As at Monday November 13, 2006
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| OFFSHORE: It
wasn't a particularly exciting week offshore for the blue water brigade
with fresh to strong (20 to 25 knot) south easterlies, accompanied by rain
(and cricket ball sized hail stones on Wednesday), hammering the coast until
From then on, fortunately, it was 'make hay while the sun shines' with light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable winds the order of the day.
The vastly improved conditions at least allowed the weekend warriors to make up a bit of lost ground and those who made the effort reported that Squire, Pearl Perch and Moses Perch were common to all of the visited reefs.
In addition, Chardon's Reef produced Teraglin Jewfish, Cod and Amberjack while at 'The Coffees' the bonus species were Cobia, Trevally, Parrot Fish, Hussar and Maori Cod.
Not to be outdone, North Reef turned it on at times, yielding Scarlet Sea Perch, Sweetlip, Teraglin Jewfish, Cobia, Snapper and Northern Bluefin Tuna.
Laguna Bay was relatively quiet although there was the odd sighting of small schools of school Mackerel plus, as per the above right photo, the occasional Sweetlip to reward the faithful.
Local yak angler James Grant was trolling a Halco Laser Pro lure behind his Swing 'Angler' fishing kayak last Monday when the 3kg specimen he's posing with slammed it as he crossed south of Little Hall's Reef.
James was armed with a Daiwa Interline rod and a Shimano TLD5 reel loaded with 15kg braid to a 'Knotted Dog' leader.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were worth a shot once the weather settled with Whiting dominating the the North Shore catch, especially north of the township of Teewah where the odd Tailor (to 1.5kg) was also on the bite.
Across the bay, Hell's Gates on the National Park headland saw some Yellowtail Kingfish (to 2kg) action while further south; North Sunshine Beach was another option for those chasing a feed of Whiting, Castaways Beach produced Dart and Marcus Beach was the spot for Tailor to 1.5kg.
In the river, Flathead and Whiting were still well spread although apart from some action at the top of Lake Cooroibah (on live baits), best results with these two species came from the lower estuary, especially Munna Point and the Frying Pan.
Tailor and Trevally were responding to surface poppers and live baits at the Munna Point Bridge and in the Woods Bays where, as you can see by the photo on the right, Whiting were another target option. Noosaville lass Chloe Blain landed this 400gm specimen (that's a monster fish in her eyes) while fishing there on Friday morning. She was armed with a Jarvis Walker Estuary combo loaded with 4kg line.
Her bait? Live Davo's Worms, of course.
Goat Island was another hot spot this week with drifted live baits accounting for Cod, Flathead, Trevally and, as per the photo on the right, Mangrove Jacks. Local angler Phil Townsend, was drifting a live Herring along the Goat Island stretch on Wednesday night when this very nice 3kg (cleaned) 'Dog Bream' monstered it.
He was using a Silstar Glass Tip estuary rod and a Brian Forsyth SY3000 bait feeder reel loaded with 5kg line. This was one of four Phil caught so far this week.
Apart from that, there were a few Bream and Mangrove Jacks (soft plastics and live baits) taken in the Tewantin ferry area and in the stretch between the lakes. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were going well around the weed edges from 'The Gazebo' to 'Three Ways' and into 'Fry's Run'. Spinnerbaits, shallow crankbaits and Jackals were all working well.