As at Monday May 23rd 2005
Although conditions out wide were a bit lumpy at times (when the cool
South/South Westerlies cranked up over the 20 knot mark) there were more
than enough light-to-moderate (10 to 15 knot) days to keep the offshore
brigade happy. More importantly, the weekend was pretty much as good as
it gets at this time of the year and those anglers who ventured out over
the bar found Squire, Parrot Fish, Pearl Perch and Moses Perch common
to most of the visited reefs.
In addition, North Reef produced Shiny Mackerel, Maori Cod and small Cobia while Chardon's Reef yielded Cobia, Shiny Mackerel, Sweetlip, Northern Bluefin Tuna, Snapper and, as you can see by the photo below right, Spanish Mackerel. Colin Riva from Scotland boated this 8kg 'Spaniard' while out there on a 3/4 day Cougar One charter on Thursday. His outfit was a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded with 30lb Flexline. His bait? Pilchard on a 6/0 hook.
|Sunshine Reef was a popular destination this week
with Spotted Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Sweetlip, Coral Trout and Snapper
all on the bite. Local angler David Hatch (top left) hit the jackpot on
Thursday morning when his floated Pilchard bait was ambushed by the 6kg
'Trout' he's pictured with. He was armed with a Shakespeare Ugly Stik
and a Penn 555 reel loaded with 40lb line and 50lb trace. And Ben Nothling
(above left) had been trolling a Davo's
Spaniard Special rig loaded with a whole Bonito
on Saturday when, just as he was winding it in before heading for home,
this hungry 4kg Snapper hit it hard. He was using a Wilson Live Fibre
rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 20lb line and 80lb
trace. Laguna Bay was relatively quiet with most of the 'in-close' action
coming from the Mackerel Tuna just out from the river mouth and along
the shark nets in the afternoon. There were also a few Spotted Mackerel
on the prowl either side of the middle groyne plus the odd Spanish Mackerel
and Yellowfin Tuna cruising the deeper waters around Jew Shoal.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were worth a shot this week with Whiting and Dart in excellent numbers all along the North Shore while Bream and Tailor were on the bite from the First Cutting to the river mouth. The rock groynes on Main Beach yielded Tailor at dawn and dusk on whole Pilchard baits and chrome slug lures. On the East side; Marcus Beach was the spot for Bream, Tarwhine and Whiting and at Castaways Beach the standouts were Tailor and Dart.
In the river, there were a number of quality Flathead taken on drifted Whitebaits down at the river mouth while in the Frying Pan; Bream (to 825gm) and Golden Trevally (see photo above left) made a splash. Local angler Adam Charleson boated the 2.2kg 'Golden' he's posing with on Thursday afternoon using cooked Prawn on a 2/0 hook as his draw card. He was armed with an Abu Garcia threadline combo loaded with 12lb braid and 35lb mono trace. The Woods Bays played host to Tailor (to 1.5kg) and the odd Flathead while Munna Point was a good option for quality Bream, as Tewantin angler Matt Thomas (above right) found on Sunday morning. Matt, ably assisted by four year daughter Emily, used a small live Herring on a No.4 longshank hook to attract the attention of the very nice 925gm 'Yellowfin' he's pictured with. Apart from that there Flathead, Trevally and Mangrove Jacks responding to trolled gold hard bodied lures in the Noosa Waters canals and Flathead and Tailor chasing trolled gold C-Lures 'Jack Snacks' up around Lake Cooroibah. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were chasing spinnerbaits and Jackals from the 'Gazebo' to 'Three Ways'.