As at Monday December 30, 2013.
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
| OFFSHORE: We had
a Merry Christmas here in Noosa with light to moderate variable easterlies
giving the offshore boys a welcome bonus. Even better, the swell on most
days was down around the 0.5m mark. The bar crossing was a bit sloppy earlier
in the week but it flattened out very nicely as the weekend approached.
Morning sessions were often the better options, with the afternoon north
easterly sea breezes at times cranking up over the 18 to 20 knot mark.
With lots of holiday makers getting here early this year the car park boat ramps were chokka block before sunrise on most days and the river mouth was a sight to see with all manner of craft heading out in convoy as soon as there was enough water and light on the bar crossing. It would be great to report that they all came back with smiles on their faces, but in reality the fishing was quite patchy with some days (and locations) working much better than others.
On the better days, Chardon's Reef produced mowong, squire, moses perch, hussar, teraglin jewfish, pearl perch and venus tusk fish, as did North Reef but with the added bonus there of sweetlip, school cobia, snapper, mulloway, mahi mahi and Spanish mackerel. Phil Johns, visiting from Devon in the United Kingdom (above) is pictured with a 15kg (est) Spaniard that he boated on Saturday afternoon's Trekka 2 charter to North Reef. It went for a pilchard floater.
Trekka 2 targeted North Reef again on Sunday morning and above we have Damian Hamer from Sydney with a 9kg (est) mulloway that he landed on that trip. And from that same half day charter, Luke Stocker (below left) was absolutely delighted with the 6kg mahi mahi that he tempted with a pilchard floater.
|There were a few snapper in the mix as well this
week. Mike Sterling from Sydney (above right) is pictured with a 3kg specimen
from Tuesday's T2
Closer in, Arkwright Shoal was the spot for snapper, spotted mackerel, moses perch and venus tusk fish while further north at Sunshine Reef the catch was sweetlip, venus tusk fish and, as per above, coral trout. Kelly Furtado from Perth did a good job to hold up this 6kg coral trout from Thursday's Cougar One charter to Sunshine Reef. This very colourful, thumper reef predator went for a half slimy mackerel dropper. Needless to say, it was the standout of the day.
Sunshine Reef also yielded snapper at the northern end and the odd Spanish mackerel and mahi mahi (dolphin fish) out wide. Local anglers Mark and Angus Berger (above) trolled wide and deep there on Saturday morning and were more than happy with the 11.5kg Spaniard and 5.5kg 'dolly' that their deep trolled pilchards on pink squid skirts attracted. Apart from that, the odd spotted mackerel boil was reported off the headland with fish to 4kg going for cast metal slug lures while in Laguna Bay, Spanish mackerel were on the prowl at Little Halls Reef and (together with the odd snapper and longtail tuna) at Jew Shoal.
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