As at Monday January 6, 2014
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: Wow! It
was a hot one this week with the dominant variable northerlies pushing the
temperatures over the 30 degree mark, peaking around 34 degrees on Saturday.
Morning sessions continued to be the better option with light to moderate
winds and a 0.5m to 1.0m swell once again ensuring that the boat ramp car
parks were full to overflowing not long after first light. The inevitable
afternoon summer storms, of course, were just part of the overall package.
With the afternoon north easterly sea breezes more often than not punching in the 15 to 20+ knot range, most boaties were happy to target the middle reef belt and be well on their way home before the waters chopped up. The current wasn't much of an issue in that stretch either so lighter leads and soft plastics were the order of the day. Chardon's Reef was fairly quiet but having said that, it still produced some reasonable catches of teraglin jewfish, moses perch, average size snapper, sweetlip, venus tusk fish, pearl perch and the odd mahi mahi. All the aforementioned species were also on the chew at North Reef but with the added bonus there of cobia, estuary cod, mowong, spotted mackerel, gold spot wrasse and Maori cod. The mahi mahi were in better numbers too. Jonny Dixon from Perth (above) is pictured with a 6kg (est) 'Dolly' he boated at North Reef on a New Years Day charter with Noosa Blue Water Charters.
Offshore Noosa did well at North Reef this week. Matt Bird from
Twin Waters (above left) boated a 7kg (est) mahi mahi there on Thursday's
Trekka 2 charter while Sam Hutcherson from Sydney (above right) tempted
his spotted mackerel with a pilchard bait on the last drop on Friday's half
Thursday's Trekka 2 charter also yielded the odd quality cobia. Bob Stene from California (above) is pictured with his standout 15kg (est) fish from that trip.
|Sunshine Reef showed a bit more life this week.
Maori cod and Spanish mackerel were on the bite on the northern end and,
together with spotted mackerel and small mahi mahi, out on Sunshine Wide.
Shelley Daly and Scott Strater from Sydney (above left) boated a couple
of Maori cod on yesterday morning's Trekka
2 charter to Sunshine. And David Davies from Sydney (above right)
trolled up a 5kg Spaniard out wide. He was using garfish on a Spaniard Special.
Nathan Garlick from Sydney (above) is pictured with a 13kg yellowfin tuna that he trolled up on a Halco Red Head lure on Sunshine Reef on Thursday. He also released one similar size fish and boated one small Spaniard. Nathan's quality yellowfin won him this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
There were a few bigger Spanish mackerel on the prowl around the southern end of Sunshine Reef later in the week. Steve Sinclair and Bruce Waldron from the Noosa Boat Fishing Club (above) trolled up this 13kg Spaniard in that area on Thursday morning. Bruce went back to Sunshine yesterday morning and while he didn't pick up anything on the troll, he got onto a school of spotties hammering a bait school out wide and boated three keepers on cast metal slug lures. In Laguna Bay, Hall's Reef was the spot for the odd Spanish mackerel, as was Jew Shoal, but with the added bonus there of yellowfin tuna.
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