October 2006 Report
Hi Ivan Jensen here again for another monthly report, well its getting to that time of the year again when westerlies start and the current run picks up causing the reef fishing to slow up,
Basically it’s the transition period and the pelagic species like Cobia, Spaniards, Spotty Mackerel and small reef sharks kick in.
However… the start of the month was still on fire with some great catches of Snapper and as it is this time of the year, in close, scarlet sea perch and grass sweet lip are in good numbers with the odd Red and Pearlies thrown in to keep it interesting. There was also the odd Cobia starting but as yet no Spottys in any numbers anyway.
We just follow the scallop trawlers, in close, up the island from 36 metres out to 50 metre of water as they stir up the bottom creating large amounts of food for these fish- this has been a proven method for me in the last 4 years. Four of us on board Unreel #1 including my 7 year old Mitch Jensen entered the annual river to reef fishing comp which is held at Kawana, Quad Park- a great venue and extremely well run! The conditions on the first day were ordinary but very mild for the rest the fishing. Off Mooloolaba was slow with pelagic species being the majority of the catch. Young Mitch was well rewarded with wining the Junior Offshore Champion as well as the Junior Overall Champion and if that wasn’t enough he won the lucky door prize of a
$3000 kayak! What a great night! So a big thank you to the organisers of the comp. The offshore section for juniors makes this the only comp I have been to with such a section for juniors.
I’ve just come back from a dive trip with my good friend and diver extraordinaire Trev Jackson from “Esperence Star” out of Brisbane. We dove on a new wreck off Noosa called the “Bermagui Star” At approx 10 metres in length, this ferro cement yacht was found broken up on the bottom and lying in 28 meters of water and loaded with fish! More about that as it comes to hand.
Back to the fishing the further up the island you go the better the fishing.
This time of the year we really need a good flood to wash out the tributaries as they say a drought on the land is a drought at sea. The bait of choice seems to be fresh squid or mullet for the Scarlets and Sweet Lip. Fishing that early morning just on dawn or just on dark is still producing some quality snapper to 7 kg.
Well I hope the gods are smiling at us soon with some much needed rain, till next time “go on get out there”. Ivan Jensen Unreel Fishin Charters.