As at Monday January 21, 2013
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: Wow! It
was all on for young and old this week as the mackerel schools moved back
in close. The light to moderate variable easterlies and modest swell saw
lots of small boats crossing the bar (especially as the week progressed)
and with the spotties, yellowfin tuna and and mack tuna on the bite from
the river mouth to Little Hall's they didn't have far to motor to get into
the action. Cast metal slug lures (15gm-20gm) got best results on most days.
Sunshine Reef really came alive this week, producing snapper, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, moses perch, pearl perch, mowong, grass sweetlip, spotted mackerel, red throat emperor, quality coral trout and a few thumper Spanish mackerel. Local angler 'Woody' (above) set out to get himself a big Spaniard on Thursday and after landing a few spotties on the southern end of Sunshine, trolled a heavily weighted Spaniard Special loaded with a large pilchard across the middle of the reef. His plan worked a treat and won him the 19kg specimen he's pictured with, as well as the $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
Offshore Noosa organised a few 1/2 day and 3/4 day excursions
to Sunshine Reef this week and apart from the usual reefies, did well on
the coral trout. Andrew Hill from Sydney (pictured above left with his girlfriend
Hollie) boated a 2kg trout there on Wednesday morning. And Mick Maher from
the Gold Coast (above right) caught his 3.5kg specimen while out at Sunshine
Reef on Friday's Trekka
2 charter. His father Wayne boated a 'slightly smaller' trout.
And what about this for a first time effort! Blake Swanepoel (above) and his father came up from Brisbane on Sunday to try their luck on our local reefs. Blake badly wanted to land a coral trout and after getting a few tips from Davo's manager Bob 'Trout Man' Jeynes, they set themselves up on some good ground on the southern end of Sunshine Reef. Blake's trophy fish eluded them, however, until the very last drop of the day when Blake's squid/pilchard combo attracted the attention of the thumper 5.6kg specimen he's proudly posing with. The rest of their catch was Maori cod, venus tusk fish and red throat emperor.
|A little further south, Victor Bailey's Reef was the spot for spotted mackerel, Maori cod, grass sweetlip and a few pearl perch. Out along the middle reef belt, Massoud's Reef produced moses perch and teraglin jewfish, as did Chardon's Reef but with the added bonus there of wahoo. There were a lot of bust-offs reported as regards these high speed heavy hitters but Dave Leonard (above right) was one of just a few anglers who came home with the prize. Dave's fish, which tipped the scales at 8kg, went for a fast trolled, deep diving, Rapala hard bodied lure. Although North Reef was fairly quiet it still yielded the bread and butter species such as average size pearl perch, black tip reef shark, moses perch, Maori cod, venus tusk fish, coral bream and teraglin jewfish. The Coffees had small snapper, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, pearl perch, moses perch, grass sweetlip and mowong while way down south the quality snapper were on the chew. Kristen Mcdougall from Cootharaba (above left) popped into Davo's with her dad on Thursday after fishing Caloundra Wide. Her snapper was 4.5kg.|
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