As at Monday September 12th 2005
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It wasn't a bad scenario as far as the offshore brigade
were concerned this week with predominantly light to moderate variable
winds prevailing until Saturday lunchtime. After that, unfortunately,
the outside reefs were pretty much the preserve of the die-hards with
25 knot+ variable Westerlies making offshore wide a rather lumpy experience.
Squire, Pearl Perch and Parrot Fish were common to most of the visited
reefs. In addition, for those with a yearn to travel, the Barwon Banks
yielded Snapper, Rosy Jobfish, Hussar, Gold Spot Wrasse and Yellowtail
Kingfish. North Reef, however, was this week's top performer, producing
Coral Trout, Moses Perch and, as you can see by the accompanying photos,
Snapper, Cobia and Northern Bluefin (Longtail) Tuna. Ray Gerken (right)
from Queenstown in New Zealand boated the 4kg 'Knobby' he's posing with
while out there on a half day Cougar
Too charter on Friday.
| The following day the
Cougar Too boys
were out there again with another boatload of customers, this time on
a three quarter day charter during which Stuart Lardner (above left) from
Horsham in Victoria, was lucky enough to land the top weight
(21kg) fish for the trip. Not only that (when booking) Stuart had confessed
that his one wish was to boat a Cobia and after bagging out on Pearl Perch,
that's exactly what he did. Stuart was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre
rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 15kg line. His bait? A live Yakka
on a Paternoster rig. And on the same trip, local angler Russell Jeffs
(right) used a butterflied Yakka fillet to attract the attention of the
8kg Northern Bluefin Tuna he's pictured with. He was armed with a Wilson
Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD25 reel loaded with 10kg line. Closer
to home, Sunshine Reef was the spot for the common species mentioned earlier,
while in Laguna Bay the odd Snapper, Sweetlip and Moses Perch were on
the bite North of Jew Shoal. Apart from that, Squire and Tailor were responding
well to trolled shallow diving minnow lures from First Point to Dolphin
Point, as were the Yellowtail Kingfish (to 1.5kg) just out from the Fairy
Pools on the National Park headland.
ONSHORE: It was a fairly quiet start to the September school holidays. On the coastal surf beaches most of the reports came from the North Shore with Bream and Whiting in good numbers out from the 2nd Cutting and up around Teewah.
In the river, Flathead and Whiting were the bread and butter species this week with some quality fish coming from down around the river mouth , the Woods Bays (together with Tailor and Bream) and up at Lake Cooroibah where Bream were also quite active. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were responding to trolled deep diving lures in the main basin while at Borumba Dam there were Bass chasing Jackals and spinnerbaits around the steeper banks of both the Kingham and Yabba Arms. There were also a few Saratoga going for spinnerbaits in the Yabba Arm.