As at Monday July 1, 2013
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE/COASTAL REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: Cool variable
southerlies dominated this week's offshore scene with lighter (5 to 15 knot)
winds the norm rather than the exception until Friday afternoon. From that
point on, it was decidedly blustery as the southerlies cranked up a notch,
breaking through the 20 knot barrier by Saturday lunchtime.
With the swell in the very moderate 0.5m to 1.0m range earlier in the week, those anglers who got out to the local reefs before the weekend got the best of it. North Reef fished reasonably well. The bottom end produced estuary cod, snapper, mowong, pearl perch, moses perch, teraglin jewfish, sweetlip and venus tusk fish as did the top end but with the added bonus there of school mackerel, cobia and mulloway. Cougar One regular Dan Mallon (above) is pictured with a 7kg cobia he boated wide on North Reef on Tuesday morning's half day charter. The feedback was that the current was quite slow early in the week.
And above, from Wednesday's Cougar One charter, we have Mike Stawski (Noosa), Matt Lingard (Maroochydore) and Major George (Texas) with a cobia and two mulloway, from wide on North Reef. The rest of the catch was gold spot cod, pearl and moses perch, school mackerel, squire and teraglin jewfish.
Chardon's Reef was a good option for those who had no luck on Sunshine Wide. Chicko Vella from Davo's Compleat Angler fished there with his buddy Richard Vanderhuval (above) on Monday afternoon and came back with pearl and moses perch, estuary cod and a thumper 6kg snapper. They also caught and released lots of juvenile red emperor. The only other reports were from Sunshine Close where squire, venus tusk fish and moses perch were on the bite.
When you next cross over the Noosa Bar, make sure you (and your crew) wear your pfd's. It's not only mandatory for all vessels under 4.8 metres, there's a chance you could win the $100.00 monthly prize if you're photographed doing the right thing! The June Bar Crossing Safety Award goes to the skipper of the boat, registration number; KT654Q. The monthly prize consists of a $50.00 gift voucher from Davo's Compleat Angler, a $50.00 gift voucher from Ray Scholes Marine and the framed award plaque, courtesy of Fishing Noosa, featuring your boat in action. The Coast Guard also recommends you radio in before and after crossing the bar, give your destination and an estimated return time. If you're the skipper/owner of the boat pictured, call 5449 8099 or pop into Davo's Noosaville to claim your prize. Note: You have until the end of July 2013 to do so.
COASTAL BEACHES: The river mouth end of Teewah Beach on the North Shore saw a bit of action on and off with dart, bream and chopper tailor on the bite around dawn and dusk. Dart and bream were also active at the end of the river mouth groyne. Across the bay at the Noosa National Park headland, Dolphin Point was the spot for the odd luderick, while Granite Bay was still worth a shot for chopper tailor and three spot garfish.
|Mulloway were on the prowl further south at Coolum Beach either side of the full moon. Michael Drahm and his son Joshua from Coolum (above) called the Davo's Marcoola store on Tuesday afternoon and got them to keep the doors open long enough for them to pick up some fresh mullet for a Tuesday night fish. It was all worthwhile, as you can see, because their premium fresh, mullet strip baits attracted the attention of these two quality (13.5kg and 14.5kg) jewies. Their quality fish and interesting tale also earned the father and son team this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize from the Marcoola store.|
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