As at Monday 22nd March 2004
Those anglers who failed to get out over the bar during the first half
of the week missed the boat, so to speak, as the prevailing moderate 15
knot South Easterlies picked up in strength just before the weekend. Realistically,
outer reefs were a no go zone by Friday lunchtime when the winds breached
the 30 knot barrier, eventually driving the seas up over the 3m mark and
triggering gale and strong wind warnings by Sunday. Still, even though
the fishable days were still a tad lumpy, there were results to be had
for those who made the effort with Squire, Parrot Fish, Mackerel Tuna,
Moses Perch and Sweetlip common to the outside reefs. In addition, North
Reef (which was as far as anyone cared to venture) produced Snapper and
plenty of Spotted Mackerel while at Sunshine Reef the extras were Spangled
Emperor, Coral Trout, Mowong and Spotted Mackerel. In the relative shelter
of Laguna Bay the Mackerel Tuna were well spread and on the move while
at Little Hall's Reef the catch was Red-throat Emperor and, as you can
see by the photo above right, quality Spanish Mackerel.
Davo's junior staffer Matt Flett boated this very nice 12kg
(est.) specimen at Little Hall's late on Thursday afternoon. Matt used
a live Yakka floater as his draw card and was armed with a Penn Power
Stick and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 15lb line and 60lb trace.
ONSHORE: Quality Whitng were very much in evidence on the coastal surf beaches earlier in the week with the stretch from Teewah to the shire boundary on the North Shore producing particularly well. The waters around Teewah also yielded a few nice Tailor (with one thumper tipping the scales at 3.5kg) and there were Choppers on the bite in the surf gutters down towards the river mouth. Off the National Park headland rocks the Jewfish (to 13kg) were pretty active in the stirred up waters while further down the coast from there; Castaways Beach was the spot for Dart and the odd Bream and Marcus Beach yielded Whiting and small Dart. In the river, Whiting and Bream were in quite good numbers with best results coming from the river mouth (together with Flathead and Trevally), the Woods Bays and up around Harbourtown. Barry Bermingham's 450gm Whiting (above left), in fact, was a good example of the average size, this one taking a live Yabby on a No.4 longshank in the Woods Bays on Wednesday morning. And Regan Duff (above right) nailed the 500gm Bream he's pictured with while fishing from 'The Wharf' jetty, also in the Woods Bay area. Regan, armed with a Jarvis Walker threadline combo, landed this fish yesterday morning under the guidance of his grandma Peg who, shortly afterward, hooked a 600mg Mangrove Jack. Their baits were small Yellowtail. Apart from that, there were a few Trevally taken on metal slug lures at the Munna Point Bridge. On the freshwater scene, Lake MacDonald warmed up a bit with Bass and Saratoga chasing spinnerbaits and beetlespins around 'Three Ways' and 'Fry's Run'.