The beginnning of the school holidays was dissapointing with strong south easterlies and a big southerly swell but this week has been the opposite – we have had very little swell and apart from the afternoon storms it has been superb! The next few days look similar and the fishing has been pretty good too.We have caught amberjack, king fish, cobia as well as snapper, jewfish, pearlies, tusk fish, moses perch, maori cod and the odd coronation trout from the full days. Here are some photos
It has been a mixed couple of weeks on the weather front, lots of unseasonal northerly wind plus rain at times and even earthquakes? But we have seen some pleasant days’ in between as well as some warm sunshine, and have been doing a mixture of ½, ¾ and full day charters. Some reefs have been fishing reasonably well and others have been a little quite. The inner reef belt covering places like the gneerings, Murphy’s, Caloundra 9nm and 12nm reefs are producing some quality big fish but it’s only for a short period on dawn and dusk. Out wider on the banks and Caloundra wide we are getting big numbers of fish but the size is a little smaller which is a bit unusual but that should all change with the lead up to Saturdays’ full moon.
The pictures below show some cobia to 9kg caught on murphies
Murphy’s reef- snapper, cobia, sweetlip, hussar, pearl perch, moses perch and amberjack
Gneerings- tusk fish, squire, sweetlip and moses perch
Caloundra 9nm&12nm- snapper, sweetlip, cobia, tusk fish, pearl perch and moses perch
Caloundra wide- snapper, trag jew, tusk fish, pearl perch and moses perch
Barwon banks- snapper, pearl perch, tusk fish, amberjack, hussar, moses perch, hussar, fusilier, trevally and gold spot wrasse
These next photos show some snapper from the weekend
The coming week looks great weather wise and certain trips still have availability so if you would like to join us for a trip head to our contacts page and flick us an email or feel free to call. Until then HAPPY HUNTING!
Some fantastic conditions for offshore anglers over the past week produced some fantastic fish. The big snapper were very active early last week before the warm weather came through over Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Fish up to 6kg/78cm were boated with best results coming an hour either side of dusk and dawn. These were caught on Tuesdays’ afternoon session from Murphys reef in just 22m of water.
The warmer days over the weekend still seen snapper chewing but the size was a bit smaller around 50cm but some of our other winter target species didn’t seem to mind – we caught plenty of big pearl perch to 60cm and quality tusk fish to 3kg along with moses perch, gold spot wrasse, fusilier, hussar, coral bream, trevally and some hard fighting amberjack. The photo below is from Saturdays’ full day trip to the banks and shows off the biggest pearly from the day.
The next shows regulars Dale and Gary with some nice pearlies and squire around the 50cm perfect table fish and caught on soft plastics and light gear made for a bit of sport as well. Well done boys!
A bit lumpy offshore for the next couple of days’ things look to settle Thursday with Friday and the weekend looking superb. Friday is our next trip and it’s a full day to the Barwon Banks chasing those big snapper, pearl perch and whatever else we can get our hooks into, there is still spots available so if you would like to join in on the action give us a call or head over to our contacts page and send us an email.
Until then HAPPY HUNTING!
Some very cold weather over recent weeks’ has seen the water temps drop and with that the snapper fishing has been hot. All reefs have been fishing well, whether we are in close on a ½ day or out wide on a full day the fish have been chewing. As always the weather is a factor and the calmer days’ have produced some great fish. Along with the snapper there have some big tusk fish and pearl perch as well as moses perch, sweetlip, gold spot wrasse, fusilier, spangled emperor, maori cod and the odd cobia caught. The picture below shows snapper to 6kg.
The next picture shows some of the tusk fish that are getting caught. Up to 3.5kg and 60cm, great for this area. They are as good to eat as they are to look at.
Here’s what’s been happening-
Murphy’s and the Gneerings- snapper, pearl perch, tusk fish, sweetlip, moses perch and cobia
Caloundra 9nm- snapper, pearlperch, tuskfish, maori cod, hussar, sweetlip and moses perch
Caloundra 12nm- snapper, pearl perch, tusk fish, sweetlip, moses perch, hussar and small king fish
Caloundra wide- snapper, pearl perch, gold spot wrasse and amberjack
Barwon banks- snapper, pearl perch, spangled emperor, fusilier, moses perch, gold spot wrasse, hussar, maori cod and tusk fish
If you would like to join us for a trip head over to our contacts page and give us a call or flick us an email. Until then HAPPY HUNTING!
