As at Monday December 28, 2015.
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|OFFSHORE: Yeah! We
had a wonderful lead-up to Christmas Day with very light to moderate variable
northerlies dominating the offshore scene ahead of a light southerly change
from Friday onwards. Unfortunately it now looks like we'll have to cool
our heels for the best part of a week while the forecast fresh to strong
(20 to 30 knot) south easterly winds and 2.5m seas and swell hammer the
coastline. Ah well, as they say; 'You've gotta pay the piper some time".
We were spoilt for choice this week with a modest, 1.0m to 1.5 metre rolling swell and mostly light southerly running currents on most of the reefs. Double Island Point was worth a look and those who made the effort reported good catches of snapper, teraglin jewfish, pearl perch, moses perch, Maori cod, gold spot wrasse, sweetlip, coral bream and mahi mahi. Lester Friend's mahi mahi (above) was boated there on Wednesday's nine hour Wild Thing 2 charter.
Out wide, The Barwon Banks produced quality mahi mahi on floated pilchards and surface lures, Spanish mackerel on trolled lures and surface poppers, wahoo, amberjack on deep jigs and yellowfin tuna. Local angler Jordan Zerk (above) sent these photos and a report from his trip to The Banks with his mate Joseph Trezise (below) on Thursday... "Hey mate, here are a few pix of a few fish we caught this morning out at The Banks. Plenty of bait and flying fish around out there. The dolly took a shallow diver lure as did the Spanish mackerel. The wahoo was caught on the surface with a lot of water being thrown around as he climbed all over the lure. We also had double hook ups on yellowfin tuna. All this in only one hour of fishing! Great morning! Merry Christmas!"
|Closer in, North reef was the spot for snapper,
mowong, venus tusk fish, Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel, mahi mahi,
jewfish, many lined sweetlip, red throat emperor, moses perch, squire, Maori
cod and sweetlip. Josh McBride and Dean Boyce from the Sunshine Coast (below)
are pictured with the first two Spaniards boated out there on Tuesday morning's
five hour Cougar
One charter. Skipper Alex Pollet reported the Spaniards and spotties
were 'thick as'.
And Don Blanckensee from King Beach, Caloundra (below) boated this jewfish or mulloway there on Tuesday afternoon's seven hour Cougar One charter.
We had excellent (glassy) conditions on the local reefs on Sunday with 5 knot north westerly winds, a 0.75m swell and a slight current to the south east. Courtney Ryan from Brisbane (below right) is pictured with a quality Spanish mackerel, boated on a five hour Wild Thing 2 charter to the middle of North.
Further south, Chardon's Reef yielded Spanish mackerel, plenty of marlin, small northern bluefin tuna, squire, moses perch, hussar and gold spot wrasse.
|Sunshine Reef turned it on for the smaller boats
and yakkers. The birds were working the bait schools and there was plenty
of surface action with Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel, small longtails
and bonito responding well to cast slugs and pilchard floaters. For the
bottom bashers; the catch was snapper, coral trout, moses perch, Maori cod,
venus tusk fish and fusilier. Local angler Matt Browne sent in this report
from Tuesday morning's session on Sunshine Reef..."Ducked out to Sunshine
this morning with Ben Kibble from Tewantin. He picked up two nice snapper
on Z-Man soft plastics then the birds started working and he landed two
spotties (above left) on cast metal slugs. There were plenty of them out
there, feeding on the surface, so that's a good sign."
Beck Geldard and her partner Sonnie spent Boxing Day (Saturday) offshore with Chicko and Marie Vella. They fished Hall's Reef first off but it was pretty quiet with just one spotty for their troubles, then moved out to Sunshine Reef where they boated a couple of coral trout, more spotties and a Maori cod. Beck is pictured above with her standouts. All fish, by the way, were taken on Davo's pilchards. Apart from that, Laguna Bay ran hot and cold with spotted mackerel chasing cast slugs in numbers and marked by the birds on the good days. Spanish mackerel were going for trolled baits and lures on Jew Shoal.
|As is often the case, we couldn't fit all of the great photos on the page. To view the 'Lightbox Gallery', simply click on the thumbnails below...|
|By the way, the latest bar crossing video (as at Saturday December 26, 2015) has now been uploaded to the website. To view it... CLICK HERE.|
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