As at Monday July 28, 2014
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|OFFSHORE: Holy moly!
It was another cracker of a week on the offshore scene with very light to
moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable easterlies dominating. The winds were so
light at times that it was a TGO, and with the swell more often than not
in the 0.5m to 0.75m range, it was pretty much as good as it gets.
There was no shortage of takers for the odd trip to the more distant reefs and those who made the effort reported some good catches of the bread and butter species. Double Island Point was certainly worth a look with snapper, moses perch, some thumper pearl perch, venus tusk fish, reef shark, mowong and a few cobia on the bite. Rennie Brown from Redcliffe (above) boated his quality black kingfish on Sunday's full day Cougar One charter to Double Island Point.
While above, Rob Varley (Ipswich) and Peter Jeanes (Melbourne) are pictured with a couple of snapper from Cougar One's charter to D.I.P. the day before.
Out wide, The Hards produced venus tusk fish and quality snapper, as did the Barwon Banks but with the added bonus there of mowong and good size pearl perch. Trekka 2 scheduled a full day charter to The Banks on Saturday and pretty much bagged out on snapper with lots of fish in the 4kg to 5kg range. The standout of the day, however, was a 7kg knobby. Young Bayley Jelonek (above) needed some help from the Trekka 2 crew to bring in this thumper fish and a bit of assistance from his mum Bianca to hold it for the camera, but regardless of the big person assistance, this was very much young Bayley's trophy fish.
And also from that very productive charter we have, above; Matthew Murphy, David Woolard, Trent Waller, Luke Howard-Clarke, Mark Murphy and Chris Sexton with a good sampling of the 3.5kg to 5kg fish boated on the day. Note: the pilchards have been thick from Laguna Bay to the outer reefs all week.
Closer in, Chardon's Reef was the spot for squire, sweetlip, teraglin jewfish, moses perch, gold spot cod, venus tusk fish and cobia, as was North Reef, but with the added bonus there of large mouth nannygai and gold spot wrasse. Phill Edwards and Peter Byrne from Greens Beach in Tasmania (above) are pictured with a couple of cobia which they boated on Tuesday's Wild Thing charter to Chardon's Wide. There were also heaps of goat fish biting on the day.
Bruce Waldron from the Noosa Boat Fishing Club (above) targeted Chardon's Reef on Friday morning. It was pretty quiet that day, with just one striped tuna taking a pilchard floater, until this 10.2kg mulloway went for a live yakka down deep and made it all worthwhile. Bruce decided to call it a day after that, but called ahead to book a 'quick pic' at the boat ramp. It was a good move as his fishy photo won him this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
Note: To be in to win this weekly prize, just pop into Davo's with your catch, email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Billyob on 0400 491 069
|As sometimes happens, we didn't have room for all of the offshore photos but if you click on any of the small pix directly above you can view the slideshow.|
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