As at Monday April 22, 2013
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|OFFSHORE: The wind direction was harder to pick than a broken nose this week but the one constant was the strength. There really wasn't a lot. Most days were in the 5 to 10 knot range, peaking occasionally around 15 knots, with the occasional blustery afternoon sea breeze scuffing up the waters. The swell picked up a bit over the weekend but it wasn't a major challenge as far as the bar crossing was concerned. The best news was... the fish were on the bite.|
|Conditions were good enough for a run out wide
if you were that way inclined. Those anglers who targeted The Hards reported
lots of gold band snapper to 4kg, snapper in numbers (average size 3kg)
and plenty of pearl perch around the 3kg mark. Closer in, Chardon's Reef
was good for cobia and Spaniards, as was North Reef but with the added bonus
of sweetlip, snapper, moses perch, venus tusk fish, catch and release marlin,
teraglin jewfish and bluefin tuna.
The longtails were also at The Coffees as Adrian Batista (above left) found on Tuesday morning. Adrian was out there with Dave Leonard from the Noosa Boat Fishing Club and apart from a 10kg longtail, which went for a slow tolled pilchard, they boated a few small sweetlip, venus tusk fish and estuary cod.
Closer in, Sunshine Reef produced shiny mackerel, yellowfin and bluefin tuna, sweetlip, coral trout, cod, spangled emperor, mowong, snapper and black tip reef shark. Greg Hales (above right) was fishing wide on Sunshine on Tuesday when his pilchard bait was taken by the 19kg yellowfin tuna he's pictured with.
Tami from Noosa River Fishing Safaris (above) was happy to pose with a coral trout and spangled emperor that she and partner Chris Arnold boated at Sunshine Reef on Thursday morning. Sy the dog was just along for the ride. The rest of their catch was grass sweetlip, small snapper and venus tusk fish.
And Bob Jeynes from Davo's Compleat Angler and his good buddy Dave Nettleton (above) caught coral trout from 3kg to 5.5kg and plenty of sweetlip in a hot session there on Friday afternoon. The rest of their catch was gold spot cod, venus tusk fish and snapper. Their baits? The humble Davo's pilchard.
Sam Robinson, Victoria and Charlie Riggs from South Australia (above) caught a sweetlip and spangled emperor on Saturday's half day Trekka 2 charter.
Wow! Sunshine Reef got a bit overcrowded at times, especially with a lot of anglers in small tinnies making the most of the calm conditions and great fishing weather. Others, of course, took the easy option and booked an outing on one of our local fishing charters. Nathan Bennett from Bracken Ridge (above) booked a half day charter to Sunshine on Cougar One on Saturday morning and was delighted when he boated the day's standout fish, a 65cm coral trout.
|From the same trip, Michael McGuire from Caboolture (above left) picked up a school mackerel on a pilchard floater while Parramatta tragic Ron Roberts from Kincumber in New South Wales (above right) was more than happy with his 50cm trout, boated on Friday morning on another Cougar One charter.|
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|For those who missed our Facebook
announcements, the 2013 Noosa
'River to Reef' Family Fishing Classic will commence on Friday May
31, 2013 and finish on Sunday June 2, 2013.
FAMILY FISHING CLASSIC
|The competition will be run in conjunction with the ever popular Noosa Riverfest and will have a Junior and Senior angler section. Offshore anglers will also be catered for.|
|Click on the links to view or download: THE ENTRY FORM or THE COMPETITION RULES|
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