As at Monday March 18, 2013.
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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|OFFSHORE: With moderate
to strong (20 to 25 knot) variable southerlies hammering the coastline and
a solid dumping swell on the bar earlier in the week there was only a brief
window of opportunity for the offshore brigade to get runs on the board
this week. Fortunately it came over the weekend with Friday marginally fishable
and Saturday and Sunday steadily improving to 'as good as it gets' status
ahead of Sunday night's strong 25 to 30 knot south easterlies.
Laguna Bay was still a bit murky and even though there were birds working not far out from the bar and over towards Little Hall's Reef, there were no reports of any tuna captures. Sunshine Reef, however, made up for the lack of activity in 'The Bay' with heaps and heaps small but legal size sweetlip on the bite, as well as venus tusk fish, estuary cod, squire, mowong, coral trout in numbers, spotted mackerel and the odd northern bluefin tuna. Chicko Vella from Davo's Compleat Angler (above) and two mates did well there on Saturday, boating a good range of reefies, two spotties, three coral trout and a 10kg longtail tuna.
| And Chicko's buddy Sonnie Stevens (above left)
was very happy with the 5kg trout he hooked and landed using a humble Davo's
pilchard as his draw card.
With barely a ripple on the bar and conditions outside getting better by the hour the boat ramp car park was chokka block on Sunday. Chris 'Fella' Arnold (above right) from Noosa River Fishing Safaris had the day off (sick leave, actually) so headed out to Sunshine where he boated these two quality trout.
Trekka 2 managed three half day charters to Sunshine Reef over the weekend during which they got onto grass sweetlip in numbers, mowong, venus tusk fish and, as per the photo above, the odd coral trout. Tina Butcher from Dalby is pictured with the 50cm specimen she boated out there yesterday afternoon.
The only report from out-wide was from Tony Kebblewhite from the Noosa Boat Fishing Club who did a run to The Hards on Sunday. The catch there was three small snapper, six hussar, some undersized job fish and a remora (all released) and one banana fish (fusilier). The strong current out there didn't help.
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