As at Monday May 26, 2014
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| OFFSHORE: It doesn't
get much better than this at this time of the year. Light to very moderate
(5 to 10 knot) east south easterlies dominated the offshore scene and with
the swell in the 1.2m to 1.5 range it was an almost perfect week on the
local reefs. Conditions were certainly good enough to schedule a few trips
out wide and Trekka
2 did just that on Saturday, targeting the Barwon Banks on a
full day charter. The crew seemed relieved to get away from the mackerel
schools for a change and were pleased to get their clients onto a few reef
fish such as gold band snapper, venus tusk fish, hussar, squire, snapper,
moses perch, pearl perch and mowong. Below we have Fabio Koller and Luca
Voirol from Switzerland, Steven Wernowski from Cleveland and Daniella Tieppo
from Brisbane with snapper, gold band snapper and quality venus tusk fish
from that trip. There was also a report of a black marlin catch and release.
The bar crossing looked a bit gnarly at times but apart from the odd wet one there were no incidents. By today, in fact, it was down to less that 0.5m and flat as a tack more often than not. Back along the middle reef belt the current was quite modest and the pelagics were still hungry. Wide on North Reef the shiny mackerel, spotted mackerel and Spanish mackerel were on the prowl in excellent numbers, as were a few quality cobia. The schools were more often than not feeding down deep initially but they were regularly coaxed into the upper layers with a well laid berley trail. Aaron Steinert from Noosa and Tristan Notley from Perth (below) are pictured with a couple of spotted mackerel and Spanish mackerel from yesterday's half day Trekka 2 charter to North Reef.
Blue Water Charters focussed mostly on North reef this week.
Local angler Chris Vale (above right) was more than happy to pose with a
couple of Spaniards from Saturday's half day charter. And below, from the
same charter, we have Lachy and Robert King from Warrnambool with a nice
And they just kept coming. Chicko Vella from Davo's Tackle World fished North Reef yesterday and said he's hasn't seen anything like this activity for years. The yakka schools were going aerial and the mackerel were flying out of the water in hot pursuit. Long may it last. Cougar One found themselves in the middle of a feeding frenzy out there on Friday. They filled the bin and left them biting on that three quarter day charter. Pictured below, with just a sample of the catch is: Paul Balsarini, Martin Ashworth, Gerard Ashworth, Allan O'Connell, Shane Pepper, Matthew Schwenke, Cory Vincent and Dale Mischlewski.
North Reef also produced reefies such as pearl perch, Maori cod, coral bream, sweetlip and venus tusk fish with the odd quality yellowfin tuna a nice bonus.
Chardon's Reef was relatively quiet this week but if you had an urge to troll a few lures it was good for the odd Spaniard and a few thumper wahoo. Andrew Newby and his good buddy Paul Moroney (both from Victoria) targeted Chardon's Reef on Saturday morning. They were trolling Hex Heads and Rapala X-Rap hard bodies and on the first run hooked and landed the 21.5kg wahoo that Andrew (above) is doing well to hold for the camera. Paul managed to boat a 13.5kg specimen, and they dropped one other big one. Andrew's thumper fish was rightly deemed worthy of this week's Davo's Fish of the Week prize. Apart from that, Sunshine Reef produced the odd quality spotted mackerel on metal slug lures while in Laguna Bay the tuna and bonito were on the boil not far out from the Noosa Bar as soon as the sunlight hit the water and out along the Halls' Reef stretch later in the morning, in the latter half of the week..
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