As at Monday September 2, 2013.
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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|OFFSHORE: Blimey! Ignoring today, we had another run of near picture perfect conditions on the local reefs. The light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable winds just kept coming and while the swell edged up slightly over the weekend, it didn't go much beyond the 1m mark. The Noosa Bar crossing was again quite flat with just a bit of chop and slop occurring when the late afternoon northerly sea breezes moved into the 15 to 18 knot range on the odd afternoon.|
|The outer reefs were well and truly on the agenda for those prepared to go the distance and some good captures were reported. The only downside was that the current was running strong to the south on some days but all in all it was worth the effort. The standout species at the Barwon Banks were hussar, venus tusk fish, moses perch, Maori cod, teraglin jewfish, snapper, thumper pearl perch and, as per the photo above left, red emperor. Gary Westland tempted his 62cm specimen with a pilchard bait at The Banks on Saturday. The Hards were another good option, producing black marlin (caught and released), samson fish, pearl perch, cobia and lots of snapper to 5kg. Dave Hill (above right) is pictured with two of the thumper snapper that he boated there earlier in the week.|
|Noosa Blue Water Charters fished wide of Chardon's Reef a couple of times during the week and came back with snapper, gold spot wrasse, cobia, venus tusk fish, spangled emperor and quality pearl perch. Glenn Pearson from Tewantin (above left) boated a 3.5kg+ spangled emperor there on Thursday's three quarter day charter. And Paul Dawson (above right) is pictured with one of the standout pearlies. The current was running hard from the north after lunch.|
|The current was running hard at the top end of
North Reef so a lot of boaties focussed on the middle western edge and bottom
end where the standouts were cobia, moses perch (in numbers), teraglin jewfish,
lots of squire, quality pearl perch and the odd knobby. Shaun McCullough
from the Gold Coast (above left) boated a quality (4kg est) pearly there
on Saturday morning's Trekka
2 charter while Brett Johns (above) nailed his 4kg+ snapper on
their afternoon trip.
The Coffees were pretty quiet with mostly tailor (in numbers) and squire on the bite. The Hill, on the other hand, was good for cobia, snapper to 4kg, moses perch and mulloway. Bob Jeynes from Davo's Compleat Angler (middle in photo above) and his mates Matthew and Darren boated snapper and four good jewfish out there on Friday afternoon but had to leave them biting as Bob had to get back to the shop for the start of the monthly Davo's Fishing Competition.
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was relatively quiet but with a bit of effort managed to produce a few moses perch, venus tusk fish and the odd squire.
When you next cross over the Noosa Bar, make sure you (and your crew) wear your pfd's. It's not only mandatory for all vessels under 4.8 metres, there's also a chance you could win the $100.00 monthly prize if you're photographed doing the right thing! The August Bar Crossing Safety Award goes to the skipper of the boat, registration number; OH301Q, pictured above. The monthly prize consists of a $50.00 gift voucher from Davo's Compleat Angler, a $50.00 gift voucher from Ray Scholes Marine and the framed award plaque, courtesy of Fishing Noosa, featuring your boat in action.
If you're the skipper/owner of the boat pictured, call 07 5449 8099 or pop into Davo's to claim your prize. You have until the end of September 2013 to do so.
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