As at Monday July 20, 2015.
| OFFSHORE: Not a bad
week for the offshore boys. Cool, light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) south
westerlies dominated earlier in the week before giving way to fresh to strong
variable southerlies on Friday morning. A lull on Saturday morning was just
long enough for a morning fish before it all shut down again.
There were no real complaints though, with more days on the water than off. The swell was a nominal 0.5m to 0.75m, the currents were light, which suited the bottom bashers, and more importantly the reef fish were still on the bite. Moses perch, pearl perch, squire and venus tusk fish were common to all of the outside reefs. In addition, Double Island Point produced cobia, grass sweetlip, red emperor, gold spot wrasse, Maori cod, mowong, hussar, coral bream, northern bluefin tuna, amberjack and spangled emperor. Asher Hammond from Sunrise Beach (above) made it look easy while holding up his two absolute thumper spangled emperor for the camera. He boated these quality fish, and a few others, on Wednesday's Wild Thing 2 charter to Double Island Point.
Local angler Jordan Zerk (above) also fished Double Island Point on Wednesday. He came back with squire, cobia, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, sweetlip and a standout red emperor. Jordan's infectious smile and quality capture also won him this week's $50.00 Davo's Tackle World Fish of the Week prize.
Out wide, The Hards yielded snapper, gold spot wrasse, mowong, cobia, amberjack, frying pan snapper, coral bream and gold band snapper. Rachel Wicks from Morningside in Brisbane (above) is pictured here with a couple of nice snapper which were boated out there on Thursday's full day Trekka 2 charter.
Along the middle reef belt, North Reef was good for grass sweetlip and shiny mackerel while Massoud's Reef was the spot for snapper, many lined sweetlip, Maori cod and gold spot cod. Above, we have Liam Bewley from New Zealand with two pearl perch from Thursday's Wild Thing 2 charter to Massoud's.
Closer in, Sunshine Reef played host to heaps of baitfish and produced reasonable catches of Maori cod, mowong, cobia, snapper, black tip reef shark, the odd longtail tuna and stripey sea perch. Brad McCormack from Byron Bay (above) boated a quality cobia out there on Saturday morning's Trekka 2 charter.
Laguna Bay was relatively quiet. Hall's Reef was good for the odd sweetlip, as was Jew Shoal but with the added bonus there of snapper. Local yak angler Ian Tagg (above) picked up a lipper and this 63cm snapper on drifted, lightly weighted pilchards at The Shoal around first light on Wednesday morning.
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