As at Monday September 10, 2012
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: The excellent
weather continued on from last week, blessing us with a solid four week
run of eminently fishable conditions on the local reefs. The morning sessions,
when the lighter south westerlies dominated, were the best, ahead of the
usually more blustery afternoon north easterly sea breezes.
Conditions were consistently good enough for the bigger boats to consider the odd 'out wide' excursion. Fishing Offshore Noosa scheduled Trekka 2 for a run to Double Island Point on Saturday and during the full day charter they boated snapper, pearl perch, some just legal red emperor and a few mack tuna.
And Noosa Blue Water Charters ventured wide to the Barwon Banks today where, with the current not running as hard as earlier in the week, they boated pearl perch, venus tusk fish (to 3kg), frying pan snapper, moses perch, hussar, the odd standout snapper to 5.5kg, plus juvenile rosy jobfish and amberjacks. Being a late afternoon return, the pix from that trip will be in next week's report. Closer in, Chardon's Reef was the spot for pearl perch, snapper, Maori cod, sweetlip, teraglin jewfish, moses perch, cod and mack tuna. North Reef produced the same as Chardon's but with the added bonus of mowong, coral bream and, as per the photo above, the odd bluefin tuna. Justin Smith boated this 12kg longtail while out there on a half day Cougar One charter on Saturday.
|Sunshine Reef was a better option this week and
those who put in the time there reported catches of snapper, pearl perch,
moses perch, coral trout (to 3kg), venus tusk fish, yellowfin tuna and grass
sweetlip. Ronnie Krieger from Doonan (above left) was bottom bashing out
there on Wednesday morning when his whole pilchard floater (it's always
good to have at least one floater out the back) was taken by the 5.6kg yellowfin
he's pictured with. And, above right, local lass Lana Eccles-Smith's yakka
bait proved to be too much of a temptation for the 4kg grass sweetlip she
boated at Sunshine Reef yesterday morning.
The bar was pretty much as flat as a tack again this week and Laguna Bay, on most days, was looking absolutely sensational. The glassy conditions were a major draw card for the yak angling fraternity and some did exceptionally well. Steve Crisp (above) paddled out as far as Big Hall's Reef on Tuesday and was rewarded for his troubles when his yakka floater was taken by the 19kg northern bluefin tuna he's doing well to hold up for the camera. Steve fought this fish for over an hour and was towed nearly three kilometres before he managed to boat it. His efforts also won him the $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
And Brisbane yak angler Adrian Tan (above) was hoping for a similar result on Saturday morning when he worked his way out to Little Hall's Reef. Adrian got the surprise of this life, however, when his trolled, all black, hard body, mid level diving lure was monstered by the 14kg Spanish mackerel he's pictured with. This is a very, very early Spaniard capture and only the next few weeks will confirm whether it's an aberration or an indication of an early start to the season.
Also keen to be in on the action in the bay, Matt Reid from Cooroy (below left) was trolling a gold chrome River2Sea 120mm Downsider lure from his kayak at Big Hall's Reef yesterday morning when it was engulfed by a 5kg cobia. Though not a longtail, or a Spaniard, Matt was more than satisfied with his fish.
|And don't forget this one! As mentioned last week, Nigel Webster from AFN (above right) will be hosting a talk night at Davo's Compleat Angler, Noosaville on his favourite subject; Spring Time Snapper on Soft Plastics. This should prove to be a valuable insight into Advanced Snapper Tactics. The talk night will be held this Thursday, September 13 at 6.30pm and the entry fee, which will be donated to the C&K Tewantin Community Kindergarten, is just $10.00. Food and refreshments are provided and there will be raffles, a Lucky Door Prize and discounts on selected items. Just pop into the shop or call 5449 8099 to register.|