As at Monday January 20, 2014
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: It wasn't
the most exciting week as far as the offshore scene was concerned. The swell
was up around the 1.8m to 2m mark on the local reefs and it wasn't too far
off that on the bar crossing at times either. There was definitely a bit
of power in the sets on the bar and while there were no mishaps, there weren't
many boaties who got through without a wetting and a few boats came close
to back flipping on the odd morning. The larger charter boats, of course,
weren't challenged by these conditions. That was the good news. The bad
news? The current was running hard most days and the fishing was slow.
At North Reef there were a lot of just legal fish on the bite such as teraglin jewfish, moses perch, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, sweetlip, mowong, squire and Maori cod. It was hard work to get a feed most days but in amongst the bin fillers there were the occasional standouts. Dean Firth and his son Ryan from Geelong in Victoria (above) are pictured with a couple of cobia (Deans fish was around the 10kg mark) from Thursday's half day Cougar One charter.
North Reef also played host to large numbers of juvenile mahi mahi this week. There was the occasional keeper in amongst them so it was worth flicking a few pilchard floaters out when they were about. James Bentley from Kempsey (above) is posing with a 4.2kg specimen from today's Cougar One charter.
Trekka 2 worked Massoud's Reef on Sunday. The current was running hard in the morning but had eased off in time for the afternoon's half day charter. On the capture list were moses perch, sweetlip, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, Maori cod and cobia. Eddie Hope's 'Bro' (above) was from the afternoon charter.
And from the same half day charter, Ross from Ipswich (above) was more than happy with his 11kg (est) cobia. Closer in, Sunshine Reef didn't have a lot of current or a lot of fish. Moses perch and venus tusk fish were the only reef fish reported on the bite and the Spaniards and spotties were just legal. In Laguna Bay, Jew Shoal was the spot for squire and the odd spotty while the stretch from the river mouth to Little Halls Reef produced tuna and juvenile spotties.
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