As at Monday September 8, 2014.
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|OFFSHORE: It was a
bit of a patchy week as far as the offshore scene was concerned. Variable
easterlies dominated (more from the south than anything) and wind strength
varied from light to moderate (5 to 15 knots) earlier in the week to moderate
to strong (15 to 20 knot+) winds as the weekend unfolded.
The outside swell was up in the 1.0m to 1.2m range at times but the bar crossing (under the influence of the southerlies) was quite modest, if not flat most days. The outer reefs were certainly an option when the winds backed off. The lads from Noosa Charters had an RDO on Monday afternoon and opted for a run to Double Island Point in 'Wild Thing' while the weather was in their favour. It was a good call too with snapper, Maori cod, pearl perch, gold spot wrasse, hussar, amberjack, quality red emperor and an absolute thumper blue Maori cod or cattle dog cod all making the capture list in the late afternoon/dusk bite.
Friday shaped up as one of the better days, weatherwise, this week and 'Wild Thing' headed for Double Island Point again. The winds were cool 10 to 15 knot sou' sou' westers, and the fishing was a bit slow, but after a number of pick drops they ended up with a good bin load of pearl perch, snapper, hussar, Maori cod and venus tusk fish. Phil Thomson from Brisbane (above) is pictured with a venus tusk fish and quality pearl perch from that full day charter.
Bruce Waldron and his mate Mark Nodini (above) from the Noosa Boat Fishing Club also marked Friday as an 'out wide' day and set their sights on The Hards. They had a good day, bagging out on snapper to 72cm and topping up the bin with pearl perch, gold spot wrasse and a thumper 19.5kg amberjack.
Closer in, North Reef produced snapper to 70cm, mulloway, sweetlip, moses perch, pearl perch, plenty of venus tusk fish, the odd mowong, teraglin jewfish, cobia and lots and lots of yakkas. George Vahlis from Adelaide (above) boated an 8kg (est) cobia on Monday afternoon's Trekka 2 charter to North Reef.
And from that same three quarter day charter, local angler Ros Tyson (above), a regular Trekka 2 customer, is pictured with a couple of quality moses perch.
|Sunshine Reef was fairly quiet but those anglers who put in the time came back with gold spot cod, moses perch, squire, pearl perch and venus tusk fish. Simon Parsons from Mildura in Victoria (above) boated a nice gold spot cod on Thursday morning's 'Wild Thing' charter to Sunshine Reef while from the same charter, Rob Taylor from Ballarat in Victoria (above right) is pictured with a very colourful venus tusk fish. Apart from that, northern bluefin and mackerel tuna were responding well to cast metal slug lures just off the National Park headland. In Laguna Bay, Jew Shoal was the spot for sweetlip and snapper.|
|Again, we didn't have room for all of this week's offshore photos but if you click on any of the small photographs directly above you can view the slideshow.|
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