As at Monday January 5, 2015.
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|OFFSHORE: Hooly dooly!
Another fantastic week of light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable easterlies
and a swell that hovered in the 0.75m to 1.2m range. And, just like last
week, there were plenty of fish on the bite, although the pelagics (led
by the cobia and spotted mackerel) were definitely in the majority.
There was a bit of rain about at times, and Saturday (when the winds picked up) was a challenge for the smaller boats, but all in all it was a productive week for the offshore brigade. We're not aware of any boats going much beyond the middle reef belt this week, simply because there was no need to. North Reef was again on fire, producing sweetlip, mowong, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, moses perch, teraglin jewfish, shiny mackerel, spotted mackerel, Spanish mackerel, mahi mahi, red emperor, Maori cod, gold spot cod, cobia, squire and the odd juvenile marlin. The range of reef fish was quite varied but they weren't in numbers like the pelagics. Vanessa Koller from Noosaville (above) is pictured with thumper spotted mackerel from Thursday's Trekka 2 charter.
|As mentioned, the spotted mackerel were out on
North Reef in numbers but they were feeding on large schools of very small
baitfish. Those with light tackle and small metal slugs did well while the
charter boats usually took their chances with floaters in a berley trail
while the customers targeted the reef fish. Lauchlann Otto from Toowoomba
(above) boated a gold spot cod on Tuesday's Trekka
2 charter and Tom O'Brien from Cunnamulla (below) was more than
happy to pose with the standout bull mahi mahi from the same trip. Steve
Little from Brookstead (above) nailed a 60cm red emperor on Sunday's charter.
Wild Thing 2 did back-to-back half day charters to North Reef on Friday. In the morning they boated spotted and Spanish mackerel but due to a quick turn around we didn't get pix. On the afternoon charter, it was cobia and spotted mackerel. Simon Jones from Kent in the UK (below) nailed the standout cobia.
There were some good pearl perch out there too. Ben Hockey from Logan (below left) is pictured with a quality pearlie from Wednesday's Trekka 2 charter.
|Chardon's Reef wasn't as well patronised but
it still produced the goods, especially for those prepared to work the outer
Thing 2 scheduled a trip out that way on Thursday. It was a nice
day out there. Not much current, very light wind. The catch was goat fish,
teraglin jewfish, snapper, venus tusk fish, moses perch, pearl perch and
gold band snapper. Oliver Stewart from Sydney (above right) boated this
standout venus tusk fish on the full day charter.
Also from that charter, Cam Coleman and Jacob Ferrow from Brisbane (above) were more than happy to pose with their gold band snapper and pearl perch.
|Closer in, Arkwright Shoal was the spot for Spanish mackerel and cobia while Sunshine Reef yielded coral trout, grass sweetlip, bonito, venus tusk fish, moses perch, spotted mackerel, shiny mackerel and the odd Spaniard. Above left we have Matthew Lee from Katherine in the Northern Territory with one spotted and one shiny mackerel from Tuesday morning's half day Trekka 2 charter to Sunshine. The birds were working on and off in Laguna Bay, marking the bait schools and the associated pelagics. Best results, however, came from the Halls Reef stretch where spotted mackerel and cobia were on the prowl and out around Jew Shoal where the catch was sweetlip, cobia, spotted mackerel. Alan Draper and his son-in-law Dan White (above) got a few tips from Davo's offshore expert Chicko Vella earlier in the week and put them to good use out on Jew Shoal on Thursday. Floating out whole pilchards on pink squid skirts and tinsel rigs they picked up a nice 85cm spotty mackerel and a 95cm cobia. They reckon they'll be back soon to try Chicko's slow troll technique.|
|As sometimes happens, we didn't have room for
all the offshore photos but if you click on any of the small pix directly
above, you can view the slideshow.
By the way, the latest bar crossing video (as at Sunday January 4, 2015) has now been uploaded to the website. To view it... CLICK HERE.
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