As at Monday July 16, 2012
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: Overall
it was quite a fishable week as far as the offshore scene was concerned.
The forecast fresh to strong northerlies didn't really dominate as predicted
but largely roughed up the outer reefs on a couple of days before dropping
away and eventually morphing into light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable
southerlies The swell wasn't much of a challenge either and as the weekend
approached the bar crossing flattened out to a veritable mill pond. A matter
of concern this week, however, is the erosion taking place along the rock
wall just south of the Coast Guard tower. Could soon be a major problem.
A bit of rain and the odd chilly southerly did little to dampen the spirits of the bluewater brigade although we're not aware of anyone venturing far beyond the middle reef belt. North Reef, in fact, featured prominently in the majority of reports, producing lots of snapper in the 2kg to 3kg range and the odd 5kg and 6kg standout. Also on the bite out there were teraglin jewfish, pearl and moses perch, Maori cod, gold spot cod, mack tuna, mulloway, sweetlip and cobia. Donna Mitchell from Gympie (above) was on a half day Trekka 2 charter to North Reef on Sunday when she boated the 5.5kg cobia she's pictured with.
|While on Saturday, Tony Dicker from Ipswich (above
left) was at North on another Trekka
2 charter when his pilchard bait was taken by this 5kg mack tuna.
And Adam Stafford from England (above right) got into the snapper with his mate Tim at North Reef yesterday arvo and is seen here with his 6kg standout.
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was the spot for Maori cod, pearl perch, mowong, grass sweetlip, heaps of juvenile reds, snapper to 4kg and the odd coral trout. Ian Tagg (above) fished there on Saturday and is pictured with a 2.2kg snapper he caught on a pilchard bait and 1.8kg trout he nailed on a 110mm Squidgy 'Evil Minnow' flick bait. Trout on lures are not an everyday event here and, as this was Ian's first on a soft plastic, he was pleased with the catch.
The only other reports were from Laguna Bay where mackerel tuna and the odd longtail tuna were working the bait schools from the mouth to the shark nets.
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