As at Monday 17th November 2003
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|OFFSHORE: All in all it was a pretty good week for the offshore brigade with light to moderate East North Easterlies dominating the seascape. Thursday and Friday were the least exciting options, however, with a short lived moderate to strong South Easterly change churning up the waters somewhat. With the brisk North Easterly sea breeze pattern still firmly in place, early mornings were certainly best, with TGO conditions the rule rather than the exception up until about 9am.|
Squire, Pearl Perch
and Parrot Fish were common to most of the visited reefs. In addition,
in Laguna Bay, with the bait schools (Yakkas and Slimy Mackerel) increasing
in numbers and activity, Bonito and Mackerel Tuna were beginning to
their hand, although the boils were sporadic at best. School Mackerel
and small Spotted Mackerel were active just off the National Park headland
and out on Sunshine Reef; where Coral Trout, Moses Perch, Coral Cod,
Snapper and Northern Bluefin Tuna were also on the bite. Further out,
the Coffee Rocks yielded Maori Cod, Tailor, Hussar and as you can see
by the photo on the right, Mahi Mahi. Peter Tregaskis was out there
on a 3/4 day charter aboard Cougar One
on Saturday and tempted this 9kg 'Dolphin Fish' with a Pilchard bait.
He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded
with 35lb line. Over on Massoud's Reef the extras were Red Emperor and
Sailfish as David Brannigan (below centre) found on Thursday morning.
David, visiting Noosa from Jersey in the U.K, did well to boat, then
later release, this 180lb (est.) Billfish after a hard 50 minute tussle,
considering his Wilson Live Fibre and Alvey 825 reel combo was rather
lightly loaded with 30lb line. He was on a half day Cougar
Too charter at the time.