The weather for this school holiday period has been nothing short of sensational and, apart from some cold mornings over the weekend, we are looking pretty good for the next week too. The forecast is for westerlies pick up strength but at this stage I think we will be out there fishing as the swell is forecast to be minimal. Hopefully it fires up the snapper and we keep catching fish like this 7 kg model landed on Sundays’ full day charter. Well done
Snapper are the target this time of year with this season just getting started we are looking forward to the next few months with the larger fish moving in as the water temperature continues to drop. So we have had plenty of trips on with a mix of ½, 3/4 and full day charters. The full day charters to the banks and Caloundra wide have been most productive with pearl perch, snapper, tuskfish, moses perch, hussar, fusilier, spangled and red throat emperor, gold spot wrasse and maori cod coming from both reefs. The picure below shows 2kg/50cm pearl perch. There are a lot around in the 40-50cm range which is good forthis species. Well done Tom!
The shorter trips have been spent in a bit closer on the Caloundra 9nm and 12nm reefs as well as murphies reef. Once again snapper and pearl perch are boated along with quality tusk fish, maori cod, grassy sweetlip, moses perch and king fish. Best results on the inner reef belt this past week have been in the mornings with most fish around the 50cm mark. The boys below are enjoying their holidays showing off snapper to 52cm and a cracking 58cm /4kg venus tusk fish caught on murphies reef.
There is still some availability for charters over the next week of holidays so if you would like to join us for a trip head over to our contacts page and flick us an email or give us a call until then……….. HAPPY HUNTING !
Can’t believe the year is half over! It has gone quickly and with the holidays underway there is plenty to look forward to. With some schools starting their holiday period over a week ago and the weather being OK we got offshore quite a bit on a mixture of ½, ¾ and full day charters over the past week. All reefs’ fished reasonably well catching species such as snapper, pearl perch, cobia, cod, tusk fish, moses perch, hussar, grassy sweet lip, fusilier and gold spot wrasse.
The pearl perch were definitely the most active species this with some quality specimens, around 3kg and 50cm, coming from all reefs. Snapper are the other winter target species and there were some caught around the 5 and 6kg mark and once again they seemed popping up on most reefs. The picture below shows a decent snapper coming from only 3.5nm offshore on a half day charter. Well done Darren.
The next picture shows some pearlies that were boated on the full day trip last Thursday. They were really firing this day in about 80m of water on Caloundra wide. We did cop a few showers but didn’t stop anybody and most punters were rewarded with their bag limit of this top table fish.
The coming 2 weeks look pretty good for offshore fishermen and holidaymakers apart from this Friday so make the most of it. We do still have availability (mainly mid week) for charters over the holidays so if you would like to join us drop us an email or give us a ring and we will get you in on the action. Until then
It’s a bleak and rainy day here on the “Sunshine” Coast so I thought I had better take the opportunity to update the fishing report and thankfully there is a bit to report on! In between the strong south/south easterlies we have managed to get out for a few trips. Mainly full day charters to the Barwon banks and a half day charter to Murphys reef. The full days are firing at the moment with the middle section of the banks producing good size and quantity of fish. Some big snapper to 6kg starting to come through and best results were achieved using light gear and soft plastics. The picture below is of two 6kg models caught on Berkley power baits on Mondays’ trip. Well done boys!
Other species caught on the Barwon banks during the last week included lots of tusk fish, red throat emperor, moses perch, hussar, gold spot wrasse, trevally, pearl perch, amberjack to 6kg, fusilier and spangled emperor to 6kg. Conditions’ were a little uncomfortable at times, especially on Wednesday, but everyone was rewarded with plenty of action. The pictures below show the biggest fish from Wednesdays’ trip, which were amberjack and spangled emperor op to 6kg. Well done guys!
Our half day charter was spent on Murphy’s reef which is still fishing well. Species caught were school mackerel, moses perch, squire, pearl perch, tusk fish and hussar. Still no big snapper in close yet but it won’t be long now that they are coming through the outer reefs. Sunday is our next half day charter and we still have a few spots left and although the weather looks to keep us in port for the next couple of days it does look come good Saturday afternoon ready for Sunday. If you would like to join us for a trip head over to our contacts page and flick us an email or give us a call until then- HAPPY HUNTING!!
Well what a weekend! A huge contrast to the previous few with virtually no sea or swell and only light winds conditions were ideal and have been so for most of the week. We got plenty of fishing in, doing full day charters to the Barwon banks and half day charters to Murphy’s reef catching the mixed bags of reef fish the sunny coast is known for. From coral trout and mackerel to snapper and big tusk fish we are so lucky this time of year and the mix of colours are amazing. The picture below is from Fridays’ half day showing a 4kg coral trout and 2kg tusk fish and school mackerel.
