As at Monday July 2, 2012
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: Wow! What
a week! With fresh to strong (20 to 30 knot) variable southerlies, rain
and a 3m swell hammering the coastline earlier in the week the offshore
scene was a no go zone until the weekend. The photos above show the bar
(without boats) at its worst on Thursday afternoon when the southerlies
hit 30 knots. Two photos (with boats going out) are from Saturday morning
when it was 'manageable with a bit of patience', while the two pix with
boats coming in are from Sunday afternoon when the swell dropped right off
and conditions were pretty much as good as they get for this time of the
The colour of the water says it all and the murk from the river run-off was throughout Laguna Bay and across Sunshine Reef. Despite the dirty water there was still a bit of action on Sunshine, though, with lots of snapper to 3.5kg and the odd northern bluefin making the trip worthwhile. Josh Ross (above) did a bit of bottom bashing there on Saturday morning but apart from a few small reefies, considered himself lucky to tempt this 12kg longtail on a pilchard floater.
|Sunday was a better day with snapper on the feed in numbers. Karl Dwyer from Tewantin and his mate John Peete (who was visiting from NSW) fished in close on Sunshine Reef and bagged out on snapper, as per the photo above left, all taken on Davo's squid baits. And Dominic Fry from Davo's Compleat Angler went out as far as Chardon's Reef on Sunday and while he reported clear water out there the fishing was slow with mostly pearl perch on the bite. Stopping at Sunshine on the way home, however, he managed to boat a few squire and a 10kg+ (est) longtail (below left) which went for a live yakka floater. A little further south, Fishing Offshore Noosa worked Victor Bailey's on Saturday and came back with a bin load of snapper to 3.5kg, pearl perch to 1.5kg, venus tusk fish, moses perch, Maori cod and grass sweetlip. Paris De Groot (below right) from the Gold Coast is pictured with a snapper from that charter. Trekka 2 took a run to Chardon's Reef on Sunday and during the half day charter, got onto snapper, grassy sweetlip, pearl perch, teraglin jewfish, mowong, estuary cod and hussar. Nathan Rivett from Toowoomba (above right) is pictured with a 7kg greasy cod he boated there using a pilchard/squid combo bait.|
|From the same Trekka 2
excursion, Dave Mungham (below), also from Toowoomba, was happy to pose
with a snapper and sweetlip from the day's catch.
Gary Norris from the Noosa Boat Fishing Club also visited Chardon's Reef on Sunday and boated snapper to 5.5kg, moses perch, sweetlip, venus tusk fish and teraglin jewfish. The only other reports of note were from North Reef where Z-Man soft plastics accounted for the bulk of the snapper boated there.
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