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| OFFSHORE: It may
have been a short week as far as the offshore scene was concerned but those
anglers who got out when the strong south easterlies abated on Tuesday and
Wednesday scored big time, despite the fact that the waters were still murky
all the way out to the middle reef belt. 'Working the murk line', in fact,
really paid off this week with quality pelagics hitting on all sorts of
trolled rigs from big baits to trolled hard bodies along the edge of the
dirty water line.
Tuesday was a mega day close-in on Chardon's Reef (or out wide of Sunshine) with many boats bagging out on quality Spanish mackerel where the clear met the murk. Using whole tailor as troll baits, Wayne Barben from Brisbane (above) and a couple of buddies bagged out on Spaniards with the 23.5kg specimen in the photo being their standout.
Closer in on Sunshine Reef the dirty water seemed to be mostly in the upper levels so those anglers who fished or trolled deep did quite well under the circumstances. Ashley Nuske (above) fished Sunshine Reef on Tuesday afternoon with his buddy Pete and local legend Chicko Vella and apart from a few sweetlip, boated the 6.4kg coral trout in the photo and on the way home (about a half kilometre out from the headland) a couple of Spanish mackerel, top weight 13kg.
In Laguna Bay, those who bothered fishing the dark, murky waters were pleasantly surprised by the result. Holly Burnam and her father Dave (above) tried their luck on Tuesday, first at Jew Shoal where Holly trolled up an 8.5kg Northern Bluefin Tuna, then they scored again later near Little Hall's Reef when Holly's trolled hard body lure attracted a 7.5kg Spaniard.
Also at Jew Shoal on Tuesday morning, Jason Armstrong from Yandina (above) floated a live yakka down deep and was very happy when it was taken by the 4.5kg yellowtail kingfish he's pictured with.
ONSHORE: The only reports
from the coastal surf beaches were from the North Shore where quality
dart were going for live beach worms about 6km's north of Teewah. Apart
from that, chopper tailor were on the bite around Freshwater while a few
bigger specimens were taken at night from the surf gutters between the
First Cutting and the river mouth.
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