As at Monday March 2, 2015.
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was a bit of a dud month with this week being the standout, for no other
reason than we had more days on the water than off for a change. The after
effects of cyclone Marcia (20 knot south easterlies and a 2m swell) were
with us earlier in the week but by Thursday it was but a memory.
Light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable easterlies dominated over the weekend and with the outside swell in the quite comfortable 1.0m-1.2m zone, and dropping, all reef locations were on the agenda. Trekka 2 scheduled a full day charter to the Barwon Banks on Sunday and came back with snapper, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, mowong, moses perch, hussar and gold band snapper. Mark Stewart from Kawana (above) is posing with the day's standout fish, a very healthy looking 4kg+ snapper. While Kim Slatter from Marcoola and Darran Lung from Bracken Ridge (below) each boated a quality gold band snapper.
The Coffees produced squire, pearl perch, moses perch, sweetlip, Maori cod and gold spot cod, as did North Reef but with the bonus of school mackerel, venus tusk fish and painted mowong. Local angler Leah Squire (below) is pictured with a sweetlip and venus tusk fish from Saturday's Trekka 2 charter.
Although Sunshine Reef was still a bit murky it was well worth a look. Those anglers who put in the time, in fact, came back with good catches of sweetlip (as you'd expect), spangled emperor, pearl perch, squire, venus tusk fish, coral trout plus yellowfin tuna to 15kg and the odd quality Spanish mackerel.
Ronnie Krieger from Doonan (above) fished Sunshine Reef on Sunday for snapper, pearl perch and quality venus tusk fish. He also caught and released a number of juvenile red emperor which seriously depleted his bait stocks. He was thinking of heading for home but instead filleted one of his tuskers for bait.
It was a good move as soon after he boated this 5.5kg coral trout. Even better, his quality fish took out this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
|Jackson Ross (above) fished the dirty water on
Sunshine Reef on Saturday morning and came back with Maori cod, grass sweetlip,
some thumper venus tusk fish and these two quality coral trout, which he
tempted with whole pilchard baits. Jackson's colourful catch came within
a prawn whisker of taking out this week's Fish of the Week prize, so as
a consolation prize, Pete the Pirate has offered to tart him up in a brand
new 'Tackle World' fishing shirt. Come on down to the shop and trade in
your old shirt mate! Further south, Victor Bailey's Reef had snapper, gold
spot cod, venus tusk fish, moses perch, mowong and sweetlip. Craig Spiegel
from Melbourne (above right) boated his 3kg snapper while on a late afternoon
charter to 'VB's' on Saturday.
And on the same charter, Mick Fazzolari from Sydney (above) boated a nice gold spot cod. Apart from that, there was a bit of tuna activity in Laguna Bay.
We didn't have room for all of the offshore photos but if you click on any of the small photographs directly below, you can view the extra pix in a slideshow.
|By the way, the latest bar crossing video (as at Sunday March 1, 2015) has now been uploaded to the website. To view it, just... CLICK HERE.|
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