As at Monday September 3, 2012
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: Weatherwise
it was another excellent week for the bluewater boys with light to moderate
(5 to 15 knot) south westerlies most mornings ahead of the more blustery
15 knot variable afternoon northerlies. Sunday was probably the exception,
however, with fresh 20 knot southerlies making life difficult on the exposed
reefs. That was the good news. The bad news? The fishing was hard going
with mostly just legal size reefies making up the bulk of the catch.
There were no reports from out wide this week with most boaties concentrating on the middle reef belt. Chardon's Reef produced moses perch, squire, heaps of juvenile pearl perch, numerous sharks and the odd standout fish like the 8.9kg mulloway that Ian Tagg (above) boated there on Wednesday afternoon.
North Reef was well patronised but it was hard work for the bottom bashers with a strong, southerly running current often contrary to the wind. The fish were there in numbers if not in size, though, with lots of teraglin jewfish filling the chilly bins. Other species on the bite there were small snapper, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, Maori cod, mackerel tuna, mowong, hussar, cod and pearl perch. Gordon Menzies from Melbourne (above) boated a 6kg gold spot cod while out there on Tuesday on a Trekka 2 charter. And on the same half day charter, Michael O'Regan and Kyle Fuchs (below) boated snapper and pearl perch.
Closer in, Victor Bailey's Reef was the spot for moses perch, Maori cod and venus tusk fish, as was Sunshine Reef but with the added bonus there of pearl perch and mowong. And not far from there tuna were on the prowl just out from Alexandria bay and off the National Park headland. Dylan Nazer-Lamb (below left) was trolling a Rapala X-Rap lure just out from Hells Gates on Thursday when it was monstered by the 16kg northern bluefin he's pictured with.
The only other reports of note were of mackerel tuna on the prowl around Little Hall's Reef and, at times, in the stretch from the river mouth to the shark nets.
| Now here's something to look forward to! Nigel
Webster from AFN (above right) will be hosting
a talk night at Davo's
Compleat Angler, Noosaville on his favourite subject; Spring
Time Snapper on Soft Plastics. This should prove to be a valuable insight
into Advanced Snapper Tactics. The talk night will be held on Thursday,
September 13 at 6.30pm and the entry fee, which will be donated to the C&K
Tewantin Community Kindergarten, is just $10.00. Food and refreshments
are provided and there will be raffles, a Lucky Door Prize and discounts
on selected items. Just pop into the shop or call 5449
8099 to register.
It's great to see an increase in the number of boat crews who are wearing their life jackets while crossing the bar, as per the above photo. The August Bar Crossing Safety Award goes to the owner of the boat, registration number; QC216Q. Congratulations! We're also pleased to announce that, thanks to Ray Scholes Marine, the monthly prize is now worth $100.00. That's a $50.00 credit (or gift voucher) from Davo's Compleat Angler and a $50.00 gift voucher from Ray Scholes Marine. And it's for simply doing the right thing and ensuring that all aboard wear their PFD's while crossing the bar! So, if you're the owner of the boat in question, call 5449 8099 or call in at Davo's Compleat Angler to claim your prize. Note: You have until the end of September to do so.
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