As at Monday January 28, 2013
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: Well, we
had plenty of warning about the semi cyclonic conditions that were headed
our way from up north and those who were in a position to do so got out
to the local reefs earlier in the week while they only had to deal with
light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) north easterlies and a 1.2m to 1.5m swell.
We had a three day window of opportunity, with Thursday's 15 to 20 knot winds making it a tad marginal and best suited to the larger 10m+ charter boats.
|While the weather
held the bar crossing continued to be a straight forward affair although
the odd boaty who failed to do his homework or got his timing wrong was
still often as not punished by the last couple of waves on the back bar.
Noosa Blue Water Charters took the opportunity to target the Barwon Banks on Wednesday where they boated gold spot wrasse, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, amberjack, snapper, morwong, hussar, red throat emperor, moses perch and, as you can see by the photo above, cobia.
Bill Keigin from Brisbane is pictured with a 6kg cobia he boated on the full day charter.
Closer in, Chardon's Reef was pretty slow. Bruce McClean from the Noosa Boat Fishing Club reported it as hard yakka with snapper and grass sweetlip the only keepers. He also had one short marlin hookup to get the adrenaline going.
North Reef produced trag jew, venus tusk fish, moses perch, Maori cod, marlin and pearl perch.
|Sunshine Reef continued to produce the goods but was patchy
at times. The one constant there was the sharks which were out there in
numbers this week and hungry for an easy feed. Fishing
Offshore Noosa focussed most of their energies on Sunshine and
reported quite reasonable catches of Maori cod, venus tusk fish, pearl perch,
moses perch, small snapper, black tip reef shark, mowong and, as per the
photo above right, the odd coral trout. Tom Lelasi from Brisbane boated
his 48cm fish while out there on a half day Trekka
2 charter on Tuesday.
Spanish mackerel were also on the prowl out there but the only hookups we know of were inevitably taken by the noahs. Brett Hitchins from the Northern Territory (above) fished Sunshine Wide with a mate on Wednesday and was more than happy to come back with the 8.5kg wahoo that he's pictured with. They got this fish, and a 25kg marlin, while bottom bashing with whole pilchard baits. The marlin didn't survive the encounter well enough to be released, unfortunately, but the lads were looking forward to trying out a few billfish steak recipes when they got back to base. Laguna Bay was morbidly quiet with the Hall's reef stretch yielding just the odd grass sweetlip plus northern bluefin tuna, lots of mackerel tuna and a few small spotted and/or school mackerel.
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