As at Monday January 18, 2016.
With a widely forecast strong south easterly blow mooted for the weekend
it was very much all hands on deck and make the most of it before the change.
Conditions prior to the weekend were, fortunately, as good as they get with
light to very moderate (5 to 10 knot) variable winds and a 0.75m to 1.0m
swell. The bar crossing behaved itself most days and there was a steady
stream of big and small boats heading out to tackle the pelagic schools.
With the mackerel in close, very few boaties bothered with the outer reefs. The only report we received from the Barwon Banks was of wahoo and mackerel sighted, but not responding to floaters or trolled lures, and just the odd the reef fish such as pearl perch, moses perch and venus tusk fish for their troubles. Along the middle reef belt, The Coffees produced the odd Spanish mackerel as did North Reef but with the added bonus there of snapper, venus tusk fish, moses perch, pearl perch, gold spot cod, slate bream, many lined sweetlip, coral bream, jewfish or mulloway, Maori cod and grass sweetlip. Bruce Mackie from Sydney (above) boated this quality snapper on a squid bait on the first drop of the day on Tuesday morning's Cougar One charter to North Reef.
Further south, Chardon's Reef was good for pearl perch, cobia, Maori cod, moses perch, mahi mahi, venus tusk fish, sweetlip, squire, Spanish mackerel, hussar, gold spot cod and mowong. Local angler Mark Arnall (above) motored out that way on Tuesday morning and did a spot of bottom bashing. He did really well, too, bagging out on pearl perch and boating a couple of cobia on whole squid floaters. The 16kg specimen he's pictured with was his standout.
And Ash Morgan, above, sent in this report... "On Friday morning we caught a mahi mahi on a mack tuna slab bait, on 15lb gear, at Chardon's Reef. It went 118cm." Ash has had a productive few weeks on the water. Last week he weighed in a quality coral trout and this week he caught and released a jack in the estuary. This earned him top marks for effort and tipped the scales in his favour to win this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize with his dolly.
Closer in, Sunshine Reef really came alive, producing grass sweetlip, moses perch, Maori cod, coral trout, Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel, venus tusk fish, snapper, mack tuna and even the odd wahoo. Local angler Jordan Zerk sent in this report and the photo above from his Friday morning session... "Hey Bill. Jack Pockran and I snuck out this morning before work for a quick flick before the weather takes a turn for the worst. Here are a few pics of a nice Spaniard that Jack hooked on a Z-Man paddle tail soft plastic on a new 3000 Stradic. Good way to test the drag! We also boated a few squire and flathead."
Chicko Vella from Davo's Tackle World sent in the above photo and report... "Morning Bill. Fished Sunshine on Wednesday arvo with fish fanatics Matty and Ryan Creeley. Conditions were perfect; light north easterly winds, slight current to the south. Boated eight sweetlip and two nice eating size coral trout."
And Lynette Jamieson, visiting Noosa from Scotland (above), is pictured with a nice Maori cod from Friday morning's Cougar One charter to Sunshine.
Laguna Bay was thick with boats and kayaks all week. Where the boats were in numbers the mackerel played it cagey but when a few boaties lost patience and went home things improved. The Hall's Reef stretch was the focal point with spotted mackerel, sweetlip, Spanish mackerel, northern bluefin tuna and yellowfin tuna all on the bite at various times. A little further out, Jew Shoal was the spot for Spanish mackerel, sweetlip, mack tuna and the odd spotted and school mackerel. Chicko Vella from Davo's Tackle World (again) sent in this report from Friday morning's session... "Fished out in the bay early Friday morning and hooked several Spanish mackerel. Kept two nice fish to share around and released quite a few. Conditions were perfect. Caught some on floating pillies and the rest on live baits. Trevor Creeley's Spaniard (above) tipped the scales at 10kg. They love it just before a change.... cheers, Chicko."
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