As at Monday 7th October 2002
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|OFFSHORE: Regardless of wind direction (variable Southerlies earlier in the week and variable Northerlies from Friday onwards) conditions were either good, very good, or excellent with 5 to 15 knot winds the rule rather than the exception. Afternoons did tend to be a bit on the blustery side at times, however, when the North Easterly sea breezes kicked in, but as most boats were on their way home by then it was largely irrelevant.|
There was a case
for traffic lights at the Noosa bar this week with the owners of all
manner of craft taking full advantage of the pleasant conditions. Squire,
Snapper and Parrot Fish were common to all of the visited reefs. In
addition, out wide, 'The
Hards' yielded Moses Perch and Pearl Perch while at the Barwon Banks
the bonuses were Maori Cod, Red Emperor and a number of Sailfish hookups.
closer in, North Reef outshone the lot (again), producing Northern Bluefin
Tuna, Sweetlip, Teraglin Jewfish, Moses Perch, Mahi Mahi, Mackerel Tuna,
quality Cobia and thumper Coral Trout. Within near sight of land, Sunshine
Reef yielded the a few quality Sweetlip and Hall's Reef was the spot
for the odd Cobia or Black Kingfish. All in all, though, North Reef
well and truly lived up to its recent reputation as a top performer
as eight year old Gold Coast angler Ashley Cooper, above left, found
on Saturday morning. Ashley was out there on a half day Cougar
One charter when he boated this 1.5kg Snappery Squire and later,
a 7kg Northern Bluefin Tuna. He was armed with a Fenwick rod and an
Abu 6500C3 reel loaded with 12lb braid. And the day before at North
Reef Judy Van Leeuwen, above right, outfished the guys on a full day
Cougar One charter, the 4kg Snapper she's pictured with being her standout.
She was using a Gary Howard rod, an Alvey 725C reel and 30lb line.