As at Monday December 24, 2012
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: It was
a bit of a horror week for the offshore boys with a number of boats getting
their bows bludgeoned as they got caught out by some rather deceptive conditions
on the bar. The bottom of the run-out tide was pretty tricky and late yesterday
morning it was absolute chaos at the river mouth an hour either side of
the low as three boats, a kayak and one jet ski got cleaned up attempting
to cross out into the bay. The three boats were recovered and towed back
in by the Coast Guard and the surf lifesaver vessel Jet Boat 3 while the
kayak and jet ski operators managed to self rescue before assistance arrived.
No one was seriously injured and nearly all were wearing their PFD's, a
fact which no doubt contributed to their safe recovery in rather hazardous
It wasn't all doom and gloom, though, with most vessels crossing safely after spending an appropriate amount of time observing the timing of the wave sets.
The larger charter boats, of course, didn't have any problems and with the holiday crowds coming early this year they were all as busy as a one armed angler on a spotty boil. Noosa Blue Water Charters fished the Barwon Banks on Friday for green jobfish, moses perch, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, snapper, teraglin jewfish, red throat emperor and hussar. Closer in, North Reef produced venus tusk fish, squire, teraglin jewfish, moses perch and coral bream as did Chardon's Reef but with the added bonus there of mowong, cobia, greasy cod and numerous marlin in the 30kg to 45kg range. Peter Hannon, Melbourne (above) caught and released this 30kg (estimated) blue marlin while out at Chardon's Reef on a half day Cougar One charter on Tuesday morning.
And on the same charter (booked for the whole family) sisters Stephanie and Melanie, above, are pictured with an 8.5kg cobia that they both laid claim to. This fish was caught on Sunshine Reef later in the morning. The mackerel, unfortunately, were still playing hard to get and the only solid reports were of the odd Spaniard in close at Double Island Point, around Jew Shoal (seen but not boated) and, together with a few spotted mackerel, out on Sunshine Reef.
Fishing Offshore Noosa focused almost exclusively on Sunshine Reef this week and reported catches of average size mowong, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, moses perch, grass sweetlip, snapper, lots and lots of juvenile red emperor, coral bream in numbers and quite a few marlin. Fred Hammond from Tewantin (below left) caught and released this 35kg (est) black marlin while out at Sunshine Reef on Saturday morning on a half day Trekka 2 charter.
Apart from that, the only other reports to hand were of the odd squire and yellowfin tuna at Jew Shoal and mackerel tuna and small cobia at Little Hall's Reef.
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