As at Monday September 9, 2013.
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: With 20
to 25 knot south easterlies and a 1.5m to 2m swell dominating earlier in
the week the offshore scene didn't settle down until Thursday. From Friday
onwards, though, it just got better with 5 to 15 knot north easterlies and
a nominal 1m swell providing good fishing conditions on all local reefs.
A strong current from the north, reported by some boaties, was the only minor negative. The positive news was that the snapper and cobia were on the bite in numbers from the middle reef belt and beyond. Graham, Glenn and John from the Noosa Boat Fishing Club (above) fished the Barwon Banks where they boated Maori cod, venus tusk fish and pearl perch and bagged out on snapper to 60cm. They got a couple on soft plastics but most went for pilchard baits.
Wade Batty from Doonan (above right in photo) and a couple of mates didn't have much luck at The Banks yesterday morning so came in a bit and fished wide on North Reef (best we can tell) where they hit the jackpot when Wade's live yakka bait on a Black Magic 8/0 circle hook was taken by the 27kg cobia in the photo. This thumper fish ran hard for a good thirty minutes against Wade and his Penn Powerstick/Shimano TLD20 combo loaded with 50lb braid. And when it did come to the side it snapped the gaff as it was being hauled in. No surprise, it also took out this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
|A little closer in, The Coffees and The Hill
produced squire and sweetlip, as did North Reef but with the added bonus
there of teraglin jewfish, cobia, gold spot cod, pearl perch, moses perch,
yellowtail kingfish, bonito, mackerel tuna, northern bluefin tuna (seen
but not captured), frying pan snapper and heaps of tailor to 2kg. Clayton
Grisdale from Sydney (above) is pictured with a 3kg+ snapper that he boated
on a half day Trekka 2 charter to North Reef on Friday morning. While Julian
Dickson from Yaroomba's 6kg gold spot cod (above right) came from another
half day Trekka
2 charter to that same area on Saturday morning.
But what about the snodger above! Andrew Doughty from Caboolture boated his absolute thumper 6kg+ knobby on Sunday's Trekka 2 charter to North Reef.
|And that's not all. Bette Pearson from Melbourne
(above) boated her 10kg gold spot cod on Friday morning's Cougar
One charter to North Reef. And on the same half day charter,
Mark Hardwick from Brisbane (above right) tempted his 7kg cobia with a live
whiting which was caught on a bottom bashing rig.
Last but not least, Sunshine Coast girls Rachelle and Madeleine Bartel (above) are pictured with quality snapper from Cougar One's Sunday charter to North Reef. The only other reports were of sweetlip and small snapper chasing soft plastics on Sunshine Reef and the odd quality cobia on Little Hall's Reef.
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