So from our half days on Murphy’s reef species caught are sweetlip, squire, coral trout, tuskfish, school mackerel, maori cod, hussar, moses perch and pearl perch. This reef has been firing for a while now and with the inner and outer gneerings right next door it gives plenty of options for all types of fishing. We have caught almost everything in this area from marlin and mackerel in summer to big snapper and pearl perch in winter. The picture below shows off a maori cod about 3kg, well done Stephen very good eating!
The Barwon banks’ is a regular go to area on the full days, this reef is huge. Over the past week we have fished the middle to northern section and depths from 28 to 55 metres the diversity here never ceases to amaze. Species caught here were tusk fish, fusilier, red throat emperor, maori cod, moses perch, pearl perch, hussar, trevally, pearl perch, coronation trout and squiry-snapper to 3.5 kg which the photo is shown below.
Still no big 8-10kg trophy snapper boated yet but it will be any day now and with good numbers of squire now is the time to put some hours in on the water. If you would like to join us for as trip head over to our contacts page and flick us an email or call to see what’s available and we will get you landing your own top catch until then HAPPY HUNTING!!!!!
Hi all, the weather pattern over the past few weeks has been a little ordinary with the weekends throwing poor conditions for offshore waters but the good news is it looks to change this weekend. The current forecast is fantastic with light winds and virtually no swell Hooray!!! Maybe the usual calm winter weather is finally here.
The past week we have managed to get out on Wednesday, Friday and yesterday (Tuesday) with reasonable results. Last Wednesday we did a ¾ day charter and it started off well we caught snapper, tuskfish, pearl perch, moses perch, hussar, trevally and morwong. After 2hrs things went a little quiet so we headed a little deeper to fish a couple of wrecks where we get cobia but they weren’t chewing all we could bring up were big grinners- bait wasters. So we headed back in to the reef to salvage some time and added a few sweetlip and mackerel to the esky.
Friday was a full day charter and we headed out wide to fish the barwon banks. We worked the shallow areas chasing those colourful varieties. Some nice eating size snapper were boated along with big spangled emperor. Other species included tuskfish, red throat emperor, gold spot wrasse, fusilier, pearl perch, trevally and maori cod.
Tuesdays’ trip was again a ¾ day trip and we headed south this time starting on Currimundi reef targeting school mackerel. We got a burley trail started and nailed a few before the sharks caught on to us and join in on the action. We then headed to the Caloundra 12nm and caught sweetlip, moses perch, tuskfish and some big cod which are pictured below. Well done to regulars Steve and Angelo both getting some big fish but Angelo got the bragging rights this time with his measuring 1.05m and weighing in at 14.5 kg.
Due to a cancellation we do still have spots left this weekend so if you would like to join us for a trip head over to our contacts and give us a call or flick us an email and we will make something happen. Until next time HAPPY HUNTING!!!
Unfortunately we won’t be fishing for the next few days. The massive high in the great Australian bite is generating strong to fresh S/W to S/E winds and a fair swell to go with it especially once you get a couple of mile offshore. So if you’re keen for a fish in coming days you will have to stick to the estuaries. This is very unfortunate as the fishing the past week has been hot!
Recent trips included ½, 3/4 and full day charters so a lot of different sunshine coast reefs’ were fished. The most productive was murphy’s reef, right on our doorstep, which seen us getting into a wide range of species including pelagic like cobia, king fish, amberjack and spanish mackerel as well as the bottom feeders coral trout, snapper, parrot fish, tusk fish, maori cod and pearl perch. It just goes to show that you don’t need to “do the miles to get the smiles” at this time of year. The picture below shows Tom, a regular customer, with a 5kg amberjack and a 5kg cobia well done!!
The barwon banks’ was fished earlier in the week and numbers of fish were great but the size was a little down on previous trips. We have been working the bottom end for the past month or so and doing reasonably well on numbers and with some big fish coming aboard as well. Species caught were snapper, pearl perch, tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, amber jack, maori cod, hussar, moses perch and fusilier. We might have a look further north on our next full day to try for some bigger specimens. The picture below is of a quality pearly boated by one of our regulars Wayne. Well done mate
The next couple of photos are of coral trout caught on a half day. We get quite a lot this time of year and they should stick around for the next couple of weeks.
So there is plenty going on at the moment and snapper season is only just getting started, a great time of year for fishing offshore in Mooloolaba. If you would like to join us for a trip head over to our contacts page and flick us an email or give us a call – until then HAPPY HUNTING!!!!!