As at Monday April 28, 2014
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|OFFSHORE: Blimey! April will go down in our website records as one of the best months of offshore fishing we've had off Noosa in over a decade. Last week was good but this week was even better with a nominal 0.5 to 0.75m swell and light to moderate (5 to 10 knot) variable easterlies prevailing right through until Sunday night. Even today's 12 to 18 knot south easterly winds were no deterrent to those keen to target the tuna and mackerel in the shelter of Laguna Bay.|
|With conditions as good as they get, the more
distant reefs were well and truly on the agenda. Local angler Adam Murray
(above left) fished Double Island Point on Monday and came back with Maori
cod, sweetlip, reef shark and the 6.1kg red emperor he's posing with. Squid
and half gar combos got most of the attention. And Pitzy Folk and his buddy
Chris Arnold fished The Hards on Wednesday for quality pearlies, venus tusk
fish and a 7kg red emperor, as above.
There wasn't a lot of current along the middle reef belt which was a good thing as the pelagics were feeding deep this week. The charter boats did well at North Reef with a solid berley trail the first priority after dropping the pick. Maori cod, moses perch, sweetlip, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, mowong and squire were the most prominent on the reef fish list while cobia, Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel, yellowfin tuna and shiny mackerel were in excellent numbers.
Robbie McIlraith (Brisbane) and Max Coulton (Noosa), above, are pictured with a couple of yellowfin tuna from Tuesday's Cougar One charter to North Reef.
And above, from the same charter, we have Shem Micari (Noosa) Ralph Little (Newcastle) and Oliver Goebel (Germany) with cobia and spotted mackerel.
|The pelagic captures were pretty much a daily
occurrence this week, much to the delight of those who booked on the local
charter boats. Stuy Ross, Shane Shillig, Lisa McCallum and Alan Boynton
(above) are pictured with spotted mackerel and a cobia from Saturday's three
quarter day Cougar
One charter to North Reef. While ten year old Fin Pound from
Sydney (below) was happy to pose with a moses perch and a pearl perch from
Chicko Vella from Davo's Tackle World fished Chardon's Reef on Thursday and he had a professional crew with him, as you can see by the above photo. Maddie and Sam were the deck hands, baiting hooks and retrieving the anchor. They also caught a few spotties when they weren't busy at their chores.
And what about the photo below? Trekka 2 found themselves surrounded by Spanish mackerel at North Reef on Wednesday. Austin Rewell, Sally Baron-Hay, Dave Cranson, Joe Tison, David Schwartfeger and Andrew Boyd (below) are pictured with just a few of the Spaniards boated on that half day charter.
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