OFFSHORE: It was a pretty
short week as far as the offshore scene was concerned with a fresh to
strong (25 to 30 knot) south easterly change shutting the gate late on
Wednesday morning. Unfortunately, although the winds did ease somewhat
over the weekend and take on a more northerly aspect, a 2m+ swell made
the bar crossing a bit of a lottery.
Those boaties who got out to the reefs earlier in the week found themselves
working in light (5 to 10 knot) north westerlies and a few, like Paul
Grenfell in the photo above, took the opportunity to head out 'wide' before
the weather deteriorated.
Paul did an overnighter north of Double Island Point on Tuesday where
he did well on the Red Emperor (top weights 16.5kg pictured) before pulling
the pick and heading for home just ahead of the storm front on Wednesday
He was armed with a Shimano Tyrnos 20 offshore combo ,loaded with 60lb
line and 100lb trace. His baits? Live Slimy Mackerel.
A little closer to home, Chardon's Reef produced Pearl Perch and Parrot
Fish, as did North Reef but with the added bonus of Moses Perch and Sweetlip.
The only other report any of note this week was from Arkwright Shoal where
Parrot Fish and, as you can see by the photo on the right, Snapper were
well and truly on the bite.
Peregian angler Kevin Telfar boated these two 3.5kg specimens on Tuesday
morning, christening his new Shimano Catana rod and Shimano TLD20 reel
that he'd only recently purchased from Davo's.
This was an especially memorable catch for Kevin as he'd just retired
and was celebrating his 65th birthday that week. Many happy returns mate!
His bait, by the way, was the ever faithful Davo's Pilchards.
ONSHORE: Conditions on the
coastal surf beaches were less than ideal this week although those anglers
who got in before the blow or braved the (at times) blustery conditions
later in the week reported Tailor in good numbers all the way up the beach
on the North Shore and Bream, Whiting and Dart at Teewah. Whiting were
also on the bite down towards the river mouth while at the top end, Trevally
were active off the rocks at Double Island Point. Over on the east side,
most of the action was at Marcus and Peregian beaches where Whiting, Bream
and Tarwhine were the predominant catch.
In the river, Flathead and Whiting were the bread and butter species this
week with the better returns coming from Lake Cooroibah, around Tewantin
and in the stretch from Munna Point to the river mouth. And
it was down at the river mouth on Saturday that Tewantin angler Chayse
Tilley (right) boated the 1.5kg and 2.2kg 'Lizards' he's pictured with.
Chayse, who was armed with a Team Daiwa combo loaded with 8lb braid and
12lb leader, tempted these quality fish with live Herring baits.
Apart from that, Mangrove Jacks and Jewfish were on the prowl below the
mouth of Lake Cooroibah, quality Whiting were biting around Goat Island,
Flathead and Trevally were active in Weyba Creek and the odd Mangrove
Jack was responding to live fish baits in the Woods Bays.
Last but not least, the Munna Bridge area was the spot for more Flathead
and, as you can see by the photo at the top of this section, quality Trevally.
Local angler Alan Davidson was there on Wednesday morning when the 'Trevs'
fired up and, casting a 20gm Halco Streaker (metal slice) lure into a
large boil, hooked up with the thumper 3.95kg fish he's posing with. He
was armed with an Abu rod and a Shimano Symetre 4000 reel loaded with
20lb Fireline and 20lb Fluorocarbon leader.