As at Monday April 29, 2013
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|OFFSHORE: Wow! Another
week of fantastic autumn weather. Light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable
southerlies and a nominal 1m to 1.5m swell set the scene for some great
fishing and those anglers able to get out there made the most of it while
the going was good. The middle reef belt really came to life this week with
all manner of pelagics feeding on the large and numerous bait schools. Chardon's
Reef was great for the trolling fraternity with marlin (catch and release),
Spanish mackerel and wahoo all hitting trolled lures. Terry Barton (below)
was out there trolling for Spaniards on Thursday afternoon when his Bomber
CD30 hard body lure was hit by the 11kg wahoo he's pictured with. This fish
apparently took off so fast you could hear the line slicing the water.
Dave Leonard and Josh Collins (below) were out at Chardon's Reef early on Thursday morning and by 7.00am had trolled up two Spanish mackerel, one 9kg and one 12kg, using Rapala X-Rap Magnum 30 and Rapala CD-18 hard body lures. They decided two was more than enough for the day and headed home.
Those anglers who targeted North Reef also saw plenty of action. Species featuring prominently on the reef fish capture list were coral trout, sweetlip, moses perch, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, large mouth nannygai, snapper, gold spot cod and Maori cod. On the pelagic capture list it was spotted mackerel, school mackerel, yellowfin tuna and (in excellent numbers) Spanish mackerel. Buntha Han from Caloundra and local angler Marty Taylor (below) fished North Reef on Thursday on a three quarter day Cougar One charter and are pictured with two of the eight (7kg to 10kg) Spaniards boated on the seven hour excursion.
From the same charter, father and son team Lijah and Mick Kelly (below left) are pictured with yellowfin tuna and coral trout that were part of the day's catch.
Blue Water Charters did a number of runs to North Reef this week
and on Friday's trip Phillip Rattle (above) boated this 3kg large mouth
Fishing Offshore Noosa also worked North Reef a few times this week. Charlie Kellaway from Sydney (above) boated his 82cm cobia on Saturday's trip.
Sunshine Reef was pretty quiet during the earlier part of the day but fired up in the late afternoon and at night, producing snapper, pearl perch, moses perch, sweetlip, coral trout, venus tusk fish, northern bluefin and mack tuna (in close) and, as per the photo below right, quite a few chinaman fish. Bob Jeynes from Davo's caught and released this colourful specimen out on Sunshine Reef last week and we thought it opportune to again warn anglers about this fish. Chinaman fish are a high risk ciguatera carrier and are on the Queensland Department of Primary Industry's 'No Take' list. Eating them is not a good option.
|Laguna Bay was alive with baitfish, birds and tuna this week and while the mack tuna outnumbered the northern bluefins by about three to one there were still plenty of quality longtails to go round. Most of the action was from just outside the bar (especially over the weekend) and out along the Halls' Reef stretch. Kyle Brooks from Melbourne (above left) fished the bay on Saturday with his mate Chicko from Davo's and boated this 10kg bluefin on a soft plastic.|
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|For those who missed our earlier
announcements, the 2013 Noosa
'River to Reef' Family Fishing Classic will commence on Friday May
31, 2013 and finish on Sunday June 2, 2013.
FAMILY FISHING CLASSIC
|The competition will be run in conjunction with the ever popular Noosa Riverfest and will have a Junior and Senior angler section. Offshore anglers will also be catered for.|
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