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As at Monday 17th May 2004

OFFSHORE: The week got off to a rather ordinary start with the tail end of last week's moderate to strong South Easterlies (and 2m seas) keeping all but the diehards at home on Tuesday. From Wednesday onwards, however, as the winds took on a more South Westerly aspect and eased to very-light to moderate (5 to 15 knots), it was a whole new ball game with calm, warm, almost idyllic conditions prevailing. A 1m-1.5m rolling swell did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the bluewater brigade with Squire, Moses Perch Sweetlip and Parrot Fish the common species taken on most of the reefs.
Coral Trout
Spanish Mackerel

In addition, for those prepared to go the distance, Double Island Point produced Scarlet Sea Perch, Yellowfin Tuna, Coral Trout, Spanish Mackerel and School Mackerel while out on the Barwon Banks the bonus species were Green Jobfish, Rosy Jobfish, Pearl Perch, Maori Cod, Gold Spot Wrasse, Hussar, Yellowtail Kingfish, Estuary Cod, Tomato Cod and Coral Cod. A little closer to home; North Reef yielded Spotted Mackerel and Hussar, as did Chardon's Reef with the added bonus of Mackerel Tuna, Maori Cod and Estuary Cod. Sunshine Reef was a major performer this week with plenty of action from Spotted Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, School Mackerel, Coral Trout and Coral Cod. Local angler Mark Tippet (above right) did well there on Saturday morning with the 10kg Spaniard he's pictured with being his standout. Mark was armed with a Silstar 10-15kg Power Tip rod and an Okuma Azul threadline reel loaded with 15kg line. His bait? A Watsons Leaping Bonito on a Davo's Spaniard Special troll rig. And Rosie Harris (above left) from Jervis Bay in New South Wales picked up a very nice (4.5kg) Coral Trout while on a Cougar Too charter to Sunshine Reef on Wednesday morning. Rosie was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 725C reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline. Laguna Bay was pretty quiet with Mackerel Tuna (small slugs, no wire trace), Bonito and Garfish the predominant catch.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a great place to be this week with plenty of good gutters on the North Shore Snub Nosed Dart or Permitstretch in particular. Tailor were well spread from the river mouth upwards although the better fish (to 3.7kg) came from the area North of Teewah. Further up towards Double Island Point there were a few Snub Nosed Dart on the chew with the 9kg specimen that Peregian angler Greg Casswell (right) landed around 5.30am this morning easily being the top weight. Greg tempted this absolute snodger 'Permit' with a Pippie on a 2/0 hook. He was using a Jarvis Walker 6000 threadline combo loaded with 15lb line. Whiting and Dart (and to a lesser extent; Bream) were also very active with the gutters around Teewah producing well. Flathead were in numbers more towards the river mouth while out on the National Park headland the target species were Tailor, Dart, Bream, Jewfish and (in the coves) Garfish. Further South it was mostly Chopper Tailor, Whiting and quality Dart with Marcus Beach producing the standouts. In the river, Bream and Flathead were well spread while Whiting were more concentrated in the lower estuary. Tailor (poppers and slugs) and Trevally (soft plastics and poppers) were again on the active list with the Woods Bays, Harbourtown (early) and the Tewantin ferry areas all producing well. Apart from that there was a bit of Queenfish activity around Munna Point. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were certainly on fire (especially towards the end of the week) with best results coming from the 'Bubble Trail' and 'Three Ways'. Working particularly well this week were the ever popular trolled (purple) C-Lures extra-deep 'Borer' lures plus well cast spinnerbaits, soft plastics (on 'Rev-Heads') and 'Rattle Traps'.

Hey! Congratulations to senior Davo's staffer Mark Pertot for his win in the latest round of the
'Stessel Family Bass Challenge', held at Somerset Dam over the weekend. Mark is now leading the series with three rounds to go. And another three cheers for local angler Darryl Dimmick who took out 4th place. Way to go guys!




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