As at Monday October 8, 2012
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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OFFSHORE: The winds were sometimes harder
to pick than a broken nose this week. Nevertheless, the morning sessions
were certainly the best option with usually light variable westerlies
offering some quite fishable conditions. Moderate to fresh variable northerlies
lifted the daytime temperatures from Thursday onwards before Sunday's
southerly change cooled things down again. The swell was quite moderate
but the bar was a tad messy on some days.
Noosa Blue Water Charters did a couple of trips out wide to the Barwon Banks this week but reported the fishing being rather slow with no real standouts coming over the side. Species boated on these full day charters were snapper, pearl perch, gold spot wrasse, hussar, venus tusk fish and moses perch.
Closer in, North Reef produced mostly average size reefies such as venus tusk fish, pearl perch, teraglin jewfish, moses perch, Maori cod, snapper and (as you can see by the photo above) the odd quality cobia. Local angler Mike Branco boated this 7.5kg specimen on a half day Trekka 2 charter on Thursday.
The photos above? Di and Tony Dicker from Ipswich fished North Reef with Fishing Offshore Noosa last week but we had so many pix we just didn't have room for them all. So, here they are now. Di was especially pleased with her 4kg snapper as she got it on one of the new Gladiator Smash Baits, given to her to try by Davo's manager Bob Jeynes. The one that worked best (and nailed a few other reefies) was the 'Clear'. Tony's moses perch took a half pilly.
Sunshine Reef wasn't terribly exciting with just the odd venus tusk fish, Maori cod and striped perch on the bite. Around the corner in Laguna Bay, most of the action seemed to be along the Little Hall's to Big Hall's Reef stretch where longtail tuna continued to account for more bust-offs than boatings this week.
Rob Gordon from Coolum (above) was another angler who's photo missed featuring in last weeks report. Rob was working the waters around Little Hall's when his soft plastic was engulfed by the 18.5kg longtail he's pictured with. He battled this thumper fish for two and a half hours before dragging it on board his kayak. Well done mate. The only other reports from that stretch of water were of bonito and the odd school mackerel going for trolled hard body lures.
The latest Bar Crossing video clip, recorded as at Saturday October 6, 2012, has now been uploaded. You can check it out by CLICKING HERE
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