at Monday May 9th 2005
The offshore reefs were a total wipeout this week with squally, 20 to
30 knot South South Easterly winds driving the seas over the 2m mark on
top of a 2m+ swell... certainly not the best scenario for the bluewater
brigade. Having said that, Laguna Bay was still an option, although the
river mouth bar was off limits to all but the diehards and the odd jet
ski until Saturday morning. The local Perception
Yak Anglers, of course, were able to launch on Main Beach all
week and were into the Tuna, Spotted Mackerel and Bonito most days. Little
Halls Reef to the the river mouth, the shark net lines and the stretch
from the middle groyne to First Point were particularly productive. Peregian
Beach 'yakker' Shannon Crockford did well in the bay over the weekend,
trolling up a 10.8kg Northern Bluefin Tuna (pictured right) on Saturday
morning and a 12.3kg specimen on Sunday. He was armed with a Penn Power
Stick and a Penn 320GTi reel loaded with 30lb line and 50lb trace. His
lure? A gold Reidy's B52.
|Local angler and acknowledged die-hard Mark Jacobs
(above left) put a cast gold 75gm Halco Twisty to very good use just outside
the river mouth bar on Thursday morning and in a short, hot session, boated
the 9kg and 13kg Bluefins he's posing with. His outfit was a Silstar Crystal
Tip rod and an Abu 75 reel loaded with 10kg line. Apart from that there
were a few Spanish Mackerel prowling either side of the Southern shark
net line plus Tailor and Trevally in amongst the boils.
ONSHORE: The wet, blustery conditions pretty much shut down the coastal surf beaches to all activities this week. The cove points on the Laguna Bay side of the National Park headland, however, were worth considering with Tailor and Whiting the standout species. The middle groyne on Main Beach was also an option with Mackerel Tuna and Spotted Mackerel boiling within easy casting range. In the river, Flathead were well spread from Lake Cooroibah to the river mouth with trolled C-Lures 'Jack Snacks' working particularly well. Tailor were responding to chrome slugs and soft plastics up around Harbourtown at Tewantin while Bream were in good numbers along the Gympie Terrace stretch. Apart from that, Weyba Creek produced a few Whiting on live Blood Worms and the odd Mangrove Jack on live fish baits. On the freshwater scene it was all on at Lake MacDonald yesterday when another round of the Australian BASS Electric Tournament Series 2005 was contested. Tewantin angler Sue Fleming (right) took out the top spot with a two fish combined weight of 3.2kg, just 30gms ahead of runner up Peter James' total. She was armed with a Daiwa ProCaster rod and a Shimano Calcutta 250 reel loaded with 20lb Fireline and 20lb Berkley 'Vanish' leader. Best spots were 'Three Ways' (against the weeds and Lily pads), Bass Bay and the dam wall. Beetle spins and spinnerbaits were well received. At Borumba Dam the better Bass were found in the Yabba Arm and around the Black Forest area.