|Closer in, Massoud's
Reef yielded Sweetlip and Bonito while at North Reef the bonus species
were Maori Cod, Northern Bluefin Tuna, Sweetlip, Scarlet Sea Perch and
Teraglin Jewfish. Snapper, however, were still very much one of the higher
profile species and the 4.1kg 'Knobby' that Gympie angler Mark Wickson
(above left) nailed at North Reef yesterday was a prime example of the
quality. Mark, on a 3/4 day Cougar One
charter, was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825C
reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline. His bait was Squid on a 5/0 hook.
Back towards home base there were Mackerel Tuna and plenty of Dart working
just off the National Park headland while in Laguna Bay there were Queenfish
and juvenile School Mackerel around Tea Tree Bay and Northern Bluefin
Tuna just out from the shark nets.
With the North Shore Fishing Challenge in full swing over
the weekend there were anglers all over the place
looking for that prize winning fish. Teewah Beach on the North Shore,
of course, was the most popular coastal surf beach with the stretch above
the camping grounds producing Jewfish, Dart, quality Bream and the bigger
Tailor. In fact, local angler Rob Cooke (right) took out the top prize
in the $1000.00 'Tailor Chase' when he landed this 4.32kg 'Greenback'
up there in the early hours of Saturday morning. Rob, armed with a SnyderGlas
14' surf rod and an Alvey 650 reel loaded with 15lb Schneider line and
80lb trace, tempted this thumper with a Bonito fillet on 2x5/0 hooks.
Apart from that there was plenty of Dart off the National Park headland
rocks, Jewfish in Alexandria Bay and further South; Dart at Sunshine Beach
and Tailor, Bream and Dart at Marcus Beach. In the river, Flathead, Bream
and Whiting were well spread with the standouts coming from down at the
mouth, Weyba Creek, Munna Point and Harbourtown where Tailor were also
on the bite. Lake Cooroibah was another target area for these bread and
butter fish, school Jewfish were active somewhere in the river (they just
wouldn't say where) and in the Woods Bays the catch was mostly Trevally
and Tailor. On the freshwater scene, there were smallish Bass chasing
trolled C-Lures Borers around the 'Bubble Trail' at Lake MacDonald.