As at Monday February 17, 2014.
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: Ah well,
the weekend warriors didn't even get a look in this time around. Light to
moderate (5 to 15 knot) south easterlies, an almost flat bar crossing and
a nominal (0.5m to 1.0m) swell set the scene for very fishable conditions
on our local reefs before the strong northerlies blew in on Friday night.
Still, if you were able to get time off during the week you would have had a ball out there. Chardon's Wide was good for the bottom feeders such as snapper, tomato cod, venus tusk fish, moses perch, pearl perch, gold spot wrasse, hussar and mowong. The odd spotty was also on the bite there but the real action came from North Reef which produced jewfish, moses perch, Maori cod, gold spot cod, grass sweetlip and cobia plus lots and lots of spotted and Spanish mackerel. Warren McIntosh from Cooroy's very healthy looking 7kg cobia or black kingfish (above) came from Wednesday's Trekka 2 charter to North Reef.
The mackerel started to crowd the other species out from Wednesday afternoon on but no one was complaining. Trekka 2 had to leave them biting at North Reef on Friday and in the above photo; Peter, Rolf, Gary, Brett and Narelle are pictured with just some of the spotted mackerel from that half day charter.
|And while the pelagics were the talk of the town,
there were still plenty of reefies on the bite. Ercan Zorlu from Istanbul
and Simon Britt from Tweed Heads (above left) were more than happy to pose
with a Maori cod and gold spot cod from Tuesday morning's half day Trekka
2 charter to the bottom of North.
Noosa Blue Water Charters were also in the thick of it. Miles Messinbird from Brisbane (above right) boated a cobia on Friday' s Cougar One charter.
While Les Begg from Belfast (above) tempted his quality 12kg Spanish mackerel with a pilchard floater on Thursday's three quarter day Cougar One charter.
And, of course, they also got into the spotties. Sam, Ben, Luke, Dave, Rob and Shane (above) got their fish on cast metal slug lures on the same charter.
Anyway, that's enough about North Reef. Closer in, Sunshine Reef was a close to home temptation for the smaller boats but nowhere near as productive. Those in the know, however, chased up a few of the deeper feeding (very little bird sign) spotted mackerel and the odd quality Spaniard. There were also a few yellowfin tuna schools on the feed out there but they were very skittish and notoriously difficult to get within slug casting distance. Matt Sefton from Melbourne (below right) had an absolute ball boating striped tuna and yellowfin tuna (pictured) at Sunshine Reef on Friday. He was on a light line and lure charter with Noosa River Fishing Safaris and after the tuna schools moved on, picked up snapper, sweetlip, moses perch and red emperor on soft plastics.
|The tuna schools were fast moving and skittish
in Laguna Bay as well. Local angler Brett Bambling (above left) spent a
frustrating couple of hours chasing them before he managed to get within
casting distance of a boil and hit it with a 70gm slug. One cast, one hook-up
and half an hour later, one 13kg longtail.
Jew Shoal was a bit like Piccadilly Circus during the week with small boats and kayaks trolling in all directions. Andrew Graham got out there early on Friday morning on his Hobie kayak and, trolling a whole garfish under a pink skirt, nailed himself a 16kg Spaniard before the boat traffic got too heavy. This was only Andrew's second trip offshore in his kayak. It was also his first Spanish mackerel on his small craft so it was a capture worthy of the $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize. The only other report from Laguna Bay was of northern bluefin tuna at Little Hall's Reef and grass sweetlip in numbers at Big Hall's Reef.
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