As at Monday November 24, 2014.
|OFFSHORE: Wow! A week
of non stop northerlies certainly got the temperatures rising. They were
mostly light to moderate winds (at least as far as the mornings went) but
they brought heat wave 35 degree+ conditions with them as the week progressed.
It didn't effect the fishing too adversely, in fact the steadily warming
waters drew some quality spotted mackerel and a number of school (5kg to
6kg) Spanish mackerel into the closer reefs and Laguna Bay.
By the way, we have a bit of news from the offshore charter scene, see above. Noosa Charters have a new vessel. 'Wild Thing 2' (a Cougar Cat) replaces the old mono hull 'Wild Thing' and the crew are delighted with her. Also, Noosa Blue Water Charters have changed moorings and are now better located at the Discovery Jetty on Gympie Terrace, just down from the Big Pelican. Trekka 2? No changes there but we included their photo so they didn't feel left out.
Double Island Point was a worthwhile option for the bigger boats. Making the capture list from up that way were; pearl perch, moses perch, bonito, gold spot wrasse, venus tusk fish, teraglin jewfish, mowong, sweetlip, snapper, hussar, gold spot cod, mahi mahi and mulloway. Norm White from St George in Sydney (above) is pictured with a quality dolphin fish or mahi mahi which he boated on Thursday's full day Wild Thing II charter to Double Island Point.
Trekka 2 scheduled an early morning run to D.I. on Saturday and were back at the jetty by 1pm. Chris Helm's gold spot cod (above) came from that charter.
North Reef, however, was by far the most favoured destination for the smaller boats and the short run charters and it fired quite well and quite consistently, producing pearl perch, moses perch, snapper, venus tusk fish, school cobia, mahi mahi, mowong, mulloway, mackerel tuna and the odd spotted mackerel. Darren Cornell from Boolara in Victoria (above) boated this quality mulloway or jewfish on Tuesday's Wild Thing II charter to the top end of North Reef.
And Katie Edwards from Moloolaba (above) was on yesterday's Trekka 2 charter to North Reef when her live bait drew the attention of a quality mahi mahi.
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was the spot for mowong, moses perch, venus tusk fish, lots of juvenile red emperor and Maori cod, plus the odd Spanish mackerel. Tomas Iriondo from Cooroy (above) hooked and landed his first ever Spanish mackerel on Sunday morning and at 5.5kg it was a great debut. He was trolling the northern end of Sunshine Reef with his dad and brother around 6.30am when this hungry Spaniard monstered his Blue Bomber lure. Tomas was very excited with his capture (but didn't want to show his braces) and was a well deserved winner of this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
|While the spotted mackerel aren't here in huge numbers yet, the quality of those boated so far has been excellent. Yak angler Richard Langford (above left) got into some quality spotties off the headland on Thursday morning. He got three, on a trolled hard bodies and squid skirted pilchards. And Greg Mayberry (above right) trolled up a quality spotty near the drum lines, just out from Granite Bay on Saturday morning. It went for a squid skirted pilchard. He didn't get anything else but this one fish would have made for a good family banquet. The only other reports were of cobia, spotties, snapper and bonito on Jew Shoal.|
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