As at Monday March 9, 2015.
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|OFFSHORE: It doesn't
get much better than this. Friday's blustery south easterly blow was the
only 'no go' as far as the offshore scene was concerned. Light to moderate
(5 to 15 knot) variable easterlies dominated the rest of the week and with
the swell in the 0.5m to 0.57m range it was all systems go for the bluewater
boys. Double Island Point was worth a look, producing mahi mahi, yellowtail
kingfish, longtail tuna, pearl perch, Maori cod and the odd keeper red emperor
amongst the many juveniles. Also out wide, The Barwon Banks yielded jobfish,
mahi mahi, mackerel tuna, red throat emperor and sweetlip.
Closer in, The Coffees really fired over the weekend. Sweetlip, pearl perch, coral bream, moses perch, venus tusk fish and mowong were on the bite down deep but it was hard getting through the Spanish, spotted and school mackerel to get to them. Ha ha. Nice problem to have. Trekka 2 initially fished there on Saturday and found themselves surrounded by huge numbers of voracious mackerel. Their customers flicked everything at them; slugs, half baits, whole pilchards. Anything that hit the water was instantly nailed. And they left them biting. They went back to the same area on Sunday and after setting a good berley trail, got the same result, although the Spaniards weren't quite as thick. Matthew Attard from Melbourne (above) boated a quality Spaniard on that trip.
|Some of the spotties were almost as big as the
Spaniards anyway so no one was complaining. Mick Hodges from Noosa, Matt
Johnson from Caboolture, Shane Nipperess from Doonan and John Shenstone
from Brisbane (above pix) are pictured with just a few of the spotties from
North Reef was good for sweetlip, moses perch, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, snapper, estuary cod, Maori cod, coral trout, Spanish mackerel and the odd jewfish or mulloway. Anthony Clough from Caboolture (above) boated this quality jewfish at the top of North Reef on Saturday's Cougar One charter.
The Spanish and spotted mackerel were also active at Chardon's Reef over the weekend, as were the northern bluefin and yellowfin tuna. Rhiannon Quaid (above) and her boyfriend Kane fished Chardon's on Sunday and boated a few spotted mackerel and Rhiannon's 17kg yellowfin tuna, all on pilchard floaters.
Sunshine Reef was another hot spot this week. The coral trout were out in numbers, as were the grass sweetlip. Other species on the bite out there were; spotted mackerel, shiny mackerel, Maori cod, snapper, longtail tuna, venus tusk fish, estuary cod, spangled emperor, hussar, moses perch and mowong.
Wild Thing 2 fished Sunshine Reef on Saturday morning for sweetlip, venus tusk fish, hussar, moses perch and the thumper bar-cheeked trout that Lawrie Wilson from Brisbane (above) is posing with. Skipper Paul Glover hooked it with a yakka fillet on a jig head but was happy to add it to the group's catch.
Most of the snapper boated on Sunshine Reef this week were 'pan sized' fish but the thumper 4kg+ 'Double Knobby' specimen that Tewantin angler Brad Kenane (above) nailed on a pilchard floater was a real standout. Good enough, in fact, to earn Brad this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
|We didn't have room for all of the offshore photos but if you click on any of the small photographs directly above, you can view the extra pix in a slideshow.|
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