As at Monday August 20, 2012
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: Wow. The
weather was absolutely magnificent this week and thanks to the predominantly
light to moderate variable westerlies, the bar was as flat as a pancake.
Quite a few boaties headed out wide but it was a hit and miss affair with
some bagging out and some having to work hard for their dinner.
The Hards didn't fire much at all and conditions out that way were a bit blustery at times. At best, the standouts from there were pearl perch and cobia to 7.5kg. The Barwon Banks were a better option, producing pearl perch, venus tusk fish, moses perch and, as per the photo below left, some quality snapper. Graham Mutch and Glenn Allen from the Noosa Boat Fishing Club fished The Banks on Sunday and reported their best day's fishing for well over a month.
Closer in, Chardon's Reef was the spot for teraglin jewfish (in numbers),
pearl perch, squire and moses perch, as was North Reef but with the added
bonus there of hussar, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, cobia and snapper.
Stella McCloskey (above right) is pictured with moses perch from Friday's
While from the same three quarter day charter, Alan Jones (above) was more than happy to pose with the day's standout, a 10.5kg cobia or black kingfish.
North Reef also produced some of the week's standout snapper. Garry Carey from Launceston in Tasmania (above) fished there on Trekka 2 on Tuesday and was more than delighted to boat a 6kg trophy 'Knobby'. Sunshine Reef was really hard work this week and even the regulars struggled to get a good feed. Mackerel tuna, moses perch, average size snapper and venus tusk fish made up the catch but it was seriously hard yakka, there were no standouts and only modest numbers. In Laguna Bay, the only reports of note were from Jew Shoal where snapper, sweetlip and northern bluefin tuna were on the bite.
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