at Monday October 15, 2007
Although the north westerlies made life a bit uncomfortable on some days
it was, overall, a pretty good week for the offshore boys. Saturday's blustery
30 knot south easterly change cooled things down a bit for the weekend and
while it shut the gate for the day, it was all on for young and old when
the winds dropped back again on Sunday.
With still very little swell to speak of there were plenty of opportunities for the small boat brigade to target the local reef belt and those who made the effort reported Squire, Pearl Perch and Parrot Fish being common catches at all locations.
In addition to that, North Reef was worth a look with Moses Perch, Estuary Cod and, as you can see by the photo above, Cobia being the bonus species.
Tom Cels and Chris Lacey were out there yesterday morning and, using Pilchard and Squid bait combos, attracted the attention of these 8kg and 10kg Black Kingfish.
Massoud's Reef was also worth a pick drop or two, producing Teraglin Jewfish and, as per the photo on the right, quality Snapper.
Barry Parker-Webb (Brisbane), Jacob Childs (Middlemount) and Greg Foster (Coffs Harbour) were out there this morning on a Half Day Cougar One charter when they boated the 5kg to 7kg fish they're happily posing with.
In Laguna Bay, Little Hall's Reef was the spot for quality Cobia as local yak angler Ian Tagg (below) found this morning. Ian was jigging a 110mm Squidgy Flickbait (pictured still in the fish's mouth) on a half ounce 4/0 jighead from his Swing Angler fishing kayak when this absolute thumper Black 'Kingie' took it and ran hard. It took him roughly an hour to tire the fish out enough to bring it to the side and tail it out of the water and across his lap. Good effort mate! Ian was armed with an 8kg to 10kg Okuma rod and a Shimano TSS4 threadline reel loaded with 30lb braid and 60lb Jinkai leader.
ONSHORE: The North Shore stretch was the pick of the coastal surf beaches this week with Tailor, Bream and plenty of quality Whiting on the bite all the way up to Double Island Point where Dart were responding well to soft plastics.
Over on the east side, Whiting were pretty much on the bite on all the beaches. As an added bonus, though, Sunshine Beach produced Flathead and Dart, Castaways was the spot for quality Bream while at Peregian Beach it was Tarwhine.
In the river, Flathead were in excellent numbers down at the river mouth (together with Whiting and Trevally) as local angler Jenny McGrath, right, found this morning. Using half Pilchard baits Jenny caught and released an absolute thumper female but kept this 2.55kg fish for the dinner table.
Flathead were also active in Weyba Creek (as were Trevally, Whiting and Bream), opposite Munna Point (along with Whiting and Bream), around the Tewantin stretch (where the odd Mangrove Jack made an appearance) and, with Whiting and bream, at Lake Cooroibah. Apart from that, Trevally were responding well to flies and surface poppers from Munna Bridge to Munna Point.
On the freshwater scene, Borumba Dam was still fishing well for Bass, Yellowbelly and Silver Perch up in the timbers.