As at Friday June 17, 2016.
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|OFFSHORE: Well that,
sure as shootin', was a hell of a short week. We had ample warning of the
20 to 30 knot south easterlies headed our way but there wasn't much comfort
in knowing that it wouldn't be as wet and wild as last week. It was certainly
bad enough to slam shut the offshore gates from Sunday morning onwards though.
That didn't leave the bluewater boys much time (Friday and Saturday) but
they made the most of the cards they were dealt.
While the going was good, the good got going. Ha, always wanted to write that. Anyway, the wider reefs were on the agenda on Friday and Saturday, with 5 to 10 knot variable southerlies, a 1.0m swell (at the most) and little or no current the order of the day. Double Island Point was a mixed bag with the day trippers having to work at least two tide changes to get their quota. Worse case scenario, though, was that there were good numbers of average size reefies such as snapper, pearl perch, moses perch, venus tusk fish and Maori cod on the bite. The larger knobby snapper and red emperor went to the overnighters.
As you can see by the photo above, conditions at The Barwon Banks were great on Saturday. Jackson Ross sent us in this report... "Hey Bill. Went to The Banks on Saturday after work with Matt Bolton for what would become to be one of the most action packed trips I've had in a long while. Got to our first spot and straight off the bat we bagged out on snapper, all ranging from the 4kg to the 7kg mark. Also caught a green jobfish and rosy jobfish, plus amberjack and pearl perch. All on pilchard floaters and pilly/squid bottom rigs. Cheers mate, Jackson." Matt Bolton is pictured above with a nice amberjack (inset) but his excellent double header capture of a rosy jobfish and green jobfish was what won him this week's $50.00 Davo's Tackle World Fish of the Week prize.
Closer in, The Coffees produced cobia, snapper, longtail tuna, grass sweetlip, pearl perch, moses perch and gold spot cod, as did North Reef, but with the added bonus of brown line sea perch and venus tusk fish. Pitzy Folk (above) caught his cobia on a pilchard floater at The Coffees on Saturday morning.
Wild Thing 2 fished North Reef on Saturday and Sam Grossman from Brisbane (above) is pictured with a nice gold spot cod from that seven hour charter.
|Also from that trip we have Craig Scott, Geelong
(above) with a thumper moses perch and pearl perch and Matt Grant, Brisbane
with a couple of longtails.
Oops! We had a bit of a camera glitch with the Cougar One photos on Saturday but Stacey Braithwaite from Adelaide (inset above) came to the rescue with a couple of pix that she and her sister Jessica (with the pearl perch) took at North Reef. Thanks girls, you saved the day. Apart from that, the catch report from Sunshine Reef on Saturday was; snapper, grass sweetlip, venus tusk fish, small reef sharks (in plague proportions), morwong and the odd coral trout.
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