As at Monday June 8, 2015.
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|OFFSHORE: The weekend
warriors missed out this week with a strong wind warning issued by the Weather
Bureau for Saturday and Sunday. As it turned out, the forecast fresh to
strong southerlies didn't eventuate until nearly lunchtime Saturday, so
a morning fish would have been feasible, if you were keen. Prior to that,
however, it was all systems go with light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable
winds, predominantly from the south, and a 0.5m to 0.75 swell.
Despite the full moon phase there was little or no current. Noosa Charters scheduled full day trips to Double Island Point on Wednesday and Thursday and notched up an impressive catch which included scarlet sea perch, sweetlip, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, Maori cod, hussar, squire, spotted mackerel, red emperor and yellowfin tuna. Marcus Tarry from Noosa, above, is pictured with the standout red emperor (boated by skipper Paul) from Thursday's charter.
Closer in, North Reef also produced and impressive range of species such as shiny mackerel, moses perch, coral bream, mowong, teraglin jewfish, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip, yellowfin tuna, spotted mackerel, pearl perch, snapper, squire, gold spot cod, cobia, mulloway and wahoo. Garry Johnstone from Dubbo (above) boated his thumper jewfish or mulloway on Thursday morning's half day Cougar One charter to one of the wrecks on North Reef.
Beck Geldard and Sonnie Stevens (above) popped into Davo's for some bait on Wednesday morning and were then going to target North Reef. They didn't have any decent marks for the area so staff member Chris Locke quickly Googled up a couple on the internet. The first mark did them fine, producing venus tusk fish, spotted mackerel, shiny mackerel and this thumper 22kg wahoo. Can't complain about that. The 'Hoo', by the way, went for a pilchard floater that Sonnie was winding back in. Their impressive catch, and team effort in boating it, also earned them this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
The lads from Trekka 2 found Chardon's Reef a bit quiet on Friday so they moved in to Sunshine Reef where they got their clients onto sweetlip, moses perch, snapper, squire, school mackerel, venus tusk fish and pearl perch. Paul Stone from Regency Downs (above) is pictured with a snapper and pearl perch from that three quarter day charter. Apart from that, there were a few coral trout on the prowl out that way and heaps of quality squid.
In Laguna Bay, mackerel tuna and the odd longtail tuna were active around the shark nets and, together with grass sweetlip, snapper, squid and Spanish mackerel, out around Jew Shoal. On Thursday, local identity Bob Major (above) was only at Jew Shoal long enough to put down a pilchard bait on a bottom bashing rig, put the rod in the rod holder and grab a jigging outfit when his bottom rig went off. It was a few tentative turns of the reel, then all hell broke loose as this 12kg Spaniard took off at a rate of knots. Bob kept his cool, though, and five minutes later he had his fish on board and was heading for home.
|As usual, we couldn't fit all of the great photos from the week on the page. To view the 'Lightbox Gallery', just click on the thumbnails above.|
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