As we are all aware our offshore fishing and deep sea fishing charters have been restricted by the Queensland fisheries from the month of July 15th to August 15th, pearl perch and snapper are a no take species, but someone forgot to tell the snapper and pearl perch not to eat our baits for that month.
Our deep sea fishing charters aboard CATCH 22 have been boating some monster pearl perch between 65 – 78cm mark (4-5kg) on the local reefs of Noosa with water depth of 45 – 55 metres.
All of our fish caught have had a quick pick taken and released carefully back into the water. These large fish are breading stock, and its great to see so many large fish in numbers congregating on our local reefs to spawn. The positive out of this closure is we still get to catch these large great fighting best eating table fish on the planet then they are released to live another day. (AWESOME)
Our bi catch species that we normally catch whiles targeting snapper and pearl perch this time of the year, such as venus tusk fish, grass sweet lip, moses perch, maori cod, and black king fish have all been on the chew most charters. The Black king fish have been working around the schools of bait around the 45 – 55 metre depths among the snapper and pearl perch schools.
All the other species have been quite easily caught fishing the weed beds, using padanosca rigs and flesh baits and half pilchards.
Plenty of whales around most are still heading north but saw our first whale and baby calf heading south on North reef the other day, which has been great viewing for our customers.
Overall the weather has been great for offshore fishing charters with light to variable.