As at Monday October 6, 2008
Variable northerlies dominated the offshore scene this week so there were
a few rather sloppy days in amongst the more fishable ones. Mornings were
best ahead of the more blustery afternoon north easterly seas breezes while
the lack of swell was a definite bonus as far as the river mouth bar crossing
Conditions were good enough on some days for tackling the 'out-wide' reefs and those who made the effort found snapper, squire, pearl perch, moses perch and amberjack on the bite at the Barwon Banks.
Steve Shanahan, Kristy Wright and Ted Sheather (above) were out there on a full day Cougar One charter on Wednesday when, as you can see, they got onto a good patch of 'Knobbies'.
Closer in, Chardon's Reef produced cobia and longtail tuna, as did North Reef but with the added bonus of teraglin jewfish, squire, pearl perch and moses perch.
Alec, Stuart and Jack Milligan (below) boated their fish at North Reef on Saturday using soft plastics. Sweet and Sour and Sate Chicken varieties got most of the attention on the day.
Sunshine Reef livened up a little this week with sweetlip, squire, parrot fish and, as you can see by the photo above, coral trout on the bite. David Hatch boated this 4.4kg specimen on Sunday using a live yakka bait as his draw card.
By the way, if you're after live baits Little Hall's Reef has been thick with large schools of pilchards for most of the week.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were fairly quiet this week although on the North Shore, whiting were well spread from the river mouth to the top end and tailor were chasing metal slugs in the surf gutters just past Teewah.
On the east side the only reports of note were from Marcus Beach which produced tarwhine, bream, whiting and tailor.
|In the river, whiting and
flathead were the high profile species with best results coming from down
at the river mouth at the top of the tide, Munna Point, the Woods Bays and
in Weyba Creek. Whiting were also in good numbers in Noosa Sound as Brisbane
angler Raymond Stork (above left) found on Tuesday. Raymond caught this
350gm specimen and a number of others using live yabbies as his draw card.
And Angus Allen from Berridale (above right) was fishing with whole prawn
baits in the Woods Bays on Monday afternoon when the 55cm flathead he's
posing with came to the party.
Jarrod Davis (above) was another angler who did well in the Woods Bays, this time on Wednesday. Jarrod was fishing with live yabbies when he hit the jackpot with this 550gm whiting and later caught a 1kg trevally on a Rebel popper.
Trevally (to 2.5kg) were also responding to live fish baits and prawns in the 'Bays', around Munna Bridge and at 'T' Boats.