As at Monday June 3, 2013.
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: The weather
forecast websites were a bit at odds with each other this week with 'Seabreeze'
predicting rain throughout the weekend and 'Willy Weather' going with light
winds and clear skies from late Saturday afternoon onwards. Fortunately
'Willy Weather' got it right this time and the final day of the Noosa
River to Reef Family Fishing Classic turned out to be an absolute
corker. With the blustery 15 to 20 knot variable easterlies just easing
before the weekend, those offshore anglers who chose to hit the local reefs
on Friday night put up with some pretty awful conditions to be first ones
on the leader board.
The Noosa Bar crossing was a bit gnarly around low tide on Saturday morning. It was manageable with care and patience but all too ready to punish those boaties who didn't show it due respect. There were no incidents, fortunately, but a few boaties got their timing wrong and, as a result, got their bows washed.
Blake Cole (above) took the easy option and launched his boat from Mooloolaba. He and his young brother Beau worked the inner Gneerings from there and did well, coming back with a snapper which earned Beau third place in the Junior section and Blake's 16kg cobia which won first place in the Senior section.
|And Luke Becroft (above) was another angler who
took the Mooloolaba option and targeted the Gneerings where he boated not
only the winning 78.5cm snapper, but snagged third place in the coral trout
section with his 65cm bar cheeked or island trout. Well done mate. The standout
in the tusk fish section was Paul Kendrick's thumper 54cm, 2.75kg specimen
(pictured above right) which we think came from North Reef. It was so hectic
we missed some details.
Ian Tagg (above) and his good buddy Dave Nettleton were two of the brave (or slightly insane) souls who ventured offshore on Friday night. The two local lads dropped the pick at North Reef and after enduring some pretty lousy conditions, came back in with tuskers, snapper, mack tuna and spangled emperor.
Dave was a bit camera shy so Ian did the honours with the two standout sweetlip, one of which won Dave first place in that section while Ian's took second place. Ian also won the tuna section and got third place in the tusk fish category. He almost won one of the boat packages as well, but that's another story.
There were some quality coral trout weighed in from Sunshine Reef on Sunday. The winning fish tipped the scales around the 5kg mark but the angler who weighed it in (Macca Grant) didn't hang around long enough for a photo. Steve Pettinato (above) secured second place with his 69cm, 4.2kg fish and he was more than happy to pose for the camera. The only other reports were of Spaniards (to 7kg) and snapper at Jew Shoal and squire and sweetlip at Little Hall's.
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