It’s been a mixed bag of fishing on the Sunshine Coast this week but reeling in a whopping 11kg samson fish was certainly a highlight.
Who wouldn’t be excited to haul that monster on board? It gave Jason a great scrap on Saturday and made for a very happy fisherman. Well done mate!
That catch came after a slow start to the morning but we had a full day fishing charter and there was heaps of time to try a few different things.
Trolling on the way out didn’t reap any rewards so when we got out to Barwon Banks we went straight to the bottom fishing. We had some success in the shallower areas and caught a few red throat emperors.
On the outside edge in about 50 metres of water things got going and we brought in more red throat, pearl perch, moses perch and gold spot wrasse.
When the sun came up we put the lures on and trolled up the banks and hooked a nice mahi mahi – my favourite fish.
But it was when we were bottom bashing in deeper water, about 80 metres, that Jason hauled in his Samson fish. We also caught more pearl perch and marble flathead in the deeper waters.
The weekend was cut short due to wind and weather conditions, which prevented us heading out on Sunday.
But we were out most of last week with half and three quarter day fishing charters on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Tuesday we had a mix of reef and wreck fishing and the highlight was a 5kg cobia. We caught a few more, just under the 75cm legal size limit, which all fought well. There were also some squire, pearl perch, moses perch and a lot of blue spot flathead, which are great eating.
The biigest fish on Wednesday was Simon’s 7kg gold spot estuary cod, caught from the Caloundra Nine Mile Reef. And as is typical at this time of year there were also pearl perch, moses perch and squire.
We tried mackerel fishing on Thursday. It’s a little early in the season but we’d seen some good signs they were about so we headed to Caloundra and fished just outside the North-West Fairway buoy. We chased the fish, which were busting up and flicked lures into the frenzy and also did some trolling with hard bodies and pillies. We caught a few spotties with the biggest one weighing in at 5kg. It’s good to be getting them this early in the season. It looks like it will be a great summer for them. I can’t wait.
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