As at Monday March 25, 2013.
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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|OFFSHORE: Wow! The
offshore scene was a steady improver to the point that the latter half of
the week, and today in particular, was as good as we've had for quite some
time. Very light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable easterlies dominated
from Thursday on and, with the swell dropping away below the one metre mark,
there were all manner of small and large boats heading out in convoy. The
early morning southerlies pretty much flattened the bar out by the weekend
and the favoured channel, running straight out from the river mouth rock
groyne, provided fairly straight forward access to Laguna Bay and beyond.
The middle reef belt was back on the agenda and many boaties took advantage of the vastly improved conditions to try out slightly wider marks for a change. Chardon's Reef produced a lot of snapper (to 3kg) and the odd Spaniard as did North Reef but with the added bonus of shiny and spotted mackerel, venus tusk fish, sweetlip, cod, moses and pearl perch, cobia and yellowtail kingfish. The snapper were a bigger at North Reef as Jason Armstrong (above) found when he fished there this morning. Using Z-Man soft plastics, Jason boated sweetlip, venus tusk fish, estuary cod and four snapper in the 4kg to 5kg range.
|Sunshine Reef, however, was where it was all happening. There was still a bit of dirty water out there but that didn't fuss the sweetlip which were on the bite there in excellent numbers. On the edge of the murk line and further out the catch was coral trout, cod, black tip reef shark, Maori cod, moses perch, venus tusk fish, squire, spotted mackerel and Spanish mackerel. Rosa Bos from Holland (above left) struck gold out there on Friday (on a half day Cougar One charter) when she hooked a 5kg trout on the first drop. And on the same trip, Andrew Williamson from Geelong (above right) landed a 4kg fish not long after.|
|Alan Jones (above left) fished wide on Sunshine
Reef on Friday with Fishing
Offshore Noosa and is pictured here with two of the grass sweetlip
boated on that three quarter day excursion. And from the same charter, Clint
Fuller from Doonan (above right) was more than happy to pose with his 7kg
gold spot cod.
The Spanish mackerel have been a bit scarce lately because the murky waters in the bay and out on Sunshine Reef. At some point, though, we all knew they were going to move back in close and Sunday was the day. Brian Templeton from Kawana (above) decided to paddle his kayak out that way yesterday morning and while he only got one strike on his trolled, squid skirted pilchard, he got the shock of his life when the culprit turned out to be a 24kg Spaniard. Brian's epic battle, which took him nearly forty minutes and one kilometre south, won him this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize. Onya mate.
|Peter Huitema (above left) and Stuart Wilson from down the coast at Maroochydore booked themselves onto a light tackle sport fishing charter with River Fishing Safaris on Saturday morning and during the half day session, got onto mackerel tuna, sweetlip and venus tusk fish at Sunshine Reef and, later in the same morning, a spotted mackerel at Big Hall's Reef. The only other report to hand was of the odd northern bluefin tuna and snapper around Jew Shoal.|
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