As at Monday December 31, 2012
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: With fresh
to strong south easterlies forecast for the weekend there was a constant
flow of boat traffic over the bar right through until Saturday lunchtime.
Most days followed the same pattern with light (5 to 10 knot) variable winds
early in the morning and light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) north easterly
sea breezes in the afternoon. By Saturday afternoon, however, it was time
for all but the bigger boats to call it quits for a few days and get ready
to welcome in the New Year. Those die hards who were still keen for a fish,
however, still had the option of working the more sheltered sections of
There were a lot of boats out on the local reefs this week and although most tried all of the tried and true options such as trolling baits and lures, live floaters, bottom bashing with baits and soft plastics, the returns were pretty average. The good news for the game crowd (especially the newbies) was that marlin in the 30kg to 50kg range were in numbers along the middle reef belt with Chardon's Reef providing more than its fair share of catch and release opportunities. Tony Redge from Brisbane (above) was out there earlier in the week on a half day Cougar One charter when his half pilly bait was snatched off the bottom by the 35kg (est) black marlin he's pictured with. Other species caught there were cobia, wahoo, greasy cod, moses perch, coral bream and quality snapper.
Massoud's Reef was patchy but on the good days it yielded Maori cod, squire, moses perch, teraglin jewfish, sweetlip and coral bream. North Reef was a bit more accommodating, producing more marlin (caught and released), venus tusk fish, sweetlip, teraglin jewfish, moses perch, pearl perch, snapper to 45cm, coral bream and (as above) gold spot cod and Maori cod. James Thian from Brisbane boated these 3.5kg (est) specimens at inner North while on a Trekka 2 charter on Wednesday. And from the same three quarter day charter, Mitch Wolski from Brisbane (below left) was happy to pose with his 4.0kg gold spot.
| Closer to home, Sunshine Reef might have been
hard work but it produced the goods for those who were prepared to work
through at least two tide changes. Species reported on the bite there included
marlin, mackerel tuna, bonito, yellowfin tuna, venus tuskers, teraglin jewfish,
grassy sweetlip, Maori cod, greasy cod and later in the week; cobia (to
10kg) and small spotted mackerel. Craig Mattingley from Pomona (above right)
trolled out there on Friday using Halco Laser Pro red/head hard bodies for
a catch of mackerel tuna and the 3.6kg yellowfin, or possibly big eye, tuna
(you could be right Rob) he's pictured with.
Heading back towards Laguna Bay, the rubble ground north of Sunshine, just out from the headland held the odd decent sized spotted mackerel while in the bay itself, Little Hall's Reef was the spot for sweetlip and very skittish mackerel tuna. Big Hall's Reef was also worth a look as local angler Adam Witchard (above) discovered. Adam was doing a spot of bottom bashing there on Friday afternoon when his tuna cube bait was taken by the 6.5kg (est) cobia he's posing with. This well presented fish, a ready smile and a happy, 'no worries' attitude also won Adam this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
When you next cross over the Noosa Bar, remember to wear your pfd and fasten it properly. 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 December Bar Crossing Safety Award goes to the owner of the boat, registration number; NP889Q. The 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. You have until the end of January 2013 to do so.
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