As at Monday October 7, 2013
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: Apart from
Friday's blustery 20 to 25 knot+ south easterly blow it was all systems
go as far as the offshore brigade was concerned. A 0.5m to 1m swell was
about as bad as it got, the bar was pretty much flat as the proverbial tack,
and on most days the winds were a light to moderate 5 to 15 knots.
All reefs were on the target list this week. Glen Allen from the Noosa Boat Fishing Club and a couple of buddies fished the Barwon Banks on Sunday and reported good catches of snapper, plus the odd venus tusker and hussar. Top of the 9.00am high tide fished best. The current, from the north, was moderate. Noosa Blue Water Charters worked the grounds wide of Chardon's Reef on Wednesday for snapper, moses perch, red throat emperor, spangled emperor, samson fish and amberjack. Phil Schoutrop from Brisbane and Shane Nipperess from Noosa (above) are pictured with a couple of the amberjacks from the full day charter. And young Matthew Schoutrop (below left) was more than happy to pose with a standout red throat emperor that took a liking to a squid bait.
We also had feedback from Double Island Point over the weekend. No real standouts from there; just hussar, squire, sweetlip, moses perch and Maori cod.
|Along the middle reef belt, The Hill and The Coffees produced moses perch, estuary cod, teraglin jewfish, squire and pearl perch, as did North Reef but with the added bonus there of snapper, sweetlip, mowong, bonito and Maori cod. Damian Hamer from Sydney (above) boated a 9kg gold spot cod on Saturday's half day Cougar One charter. And Gavin Watts from the Noosa Boat Fishing Club (below left) caught a nice 5kg+ knobby a North Reef on Wednesday.|
|The lads from Fishing
Offshore Noosa focussed most of their attention on the bottom
end of North Reef this week. Young Louis Burke from Melbourne (above) boated
a 6kg gold spot cod there (with the help of his father Pat) on Tuesday's
charter. While Sarah O'Sullivan from Melbourne and Helena Schwerdt from
South Australia (below) are pictured with a couple of quality pearl perch
from Wednesday's three quarter day Trekka
Local angler Ian Tagg (below) and his buddy Dave fished North Reef with mixed results on Saturday but struck gold when they moved wide of there later in the afternoon. Dropping the pick at one of their proven marks, Ian's slimy mackerel bait attracted the attention of the 15kg mulloway that he's posing with.
Chardon's Reef was pretty quiet this week, producing just a few pearl perch and the odd wahoo. Corey Edmondson from Mount Coolum (below) trolled up this 17.5kg wahoo somewhere around Chardon's Reef (best we can figure) yesterday morning. He was using a Kokoda Mac Daddy lure as his draw card.
Closer in, Sunshine Reef was the spot for the odd snapper and cobia, and possibly school mackerel going by the reports of neatly sliced leaders that came in over the weekend. In Laguna Bay, squire were on the chew at Hall's Reef, mackerel tuna and school mackerel were apparently on the prowl around the shark nets and small yellowtail kingfish and quality yellowfin tuna were schooling at Jew Shoal. Gary Norris from the Noosa Boat Fishing Club (below left) trolled up a 6.3kg and 7.5kg yellowfin tuna at Jew Shoal on Wednesday morning. He was using a 120mm Rio's Lethal Action high speed trolling lure.
|Bob Major (above right) was delighted to learn that he'd won the September Bar Crossing Safety Award, simply for doing what he always does... wearing his pfd when crossing the bar. The monthly prize consists of a $50.00 credit (or gift voucher) from Davo's Compleat Angler, a $50.00 gift voucher from Ray Scholes Marine and the Award Plaque (valued at $65.00), from Fishing Noosa, which features a full colour photo of his boat in action. Goodonya mate.|
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