As at Monday March 24, 2008
OFFSHORE: Even though
the south easterlies moderated somewhat, they were still up in the fresh
to strong (15 to 20 knot) range for most of the week. A two metre easterly
swell early in the week didn't help matters either so most offshore anglers
took advantage of a welcome (but brief) respite on Good Friday.
A few of the bigger boats ventured out wide when conditions permitted and reports from the Barwon Banks were of Northern Bluefin Tuna, Parrot Fish and some quality Snapper being boated.
North Reef, as usual, was also well patronised, producing Mackerel Tuna, Snapper, Sweetlip and lots of 3kg-4kg Trevally, while closer in at Sunshine Reef the catch was Spotted Mackerel, Parrot Fish, Pearl Perch and, as you can see by the photo on the right, Coral Trout. Local angler Fred Van Vugt was out there on Friday morning floating down whole Slimy Mackerel baits on 2x6/0 hooks when this 3.0kg (est) 'Trout' and one other came to the party. He was armed with a Shakespeare Ugly Stik and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 50lb braid and 80lb mono leader. Later in the afternoon Fred dropped the pick at Jew Shoal and boated a couple of small Snapper before heading back in over the bar. Apart from that, there were reports of School/Spotty Mackerel working the bait schools just off the headland.
ONSHORE: Conditions on the coastal surf beaches were still rather uninviting but did improve towards the weekend.
On the North Shore there were some good gutters about 5km's above Teewah with Whiting (to 530gm), Trevally (to 2kg), the odd Bream and quality Dart on the bite. Apart from that, Tarwhine and Whiting were active below the Cherry Venture.
The only other feedback from the surf beaches was of Jewfish (around 5kg-6kg) on the bite at night at Marcus Beach.
In the river, most of the activity was concentrated in the lower estuary with the Tewantin area producing a number of good quality Bream.
Local lass Shaela Templeton (right) boated the very nice 900gm specimen she's posing with while drift fishing up around Harbourtown this morning.
She was using chicken fillet as her draw card.
Whiting were biting along the Gympie Terrace stretch of the river and down around the Frying Pan while Flathead were active down at the river mouth around the top of the tide.
Trevally were in quite good numbers from Munna Beach to the Frying Pan (on Prawn baits) and, together with Bream, around the Woods Point.
Last but not least, the Woods Bays and the back of the Sound were the best option for Mangrove Jacks this week as Zac Kelly from Cooroy (middle photo) found this morning. Zac was trolling a Gold Bomber and a Tilsan deep diver in that area between 7am and 9am and boated three 'Jacks' (top weight 1.8kg) and a 2kg Estuary Cod. On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam Saratoga were responding to shallow diving lures in the Yabba Arm.