As at Monday March 7, 2016.
The best thing you could say about the weather this week was that it was
consistent. Moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot) south easterlies and a 1.5m
to 2.0m swell pretty much dominated throughout. On the up side, there was
little or no current and the bar crossing wasn't too much of a challenge.
The local reefs were certainly fishable but it was sloppy and choppy out there. Not too much of a problem for the bigger charter boats but not a lot of fun for those in the 5m to 6m recreational craft. The fishing? Not bad actually. The week started off a bit slow but steadily improved as the weekend approached.
The Noosa Yachtie Fishing Club wanted to fish Double Island Point on Sunday so they booked Trekka 2 and Wild Thing 2 for a nine hour charter. Jeff Page, who was on Trekka 2, above, boated the standout snapper and Kiera Van Doornum and Vince D'Abaco (below) boated a cobia each on Wild Thing 2.
The rest of the group's catch was venus tusk fish, mowong, hussar, moses perch, mahi mahi, squire, jewfish, coral bream, Maori cod and grass sweetlip.
North Reef was fairly quiet with just modest catches of grass sweetlip, pearl perch, moses perch, coral bream, venus tusk fish, Maori cod and gold spot cod reported. Melinda and Nick Morris from Newcastle (above) did well to hold this thumper gold spot, boated on Thursday's Wild Thing 2 trip, for the photo.
But what about Sunshine Reef? It really came alive over the weekend, producing snapper, squire, venus tusk fish, mowong, grass sweetlip, Maori cod, pearl perch, dark tailed sea perch, gold spot wrasse and some seriously good coral trout in numbers. Above, and below left, we have Greg Savage and his father Oliver from Pukekohe in New Zealand with a few quality venus tusk fish and a snapper, boated at Sunshine on Wednesday's five hour Trekka 2 charter.
Thing 2 ran two 'back to back' half day charters to Sunshine
on Saturday and came back with some seriously colourful captures. Suzi Feichter
from Sunshine Beach (above right) did the honours with a gold spot wrasse
and Maori cod from the five hour morning charter while Mark, Kade and Ben
are pictured below with three excellent coral trout from the afternoon trip.
Skipper Paul Glover said it was pretty sloppy out there but no one was complaining.
Apart from that, there were lots of small longtail tuna (and birds) working the bait schools on the northern end of Sunshine and just out from Alexandria Bay.
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