As at Monday June 30, 2014.
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|OFFSHORE: Yeeeh! Another
week of sensational weather and to cap it off, the reefies and the pelagics
were well and truly on the bite. Light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable
winds, with an often chilly westerly flavour, continued to set the scene
for extremely fishable conditions on the local reefs. Needless to say, those
who could get the time off made the most of it, with quite a few local boaties
deciding to target some of our more distant offshore locations.
The bar crossing was 'flat as' most of the time with just a bit of slop generated when the winds took on a more northerly aspect. Either way, the crossing was straight forward most of the week and there were quite a few river punts observed crossing out into the bay. Most, fortunately, were wearing their PFD's. Trekka 2 did a run to Double Island Point on Saturday and came back with squire, pearl perch, gold spot cod, Maori cod, sweetlip, mowong, venus tusk fish, shiny mackerel and longtail tuna. Mark Headridge from Ipswich and Mark Murphy from Beaudesert (above) are pictured with just a few of the reefies boated.
Jackson Ross, Tom Cels and Tom Cervi (above) did an overnighter at the Barwon Banks on Thursday night and came back with a good mixed bag of moses perch, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, spangled emperor and snapper. The pearlies were responding to soft plastics throughout the night but it wasn't until the light hit the water this morning that the other reefies came on the bite. At that point the lads switched to baits and couldn't get one to the bottom the action was so hot. Tom's spangled emperor went for a whole yellowtail pike. According to Jackson, conditions were as good as they get and they left them biting.
The Hards were also worth a look, which is what Trekka 2 did on Thursday. During the full day charter they got their clients on to squire, moses perch, gold spot wrasse, rosy jobfish, mowong, cobia, tuskers, pearlies and snapper. Rob Nills from Brisbane (above) was happy to pose with a couple of the standouts.
Closer in, North Reef produced squire, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, sweetlip, gold spot cod and teraglin jewfish, as did The Coffees but with the added bonus of shiny mackerel, Spanish mackerel and cobia. Shaun Janes from Darwin (above) boated his 8kg cobia at The Coffees on Tuesday's Trekka 2 charter.
There wasn't much feedback from Chardon's Reef this week but those anglers who worked Sunshine Wide (which often as not morphs into Chardon's Close) reported the odd Spanish mackerel on the prowl out that way. Twelve year old Alec Aird-Cardiff from Tewantin (above) fished Sunshine Wide with his dad on Saturday and was over the moon when this 6kg Spaniard (his first ever) monstered his jigged 10cm metal slug lure. At 6kg his trophy fish was a ripper. Two more were boated during the afternoon session but Alec's fish was the standout. For his efforts, Alec also won the $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
Sunshine Close didn't produce many standouts this week but there were lots of pan size reefies on the chew out that way. Cougar One fished that area a couple of times this week and came back with plenty of squire, moses perch, venus tusk fish, striped sea perch, collared bream and sweetlip. And, as an added bonus on this morning's half day charter, young Tom Evans from Victoria (above) boated a 5kg Spanish mackerel which went for a floated pilchard.
|We didn't have room on the page for all of this week's offshore pix but if you click on any of the small photographs directly above you can view the slideshow.|
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