Quintrex Boats The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday April 21, 2014

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Brought to you by... Ray Scholes Marine
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OFFSHORE: Wow! What a week! The offshore boys had an absolute ball during the first week of the Easter break with almost perfect conditions on our local reefs. Apart from Tuesday's 20 knot+ blow, 5 to 15 knot variable easterlies were the order of the day and a 0.5m to 0.75 swell was just the icing on the cake.
The bar crossing wasn't a major drama for those that took their time, although three hours either side of the high tide was still the best strategy. A few of the smaller boats got their noses slapped on the way out on some mornings and a number of boaties found themselves high and dry on the return journey when they pushed their luck too close to the low tide. There were no incidents, though, which was a great result considering the large number of boats involved.
Cobia
For those with a yearn to go the distance, Double Island Point had Spanish mackerel and spotted mackerel in mega numbers and, according to the lads from The Noosa Boat Fishing Club, The Hards were good for snapper to 70cm, pearl perch, hussar, gold spot cod, gold spot wrasse and venus tusk fish.
Closer in, North Reef produced Spanish, spotted and shiny mackerel, plus yellowfin tuna, striped tuna, hussar, sweetlip, moses perch, snapper, cobia, mack tuna, gold band snapper and venus tusk fish. James Gan from Wollongong (above) is pictured with one of the cobia boated on Friday's Cougar One charter.
Spanish Mackerel Spotted Mackerel
While above left we have Scott with a Spanish mackerel from Saturday morning's Cougar One charter to North Reef and below; Kevin, Allison and Gary with spotted mackerel from the same half day charter. Above right? These lads boated so many spotties on Sunday's Cougar One charter that they wanted to hold two each for the camera. Anyway, that didn't really work out so we went to plan 'B'... one fish each. Oh, and there's a cobia somewhere in there as well.
Spotted Mackerel
Trekka 2 scheduled a number of runs to North Reef this week and they too did well on the pelagics. Young Tyler Houston (below) not only boated a quality cobia on Thursday morning's half day charter but, by outfishing the rest of his family group, he pocketed the $30.00 from the prize pool that they'd set up in a friendly competition. Tyler's great attitude, easy smile and well presented fish also won him the bonus of this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
Cobia
And on Sunday's T2 charter, Amber (below) boated a yellowfin tuna while Michael, Archie and Freya (below right) are pictured with their Spaniard and spotty.
Yellowtail Kingfish Spanish and Spotted Mackerel
The photo below? Mathew, Sandy, Cheryl, Neil, Brenton and Ivor were on Saturday's charter when the Spaniards came on the bite in numbers. Say no more.
Spanish Mackerel
By the way, the latest bar crossing video (as at Friday April 18, 2014) has now been uploaded to the website. To view it, simply... CLICK HERE.
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