As at Monday December 9, 2013.
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: It was
a 'morning sessions were best' kind of week with light to moderate (5 to
15 knot) variable easterlies and a 0.5m to 1.0m swell most days. The late
afternoon north easterly sea breezes reached 15 to 20 knots at times but
most boaties were on their way home with the wind at their backs by then.
A few of the lads from the Noosa Boat Fishing Club targeted The Hards on Wednesday and reported good catches of average size snapper, lots of venus tusk fish, a few pearl perch and the odd hussar. Soft plastics, whole fish baits, squid and fish fillets all worked well out that way. No reports of mutton birds.
Along the middle reef belt, Chardon's Reef produced snapper and cobia, as did North Reef but with the added bonus of estuary cod, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, sweetlip, moses perch and pearl perch. There was also the odd juvenile marlin catch and release. Todd Roberts and John Cherry (above) are pictured with a cobia and an estuary cod from Saturday's Trekka 2 charter to North Reef. They were part of a group celebrating Todd's (left in photo) 30th birthday.
Noosa Blue Water Charters fished North Reef a couple of times this week. From Wednesday's charter we have Tony Speirs from Brisbane (above) with a 6kg gold spot cod. And from the same charter, Alan Jones (below left) with a cobia. Massoud's Reef was the spot for moses perch and the odd longtail tuna.
|Closer in at Sunshine Reef the standouts were
mowong, venus tusk fish, moses perch and cobia. There were also a few northern
bluefin tuna taking deep trolled garfish on the northern end. Thomas Symonds
from Adelaide (above right) is pictured with a cobia from Thursday's half
day Cougar One
The spotty numbers were a bit skinny in the bay this week. There were lots of boats out looking for them but not too many anglers bagged out. Cam Munro from Davo's and Dave Leonard (above) put in the hours on Thursday morning and finally hit pay dirt a few kilometres off the headland when they spotted a good show of birds, bait and pelagics. Most of the other boats had gone home by then and the lads were delighted to find themselves surrounded by a school of hungry spotties and hardly anyone else there. Cast metal slug lures got most of the action and they bagged out within sixty minutes and headed for home. Other reports were of spotties on Hall's Reef, the odd Spaniard on the prowl on Jew Shoal and mack tuna chasing trolled hard bodies around the shark nets.
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