As at Monday January 14, 2013
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: It was
hot and, occasionally, a tad uncomfortable on the local reefs with variable
northerlies dominating all week. Mornings were best when the winds were
in the light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) range with the afternoon north easterly
sea breezes more often than not gusting over the 18 knot mark.
The swell was quite moderate and the bar crossing pretty straight forward, especially two to three hours either side of the larger than normal 2m+ king tides.
The New Moon phase was expected to trigger an increase in mackerel activity but while there were a few Spaniards and spotties boated, they still weren't in the much hoped for mega numbers. The middle reef belt was again as far as most boaties cared to venture this week. Chardon's Reef was the spot for venus tusk fish, snapper, gold spot cod, sweetlip, Spanish mackerel and the odd wahoo bust-off while North Reef produced cobia (with a few unstoppables among them), pearl perch, moses perch, Maori cod, sweetlip, teraglin jewfish, mowong, small spotted mackerel, mack tuna, coral trout and, as per the photo above, the odd scarlet sea perch. Steven Heath from Bundaberg nailed his colourful 4kg 'large mouth' while out there on Tuesday's full day Cougar One charter.
And Neal Roggenkamp from Brisbane (above) boated this very nice 9kg mulloway while fishing at 'The Wreck' on Saturday's 3/4 day Cougar One charter.
Sunshine Reef ran hot and cold. Spanish mackerel came on the bite there earlier in the week. Matt Campbell and Richard and Jack Beeson (above) boated these 8kg and 9kg fish while out there on a 'Wild Thing' charter on Tuesday. Fishing Offshore Noosa reported good catches of snapper, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip, moses perch, mowong, coral trout and spotted mackerel. Other anglers also reported Maori cod and (caught and released) marlin to 35kg.
Most of the snapper taken on Sunshine lately have been the 'pan size' 2kg to 2.5kg fish but Steve and Will (above) hit the jackpot out wide there this morning when their squid and pilchard baits attracted a sweetlip, a mowong and the 3.5kg and 5kg snapper they're pictured with. The only other reports were from Laguna Bay where some serious cobia were making short work of heavy gear north of Big Hall's Reef and the odd snapper was on the bite at Jew Shoal.
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