As at Monday August 26, 2013.
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE
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| OFFSHORE: Hooly dooly!
It was one of those 'as good as it gets' weeks for the offshore brigade
with light to very moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable winds and a modest 0.5m
to 0.8m swell setting the scene for some really excellent conditions on
the local reefs. The Noosa Bar crossing (pictured above) was as flat as
the proverbial tack for the third week running and as a result there were
all manner of small and large craft heading out to test the waters, so to
A few boaties took the plunge and headed out wide as far as the Barwon Banks where they got onto quality snapper, pearl perch and quite a few gold band snapper. Most, however, focussed on the middle reef belt. Feedback from earlier in the week was that the current wasn't much of an issue. As the weekend approached, though, it started to run fairly hard from the NNW and 8oz snapper leads were a necessary evil. Chardon's Reef was the spot for average size venus tusk fish, moses perch, gold spot cod, sweetlip and squire, although over the weekend there were also reports of some good mulloway boated there. North Reef produced cobia, Maori cod, moses perch, sweetlip, lots of teraglin jewfish, estuary cod, venus tuskers, pearl perch, plenty of squire and the odd quality knobby. Ben Wheeler from Sydney (above) is pictured with a 5kg+ knobby from Saturday morning's half day Cougar One charter to North Reef.
The Coffees were worth a look, especially if you were doing an overnighter. Bob Jeynes from Davo's Compleat Angler (above) fished there on Friday night and came back with pearl perch, mowong, gold spot cod, mulloway and a 9.5kg scarlet sea perch. Slimies and yakkas were in good numbers there as well.
Massoud's Reef yielded Maori cod, pearl perch, moses perch and venus tusk, as did Sunshine Reef but with the added bonus there of squire in close.
In Laguna Bay, snapper to 60cm were responding well (more so late in the day) to soft plastics around Jew Shoal, as was the odd mulloway or jewfish. Local yak angler Kevin Long (above) hit the jackpot there on Wednesday afternoon when his drift/jigged soft plastic attracted the attention of this 12.5kg jewie.
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