As at Monday January 27, 2014
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| OFFSHORE: Hooly dooly,
what a week! With light to moderate variable (5 to 15 knot) winds dominating
the last week of the summer holidays it was a tad chaotic at the Gympie
Terrace and Tewantin boat ramps. Every man and his dog was after a piece
of the offshore action before the forecast strong southerly change came
through late on Saturday afternoon. And action there was, as the mackerel,
tuna and bonito schools went on a mass feeding frenzy in the bay.
And those weren't the only species on the bite. Out on Chardon's Reef it was sweetlip, moses perch, teraglin jewfish, squire, venus tusk fish, lots of juvenile tailor (which were a bit of a nuisance) and the odd marlin. Geoff Stirzaker (above left in photo) is pictured with a 70kg (est) black marlin that he caught (on a trolled Rapala X-Rap) and released at Chardon's Reef on Friday morning. This quality fish also won him this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
One fished Chardon's Wide on Saturday for snapper, venus tusk
fish, hussar, collared sea bream, gold band snapper and pearl perch. On
the way home, they stopped at Jew Shoal for half an hour of frantic fun
casting metal slug lures and came back with the bin well topped up with
spotted mackerel. Above left we have Greg, Ryland, Paul and Beau with snapper
and a gold band while right it's Matty, Brett, Michael, Bob, Paul and Tye
with a few spotties.
Massoud's Reef wasn't heavily patronised but those who spent a tide change there boated moses perch, mowong, gold spot cod and the odd mahi mahi or dolphin fish. Belinda Guy from Brisbane (above) boated her colourful 'dolly' on Thursday afternoon's half day Cougar One charter. It took a floated pilchard.
North Reef produced venus tuskers, mowong, teraglin jewfish, gold spot cod and a few mulloway. Noosa Blue Water Charters fished their 'jewie' spot on Thursday morning and boated five. Stuart Noble and his son Nicholas from the Gold Coast (above) are pictured with their 3.5kg and 10kg fish from that trip.
Closer in, Arkright shoal was the spot for most of the bigger (20kg+) Spaniards while at Sunshine Reef the catch was spotties, Spaniards, yellowfin tuna, sweetlip, Maori cod and coral trout. Rod Allen (above) boated his 4.5kg (est) trout and a spotted mackerel there on Saturday morning using whole pilchards.
Last but not least, Laguna Bay started to really fire as the weekend approached and then exploded with pelagic activity throughout Saturday. Trekka 2, stopped off in the bay on the way to Chardon's Reef on Saturday and loaded up on spotties and Spaniards while the going was good. Melissa Ceccato from Peregian Beach (above left) and Stacey Wilmore from Cooroy are pictured with some of the spotties (to 81cm) that went for cast metal slug lures on the day.
And Pete Stevenson from Toogoolawah (above) got his 91cm Spaniard on a trolled hard body lure in outer Laguna Bay while on the same Trekka 2 charter.
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