As at Monday November 18, 2013.
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| OFFSHORE: Weatherwise
it was a pretty good week for the offshore boys with a modest 0.5m to 1m
swell and light to moderate variable easterlies (mostly from the north)
dominating the morning sessions. The afternoon north easterly sea breezes
were predictably in the 15 to 20 knot range and were typically accompanied
by storm warnings, which in the case of the Noosa area didn't evolve into
much more than rolling thunder, lightning and the odd rain storm.
A few boats targeted the Barwon Banks, coming back with snapper, pearl perch and gold band snapper. Lots of average size keepers but no real trophy fish. Closer in, North Reef produced snapper, teraglin jewfish, sweetlip, moses perch, pearl perch, mowong and Maori cod. There were no standouts there either. The mulloway grounds wide on North Reef produced some better quality fish. Ruuben van den Heuvel (above left in photo) and his mate Peter fished there on Saturday morning and apart from snapper and pearl perch, boated two healthy mulloway. Their catch also won them the Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
Sunshine Reef was a lot more lively this week although the mutton birds (see above) were a problem on some days, often taking baits as they hit the water.
The pelagic numbers were on the improve there with northern bluefin tuna and yellowfin tuna responding well to Shimano Wax Wing lures. In the latter part of the week, spotted mackerel were hammering the bait schools and chasing cast metal slug lures. Away from the surface activity, sweetlip, hussar, snapper, moses perch, coral trout, Maori cod, venus tusk fish and cobia were going for floated pilchards and live baits. Chicko Vella from Davo's (above) and his mate Sonnie fished the bottom end of Sunshine on Friday afternoon for snapper, moses perch, sweetlip, venus tusk fish, a Maori cod and one quality coral trout.
And just before they dropped the pick on one of their marks they saw a large lemon shark near the surface with a cobia cruising along beside it. A well cast pilchard, dropped just in front of it, was too much temptation for the fish and not long after, Sonnie (above) was able to pose with their first catch of the day.
Laguna Bay was a bit patchy, with whatever action there was coming from out around Jew Shoal where drifted pilchards accounted for a few snapper. As the weekend approached, spotted mackerel were also reported there. They're not in big numbers yet but they were certainly working the baits schools and providing a target for the sight casters. Stephen Lewis from Victoria, Steve Bredhauer from Brisbane and Richard Cooney from Sydney (above) are pictured with a few 2.5kg-3kg spotties from today's Trekka 2 charter. They spent a bit of time there this morning, trolling and casting metal slug lures to good effect.
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