As at Monday May 28, 2007
OFFSHORE: Well, it was a fairly patchy week as far as the bluewater brigade was concerned with light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) south easterlies gradually building in strength by Friday, just in time to curtail any thoughts of long range weekend excursions.
And while conditions earlier in the week were good for local reef work, the fish just didn't want to play the game and many anglers came back with little or no result for their efforts.
North Reef was very quiet, producing Squire, Spotted Mackerel, Shiny Mackerel, Amberjack, Parrot Fish, Moses Perch and Maori Cod in rather limited numbers.
Closer in, Sunshine Reef was little better, yielding the odd Shiny Mackerel, Railway Perch, Sweetlip, Moses and Pearl Perch.
Laguna Bay, when it did fire, was probably the top performer with Hall's Reef working well at times (if you were trolling or floating live baits) for Spanish Mackerel and, as you can see by the photo on the right, Northern Bluefin Tuna and Sweetlip.
Local anglers Mal Laurie and Rob Davies spent last Monday afternoon there floating out live Yakkas and popped into Davo's Bait and Tackle with their standouts; a 16.8kg 'Longtail' and a 2.7kg Sweetlip. They picked up the 2.1kg Pearlie in the photo during a short but otherwise unproductive pick drop at Sunshine 'Close' earlier in the day.
Jew Shoal was another sporadic Spaniard hot spot (with live baits about all they would take) while the waters around the drum lines, the shark nets and just out from the river mouth were worth trolling for the odd Mackerel Tuna and Northern Bluefin as local angler Brendon Palmer (above) discovered on Saturday morning. With conditions in the outer bay pretty lumpy, Brendon rigged up a Pilchard on a Squid skirted troll rig as soon as he crossed the bar and was rewarded shortly afterwards with this 7.5kg Longtail. He was armed with a Shimano TLD15 combo loaded with 30lb line and 60lb trace.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were fairly subdued with the only reports from the North Shore being of Tailor on the bite in the stretch from the river mouth to the township of Teewah. Over on the east side, Castaways Beach produced Whiting while Marcus Beach was the spot for Tarwhine and big Dart. Apart from that, Sunrise Beach yielded Bream and Dart, as did Peregian Beach but with the added bonus of Trevally, Whiting, Dart and Chopper Tailor.
In the river, most of the action was in the lower reaches with the Munna Point to Munna Bridge stretch producing quality Bream and Flathead with Tailor and Trevally going for live Prawns and soft plastics around the bridge area in the morning. Weyba Creek was pretty lively this week, yielding Flathead in numbers (live fish baits), Bream, Sand Crabs and Mud Crabs plus, as you can see by the photo above, Long Toms or Alligator Gar. Young Indy Fiedler and his buddy Rhys Davis caught a couple of these (400gm) aggressive, toothy fish while floating out Prawn baits in the creek on Sunday. Apart from that, there were a few Flathead responding to soft plastics around the Woods Point, Whiting biting around Goat Island and opposite the Yacht Club, Flathead and Bream at the ferry crossing and Bream at the bottom of Lake Cooroibah. On the freshwater scene, there were Bass (to 45cm) chasing Jackalls around the edges of the main basin at Borumba Dam while their Lake MacDonald brethren were responding to soft plastics at 'Three Ways' and Gazebo Bay.