As at Friday May 20, 2016.
|OFFSHORE: Can't resist
chucking a few superlatives into our introduction this week. Well worn phrases
like 'as good as it gets' or 'beautiful one day, perfect the next' are certainly
appropriate but enough to say that every day was a winner with blue skies,
light winds and little or no swell. Idyllic autumn weather.
The fishing was a bit patchy at times though, especially on the closer reefs, and as a result there were anglers who absolutely nailed it and others who came home without so much as a scale for their troubles. There were also a few grumbles about the large numbers of juvenile reef fish (especially red emperor, snapper and Maori cod) and grinners stripping baits. For those prepared to go the distance however, Double Island Point produced a wide range of species, especially on overnighters. On the list were; snapper (lots of pan size), moses perch, gold spot wrasse, slate bream, hussar, venus tusk fish, sweetlip, pearl perch, coral bream, yellowtail kingfish, red emperor, amberjack, yellowfin tuna, gold spot cod, blue Maori cod and scarlet sea perch or large mouth nannygai.
Wow! The reds were certainly on the bite at 'D.I.' Dylan Brown (above) and his dad did an overnighter there on Tuesday and boated heaps of grass sweetlip, venus tuskers, some thumper moses perch and two quality red emperor. All on whole squid baits. As you can see, some quality fish came in this week, which made it tough to pick a winner for the $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize. Dylan's snodger 12kg red, however, was the standout in a strong field.
|Adam Fiumara from Sea Queen Bait (above) spent a productive Saturday afternoon, night and Sunday morning out wide at Double Island Point and came back with moses perch, hussar, venus tusk fish, two red emperor in the 4kg to 6kg range, a blue Maori cod (above right) and (above left) a thumper 9kg (est) scarlet sea perch or large mouth nannygai. Oh, and he mentioned at least half a dozen times that he got them all on Sea Queen pilchards and squid.|
|Did we mention that 'D.I.' was busy as? Jackson
Ross sent in his report from Friday... "Hi Bill. Drove to D.I. Friday lunchtime
with James Strachan. Beach launched. Weather was perfect. Fishing was hard
but got some nice pan size snapper like the one James (above left) is pictured
with. Most fish went for floated squid baits. Cheers, Jackson." And from
Jordan Zerk, above right... "Hey Billy! Fished 'D.I.' on Monday with Jack
Pocko and Aaron from Davo's
Tackle World. The fishing was hard yakka with very little current.
In saying that we still managed to get a few good fish. As always for up
there there were a few unstoppables hooked and lost, but we managed to boat
yellowfin tuna, gold spot cod, venus tuskers and a few thumper pearl perch.
Also out wide, The Hards and The Banks yielded snapper (with the bigger fish on the bite after dark), moses perch, pearl perch, pig fish, greenback tailor, amberjack and coral bream. Closer in along the middle reef belt, Chardon's Reef produced moses perch, teraglin jewfish, grass sweetlip and mulloway, as did North Reef but with the added bonus of pearl perch, venus tusk fish, mowong, Maori cod, coral bream and gold spot wrasse. Courtney Krawec (above) and boyfriend Nat fished North Reef on Wednesday in glassed out conditions for pearl perch, Maori cod, sweetlip and a couple of mulloway on live yakkas. Courtney's quality capture and perfect pose didn't quite earn her the 'Fish of the Week' prize but for her efforts she'll receive a free Davo's Tackle cap.
|And a report from Wild
Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover on Monday... "Hey mate. Fished Chardon's
Reef this morning. No current and light westerly winds. The catch was; moses
perch, teraglin jewfish, grass sweetlip and mulloway. Pictured above are
Jack, Brett and Tony with some of the standouts. Cheers, Paul."
Sunshine Reef was certainly worth a look with venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip, many lined sweetlip, spangled emperor, moses perch, Maori cod, monocle bream, cobia, gold spot cod, snapper, coral trout and yellowtail kingfish on the bite. Cameron McNee from Noosaville (above) is pictured with a 15kg kingy from Monday afternoon's five hour Wild Thing 2 charter. For more photos and information from that charter, and others, just click on the thumbnails below...
|By the way, the latest bar crossing video (as at Saturday May 21, 2016) has now been uploaded to the website. To view it, just... CLICK HERE.|
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