The Sunshine Coast seen a pretty good week of weather to get offshore and we did plenty!!! And the good news is the forecast for the Christmas period is fantastic. Friday was another full day and we started off at Caloundra wide targeting the pearl perch which have been on the chew. We got a feed and a couple of cobia just undersize.We then had a troll on the way north – as we had seen some mahi mahi free jumping. We didn’t hook up and after ½ hour we decide to go back to bottom fishing on the barwon banks. We got on to a few snapper, tusk fish, moses perch and gold spot morwong. This photo is of a 3kg snapper caught on the barwon banks.
Saturday and Sunday were ½ and 3/4 day charters on the closer reefs and wrecks and got some more cobia just under. They were all released to fight again another day. We have been seeing a lot of numbers of this species just undersize on most of our reefs, so it looks like there should be plenty to take home in the coming months. We also chased some mackerel on the ½ day Sunday as they have been active in the Caloundra 5mile area. We found some boil-ups but could only manage to hook mack tuna and bonito. Also caught in close were tusk fish, pearl perch, squire and moses perch. This photo is of a 2kg pearl perch measuring 46cm, a good fish for this shallow depth.
So here’s what else was caught over the last week-
Barwon banks- Snapper, tuskfish, fusilier, red throat emperor and mahi mahi
Caloundra wide- pearl perch, tusk fish, squire, moses perch and cobia
Caloundra 9 and 12nm- pearl perch, tusk fish, moses perch and odd spotted mackerel
Currimundi reef- squire, sweetlip and school and spotted mackerel
Gneerings and murphy’s- tusk fish, sweetlip and spotted mackerel
The next high tide for Mooloolaba is at 08:39pm @ 1.30m. With last nights’ full moon the next couple of mornings’ should fish well.