As at Monday April 7, 2014
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| OFFSHORE: Not a bad
week for the offshore boys with light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) south easterlies
and a 0.75m to 1.0m swell setting the scene for some very fishable conditions
on the reefs until Sunday afternoon. With the pelagics still in good numbers
in close, nobody (as far as we know) bothered to go beyond the middle reef.
Chardon's Reef wasn't a bad option, with mahi mahi and wahoo chasing trolled
lures and sweetlip on the bite in the lower levels.
The fish pix above? Well, we ran out of room this week, so details are: John Panos with a 22kg Spanish mackerel and Dave and Damien with a 19kg wahoo.
|North Reef wasn't as frantic as the last few
weeks but it still produced squire, school mackerel, moses perch and yellowfin
tuna. Tewantin angler Tim Slatter (above left) is pictured with a couple
of yellowfins from Saturday's Trekka
2 charter. Closer to home, Brian Martell from Doonan (above)
decided to check out Castaways Reef after seeing the number of boats on
Sunshine and was delighted to find school mackerel, mack tuna and longtail
tuna (pictured) on the boil.
Victor Bailey's Reef was another less frantic destination. Noosa Blue Water Charters spent Tuesday morning there and came back with spotted mackerel, Spanish mackerel, venus tusk fish, snapper, sweetlip and Maori cod. Ivan Perak from Melbourne, Tony Gibbs from Echuca in Victoria and Maree Sykes from Brisbane (above) are pictured with just a sampling of the mackerel they boated. We tried to get them to hold more fish but somehow it just didn't work out.
Sunshine Reef was where most of the action was, however, with northern bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, and heaps of mackerel tuna on the boil, lots of quality spotted mackerel, plus Spanish mackerel (mostly in the 5kg to 8kg range) feeding deep, as well as cobia and a few mahi mahi. For the bottom bashers there were sweetlip, venus tusk fish, moses perch, coral trout, gold spot cod and Maori cod. Phew! We were hoping to get a photo of Helen Stansen (above) with a spotty in each hand but she also had problems holding more than one for the camera. She was on Friday's half day Cougar One charter to Sunshine Reef.
There were a few quality northern bluefin tuna under the mack tuna schools. Local angler Dan O'Donnell (above) boated this 11kg specimen on Thursday's Trekka 2 charter to Sunshine. And below we have Raphael Bepin and Francois Jouvreau from Canada with yellowfin tuna and mackerel from that same trip.
Saturday was a busy day at the Gympie Terrace boat ramp with a lot of people just popping out for a quick fish. Adam Witchard (below) spent a couple of hours on Sunshine Reef late Saturday afternoon and rang in to say he had a good cobia on board and could we meet him at the boat ramp. He crossed the bar as the sun was setting and did well to get to us before we lost the light. For his effort Adam also won this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
Local angler Travis Meyer (below) spent a couple of hours at Sunshine Reef on Sunday morning and picked up a number of striped tuna and two yellowfin tuna, all on pilchard floaters. The absolute thumper 15kg yellowfin he's pictured with is easily the biggest weighed in so far this season. Well done mate.
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