As at Monday November 21st 2005
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|OFFSHORE: With the first half of the week pretty much dominated by moderate to strong 20 to 30 knot south easterlies and a 2m-3m swell it was left to the weekend warriors to get the runs on the board. Light to moderate variable northerlies and a 0.5m swell from Saturday morning onwards certainly improved their chances too, with the morning sessions almost glassed out. The local fish population also got into the spirit of things, coming on the bite in numbers at many of the closer reefs.|
|Squire, Snapper, Parrot Fish and
Cobia were common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, North Reef
Jewfish, Sweetlip, Pearl Perch, Moses Perch and Maori Cod while at 'The
Coffees' the bonus species were Pearl Perch and Moses Perch. 'The Coffees'
was also the spot for Snapper as you can see by the photo on the right.
Local anglers Russell Jeffs (left in photo) and Cameron Reid boated these
2.5 kg - 3.5kg specimens while out there yesterday morning on a full day
Cougar Too charter.
Russell was kitted out with a 10-15kg Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano
TLD20 reel while Cameron was using a Shakespeare 8-10 kg Ugly Stik and
a Shimano 6500B Baitrunner reel, both with 25lb line. Closer to home,
Sunshine Reef was a bit patchy but when it fired, yielded Snapper, Parrot
Fish, Cobia and Yellowfin Tuna. Alexandria Bay was an option for Spotted
and School Mackerel while Laguna Bay looked a bit more lively with plenty
of baitfish boils to attract the pelagics. Over the weekend, in fact,
there were large schools of Mackerel Tuna and Bonito throughout the bay
plus Spotted and school Mackerel and Cobia at Jew Shoal (along with Snapper)
and Little and Big Hall's reefs.
ONSHORE: The strong winds and serious shore dump curtailed any exposed coastal surf activity earlier in the week and even though the weekend conditions appeared very positive (apart from "The Weed' on parts of the North Shore and on Main Beach), there were no reports.
In the river, Whiting were in numbers down at the river mouth and along the Gympie Terrace stretch with Bream being an added bonus. Bream were also pretty active up around the Tewantin ski runs (along with Flathead) and around the bottom of Lake Cooroibah. Apart from that the Mangrove Jacks were on the bite between the lakes and Harbourtown (soft plastics) while the Munna Point stretch was the spot for Tailor and Trevally and, as you can see by the photo on the right, the odd quality Bream. Local angler Rob Pettinger landed a few 'Yellowfins' on Friday night with a top weight of 675gms. He was armed with a Jarvis Walker spin outfit loaded with 10lb line. His bait was Mullet flesh on a 1/0 hook. On the freshwater scene, the Bass action at Borumba Dam was around the Eagles Nest, Pelican Point and Eagle Bay while at Lake MacDonald this week's hot spots were the Botanical Gardens and 'Three Ways,' with gold Jackalls working well.