As at Friday April 22, 2016.
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|OFFSHORE: It wasn't
a bad week actually. A bit sloppy on the exposed reefs at times, but certainly
quite fishable from Sunday onwards. Light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) south
easterlies dominated, the swell hovered around the 1.0m mark and there wasn't
much in the way of any strong currents to speak of.
And the bar behaved itself, which was a good thing. Towards the top of the tide it was was pretty much flat as a tack most days so those who were able to plan their trips accordingly got the best of it. Double Island Point was disappointing this week with just average size reefies such as hussar, moses perch, pearl perch, venus tusk fish and gold spot wrasse on the bite and the odd coral trout capture if you were lucky. Out wide, The Barwon Banks produced a few quality snapper up to 6kg on soft plastics and micro jigs. Early morning and late afternoon worked best there. On the middle reef belt, The Coffees yielded the odd grass sweetlip and cobia. Mike Smith from Katoomba in New South Wales (above) boated his cobia there on Tuesday morning's Trekka 2 charter.
North Reef produced a better range of species but there weren't many standouts compared to the last few weeks. On the capture list; shiny mackerel, mahi mahi, moses perch, teraglin jewfish, Spanish mackerel, hussar, gold spot cod, snapper, pearl perch, Maori cod, venus tusk fish, slate bream and frying pan snapper. Steve Smith from Noosaville (above) boated his mahi mahi or dolphin fish on Wednesday morning's five hour Trekka 2 charter to the top of North.
Further south, Chardon's Reef was good for squire, pearl perch, mackerel tuna, mowong, venus tusk fish and, out wide, snapper and amberjack. Max, Alex and Marcus Newton from Sydney (above) did the honours with three of the amberjack boated on Wednesday's Wild Thing 2 charter to Chardon's Wide.
And from that same nine hour charter we have local angler Mike Stawski (above) with a couple of nice pearl perch. Closer in, Arkright Shoal was the spot for slate bream, red throat emperor, brown line sea perch, venus tusk fish and grass sweetlip, as was Sunshine Reef but with the added bonus there of fusilier, squire, coral trout, moses perch, Maori cod, dark tailed sea perch, Spanish mackerel and northern bluefin or longtail tuna. Max Dibella from Tasmania (below left) is pictured with a quality northern bluefin tuna which he picked up there on a well cast soft plastic on Wednesday afternoon's five hour Trekka 2 charter.
|While Quintin Proctor from Auckland (above right)
boated his dark tailed sea perch on the same charter. In Laguna Bay, the
tuna were in numbers and on the move. Tomas Oriondo from Cooroy (below)
trolled up his 7kg longtail there on Saturday morning. It went for a shallow
diving, Gold Bomber hard body.
Riley Hamer from Noosa Jet Ski Hire (below) sent in this report on Wednesday: "Schools of tuna, mackerel and queenfish in the stretch opposite the North Shore cuttings. Conditions were perfect with light westerly winds and a 1.0m swell." Riley's two northern bluefin tuna went for well cast metal slug lures.
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