As at Monday April 14, 2014
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| OFFSHORE: The offshore
week got off to a bit of a shaky start with fresh to strong (18 to 25 knot)
variable southerlies keeping all but the diehards from trying their luck.
From Thursday onwards, however, it was pretty much go, go, go as light to
moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable easterlies and a nominal 0.5m to 0.75m
swell saw all manner of boats crossing a steadily flattening bar. By Sunday
the bar was flat as a tack and the bay and local reefs dotted with boats.
A forecast moderate to strong south easterly change for Sunday afternoon was a call to action for the boys from the Noosa Boat Fishing Club. Greg Hales, Graham Mutch and Glenn Allen (above) calculated that, with an early start, they could get in a couple of hours bottom bashing at The Hards and be well on their way home before the weather deteriorated. Their plan was good and they were back at the Gympie Terrace boat ramp by 11.30 in the morning with their bag limit of snapper (to 68cm), one cobia, a gold band snapper, plus a few venus tusk fish and hussar. Bait and soft plastics with a berley bomb worked well.
Of a similar mindset, Noosa Blue Water Charters headed for The Hill on Sunday and, setting up a berley trail, attracted a host of Spanish mackerel (to 6kg) and spotted mackerel (to 4kg) to the boat so their customers could target them with unweighted pilchards. Pictured above, Andy, Steven, Michael, Tom, John, Stuart and Shane (one other angler was camera shy) cleaned up on the surface feeders during three quarter day session and then took time out to boat a few venus tusk fish, hussar, reef shark and the odd gold spot cod. It was a bit of a wet ride on the afternoon run home but no one was complaining.
Trekka 2 targeted The Hill on Friday and over the weekend, coming back with sweetlip, moses perch, hussar, squire, mack tuna, pearl perch, Spanish and spotted mackerel. Above we have Clint Calman from the Gold Coast and Martin Stacey from the UK with a couple of spotted mackerel from Friday's charter.
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef produced scarlet sea perch, sweetlip, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, northern bluefin tuna, mack tuna, cobia, snapper, Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel, mowong and coral trout. Brisbane visitor Anne Ozdowska's trout (above) was boated on Thursday's half day Trekka 2 charter.
Oops! Nearly forgot to mention the wahoo. Chris Laidlaw from Tewantin (above) trolled up this 13kg specimen around the middle of Sunshine Reef yesterday morning. He was trolling for Spanish mackerel at the time but was more than happy with this capture instead. His lure? A hard body, Yo-Zuri medium diver.
Spangled emperor don't get much bigger around here than the 7kg specimen that Tewantin angler Tom Quine (above) boated at Sunshine Reef on Sunday morning. Tom was doing a spot of bottom bashing (using WA pilchards) when his bait was taken by this quality fish. He had a grin from ear to ear when he arrived at Davo's and requested that we weigh his prize catch twice to be sure. Not surprisingly, he also won the $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
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