As at Monday August 4, 2014.
|OFFSHORE: Those anglers
who got out earlier in the week ahead of the blustery weekend southerly
change got the best of the weather conditions and the fishing. Light to
moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable northerlies dominated until Friday lunchtime
and with the swell in the 0.5m to 0.75 range it was a green light for those
who could get the time off. A few boats targeted Double Island Point but
it was pretty quiet there with mostly squire and reef sharks on the menu.
The Hards produced some top weight reef fish this week. Pete Doff from Cootharaba (above) fished there with a couple of mates on Tuesday and apart from the odd quality snapper, tempted this monster 4.8kg venus tusk fish with a well presented hussar fillet. This is about as big as they get around here and easily a website record. Pete's quality fish and efforts to preserve it for a decent photograph earned him this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
Note: To be in to win the weekly prize, just pop into Davo's with your catch, email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Billybob on 0400 491 069.
Chris 'Fella' Arnold had Tuesday off so he too decided to target The Hards. During a productive morning session he boated cobia, hussar, venus tusk fish, moses perch, pearl perch and (as per above) snapper to 8.5kg. He got this snodger on the first drop of the day. It went for the ever reliable pilchard bait.
The Barwon Banks were also worth a look. Trekka 2 scheduled trips out that way on Tuesday and Thursday and came back with snapper, venus tusk fish, moses perch, pearl perch, rosy jobfish, bonito and red throat emperor. Canadian visitor Ben Mickleborough's 4kg+ snapper (above) was from Tuesday's trip.
A little closer to home, The Coffees were good for the bread and butter reef species such as Maori cod, moses perch, pearl perch and hussar. Dianne Britten from Ipswich and Lori Lyon from Utah in the USA (above) are pictured with a nice moses perch and Maori cod from Friday's full day Trekka 2 charter.
Chardon's Reef, while a bit hit and miss, still produced gold spot cod, moses perch and hussar, as did North Reef but with the added bonus there of venus tusk fish, sweetlip and the odd quality snapper. Cougar One scheduled a half day charter to North Reef on Sunday morning. Conditions weren't terribly exciting (apparently) but Kieran Kordic from the Gold Coast (above) scored a nice snapper which would have more than made up for any slop and chop. The only other reports were on the odd squire on the bite along the inner edge of Sunshine reef around dawn and dusk. Floaters in lots of berley got best results.
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