As at Friday July 8, 2016.
|OFFSHORE: As you can see by the photos below, conditions on the local reefs were certainly fishable, if not a tad lumpy at times. A couple of forecasts were somewhat optimistic and this resulted in a lot of the smaller boats heading out enthusiastically, only to return 15 to 20 minutes later with their tails between their legs. What you can also see by the photos, however, is that the snapper were on the bite this week with most locations yielding quality fish.
|There wasn't much swell on the bar and a few hours either side of the high tide saw boats crossing out wherever they felt like it. A few who tried that while crossing back in later in the day (either side of the low) found themselves high and dry for a while. The lack of serious wave activity on the bar meant that, fortunately, there were no incidents to our knowledge. Double Island Point was definitely on the improve this week, producing snapper, pearl perch, moses perch, coral bream, venus tusk fish, hussar, slate bream and gold spot wrasse. Paul Tickner from Cooroibah (above left) boated his snapper on Saturdays Trekka 2 charter to 'D. I.' and Alex from Brisbane (above right) is pictured with a thumper snapper which he boated there on Sunday's Wild Thing 2 charter.|
|On the middle reef belt, The Coffees were good for snapper, squire, moses perch and grass sweetlip, as was North Reef, but with the added bonus of pearl perch, teraglin jewfish, Maori cod, brownline sea perch, mowong, school mackerel and gold spot cod. Chris Madsen, above left, boated a quality snapper at The Coffees on Tuesday's Trekka 2 charter while Dave Sellar from Kellyville (above right) tempted his snodger pearly with a squid bait on Wednesday's trip.
And to add a bit more icing to the cake, here's a few pix from North Reef. Gregor Swan from Coolum (above) boated the standout snapper of the day there on last Friday's seven hour Wild Thing 2 charter, while from the same charter Brian Smith from Peregian (below right) is pictured with a nice grass sweetlip.
|And North Reef improved as the week progressed.
This report from Trekka
2 skipper Kelly Mills... "Hey Bill. Fished the top of North
on Thursday. Awesome fishing, with snapper, pearl perch, moses perch, grass
sweetlip, teraglin jewfish, school mackerel, gold spot cod and tuskies.
Wind 15 to 20 knots from the south west, a 0.5m swell and light current
to the south. Pictured (above left) is Oliver Fox from Adelaide with an
est. 7kg snapper, caught on a whole squid."
Further south at Chardon's Reef the catch was snapper, squire, pearl perch, moses perch, gold band snapper, venus tusk fish, mowong, Maori cod, quality northern bluefin tuna, gold spot cod and grass sweetlip. Young Brody King from Caloundra (above) did well to present this thumper northern bluefin tuna for the camera. He boated it at Chardon's on Sunday's Trekka 2 charter. Peregian angler Chris Taylor's gold spot cod (below left) came from the same charter.
|At Sunshine Reef it was either feast or famine
for some anglers. Report and photo from Bob Jeynes, above... "Good
morning Bill. We put a new sounder in the boat and headed to Sunshine Reef
on Sunday to test it out. There was plenty off fish life hanging in 32 meters,
out wide on Sunshine, and it didn't take long to get a cuppla nice trout
for dinner." Also on the bite there were; snapper, Maori cod, moses
perch, mowong, brown line sea perch and grass sweetlip.
In Laguna Bay, Jew Shoal produced good snapper and the odd Spanish mackerel while Big Hall's Reef (and grounds north of there) yielded squire, sweetlip and jewfish. Local angler Brian Martell (above) fished his secret spot on Friday morning (somewhere between Big Hall's and inner North Reef) and popped into Davo's with his standout, a 1.16m jewfish or mulloway. It went for a deep jigged Z-Man StreakZ Bubblegum soft plastic. He was a good sport and more than happy to wear a Cowboy hat for the photo, which means he's in with a chance to win the $500.00 Crazy Costume Competition prize. Good luck mate.
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