As at Monday 28th July 2003
Despite the rather cool conditions over the weekend there were very few
complaints from the offshore brigade this week. Every day was classified
fishable, although occasionally a tad lumpy, with the first half of the
week dominated by light to moderate (at times fresh) variable Northerlies
and a 1.5m+ Easterly swell. Friday's West South Westerly change flattened
the swell somewhat but brought with it beanie and bush shirt weather as
the temperatures dropped dramatically. In a nutshell, there were some
excellent catches on the reefs this week with Squire, Parrot Fish and
Moses Perch common to all locations. Out 'wide'; the Barwon Banks were
on fire, producing Snapper, Pearl Perch, Rosy Jobfish, Amberjack, Hussar,
Trevally and Yellowtail Kingfish while up at Double Island Point the extras
were Red Emperor and as you can see by the photo on the right, Rosy Jobfish.
Adelaide visitor Roger Ryland boated this 9kg specimen while on a full
day Cougar Too trip to 'D.I' on Friday.
He was kitted out with a Shimano 'Backbone' rod and a Daiwa Sealine reel
loaded with 30lb Schneider line.
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bit closer to home, Chardon's Reef was a good option for Sweetlip and
Maori Cod, as was North Reef with the added bonus of Pearl Perch, Tailor,
Mackerel Tuna, Snapper, Bonito, Cobia and, as per the photo above left,
Northern Bluefin Tuna. Anna Riches (England) was out there on a full day
Cougar One charter last Tuesday when
her live Yakka bait was monstered by the 6kg 'Longtail' she's posing with.
Her outfit was a Shimano Beastmaster rod and a Shimano 6500 Baitrunner
reel loaded with 25lb Pioneer Flexline. For the smaller boats, Sunshine
Reef was the spot for Sweetlip, school Mackerel, Snapper and the odd thumper
Cobia while Hall's Reef in Laguna Bay yielded Pearl Perch and Cobia.
ONSHORE: The surf beaches produced well this week with Bream, Whiting, Chopper Tailor and quality Dart on the bite up and down the coastal stretch. Peregian and Castaways beaches were the East coast standouts for those species while the on the North Shore, Flathead were an added bonus. Apart from that, the National Park headland was again a great option for Jewfish and a few Chopper Tailor. In the river, the Luderick continued their run at the river mouth car park rocks while Flathead (again) had the highest profile of the bread and butter species. 'Lizard' hot spots (along with Bream and Whiting) were up at the first lake (as were Javelin Fish), Munna Point (where the Trevally created a few boils), the Woods Bays and Noosa Sound ( together with Mangrove Jack and Trevally) and down at the river mouth. On the freshwater scene, all the action was at Lake MacDonald where the resident Bass turned it on for anglers in the latter part of the week. And on Friday afternoon, Davo's CEO Cheryl 'Chezza' Lacey, right, made a spectacular debut with the species when she caught and released ten of these feisty freshwater sportfish, her standout being the 2kg fish she's pictured with. Cheryl (with husband Greg at the tiller) outfished her avid angler sons by a huge margin, trolling her secret weapon; a gold C-Lures 'Borer' extra deep diver. She was using a G-Loomis 4kg-5kg rod, a Shimano Chronarch reel, 10lb Fireline and 17lb Berkley 'Vanish' leader.
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