As at Monday September 14, 2015.
| OFFSHORE: It was
a little bit ordinary on the local reefs this week. Despite the sometimes
optimistic forecasts, moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot) variable southerlies
and a 1.5m swell prevailed from Wednesday through to Sunday. Not bad enough
to shut the gate but sloppy enough to make you feel you were earning your
catch. The charter boats had no problem handling the conditions but many
a small boat turned back after clearing the shelter of the headland.
The bar crossing was pretty good with the North Shore option still favouring the smaller boats. Those who followed the bigger boats out over the groyne side crossing took their chances with the odd wetting, but nothing worse than that. When fishable (by the bigger boats) the Barwon Banks produced snapper, venus tusk fish, squire, pearl perch, rosy jobfish, gold spot wrasse, mowong. amberjack , gold band snapper, hussar, striped sea perch and moses perch. Noosa Bluewater Charters targeted The Banks on Saturday. It was blowing 20 knots (and a bit ordinary) along the middle reef belt but only about 12 to 15 knots out wide so it was worth going the distance. Rod Clarke from Brisbane (above) caught this quality amberjack on a knife jig on that nine hour charter.
|And from that same charter we have Rod again
(above) with a snapper he nailed on a soft plastic and Jordan Koschel (above)
with a standout pearl perch.
Trekka 2 fished The Banks last Monday. They came back with a good selection of reefies but Norm White's 5kg knobby snapper (above) was the standout.
| Closer in, North Reef was, as always, a good
option for those who had good marks or quality fish finders. Leading the
capture list from there were; moses perch, teraglin jewfish, pearl perch,
Maori cod, grass sweetlip, venus tusk fish, bonito, squire, gold spot cod
and coral trout. There were also lots of yakkas. Adam O'Donnell from Maroochydore
(above) boated a nice Maori cod there on Tuesday's half day Trekka
2 charter. And on the same five hour trip, Mick Roberts' thumper
pearl perch (above right) was heavily taxed by the man in the grey suit.
They were blessed with a 10 knot nor' wester and a 0.8m swell.
Also at North Reef, Nick Emus from Wellington, New Zealand (above) boated a good size gold spot cod on Thursday's half day Wild Thing 2 charter.
Not far from home, Sunshine Reef was the spot for northern bluefin tuna (on floaters), moses perch, venus tusk fish, slate bream, coral bream and coral trout. Ben Hollis from Noraville in New South Wales (above) boated his quality coral trout out there on this morning's Wild Thing 2 charter. The only reports from Laguna Bay were of northern bluefin tuna and the odd mack tuna along the Halls' Reef stretch and out the back of the shark nets and the drum lines.
|As is often the case, we couldn't fit all of the great photos on the page. To view the 'Lightbox Gallery', simply click on the thumbnails below...|
|By the way, the latest bar crossing video (as at Sunday September 13, 2015) has now been uploaded to the website. To view it... CLICK HERE.|
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