OFFSHORE: Although the
first two days of the week were dogged by 15
to 20 knot south easterlies, from Thursday on, light to moderate winds
and a decreasing swell provided almost idyllic conditions for the Labour
Day long weekend crowd.
From Thursday onwards, in fact, it was all on for those who had the time
and the inclination, and although Laguna Bay was largely devoid of bird
activity and surface boils, there were a few Spanish mackerel on the prowl
around the edges of the Jew Shoal triangle. Local yak angler Bill 'Billybob'
Watson (above) thought he did well out there on Thursday morning when
he trolled up a 12kg Spaniard not far out from the drum lines and a 15kg
specimen about a klik or so north west of the Pin. But on Friday morning,
while trolling a whole bonito bait just out from Granite Bay, he notched
up a personal best on
his Swing Angler
fishing kayak when he boated the 22.7kg fish he's pictured with.
He was armed with a 6kg-8kg Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano Baitrunner
4500 reel loaded with 20lb Fireline and 40lb Seaguar fluorocarbon leader.
Sunshine Reef was a popular destination, especially for the small boats,
and while results were patchy at times, those anglers who were in the
right place at the right time reported catches of cobia, spotted mackerel,
Spanish mackerel, coral trout, sweetlip, moses perch, parrot fish, snapper,
mowong, the odd keeper red emperor and, as per the photo below, quality
yellowtail kingfish. Local angler Nathan Thelierkauf was out there this
morning when his pilchard bait was taken by this thumper 'kingy'. He was
kitted out with a Penn 320GTi combo loaded with 80lb braid.
North Reef was also well patronised, producing squire, teraglin jewfish,
amberjack, cobia, moses perch, mackerel tuna, coral trout, snapper, pearl
perch and, as per the photo above right, parrot fish.
Michael Buffardeci from Brisbane was out there this morning on a half
One charter when he boated this quality specimen. The angle
of the photo's a bit deceiving but this blue parrot fish tipped the scales
at 9.0kg! Michael was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey
825C reel loaded with 30lb line. His bait? Squid on a 6/0 hook.
The conditions this week were more than good enough for some long overdue
'out wide' expeditions and those with the bigger boats made the most of
it. Double Island Point was one option and those who made the trip reported
snapper, cobia, moses perch and plenty of pearl perch.
The other top outer reef destination this week was the Barwon Banks which
produced amberjack, moses perch, pearl perch, snapper, Maori cod, cobia,
squire, hussar, parrot fish, rosy jobfish and, as you can see by the photo
on the right, gold band snapper.
Craig Mahoney from Hastings in Victoria was out at the 'Banks' on a full
day Cougar One charter which easily filled two
large eskies with the whole range of the above mentioned species.
In between drops he paused momentarily for a photo of this 5kg 'Gold Band'
before getting back into the action. He was armed with a Wilson/Alvey
ONSHORE: The coastal
surf beaches were a mixed bag this week with best results coming from
the North Shore stretch.
Whiting were well spread all along Teewah Beach while around Teewah itself
there were trevally (to 2kg), tailor (to 1.5kg), Bream
(to 900gm), tarwhine plus quality dart and whiting to 550gm.
Up the top end the rocks at Double Island Point fished well for top quality
jewfish and trevally.
Things were a bit more subdued over on the east side with small dart active
at Marcus Beach and also at Sunrise Beach where whiting were also biting.
In the river, Whiting were in good numbers up in Weyba Creek and opposite
Munna Beach, while flathead were good on the drift from there to the river
mouth on either side of the high tide.
As for the pelagics, queenfish, trevally and tailor were responding to
surface poppers and live baits around dawn and dusk in the Woods Bays
and at the Munna Point Bridge while there were a few chopper tailor chasing
live baits at night up along the Gympie Terrace stretch. Further up river,
bream (to 1.0kg) were going for small live herring baits around Harbourtown
on the run-out tide and, along with flathead, up in the boat channel at
Apart from that, school jewfish were active in the upper Noosaville stretch
as local angler Craig Alchin (above) discovered on Thursday night. Craig
was floating out a live herring when it was monstered by this 2.5kg specimen.