As at Monday May 30, 2011
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OFFSHORE: No complaints at all this week. Light to moderate (5 to
15 knot) variable southerlies dominated and the early morning westerlies
flattened the swell in-close. Earlier in the week it was still a bit lumpy
out wide, but conditions just got better as the week progressed. To add
icing to the cake, the fish, and more importantly the snapper, were on the
The bar crossing was pretty straight forward and, as the weekend approached, the swell dropped to about half a metre. Laguna Bay saw plenty of large baitfish boils (mostly small whitebaits and yakkas), heaps of pelagic surface activity and prolific bird sign but most catches were of mackerel tuna which were going for floated pilchards and small soft plastics. Sunshine Reef was a better option, producing snapper, moses perch, pearl perch, sweetlip and coral trout. Young Dylan (above) was out there on Saturday morning with his dad when he hooked and landed a 2.5kg trout using a live yakka bait.
And, of course, you'd normally expect the bigger blokes to boat the bigger fish and Sean Pohlner from Doonan (above) didn't disappoint the fans when he weighed in an absolute thumper 5.9kg Sunshine Reef coral trout on Sunday afternoon.
A little further south, Castaways Reef was the spot for snapper, sweetlip and, as per the photo above, quality yellowtail kingfish. Caitlin Mewton and her boyfriend Josh joined a half day Trekka 2 charter to Castaways on Friday morning and hit the jackpot when her live yakka bait attracted the attention of the 13.5kg kingy she, and Josh behind, are posing with.
Out along the middle reef belt, North Reef fired really well, yielding lots of snapper in the 3kg to 5kg range, quality pearl perch, Spanish mackerel to 8kg, yellowtail kingfish, coronation trout, morwong, hussar, moses perch, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, and numerous black kingfish or cobia. Geraldine Hore from Brisbane (above) and a riotous bunch of her fearless girl friends booked a half day charter to North Reef on Trekka 3 to celebrate her birthday on Saturday (as you do) and was over the moon when her pilchard bait attracted the attention of the very nice 12kg cobia she's pictured with.
And Jeff Zunker (above) was at North Reef on Friday on a day/night Cougar One charter when he boated his 8kg cobia.
On the same 3/4 day charter, Byron Mills (above) boated the trip standout when he landed a 12.5kg yellowtail kingfish. Apart from that, Double Island Point was the spot for red emperor, snapper, pearl perch, venus tusk fish and a few jewfish.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches looked sensational
this week and it really was a case of the fishing being a bonus. On the
North Shore the waters around the First Cutting were good for the odd
bream, whiting (to 35cm) and dart (to 40cm) while tailor were on the bite
around the township of Teewah. The Noosa National Park saw a bit of action
at night. Chris Lacey from Davo's
Compleat Angler (below) fished the incoming tide at Dolphin
Point on Thursday night and came back with a 95cm, 6kg+ jewfish which
went for a bonito fillet bait. Further down the coast, Sunshine Beach
produced the odd school jewfish and quality bream, Marcus Beach; dart,
tarwhine and whiting while Castaways yielded chopper tailor.
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