As at Monday 8th September 2003
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Although the winds were predominantly from the South this week, their strength
ebbed and flowed almost on a daily basis. As a result, four out of the seven
days were classified fishable with the weekend (blessed by a mostly light
to moderate West North Westerlies) fortunately green-lighted. Squire, Parrot
Fish and Pearl Perch were common to the visited reefs. In addition, a run
out-wide to the Barwon Banks yielded Snapper, Amberjack and Yellowtail Kingfish
while a little closer in, North Reef was the spot for Teraglin Jewfish,
Moses Perch, Bonito, Red Emperor, Sweetlip, Snapper and Cobia.
Reef was again a popular destination, producing Sweetlip, Moses Perch, Maori
Cod, Snapper, Northern Bluefin (Longtail) Tuna, Teraglin Jewfish, Scarlet
Sea Perch, Mackerel Tuna and as you can see by the photo above right, quality
Cobia or Black Kingfish. From left to right; Michael Court and brothers
Tim and Shaun O'Brian had an absolute ball out there on yesterday's Cougar
One charter when the Cobia 'went off'. At 32.5kg, Tim's fish was
the top weight but the other guys were understandably more than happy with
their 18kg and 19kg fish. Even closer to home, Sunshine Reef was another
option for the Cobia (to 40kg), as was Hall's Reef (wide). And not far out
from the headland, Jew Shoal yielded the odd Snapper, as local angler Jess
Baldwin (above left) found on Saturday morning. Jess tempted this 5kg specimen
with a Squid bait on a 6/0 hook. She was armed with a Jarvis Walker rod
and a Penn Spinfisher reel loaded with 10kg line.
ONSHORE: Although there were some very nice conditions sandwiched between the blows, most surf beach reports were of the bread and butter (Bream and Whiting) species which were well spread up and down the coast. And it was at Dolphin Point on the National Park headland on Friday that Murray Stewart (Cambridge, England), below left, landed the 810gm Bream he's posing with. Apart from that, Marcus Beach had Tailor on the bite at dusk with fish to 2.5kg a bonus.
In the river, the Luderick were once again in good form at the river mouth car park rocks while Flathead, Whitng and Bream catches were spread from the Tewantin ferry to Harbourtown (where Trevally were on the bite), Goat Island, Munna Beach and Bridge, Weyba Creek (along with the odd 'Chipper' Tailor), the Woods Bays (where small Trevally responded to jigged soft plastics), down towards the mouth and around the Frying Pan. Local angler Keith McDonald, above right, boated a standout Trevally up around Harbourtown on Saturday when his live winter Whiting bait was monstered by the 2.3kg thumper he's pictured with. Keith's outfit was a Jarvis Walker threadline combo loaded with 5kg line. On the freshwater scene, anglers fishing the Borumba 'Arms' had to work a bit harder for a result with a bit of weed to contend with but still reported Bass and Saratoga going for spinnerbaits. Lake MacDonald, unfortunately, continued to disappoint.