As at Monday August 13, 2012
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|OFFSHORE: With fresh to strong variable southerlies and a 3m+ swell forecast for the weekend everyone who could get the time off headed offshore earlier in the week to make the most of the calmer conditions. The bar crossing (pictured above) was quite consistent, with easy access, even over the weekend.|
| While it was an option earlier in the week,
some of the more experienced boaties hit the outer reefs and those who went
the distance reported good catches of the bread and butter species. The
Barwon Banks produced snapper, pearl perch, cobia and venus tusk fish and
(according to Gary Norris from the Noosa
Boat Fishing Club) so did The Hards, but with the added bonus
there of moses perch, coronation trout, Maori cod, bonito, mackerel tuna
and amberjack. Gary, above left, is pictured with one of the many snapper
that he and his mate Brian bagged out on during a hot session there on Wednesday.
And Carlos Hurst from Hong Kong (above right) is pictured with a 2.5kg+
venus tusker he boated at The Banks on Wednesday while on a full day Cougar
Also on that same charter, Colin Maddocks from Maroochydore (above) and John Schipper from Gympie (below right) boated snapper in the 3kg-4kg range.
| Closer in, North Reef was the spot for Maori
cod, snapper, lots of juvenile red emperor, teraglin jewfish, venus tusk
fish, moses perch and, as per the photo above left, cobia. Ian Pockran from
Rye in Victoria was happy to pose with the 8.5kg cobia he boated at North
Reef on Thursday's half day Trekka
Michelle and Adam Howard from Petrie (above) fished North Reef on Wednesday and apart from a couple of estuary cod, came back with a 3.5kg spangled emperor and a thumper 6kg snapper. Chardon's Reef was a bit patchy but on the good days produced teraglin jewfish, snapper to 78cm, scarlet sea perch and quality pearl perch. There were also large schools of slimy mackerel and yakkas out there. A bit nearer home, Victor Bailey's Reef was the spot for snapper and mowong, as was Sunshine Reef but with the added bonus of venus tusk fish and Maori cod. With the south westerlies keeping the swell down in close, Laguna Bay was still an option over the weekend. The only reports, however, were from the Hall's Reef stretch where longtail tuna were on the bite.
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