia (caught on a trolled slimey mackerel on
a Spaniard Special), was paddling home just out from Tea Tree Bay when his
trolled 10cm Mad Mullet lure was monstered by the very impressive 9.6kg
broad barred or grey mackerel he's pictured with. This is easily the largest
of this species we've listed in our reports to date with the average size
of this species visiting our waters being 2.5kg to 4kg. Ian was armed with
a 6kg to 8kg Silstar rod and a Shimano Nasci 4000 reel loaded with 12lb
braid and 60lb Jinkai Plus leader.
The only other report to hand was of moses perch, venus tusk fish and the odd cobia on the bite at Double Island Point.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf
beaches produced quite well this week. The North Shore wasn't a bad option
with quality whiting on the bite all along Teewah Beach and tailor active
down at the river mouth end. Over on the east coast, the rocks at North
Sunshine Beach produced chopper tailor while Sunrise Beach was the spot
for tarwhine and quality dart. The only other report of note was of whiting
and dart at north Peregian Beach and jewfish a little further south.
Please Note: New minimum legal size limits apply as of today. Bream and tarwhine; 25cm. Tailor; 35cm.
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