OFFSHORE: It as a bit
of a mixed bag on the offshore scene with a few days lost to the fresh
to strong south easterlies.
Still, with four days of light to moderate winds and hardly any swell
to contend with, expectations were of some good returns from the local
The fish, unfortunately, weren't in a cooperative mood and while most
boaties came home with a feed it was hard going at the best of times.
North Reef was again the standout destination, producing squire, pearl
perch, mowong, gold spot wrasse, cobia, parrot fish, moses perch, sweetlip,
quality snapper (to 7kg) and, as you can see by the photo on the right,
northern bluefin or 'Longtail' tuna.
Amelia Done from Sydney was out there on a three quarter day Cougar
One charter on Sunday when she boated this handsome
She was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded
with 30lb line. Her bait? Slimy mackerel. Sunshine Reef was the only other
producer of note, yielding northern bluefin tuna and spotted mackerel.
conditions on the coastal surf beaches encouraged plenty of anglers to
try their hand this week.
On the North Shore, dart and whiting were well spread and in good numbers,
although the stretch from Teewah township to the shire boundary produced
best. There were also a few quality tailor on the bite in the surf gutters
Tailor were also active around the middle rock groyne on Main Beach while
over the hill, Sunrise Beach produced whiting and dart and Peregian Beach
yielded quality bream at night, as did Marcus Beach but with the added
bonus of tarwhine.
The estuary system was again quiet with whiting being the higher profile
species from Munna Point to the Frying Pan. Bream were on the bite down
at the river mouth while trevally were chasing surface poppers a bit further
up around the old dog beach strip. Trevally were also active in Sun Lagoon
at Culgoa Point, just out from the DPI station at Russell Street and (on
cast metal slug lures) at the bottom end of Gympie Terrace.
Apart from that there were a few flathead on the bite at the top of Lake
Cooroibah and in the stretch between the lakes.