As at Monday February 2, 2015.
|OFFSHORE: The weekend warriors got most of the action this week with moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot) south easterlies chopping up the local reefs from Tuesday afternoon through until Friday morning. Needless to say, you had to be early to nail a park at any of the boat ramps on Saturday. The winds were light (5 to 8 knot) variable northerlies and with the 1.9m high tide around 6.00am, there were lots of boats already over the bar by first light. The more distant reefs were definitely worth a look. Dwayne Davidson (below) boated this mulloway or jewfish up towards Double Island Point on Saturday afternoon. The rest of his catch was venus tusk fish and (released) juvenile red emperor. And Courteny Anderton from Bli Bli (below right) is pictured with a quality pearl perch from Sunday's Cougar One charter to. D.I. Other species boated on that full day charter were cobia, snapper, hussar, grass sweetlip and moses perch.|
|The Barwon Banks were good for red throat emperor,
gold spot wrasse and venus tusk fish as was Chardon's Wide but with the
added bonus there of moses perch, snapper, tea leaf trevally, pearl perch
and mahi mahi or dolphin fish. Michael Bowcock from Bli Bli (below) tempted
this nice 'dolly' (estimated about 8.0kg) with a pilchard floater while
out there on Saturday on a full day Cougar
One charter. Unfortunately, he also lost a good cobia to a large
Closer in, The Coffees and North Reef produced moses perch, striped sea perch, sweetlip, pearl perch, cobia and the odd Spanish and spotted mackerel. Ernest and Ros Franz from Manumbar (below) boated a cobia and quality pearl perch at The Coffees on Saturday morning's half day Trekka 2 charter.
Chardon's Reef yielded the odd Spanish mackerel on trolled baits and hard bodies plus juvenile black marlin (caught and released) on skirts and live baits.
Massoud's Reef had teraglin jewfish, pearl perch, cobia and Maori cod. Bob O'Brien from Bargara (above) boated his 'Bro' there on Tuesday's T2 charter.
Sunshine Reef fished well for those who knew where to drop the pick. Making the capture list were squire, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, mowong, painted mowong, grass sweetlip, Maori cod and coral trout. Ben Collins from Wyong in New South Wales (above) is pictured with a painted mowong and pearl perch from Tuesday's Wild Thing 2 charter. And from the same charter, Mike Trail from Palmerston, New Zealand (below) nailed this standout 3.5kg coral trout.
As sometimes happens, we didn't have room for all the offshore photos but if you click on any of the small pix directly below, you can view the slideshow.
|By the way, the latest bar crossing video (as at Saturday January 31, 2015) has now been uploaded to the website. To view it... CLICK HERE.|
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