As at Monday June 2, 2014.
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| OFFSHORE: Apart from
being more often than not overcast with the odd shower, conditions on the
local reefs were pretty good until a short lived, moderate to fresh (15
to 20 knot) south easterly blow stirred things up on Friday. The skies cleared
as the weekend unfolded and the winds dropped back into the light to moderate
zone again, but offshore never really improved beyond 'ordinary but fishable'.
Nevertheless, the fish didn't really care and they were still out there
in good numbers for those who chose to make the effort. And with the Noosa
River to Reef Family Fishing Classic in full swing, there were plenty of
A few hardy souls tackled the more distant reefs but the results were less than exciting. The Hards were good for the odd quality pearl perch while Double Island Point was the spot for sweetlip, pearl perch and average size snapper. Closer in, North Reef produced a wide variety of species. Those chasing the pelagics reported yellowfin tuna, mack tuna, Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel, shiny mackerel and cobia on the bite and still in reasonable numbers while the bottom bashers boated gold spot cod, sweetlip, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, Maori cod, snapper and moses perch. Andrew Guymer, visiting Noosa from Melbourne (above) is pictured with a 7kg (est) Spanish mackerel that he boated while on a half day Cougar One charter to North Reef on Friday.
|And above we have Alan Lyne, Sydney with a cobia and Dan Cullen from Sawtell in New South Wales with a gold spot cod from an earlier Cougar One trip.|
2 reported a slight current to the north on the middle reef belt
most of the week. This was good for bottom bashing but the mackerel were
feeding at all levels so the pelagics once again outnumbered the reef fish
in the ice box. The customers weren't complaining, of course, and most went
home with a good bag full of mackerel fillets. Above left, Rick, Adzey,
Ray and Louis are pictured with a couple of Spanish mackerel, a spotted
mackerel and a yellowfin tuna from Wednesday morning's half day charter.
Above right, Jeff and Cait Beddows boated a cobia and a spotted mackerel
on Sunday morning's charter.
Trekka 2 also fished Chardon's Reef where they got onto a few Spanish and shiny mackerel, moses perch, longtail tuna, sweetlip and venus tusk fish. Cathy Scott from Tewantin, Barry Hartshorn from Brisbane and Robyn Wiens from Canada (above) were happy to pose with a few Spaniards from Friday's charter.
|Sunshine Reef produced coral trout, Spanish mackerel,
spotted mackerel, longtail tuna, sweetlip, moses perch, squire and cobia.
River Fishing Safaris scheduled a couple of Light
Line and Lure fishing charters out there this week. Robbie Wilcox
from England (above left) is pictured with a spotty that he boated on Thursday
morning's charter. While local angler Grant Weyer (above right) caught sweetlip
and snapper on the Sunday afternoon charter.
And we better not forget Kurt Vercauteren from Colorado in the USA. Kurt, above, was also on the Sunday afternoon and was more than delighted to hook up and land the quality cobia he's posing with. In Laguna Bay northern bluefin tuna were well spread although not in big numbers. Apart from that, the stretch of water between Big Halls Reef and north to Stingrays produced quality Spanish mackerel and cobia on trolled whole pilchards and slimy mackerel baits
The Noosa River to Reef Family Fishing Classic was held over the weekend and, going by the feedback from the large crowd, it was another triumph for this family friendly event. The weather was an improvement on last year although a downpour on Saturday night caught a few anglers out on the water without their wet weather gear. There were some quality fish entered in the competition and the mega sized live fish tank, a new feature at the competition, turned out to be a major draw card. A display freezer was also set up to highlight the offshore species.
|All in all it was a fantastic, fun filled weekend for young and old with great prizes and a huge variety of piscatorial entries. Note: we haven't included an onshore report this week simply because with so many anglers on the water there were fish weighed in from every nook and cranny of the system. To view some of the highlights of the weekend, and there were lots of those, just click on the montage directly above.|
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