As at Monday November 7th 2005
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|OFFSHORE: Apart from today's moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot) south easterly blow, the week was pretty much dominated by light to moderate (occasionally fresh) north easterlies. Conditions on the outer reefs were at times lumpy (coming off a 2.5m mid-week swell) and unfortunately rather patchy, with many anglers having to fish through a couple of tide changes to make their trip over the bar worthwhile. Squire, Parrot Fish and Pearl Perch were common to the visited reefs.|
|In addition to that (for those with the bigger boats and corporate fuel accounts) 'The Hards' produced Amberjack and Snapper while Chardon's 'Wide' was the spot for Gold Spot Wrasse, Moses Perch and, as you can see by the photo below left, quality Snapper. Local angler Butch Knightley boated the 5.1kg 'Knobby' he's posing with while out there on a full day Cougar Too charter last Sunday. He was using a Gary Howard rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded with 30lb line.|
| North Reef ran hot and cold, yielding
(on the good days) Sweetlip, Teraglin Jewfish, Striped Sea Perch, Bonito,
Scarlet Sea Perch and, as per the photo above right, plenty of Pearlies.
Mark McMillan from hinterland Yandina was happy to pose with this 3kg
specimen, just one of a number boated out there on last Tuesday's Cougar
Too charter. He was kitted out with a 6-10kg Shimano Taipan
rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500B reel loaded with 20lb Pioneer Flexline.
Apart from that, there were a few Striped Sea Perch taken on Sunshine
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were pretty messy this week with gutters and sand bars forming and collapsing under the relentless pressure of the north easterly shore dump. As a result most surf anglers stayed home or worked the river. The only beach reports of any consequence were of Tailor on the North Shore just north of the township of Teewah, Dart and Whiting between the rock groynes on Main Beach, plus Chopper Tailor at the north end of Sunshine Beach. In the river, Tailor and Trevally were responding well to surface poppers and soft plastics up around Harbourtown at Tewantin, down along the Munna Bridge stretch and (in the evening) in the Woods Bays, with fish over 3kg making life interesting for those anglers on light tackle. Ashley Redpath (right) caught a number of Trev's (to 1.7kg) casting Ecogear soft plastics off the Woods Bay banks on Wednesday. He was armed with a Shimano T-Curve rod and a Shimano Stradic 2500 threadline reel loaded with 6lb Berkley Fireline and 10lb Berkley 'Vanish' leader. Apart from that there were a few Flathead on the bite in Weyba Creek and up around the bottom end of Lake Cooroibah. On the freshwater scene, there were plenty of good Bass chasing spinnerbaits, Jackals and soft plastics around 'The Gazebo, 'Three Ways' and Fry's Run at Lake MacDonald.