As at Monday December 10, 2012
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: It was
pretty much as good as it gets on the offshore scene this week with typically
light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable westerlies in the mornings followed
by the odd moderate to fresh afternoon north easterly blow just to make
life interesting. Sporadic reports of mackerel captures earlier in the week
turned into a veritable deluge by Thursday afternoon with spotted mackerel,
mack tuna and bonito in almost plague proportions on the local reefs.
North Reef, which was about as far as anyone cared to venture, produced snapper, Maori cod, moses perch, pearl perch, cobia, venus tuskers and mowong.
Most anglers, however, focused on the bay and Sunshine Reef where the bait boils were thick and numerous and the pelagics were in a feeding frenzy in the run-up to the weekend. The reef fish, such as sweetlip, snapper, pearl perch, venus tuskers and mowong were on the bite but the weekend loomed it was proving harder and harder to get the baits down though the voracious schools of spotted mackerel, cobia, mack tuna bonito and the odd Spanish mackerel.
| Adam Witchard (above left) fished Sunshine Reef
on Thursday afternoon but left shortly before the first of the spotty schools
erupted in a mad feeding frenzy. It didn't really matter though as about
half a klik out from the bar on his way home he found himself surrounded
by a large school of the 'silver speedsters' and proceeded to bag out in
a frantic twenty minute slug casting session. Adam also had the honour of
officially weighing in the first spotties of the season.
While Rob Webb and Kade Munrow (above right) did a quick run to Sunshine on Sunday and were back in by 9am with a 5.5kg spotty and 4.2kg Spaniard.
Noosa Blue Water Charters did a run to Sunshine Reef this morning to specifically target the pelagics and did well, coming back with a bin load of spotted mackerel, plus an 11.5kg cobia and a 7.5kg Spanish mackerel. Both standouts were boated by Brisbane angler Sam Hadziomewrovic, pictured above.
|Gary and Brian from the Noosa
Boat Fishing Club (above left) fished Sunshine Reef on Friday
afternoon. They soon gave up trying to get their baits to the bottom and
simply flicked out unweighted pilchards into the boils. This basic strategy
saw them quickly bag out a head home early. And Chris Arnold from Noosa
River Fishing Safaris (above right) nailed his bag limit of spotties
and caught and released a monster GT not too far out from the bar on Saturday.
The pelagic schools were in good numbers in Laguna Bay over the weekend and Chicko Vella from Davo's Compleat Angler took his kids Jett and Moet and their friends Levi and Ruby (above) out to get a piece of the action. They got plenty of that with floated pilchards and metal slugs working equally well.
Jew Shoal had plenty of spotty action over the last few days with Spanish mackerel, mackerel tuna and the odd quality yellowfin tuna in amongst them. Over on the Halls' Reef stretch (and throughout the bay) it was spotted mackerel, mack tuna and bonito plus school cobia in numbers. The highly visible flocks of sea birds were all the guidance needed there. Fishing Offshore Noosa vessel Trekka 2 did a spot of trolling at Little Hall's Reef on Sunday, picking up a chilly bin full of spotted mackerel and numerous cobia. Jason Wilson from Brisbane (above) is pictured with a 5.5kg cobia he picked up on a trolled pilchard.
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