As at Monday August 11, 2014.
|OFFSHORE: It was a
bit sloppy and choppy earlier in the week with 12 to 18 knot variable southerlies
roughing up the local reef, but from Thursday onwards the winds dropped
off and it was all systems go. The best forecast for the week was for Sunday
but that was the day the bar stood up and punished the odd boatie. There
were no incidents, however, until later in the day (around low tide) when
one tinny was flipped by a dumper and needed a Coast Guard rescue.
Out wide, the Barwon Banks were good for squire, frying pan snapper, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, rosy jobfish and gold band snapper. Dave Matheson from Brisbane and Mal Campbell from Gympie (above) are pictured with a gold band snapper and venus tusk fish from Sunday's Trekka 2 charter to The Banks.
While Chardon's Wide was the spot for moses perch, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, cobia and a few quality snapper . Antony Blackshaw from Sydney and Robert McKenzie, Tasmania (above) were more than happy to pose with their snapper and tusker from Sunday's Cougar One charter to Chardon's Wide.
And this morning, Cougar One worked the top end of North Reef on a half day charter, coming back with snapper, pearl perch and, as per the photo above, jewfish or mulloway. Young Conner Marshall from Kurwongbah (north of Brisbane) and Owen Wolstenholme from Brighton, England did the honours today.
North Reef was also good for teraglin jewfish, moses perch, venus tusk fish, sweetlip, cobia and lots and lots of large baitfish balls which were close to the surface. Six year old Gus Anderssen (above) was all smiles when he staggered across the Davo's car park with this 9.5kg cobia on Sunday afternoon. Gus tempted this 'best ever' capture with a drifted live yakka at North Reef that morning and he made it very, very clear that he did most of the work on this one... "I winded it in while dad was playing another fish." His dad did admit to helping him get it in the boat. Pop in the shop Gus and pick up your free Davo's cap.
Trekka 2 targeted Massoud's Reef this morning for pearl perch, sweetlip and, as per the fish that Col Walker from Castaways Beach (above) boated; cobia.
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef produced Maori cod, venus tusk fish, moses perch, squire, sweetlip and the odd coral trout. Chris 'Fella' Arnold from Noosa River Fishing Safaris (above) boated this nice coral trout at Sunshine Reef this morning. He was using yakka fillet as his draw card. The only reports from Laguna Bay were of the odd quality snapper on the bite around Jew Shoal. Quite a few small boats targeted the Halls Reef stretch but there were no reports.
|As sometimes happens, we didn't have room for
all of the offshore photos but if you click on any of the small pix directly
above, you can view the slideshow.
By the way, the latest bar crossing video (as at Sunday August 10, 2014) has now been uploaded to the website. To view it, just CLICK HERE.
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