As at Monday May 20, 2013
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| OFFSHORE: Blimey!
It might have been a bit chilly on the water this week but the cool, light
to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable westerlies set the scene for almost
picture perfect conditions on the local reefs. The swell was typically in
the 0.5m to 1m range and to add lashings of icing to the cake, the fish
were well and truly on the bite. Noosa
Blue Water Charters took advantage of the extended run of good
weather and scheduled a run to Double Island Point on Sunday. They did well
there too, coming back with Spanish mackerel, sweetlip, moses perch, gold
band snapper and lots of yellowfin tuna. There was a bit of a communication
breakdown during the day, unfortunately, and we didn't get together to film
or photograph what would have been a ripper catch.
Closer in, Chardon's Reef was good for estuary cod, Maori cod, sweetlip, snapper, pearl perch, moses perch, hussar, northern bluefin tuna, spotted mackerel to 6kg and quality Spanish mackerel to 1.4m, which incidentally were responding well to 70gm Halco Twisties jigged off the bottom. North Reef was another good option for Spaniards and spotties as well as school mackerel, mulloway, moses perch, pearl perch, gold band snapper, estuary cod, Maori cod, mowong, sweetlip, venus tusk fish and coral trout. Carl Jeffery from Donald in Victoria (above) was over the moon when he boated the day's standout 6kg coral trout while on a half day Cougar One charter to North Reef on Saturday. Carl even managed to smile for the camera which is apparently a rare event.
|North Reef also produced lots of snapper in the
late afternoon and, as previously mentioned, some quality mulloway. Ben
Dieudonne from Brisbane (above left) boated his 6kg+ 'jewie' while out there
on Tuesday morning's Cougar
One charter. And on the same trip, Melbourne visitor Sam Harris
(above) hooked and landed a fish that tipped the scales at 8kg. Apart from
that, The Hill was the spot for quality spotties, squire, sweetlip and moses
perch, The Coffees yielded coral trout and (late afternoon to dusk) snapper
in numbers, while at Massoud's Reef the standouts were sweetlip, pearl perch
and venus tusk fish.
On one of their half days excursions, Trekka 2 took a run a short way down the coast to Victor Bailey's Reef on Thursday morning where they got onto moses perch, squire, sweetlip, scarlet sea perch, Maori cod, mulloway and lots of juvenile red emperor. Ryan Squires from the Gold Coast (above) took the standout honours with his 12kg 'jewie', while local angler Ben Baum (below left) was more than happy pose with the top weight Maori cod and grass sweetlip.
|A little bit north of there, Sunshine Reef produced cobia, spotted mackerel, Spanish mackerel, school mackerel, venus tusk fish, sweetlip, yellowfin tuna, gold spot cod, lots of 2kg-3kg snapper in close and, as per the photo above right, coral trout. Ian Tagg boated this 4.2kg specimen and one other, plus a few tuskers, there on Saturday afternoon. There have also been a number of chinaman fish and red bass on the bite. Note: Both of these are a 'no take' species.|
|For those who missed our earlier
announcements, the 2013 Noosa
'River to Reef' Family Fishing Classic will commence on Friday May
31, 2013 and finish on Sunday June 2, 2013.
FAMILY FISHING CLASSIC
|The competition will be run in conjunction with the ever popular Noosa Riverfest and will have a Junior and Senior angler section. Offshore anglers will also be catered for.|
|Click on the links to view or download: THE ENTRY FORM or THE COMPETITION RULES|
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