As at Monday February 24, 2014.
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: Unfortunately
it was another weekend lockout for the offshore boys with fresh to strong
18 to 25 knot south easterlies hammering the coastline from late Friday
afternoon onwards. On the positive side, those who were able to get time
off during the week made the most of light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable
northerlies and a 0.5m to 0.7m swell which, combined with a light southerly
running current, created very fishable conditions on our local reefs.
There were no reports from out wide with most boaties focussing on the middle reef belt. Chardon's Reef was one of the top performers this week, producing squire, pearl perch, Spanish mackerel, mahi mahi and plenty of wahoo. Jesse Wacker from Brisbane (above) tempted his 12kg specimen (looks bigger than that) with a trolled Rapala X-Rap 'Blue Bonito' hard body lure at Chardon's Reef on Wednesday morning. His father John boated a Spanish mackerel as well.
Trekka 2 ran a half day charter to Chardon's Reef on Wednesday morning and during a bottom bashing session they berleyed up a school of mahi mahi then targeted them successfully with pilchard floaters. Cindy, Timo, Ben and Dylan (above) are pictured with their fish which nudged the scales from 2.5kg to 3kg.
|North Reef was the spot for squire, gold spot
cod and the odd Spanish mackerel while The Coffees yielded sweetlip, moses
perch, pearl perch and northern bluefin tuna. Dave Brockman from Peregian
Springs (above left) was more than happy to pose with the 11kg northern
bluefin or longtail tuna that he boated out there on Friday's three quarter
2 charter. And Daniel Hetaraka's standout pearl perch (above
right) came from the same charter.
Sunshine Reef was a better option this week with wahoo, spotted mackerel and Spanish mackerel all responding well to trolled hard body lures and whole fish baits out wide. Brereton Kay (above) trolled squid skirted pilchards in that area on Wednesday morning for one Spanish mackerel, one spotted mackerel and the 16kg wahoo that he's doing well to hold up for the camera. Brereton's quality fish also won him this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
And Woody and Broady's 30kg Spaniard (above) also came from Sunshine Wide. This thumper fish went for a trolled pilchard on a Davo's Spaniard Special.
|Sunshine Close was good for longtail tuna, yellowfin
tuna, mackerel tuna, striped tuna, spotted mackerel, scarlet sea perch,
sweetlip, snapper, moses perch and venus tusk fish. John Burns from Cooroibah
(above left) got in amongst the pelagic boils in his kayak on Friday morning
and managed to tempt a 9.5kg longtail with a well cast 'walk the dog' style
surface lure. While Alan Williams caught venus tusk fish (above right) on
Z-Mann soft plastics and striped tuna (below) on cast metal slug lures at
Sunshine Reef on Wednesday morning. He was on a light line and lure charter
River Fishing Safaris.
Although Laguna Bay was relatively quiet with very little bird sign, it still managed to produce a few decent fish. Halls Reef was worth targeting for sweetlip, northern bluefin tuna and mackerel tuna, as was Jew Shoal but with the added bonus there of the odd Spanish mackerel, mostly around the 5kg to 7kg mark.
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