As at Monday November 4, 2013.
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| OFFSHORE: It was another good
week for the offshore brigade with predominantly light to moderate (5 to
15 knot) variable easterlies and a 0.5m to 1m swell creating some quite
pleasant conditions on our local reefs. As an added bonus, the current run
was quite light on most days. The 'out wide' destinations continued to be
on the agenda with the Barwon Banks producing quality reef fish such as
snapper, red emperor (to 12kg), pearl perch and venus tusk fish.
Noosa Blue Water Charters scheduled a full day charter to Double Island Point on Sunday, during which they got their customers onto snapper, tailor (yes, still lots of choppers up there and along the middle reef belt) moses perch, hussar, mackerel tuna and collared sea bream. Cougar One regular Dan Mallon from Maroochydore (above) is pictured with the day's standout reef fish, a thumper 6.5kg knobby with a head on it that only a mother could love.
And Dominic Winter from Brisbane (above) was more than happy to pose with with a 6kg mackerel tuna which went for a trolled lure on the same charter.
Closer in along the middle reef belt, The Hill was the spot for Maori cod, squire, sweetlip and moses perch, as was North Reef but with the added bonus there of teraglin jewfish and venus tusk fish. Bree Sturzaker from Tasmania and Stephanie Hepner and Ashlee Adams from Victoria (above) are pictured with a few moses perch from Saturday's Trekka 2 charter to North Reef. There were no reports from Sunshine Reef but further south at Arkwright Shoal, spotted and just legal size Spanish mackerel were going for trolled hard bodies, and cast metal slug lures. There were also reports of the odd northern bluefin tuna and school mackerel on the bite in Laguna Bay. Apart from that, Little Hall's Reef was the spot for sweetlip as was Jew Shoal but with the bonus of snapper.
It's gratifying to see a marked increase in the number of people wearing their pfd's while crossing the Noosa Bar. It's not only mandatory for all vessels under 4.8 metres, there's a good chance you could win the $100.00 monthly prize if you're photographed doing the right thing! The October Bar Crossing Safety Award goes to the skipper of the boat, registration number; KL152Q. The monthly prize consists of a $50.00 gift voucher from Davo's Compleat Angler, a $50.00 gift voucher from Ray Scholes Marine and the framed award plaque, courtesy of Fishing Noosa, featuring your boat in action. The Noosa Coast Guard also recommends you radio in before and after crossing the bar, give your destination and an estimated return time. If you're the skipper/owner of the boat pictured, call 5449 8099 or pop into Davo's Compleat Angler in Noosaville to claim your prize. Note: You have until the end of November 2013 to do so.
ONSHORE: The Noosa North Shore coastal surf beach stretch was overrun with small dart this week. Getting through these pickers was a bit of a problem but those anglers who were prepared to move around in search of the odd keeper did ok. There was some good water just north of the Third Cutting and local angler Ian 'Tinny' Treloar did well there on Saturday, going home with quality dart and bream, tailor (on mullet fillet) in the 1.5kg to 2kg range and, after losing a bigger fish, a one metre jewfish that went for a bonito fillet. The only other beach report was of quality whiting (to 38cm) from just south of Teewah.
|In the estuary, the river mouth really fired up after first light, on or about the top of the tide this week. Leading the charge were trevally (big eyes, tea leaf and goldens), jewfish to 86cm, queenfish, tarpon, tailor, yellowtail kingfish, bream, quality flathead and even the odd thumper cobia and juvenile amberjack. The jewfish were the first to show their hand on Thursday morning and James Haas (above) was there when they came on the bite. In a hot session, between 6.30am and 7am, James' Berkley Power Bait soft plastic (pumpkinseed colour) accounted for not just one, but three jewfish, ranging in size from about 60cm to the 72cm (measured) fish that he's pictured with. All fish, of course, were released after a quick pic. I didn't have my video camera with me so I shot a whole series of sequential still photos and rendered them in a video timeline. For his efforts, James won this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.|
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