As at Monday August 31, 2015.
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OFFSHORE: Yeaahh! There were plenty of quality fish on the bite on our local reefs this week and a good variety too. The weather wasn't too bad either with Tuesday's 15 to 20 knot northerlies being the only blip on an otherwise uninterrupted run for the offshore boys. There were a number of reports of hard running currents on some days but it appeared fairly localised and those boaties who were prepared to move a klik or so usually found better conditions.
The usual suspects, such as moses perch, pearl perch and venus tusk fish were common catches on most of the reefs outside Laguna Bay. In addition to that, Double Island Point produced a number of quality gold band snapper plus squire, oval cod, frying pan snapper, grass sweetlip, snapper and the odd slate bream. Jorim Huppon from Bli Bli (above) is pictured with a knobby snapper which he boated out there on Saturday's nine hour Wild Thing 2 charter.
Also out wide, The Barwon Banks were good for snapper, red emperor, morwong, more gold band snapper, good size hussar, frying pan snapper, cobia and gold spot wrasse. Brisbane angler Annette Armstrong (above) boated a good keeper red emperor out that way on Saturday's full day Cougar One charter.
And Brendan Cook from Caboolture (above) was happy to pose with a thumper gold band snapper from Saturday's nine hour Trekka 2 charter to The Banks.
|Back in along the middle Reef Belt, Chardon's
Reef was the spot for jewfish, gold spot cod, coral bream, hussar and cobia.
Lloyd Johnson from Scottsdale, Arizona (above) boated an absolute thumper
pearl perch there on Monday's Wild
Thing 2 charter. North Reef was as dependable as ever, producing
good catches of teraglin jewfish, gold spot cod, frying pan snapper, bonito,
sweetlip, quality snapper, squire, goat fish, yellowfin tuna and the odd
Maori cod. The lads from Noosa
Bluewater Charters found themselves surrounded by a school of
big yellowfin tuna at North Reef on Sunday morning. A few customers were
blown away by some 30kg+ fish but Lee Beattie from Gympie (above right)
managed to get his quality fish to the boat. It tipped the scales at 19.5kg.
Local angler Jackson Ross (above) and a couple of mates got onto a good school of snapper at North Reef on Friday morning. At one point all three were hooked up at the same time. Jackson's 5kg knobby, though, was the standout of the trip and won him this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
The Coffees turned out to be a good option for yellowtail kingfish, cobia and jewfish (see thumbnails directly below) while at Massoud's Reef the snapper were responding well to deep jigged micro jigs and soft plastics. Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was very quiet with just the common species (moses, pearlies and tuskies) on the bite. At Jew Shoal, snapper to 3 kg were going for micro jigs around dawn and dusk. Grass sweetlip were also on the bite there.
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