As at Monday May 23, 2011
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OFFSHORE: Moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot) variable southerlies
dominated the first half of the week, restricting offshore activity to the
shelter of Laguna Bay until Friday when the winds eased and took on a northerly
flavour. The easterly swell, however, tested the nerve, patience and bar
crossing skills of those boaties keen to hit the local reefs
over the weekend.
Noosa Blue Water Charters visited the Barwon Banks yesterday and boated snapper, moses perch, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, red throat emperor and hussar. They also did a couple of runs to North Reef this week and got onto Maori cod, moses perch, pearl perch, sweetlip, morwong and, as you can see by the photo above, yellowtail kingfish. Brian Cao from WOW Sight and Sound in Oxley boated this 11kg 'Kingy' while out there on a half day Cougar One charter this morning.
Sunshine Reef was a little more subdued than usual but, when the weather settled, still produced venus tusk fish, coral trout, spangled emperor, stripey sea perch, morwong and the odd Spanish mackerel. Brett Thorpe (above) was out there with Noosa Blue Water Charters on Friday afternoon and was very pleased to land the day's standout, a 12kg Spaniard.
It was still a bit lumpy outside on Thursday so Trekka 2 opted to work Laguna Bay where, at Jew Shoal they got onto a few snapper and were busted up by what turned out to be a school of yellowtail kingfish. John Ho from the Noosa Garden Chinese Restaurant (above), however, managed to hang on to his fish and was delighted to see it tip the scales at 9kg.
And on the same charter, Ben from Auckland, NZ (above) was happy to pose with one of the 3kg snapper they boated.
The tuna were still on the prowl in the bay and the North Shore side seemed to be the place to get into them. They were getting up in size too. Local yak angler Ian Tagg (above) hooked up with an absolute thumper on Saturday morning but lost it when the hook on his Gastronomic soft plastic pulled, so had to settle for the 13kg longtail he boated not long after.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were certainly
worth a look this week with dart and whiting on the bite and well spread
on the North Shore. Some good quality dart came from just south of the
First Cutting, about 2kms north of Teewah and, together with whiting (to
500gms) and the odd trevally, at 'Monkey', roughly 7kms further on. Jewfish
were reported on the bite at at Double Island Point but there was no size
to them. Cheryl 'Chezza' Lacey (below) landed a number of dart (using
mullet fillet) in a good gutter about 100 metres down from the First Cutting
yesterday morning. Whiting were also biting between the groynes on Main
Beach while on the National Park headland, snapper and jewfish were on
the chew at the Fairy Pools. Further south, the northern end of Sunshine
Beach was the spot for the odd tailor.
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