As at Monday February 10, 2014.
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: The moderate
to fresh (15 to 20 knot+) winds continued through from last week although
this time they had a more southerly influence. The result was the same,
though, with the exposed reefs technically a no go until the weekend. A
surprising number of smaller vessels ventured out past the headland in these
less than ideal conditions but most were back inside the river within forty
five minutes without even bothering to try their luck in the bay.
The Noosa Bar crossing was a bit gnarly on some days but was certainly do-able with a little bit of patience. The only anglers who managed to post a result before conditions improved over the weekend, however, were big Dave Reynolds from Tewantin (above left in photo) and his mate Darryl Hofmann who was visiting Noosa from Durban, South Africa. These two amigos made a beeline for Little Hall's Reef as soon as they crossed the bar on Tuesday morning, determined to nail a Spaniard if there were any there. It was apparently 'rough as' out there, and they only got one strike, but as you can see by their mega smiles, they were more than happy with the 6kg Spanish mackerel that took their trolled Halco Laser Pro hard body lure. Their valiant effort in the face of some fairly ordinary conditions, plus their over the top antics in the photo shoot, also won them this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
With the winds backing off on Friday afternoon, and weekend forecast for light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) variable southerlies, a number of boats headed out on Saturday morning. Those who headed for Sunshine Reef reported conditions as still being rather sloppy and quite a few called it quits and came back home. The charter boats worked the middle reef belt and reported good, fishable conditions. Cougar One targeted Chardon's Reef in the morning for teraglin jewfish, pearl perch and, as per the photo above, Spanish mackerel. Brisbane angler Josh Tunnicliffe's 4kg fish (above) went for a live yakka floater.
Later that day Cougar One moved on to North Reef where, apart from moses perch, pearl perch and venus tusk fish, one of their customers (Tim Burton from Brisbane, above) landed a 6kg+ jewfish or mulloway. Other species on the bite there over the last few days were spotted mackerel, cobia and sweetlip.
And Trekka 2 got into the mulloway at North Reef on this morning's half day charter. Michael Kimber from Yarloop in West Australia (above) was more than happy to pose with his 9kg 'jewie' from that trip. The only other report was of school mackerel, pearlies and venus tusk fish on the bite at Massoud's Reef.
By the way, the latest bar crossing video (as at Saturday February 8, 2014) has now been uploaded to the website. To view it... CLICK HERE.
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