As at Monday October 22, 2012
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: Hot, variable
northerlies dominated the offshore scene for most of the week with relief
from the rising temperatures finally coming with Sunday's light to moderate
south easterly change. As is the norm for this time of the year, the morning
sessions were by far the most fishable, ahead of the more blustery afternoon
north easterly sea breezes. The bar crossing was pretty straight forward
although best tackled at least two hours either side of the low.
Noosa Blue Water Charters did a run to The Hards on Friday and did quite well out there on mostly average size reef fish such as moses perch, snapper, venus tusk fish and teraglin jewfish. Brisbane angler Steve Malt (above) boated the day's standout, a 10kg samson fish, which really put his gear to the test.
| And from the same full day charter, Brett Pryce
from Brisbane (above left) was more than happy to pose with one of the better
tuskers boated during the trip.
Dave Passenger, above right, is a happy man. Why? Well, he won a $50.00 gift voucher from Ray Scholes Marine and a $50.00 gift voucher from Davo's Compleat Angler for simply wearing his pfd (and making sure his crew did) when crossing the Noosa Bar. Dave took out last month's Bar Crossing Safety Award and was delighted when he was also presented with a framed photo of his boat in action, something which he's never had before. Goodonya mate.
North Reef produced snapper (with the bigger knobbies on the bite out wide), moses perch, teraglin jewfish, Maori cod and mowong. In addition, quite a few juvenile billfish were caught and released both there, at Chardon's and at The Hill, where fish around 8kg were in numbers. Massoud's Reef yielded snapper, gold spot cod, Maori cod and more juvenile marlin. Eleven year old Seth Cocks from Sunshine Beach (above) is pictured with a 15kg+ blue marlin he boated (after a long, well fought fight) while fishing Massoud's Reef on a Trekka 2 charter on Wednesday. The bait that did the deed was a floated slimy mackerel.
Closer in, Sunshine Reef was the spot for snapper, Maori cod, venus tusk fish, moses perch and teraglin jewfish. There were also unconfirmed reports of the odd coral trout being boated. In Laguna Bay, the Halls Reef stretch was good for grass sweetlip and marlin (mostly bust-offs) in the 30kg to 40kg range.
Davo's Compleat Angler in Noosaville are holding their regular monthly fishing competition this Friday, the 26th of October. Registration is between 5.30pm and 6pm at the store and snacks and refreshments will be provided for all entrants. Looking forward to seeing you all there!
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