Well I think we can officially say snapper season has started. Its later than usual but the water temperature has finally dropped enough and these beauties are starting to move into shallower waters to breed. The new moon phase over the weekend had them chewing with the afternoon fishing a little better than the mornings. No monsters were landed the biggest was 4kg but the numbers were there with plenty of fish in that 1-3kg range. Friday was a ½ day charter without seeing one but Saturday, Sunday, Monday were full days on the banks and there were plenty. They won’t take long to move in closer now- Can’t wait!!!!!!
Lots of these 2kg fish from the banks on the weekend.
Here is what else that has been happening-
Murphy’s reef and the Gneerings– tusk fish, pearl perch, trevally, school mackerel, moses perch, hussar and sweetlip
Caloundra 9nm– pearl perch, squire, tusk fish, cobia and moses perch
Caloundra 12nm– squire, pearl perch, school mackerel, sweetlip, big cod, tusk fish and moses perch.
Caloundra wide– snapper, pearl perch, amberjack, gold spot wrasse and moses perch
Barwon banks– snapper, red throat emperor, amberjack, pearl perch, moses perch, fusilier, big trevally, Spanish mackerel, rosy job fish, tusk fish, maori cod and gold spot wrasse.
Noosa– north reef produced tusk fish, squire, sweetlip, pearl perch, estuary cod and trag jew and squire, sweetlip, stripey sea perch and tusk fish from sunshine reef.
The weather looks pretty good for the next week or so the pick of the days looks like Friday so that might be a good chance for boaties to get out to the wider reefs. Afternoons seem to be fishing a little better than the weekends( plus it’s a little warmer) so it might be worth trying that dusk period! The next tide in Mooloolaba is a high of 1.29m at 11:03am.