As at Monday December 23, 2013.
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
| OFFSHORE: Although
the week got off to a bit of a blustery start, the moderate to fresh (15
to 20 knot) south easterlies morphed into more manageable light to moderate
(5 to 15 knot) variable easterlies by Friday. The morning sessions were
more often than not the better ones to go for, ahead of the stronger afternoon
north easterly sea breezes. The swell remained in the modest 0.5m to 1.0m
range although the bar crossing was a little bit gnarly on Friday and Saturday
morning. Those boaties who had a bit of patience, and local knowledge, avoided
a wetting by crossing within two hours of the top of the high tide.
While a few boats headed out wide when conditions permitted, most focussed their attention on the middle reef belt. It was pretty quiet all over, though, with lots of 'just average' reef fish on the bite. North Reef produced snapper, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, moses perch, sweetlip, striped sea perch, Maori cod, teraglin jewfish, gold spot cod and the odd standout mahi mahi. Sam Urquhart from Brisbane (above) fished North Reef on Sunday on a three quarter day Cougar One charter and was over the moon when was allocated the task of playing out an 8.0kg (est) dolphin fish that went for a well cast pilchard floater.
The lads from Fishing Offshore Noosa targeted North Reef on most of their charters this week. Nina Bauer from Peregian and Colleen Ferguson, who was on holiday in Noosa from Ireland, are pictured above with a couple of quality pearl perch from yesterday morning's half day Trekka 2 charter.
And Simon Lam from Sydney (above) was very pleased with the 6kg+ gold spot cod that swallowed his pilchard bait on Trekka 2's afternoon charter to North.
The Coffees were worth a pick drop or two for sweetlip, venus tusk fish, estuary cod and moses perch. Back towards home base, Sunshine Reef was fairly quiet with the only reports of mackerel coming from Sunshine Wide. Sweetlip and yellowfin tuna were on the bite closer in. Chayse Tilley from Noosa Jet Ski Hire (above left in photo) and his mate Anthony found a tuna boil on Sunshine this morning and picked up a couple of yellowfins on cast metal slug lures.
Laguna Bay was relatively quiet with sweetlip on the bite at Big Hall's Reef and the odd Spanish mackerel and longtail tuna on the prowl around Jew Shoal.
By the way, the latest bar crossing video (as at Saturday December 21, 2013) has now been uploaded to the website. To view it... CLICK HERE
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