As at Monday September 29, 2008
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With blustery south easterlies dominating the offshore scene for the first
half of the week it was down to the weekend warriors to get the runs on
the board. It was hard yakka out there, however, even at the best of times
and those who got a result did so by sheer persistence and dogged determination.
The reefs were unusually quiet coming into the new moon phase with 'The Banks' producing only average catches of pearl perch, hussar, parrot fish and gold spot wrasse. Closer in, North Reef was marginally better, yielding squire, moses perch, teraglin jewfish, pearl perch, northern bluefin tuna and, as you can see by the photo above, the odd snapper.
Luke Lentz was out there on Saturday morning and although pickings were slim, was more than happy with the 3kg (est) snapper he attracted with a pilchard bait. He was armed with a Shakespeare overhead outfit loaded with 30lb mono line.
Apart from that there a few squire and snapper taken at Sunshine Reef and bonito on the boil north of Jew Shoal.
ONSHORE: With the school holidays in full swing there were plenty of people out and about on the coastal surf beaches.
As far as the fishing went, however, it was pretty disappointing with just a few whiting spread along Teewah Beach and flathead towards the bottom end. On the east side; dart, bream, whiting and tarwhine were on the bite at Marcus Beach.
Bream were well spread throughout the estuary system this week while the best spots for the flathead were down at the river mouth, in the Woods Bays (on live prawn baits) and up in Weyba Creek where soft plastic prawn lures were also working well.
Trevally numbers were up this week with a few boils at first light around the Munna Bridge area (flies being the go there) while the better quality fish were responding well to live fish baits in the Woods Bays.
Father and son team Hayden and Chester Bertoli-Simmonds (above) did well there most of the week.
Using live herring baits as their draw card they weighed in a number of 1.25kg to 2kg 'Trevs' with their standout fish tipping the scales at 2.7kg.
And Brisbane visitor Kyle McNamara (above right) hit the jackpot there this morning when his live biddy was monstered by the 3.25kg specimen he's posing with. He was armed with an Abu baitcaster combo loaded with 7kg line.
Last but not least there were a few mangrove jacks on the bite around the 2nd ski run (on X-Rap lures) and, as per the photo above, between the lakes. Chris Lacey from Davo's Bait and Tackle caught and released four of these sought after sport fish (to 1.2kg) on Sunday afternoon using one of the new Cultiva Savoy Shad lures as his draw card. He was armed with a G-Loomis rod and a Shimano Chronarch baitcaster reel loaded with 20lb braid and 20lb fluorocarbon leader.