at Monday 30th June 2003
With the bulk of the week dominated by moderate to fresh West North
Westerlies, conditions were a tad choppy to say the least. Despite that
(and ignoring the widely forecast strong winds that seemed to give us
a wide berth) there
were still a good number of fishable (although at times lumpy) days
to keep the offshore brigade satisfied. Squire, Parrot Fish, Moses Perch
and (yippee) quality Snapper were common catches at most of the reefs.
In addition, for those with large tanks and good sea legs, Double Island
Point produced Cobia and Northern Bluefin (Longtail) Tuna while The
Hards yielded Maori Cod and Pearl Perch. A little further in at North
Reef the bonus species were Pearl Perch, Cobia, Northern Bluefin Tuna,
Maori Cod, Bonito, Tailor and Mowong, at Chardon's Reef it was Bonito,
Maori Cod and Northern Bluefin Tuna and closer to home at Sunshine Reef;
Sweetlip and Coral Trout. Even Laguna Bay had a few Snapper on the bite
and 'yak' angler Bill 'Billybob' Watson, right, was happy to oblige
the 'Knobbys' with a feed of Garfish. There was a slight catch, though,
being that the Garfish were attached, by four 6/0 ganged hooks, to a
Davo's 'Span/Snap Special'
rig. Paddling his customised Perception Swing 'Angler'
kayak in the outer bay early on Saturday morning, Billybob hooked and
boated the 4.5kg and 2.15kg fish he's pictured with, and then backed
that feat up on Sunday morning by nailing a 4kg specimen. He was armed
with his favourite outfit; a Wilson 6kg-8kg Live Fibre rod and a Shimano
TSS4 reel loaded with 30lb Platinum line.
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