As at Monday March 31, 2014.
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| OFFSHORE: Wahoo!
That was the cry on the local reefs this week with these blue water speedsters
in record numbers on Sunshine Reef and all along the middle reef belt. Wednesday
and Thursday were pretty much a no go, with fresh to strong (18 to 25 knot)
north easterlies to contend with, but apart from that it was all systems
go for the offshore brigade. There was a little bit of a hiccup on the weekend,
however, as the low tide run-off was much more severe than expected and
quite a few boats, on the return journey, had to tackle some seriously shallow
conditions, even two to three hours beyond the afternoon low.
A few boats targeted the Barwon Banks on the weekend but with the current running hard there it was hard getting baits to the bottom. Where there's a will there's a way, though, and those anglers who rigged up with seriously heavy lead sinkers came back with snapper, pearl perch, hussar and venus tusk fish.
North Reef turned out to be a better option, producing snapper, pearl perch, moses perch, cobia, Spanish mackerel and the odd wahoo. Noosa Blue Water Charters deckie Justin McNab (above) is pictured with a quality 10kg (est) wahoo which was boated on Saturday's half day Cougar One charter to North.
And local angler Daniel Dummett (above) had a marvellous time on Tuesday's Trekka 2 charter to North Reef, topping it off by boating this quality 8kg cobia.
Chicko Vella from Davo's Tackle World reported the current roaring at Chardon's Reef on Sunday but he wasn't too concerned because he and his mates were targeting pelagics. They pretty much bagged out on Spaniards (in the 5kg to 6kg range) and saw quite a few wahoo boated out that way. We had a lot weighed in at the shop from there as well. Closer in at Sunshine Reef the catch was sweetlip (in numbers), venus tusk fish, spotted mackerel, cobia, lots of yellowfin tuna, mack tuna and Spanish mackerel, plus the odd wahoo. Brad Kenane (above) trolled up this quality specimen on Sunshine Wide on Sunday.
Local angler Greg Towle (above) is pictured with a couple of the typical size sweetlip that were on the bite at the southern end of Sunshine Reef over the weekend. He and his good buddy Grant Budd boated a number of these grassies, plus one snapper, a mack tuna and, trolling wide on Sunshine, one wahoo.
|Tinbeerwah lad Eddie Walter (above) hooked and landed his first ever Spanish mackerel on Sunday. Eddie was fishing North Sunshine with his father Chris when his trolled Rapala Magnum lure (purple) attracted the attention of the 6kg fish he's posing with. Well done mate. There's a free Davo's cap waiting for you the next time you're in the shop. The photo above right is from last week. Local lass Taylah Egea weighed in this nice 2.9kg coral trout at Davo's last Sunday afternoon, after a trip to Sunshine Reef. The photo, unfortunately, wasn't downloaded from the camera as the bloke responsible for doing that was apparently distracted by an impending overseas trip. Sorry about that. In Laguna Bay, the only reports were of longtail tuna and sweetlip around Jew Shoal.|
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