As at Monday January 11, 2016.
A strong wind warning issued for Tuesday was the only blip on a otherwise
near perfect week on our local reefs. Light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable
easterlies dominated, the swell remained in the 1.0m to 1.5m range and what
little current there was, was consistently heading to the south.
The boat ramps were in overload most of the week but apart from that there weren't too many complaints from the blue water boys. There were plenty of options as far as target destinations went with the wider reefs well and truly accessible. The Barwon Banks produced the bread and butter species such as squire, quality pearl perch, hussar, teraglin jewfish, Maori cod and moses perch, as did The Hards but with the added bonus there of red emperor, mahi mahi and the odd marlin hookup. Norm Fiumara from Sea Queen Marine Products (above) fished The Hards with a couple of mates on Sunday. They hooked and dropped a good (100kg est.) marlin and boated moses perch, mahi mahi, pearl perch and this thumper 15kg (on the Davo's scales) red emperor. It went for a Sea Queen squid bait which Norm mentioned numerous times. Norm's top quality fish easily earned him this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
|Double Island Point also fished well. Jackson
Ross (above) sent in this report and photos from his Sunday session... "Hey
Bill. Dave Reynolds and I towed the boat up to Double Island Point late
Saturday night to get out of the crowd and away from the spotties. Our efforts
paid off big time on Sunday morning with Dave's snapper going 6.0kgs. My
mahi mahi smashed my pb at just over 11kgs and it was a team effort on an
amberjack which was just over 10kgs. We got our limit of pearl perch, some
nice tusk fish and snapper to 3.0kg. Conditions were great with 5 to 8 knot
south easterly winds and a 1.0m swell."
Back along the middle reef belt The Coffees were good for pearl perch, moses perch, grass sweetlip, squire and venus tusk fish, as was North Reef but with the bonus of teraglin jewfish, mowong, snapper, Maori cod, slate bream, gold spot wrasse, monocle bream, Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel, spangled emperor, cobia, jewfish and many lined sweetlip to top up the chill bin. Rick Holzgrefe and his grandson Max from Point Cartright (above) fished there on Wednesday morning's Cougar One charter. They had a ball, with Rick boating a standout jewfish on a squid bait and Max landing a thumper moses perch.
Noosa Charters ran a number of trips to North this week. Above, we have Mark Lehmann from Oxley in Brisbane with a quality Spanish mackerel from Friday's seven hour Wild Thing 2 charter. Below left, Bo De-Groot from Sydney was happy to pose with with a thumper Maori cod from Thursday's trip.
|And Jude Gibbs from Coogee in Sydney (above right)
is pictured with a very colourful coral trout from Saturday morning's Wild
Thing 2 charter to North.
Sunshine Reef was a haven for those anglers that wanted to get away from the mackerel madness in Laguna Bay. There were still a few spotted mackerel, mack tuna and yellowfin tuna on the prowl out there but for the bottom bashers there were some good coral trout, grass sweetlip, moses perch, venus tusk fish and cobia. James Walker from Mornington in Victoria (above) tempted this quality cobia with a whole squid floater on Thursday's Cougar One charter.
And while everyone was chasing spotties in the bay on Sunday morning, Ash Morgan (above) was one of those who went bottom bashing on Sunshine. As you can see by the 66cm coral trout he's pictured with, it was a good move. He nailed this quality fish down deep, using a whole squid bait as his draw card.
Laguna Bay really fired earlier in the week, especially around the Hall's Reef stretch with spotted and school mackerel in excellent numbers. There were also a few tuna (bluefin and yellowfin) on the prowl around Jew Shoal plus mahi mahi and Spanish mackerel around 'Stingers'. Come the weekend, however, the number of boats in the bay had to be seen to be believed and with all the activity the mackerel went quiet. The Vale family (above) were out in Laguna Bay chasing the spotties on Sunday morning and while quite a few boaties bombed out, they managed four decent fish and a catch and release juvenile marlin. Young Tom is pictured here with his first ever mackerel and his mum Jo got in amongst them as well. By the way, they got all their fish on pilchard floaters.
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