Checkout the big blue bone tuskie caught on todays 1/2 day charter – very rare in our part of the world and weighing in at 9kg is a real trophy. Awesome looking fish, hard fighting and great eating well done Frank!!!! Other species caught over the past week have been cobia, maori cod, squire, sweetlip, moses perch, hussar, venus tusk fish and both school and spotted mackerel. https://www.facebook.com/topcatchcharters/photos/pcb.1411173625580076/1411149705582468/?type=3&theater[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="606"] 9kg tuskfish[/caption]
Well it’s been a while since a report but we had an ordinary start to the year with the weather and then a major rebuild to be done on the motor, and as always the time frame blew out however the job got done right. When it’s due to be done you have to do it to prevent any major damage. And now after the gearbox rebuild last year and the engine this year everything is in perfect order ready for the next decade of fishing adventure’s. The fishing over the past few months has overall been quite good. Our pelagic season was ok but not the same heights as the past couple of summers, but the bottom fishing was better than it usually is so it made up for it. Now it’s that time of year when our focus changes from the summer pelagics’ to the winter reefies. School mackerel are still hanging around but pearl perch (plenty over 50cm), sweetlip and tusk fish have been the most active over the past 2 weeks. Though the water temps are still quite high for this time of year it won’t be long until we start seeing some big snapper come through. Good numbers of squire have been boated in the past week along with the odd cobia and plenty of good size moses perch. Amberjack, kingfish, jew fish and some big cod are the other species we will catch over the next 4 months so bring it on!!!
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The last few days have been very busy and the pelagics have been giving us a good fight. We have caught some mahi mahi, wahoo and cobia from the surface and squire, maori cod, spangled emperor, red throat, tusk fish and moses perch off the bottom.
There was also some big cod, coronation trout, spanish mackerel, amberjack, maori cod, red throat, spangled emperor to name a few.
And this summer snapper caught on a half day charter to the Caloundra 12nm. Big fish for this time of year and fought hard in the shallow water, well done Sam! Keep posted for an update of the last 2 days and remember there is only 2 days left until Christmas if your looking for a gift voucher give me a call or visit us at the Kawana Shopping centre pop up shop until Boxing day.
It’s been hot and steamy the past week, good for the pelagic fishing but not so much for the crew. Plenty of water, a bit of shade under the awning and Lots of sunscreen got us through and with the pelagics like mahi mahi, tuna and mackerel on the bite it was worth putting up with.
Over the past week we have had mainly full day charters with the top end of the banks being the place to be. You did have to get out early though with the northerlies picking up strength in the late morning. Species caught were red throat emperor, maori cod, amberjack, hussar, moses perch, trevally, fusilier, coronation trout, gold spot wrasse and squire from the bottom and mahi mahi, Spanish mackerel, cobia and mack tuna from the surface – The variety the sunshine coast reef fishing is renowned for.
In closer murphy’s reef provided cobia, maori cod, squire, grey morwong, moses perch, tusk fish, spotted mackerel and some smaller mahi mahi while the Caloundra 9nm and 12nm produced mackerel, cobia, sweetlip, tusk fish, moses perch, hussar, pearl perch, squire, maori cod and estuary cod.
The next couple of days will be too rough for offshore fishing but things calm early next week and hopefully the run into Christmas is the same. If you would like to join us for a trip head over to our contacts page and flick us an e-mail or simply call 0429013012. Until then HAPPY HUNTING!!!!!!!
It will be a bit windy for the next couple of days and after a very busy fortnight we are due for a day off. Hopefully we will get back out Saturday but we will have to wait and see. Here are some pics from the last few days, we are starting to see some of our exotic summer species – coronation trout, red emperor, blue barred parrot fish & red throat emperor are being boated as well as mack tuna from the troll gear. There are still a few snapper hanging around, the size are ok 40-70cm but numbers are fading. Lots of maori cod and moses perch around at the moment and some iron jaw job fish trevally and amberjack from the full days out on the banks. Won’t be long now and the mackerel will show up. Can’t wait!
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 !