As at Monday October 19, 2015.
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|OFFSHORE: Almost as
good as it gets! Not a day was unfishable this week with light to moderate
(5 to 15 knot) variable westerlies dominating earlier in the week and light
to moderate south easterlies from Thursday onwards. A 0.5m to 1.0m swell
was the icing on the cake and on most days there was little or no current.
If we were to ignore today's 15 to 20 knot blow out (and 1.8m-2.0m swell)
the week would have easily scored a solid 10 out of 10. But, that's fishin'.
With a great forecast for the week, Alex Pollet from Noosa Bluewater Charters scheduled an overnighter to Double Island Point Wide for Thursday and Friday. The group of dedicated anglers who booked it had an absolutely marvellous time and came back with a good mixed bag comprising hussar, venus tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, gold band snapper, snapper, moses perch, Maori cod, painted mowong, pearl perch, red emperor and lots of rosy jobfish. Above we have Ray Hopping from Stradbroke Island with his standout red emperor from the two day trip, and below left, Ash Horswell from The Gap with two of the many rosy jobfish boated. And what about the the thumper pearlies they boated! Terry Haigh from Brisbane (below) did the honours with a couple of them.
|Also out wide, The Barwon Banks produced amberjack,
mowong, moses perch, venus tusk fish, coral bream and pearl perch. Closer
in along the middle reef belt, The Coffees yielded some thumper moses perch,
squire, grass sweetlip, sea bream, pearl perch, mowong, squire, gold spot
cod and Maori cod, as did North Reef but with the added bonus there of quality
snapper, wire netting cod, teraglin jewfish, cobia, striped sea perch and
mulloway or jewfish.
Crystal Baker and her father Rod from Noosaville (below) boated a knobby snapper each on Tuesday's half day Wild Thing 2 charter to the bottom of North.
While Stewart Harrison from Bribie Island and Wazza Knapton from Nambour (below) boated a couple of quality mulloway on Saturday's seven hour Wild Thing 2 charter to the top of North Reef and The Wreck. You can see more pix of captures from North Reef in the Lightbox Gallery further down the page.
Not quite North Reef but we'll squeeze it in here, Graham Little from Brisbane (below left) boated this good eating size gold spot cod on Saturday's Trekka 2 charter to The Coffees. While Owen Dabkowski from Christchurch in New Zealand (below right) is pictured with a wire netting cod from Tuesday's charter.
| And Jo Elliot from London with (below) was happy
to pose with a couple of squire, boated on Sunday's Trekka
2 charter to the bottom of North Reef.
Further south, Chardon's Reef was good for a few snapper, quality moses perch, hussar, coral bream, frying pan snapper, squire and the odd billfish.
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was the spot for thumper coral trout, grass sweetlip, squire and lots of juvenile red emperor. In Laguna Bay there were a few longtail tuna moving through the bay and cobia in close. There were also keeper red emperor, grass sweetlip and the odd squire on the bite at Hall's Reef.
|It was pretty ordinary out past the headland today with 15 to 20 knot south easterly winds and a 1.5m to 2.0m swell roughing up the exposed reefs. The customers on Cougar One voted to fish the relative shelter of Laguna Bay and Hall's Reef was where they ended up. Anthony Vafiadis (above left) boated a 60cm red emperor on the half day charter and seven year old Joel Duke from Brisbane (above right) did well to hold this thumper grass sweetlip for the camera. Take note big people. He didn't complain once about how heavy it was either. By the way, the latest Bar Crossing Video has now been uploaded.|
|As is often the case, we couldn't fit all of the great photos on the page. To view the 'Lightbox Gallery', simply click on the thumbnails below...|
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