As at Monday April 27, 2015.
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|OFFSHORE: Not a bad
week for the offshore brigade with light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable
winds and a 0.75 to 1.0m swell the norm rather than the exception. A 15
to 20 knot blow on Sunday was about as bad as it got but the smaller boats
simply worked the many bait boils in the shelter of Laguna Bay for northern
bluefin and yellowfin tuna. The bar crossing turned a bit nasty on Saturday
morning and claimed a couple of boats. CLICK
HERE for those pix.
The more distant reefs were well and truly on the agenda. Jordan Zerk (above) fished Double Island Point on Saturday for heaps of thumper pearl perch, big hussar, quality venus tusk fish and plenty of juvenile red emperor, which were released. "It was a bumpy ride out, but it turned out to be an awesome day".
The Barwon Banks were also worth the effort, yielding sweetlip, moses and pearl perch, squire, venus tuskers, mowong, gold band snapper and Maori cod.
Closer in, North Reef continued it's stellar performance. Not quite as dynamic as the last few weeks but it was still the top producer. Species on the bite out that way were; yellowfin tuna (in numbers), Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel, cobia, mahi mahi, longtail tuna, venus tuskers, pearl perch, sweetlip and mowong. Local angler Bruce Hammond (above) boated his 15kg+ (est) yellowfin on Tuesday morning's half day Trekka 2 charter to the bottom of North.
Ten year old Eddison Walter (above) appeared on our website report this time last year with his first Spanish mackerel. Now here he is with his first ever cobia. He tempted his 6kg black kingfish with a pilchard bait on a bottom bashing rig. Eddie was fishing North Reef with his father and other members of the Noosa Boat Fishing Club at the time. His quality first time capture, and infectious smile, also won him this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
|The spotties were well spread on the middle reef
2 fished The Coffees on Thursday morning for teraglin jewfish,
moses perch, sweetlip and, as ably presented by birthday boy Sam Cirillo
from Doonan (above left), spotted mackerel. And Bodi Duncan from Peregian,
Elizabeth Cowley from Sydney and Reinaldo Ramos from Brisbane (above right)
are pictured with spotted mackerel from Saturday morning's Trekka
2 charter to the bottom of North Reef.
Anthony and Tom Brown and their friend Mark Wickson (above) had a bit of a lean time at North Reef on Wednesday morning, blaming the presence of a pod of hungry dolphins for their dry spell. They eventually lost the pod after a move out wider and, after laying a liberal berley trail, finally managed to attract a good size school of Spaniards and a number of yellowfin tuna. They're pictured here with some of their standouts. All fish went for live yakka baits.
Arkwright Shoal was good for Maori cod, sweetlip, longtail tuna, Spanish mackerel and scarlet sea perch while Sunshine Reef was the spot for venus tusk fish, sweetlip, moses perch, squire, mowong, pearl perch, shiny mackerel, Spanish mackerel and lots of coral trout. Grant Budd and his mate Tim (above) fished Sunshine Reef on Saturday for squire, sweetlip and coral trout to 65cm. Grant also caught an 80cm jewfish, at his secret spot, on the way there
There were a lot of baitfish boils in Laguna Bay in the latter half of the week. You didn't have to go far to target them either, with mack tuna and bluefin tuna in a feeding frenzy just out side the bar, all the way along the Halls Reef stretch and north of there to 'Stingers'. The shark net line was another good option. Earlier in the week there were also a few Spanish mackerel on the prowl. Shane Hookham (above) nailed his 10.5kg Spaniard on a pilchard floater at Hall's Reef on Monday. He wasn't sure about getting his photo taken with all the sun block on his face but we assured him you could hardly notice it. Onya Shane.
|We didn't have room for all of the offshore photos but if you click on any of the small photographs directly above, you can view the extra pix in a slideshow.|
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