As at Monday August 17, 2015.
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| OFFSHORE: It was
another good week as far as the offshore scene was concerned. We did lose
Wednesday and Thursday to the blustery, fresh to strong (20 knot+) variable
westerlies, but apart from that we were blessed with predominantly light
to moderate (5 to 15 knot) south easterlies and a 0.8m to 1.5m swell. There
were no glass-outs to speak of, but it was certainly small boat fishable,
at least as far as the middle reef belt. The currents? Light to moderate.
Venus tusk fish, pearl perch and moses perch were common catches, and reliable bin fillers, around most of the reefs outside Laguna Bay. In addition to that, Double Island Point produced snapper and red emperor while The Barwon Banks yielded gold band snapper, amberjack, snapper and gold spot wrasse. Callum Scott from Mooloolaba (above) tempted his quality amberjack at The Banks with a deep jigged soft plastic on Friday's Cougar One Maxi Day trip.
Along the middle reef belt, cobia, sea bream and squire were the bonus species at The Coffees. Steve Reimer from (above) Brisbane boated this 15kg cobia there on Saturday's Trekka 2 charter. Aside from those common species mentioned, North Reef was good for scarlet sea perch or large mouth nannygai, snapper, frying pan snapper, sweetlip, coral bream, squire, Maori cod and gold spot cod and a few just legal red emperor. Nick Dole from Brisbane (below) is pictured with a 'scarlet' from Monday afternoon's Wild Thing 2 charter to the top of North. Funny thing is, I don't think it was windy out there on the day.
Apart from that, Chardon's Reef was good for the bin fillers, as was Massoud's Reef but with the added bonus of grass sweetlip, teraglin jewfish and squire.
|Closer to home, Trekka
2 targeted Arkwright Shoal on Friday and came back with sweetlip,
venus tusk fish, moses and pearl perch and striped sea perch. Bill Hellawell
from Kenilworth (above) is pictured with a real thumper tusker from that
seven hour charter. Sunshine Reef was pretty quiet with just the odd grass
sweetlip, estuary cod, squire and venus tusker on the bite. Tim Milat (below)
and Cooper Lau (above) found Sunshine a bit quiet on Saturday morning so
headed into Laguna Bay. They initially worked Big Hall's Reef with soft
plastics but got most of their action on one of their spots north of there
later in the morning. After they boated a few good eating size snapper,
Tim hooked and landed a 94cm, 7kg jewfish before they headed back in. A
good morning's work.
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