As at Monday January 7, 2013
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: It may
not have been one of our better weeks as far as the offshore scene was concerned
but when conditions permitted the bluewater brigade got into a few reefies
and the odd pelagic. Best day of the week was Wednesday when the light south
westerlies dominated. After that we had to put up with 15 to 20 knot south
easterlies and a 1.5m to 2m+ swell. Not a big deal for the larger charter
boats, but definitely a challenge for the sub five metre vessels.
Under the circumstances the wider reefs were off the agenda. Noosa Blue Water Charters tackled North Reef a couple of times, coming back with pearl perch, snapper, Maori cod, coral bream, venus tusk fish, moses perch, cobia and spotted mackerel. Adrian Cridland (above) is pictured with a 5kg cobia or black kingfish he boated on Wednesday's three quarter day Cougar One charter while son Dominic (below) was happy to pose with his 3kg spotty mackerel.
Sunshine Reef was the preferred option for most boaties who ventured beyond the shelter of Laguna Bay. Fishing Offshore Noosa focussed most of their attention in that area and reported quite healthy catches of the bread and butter species such as squire, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, moses perch, sweetlip, mowong, coral bream, quality pearl perch and the odd spotted mackerel, coral trout and cobia.
Wes Smith from Burpengary (below) is pictured with a moses perch and a grass sweetlip that he boated at Sunshine Reef on Saturday's Trekka 2 charter.
And from the same three quarter day charter (below left) we have Daryl Mitchell from Narangba, Queensland, proudly posing with his quality 3kg pearl perch.
| Coral trout weren't in big numbers but they
were starting to make their presence felt. Local angler Dave Leonard (above
right) tempted this 66cm (5kg est) fish with a live tailor just over a week
ago. This should have been in last week's report but missed our deadline
so we thought we'd squeeze it into this week.
Last but not least we have Greg Girdler from Millmerran (west of Toowoomba) with two Maori cod that he boated on yesterday's three quarter day Trekka 2 charter to Sunshine Reef. The only reports from Laguna Bay were of mackerel tuna in numbers, if not size, on the move between Hall's Reef and Jew Shoal.
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