As at Monday December 3, 2012
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: The northerlies
dominated again this week with the lighter (5 to 15 knot) variable winds
in the morning providing quite idyllic conditions on the local reefs. Typically,
the blustery (15 to 20 knot+) north easterlies kicked in by early afternoon
so once again it was the early risers who got the best of it.
With the swell still down around the 1m to 1.2m mark the wider reefs were a real temptation. Double Island Point proved to be worth the extra fuel, producing snapper, A.J.'s, sweetlip, tuskers, Maori cod, moses perch and red emperor. The Barwon Banks also attracted their fair share of attention. Caleb Zigliotto (above left in the photo) and his brother Mason (pictured) headed for The Banks with their father Darren on Saturday after dipping out at Chardon's Reef. It was a good decision as not long after arriving their fast trolled Hex Heads accounted for the 11kg mahi mahi that both boys are just managing to hold for the camera (with the help of dad's hand) and a 7kg wahoo, below left. Nine year old Caleb was on a mission that day and, by prior agreement, he was the angler who played and brought in both fish. Caleb's enthusiasm and determination paid off in spades as it also won him the $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
Blue Water Charters ran an overnight maxi charter to The Banks
on Friday and did well, coming back with scarlet sea perch, mulloway, pearl
perch, teraglin jewfish, mowong, sweetlip and quality snapper. Shane Leinard
from Brisbane (above right) is pictured with the 7kg knobby he boated on
Closer in, North Reef was pretty busy, producing gold spot cod, snapper, hussar, Maori cod, pearl perch, moses perch, teraglin jewfish, venus tusk fish, the odd spotted and Spanish mackerel and a few 10kg to 30kg billfish on trolled dead baits. Sean Conneely from Gatton (above) is pictured with a pearl perch and snapper from Saturday's half day Cougar One charter to North Reef. Rob McCready from Peregian Beach (below left) was also out there on Saturday, this time on a Trekka 2 charter. Rob's 10kg gold spot cod was destined to feed a few neighbours and some of his mates who were on the trip with him.
|And from the same three quarter day T2
charter, Steve Kearn-Healey from the Gold Coast (above right) is pictured
with two of the Maori cod that he boated.
Sunshine Reef was thick with slimy mackerel but was otherwise a bit slow. Those anglers who spent time there reported it being pretty hard yakka with the standouts being venus tusk fish, mowong, estuary cod, just legal size Maori cod and a few snapper in the 2kg to 2.5kg range. Cathy Scott from Tewantin and Gerry Paap from Christchurch, New Zealand (above) are pictured with a couple of snapper from Tuesday's half day Trekka 2 charter. In Laguna Bay, grass sweetlip and longtail tuna were on the bite at Jew Shoal while over at Little Hall's Reef the catch was cobia, mackerel tuna, squire and the odd longtail.
When you next cross over the Noosa Bar, make sure you (and your crew) wear your pfd's. It's not only mandatory for all vessels under 4.8 metres, there's a chance you could win the $100.00 monthly prize if you're photographed doing the right thing! The November Bar Crossing Safety Award goes to the owner of the boat, registration number; EF082Q. The monthly prize consists of a $50.00 gift voucher from Davo's Compleat Angler and a $50.00 gift voucher from Ray Scholes Marine. The Coast Guard also recommends you radio in before and after crossing the bar, give your destination and an estimated return time.
So, if you're the owner of the boat pictured above, call 5449 8099 or pop into Davo's to claim your prize. Note: You have until the end of December to do so.
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