As at Monday March 16, 2015.
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|OFFSHORE: Not the most exciting week as far as the offshore scene goes with moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot) variable southerly winds dominating right through until Sunday morning. It wasn't exactly a no go out there; the bar wasn't too much of a challenge and Laguna Bay was certainly quite fishable, but the smaller boats really did it tough in the sloppy conditions once they cleared the shelter of the headland. Trekka 2 fished North Reef on Monday before the weather deteriorated and came back with sweetlip, moses perch, venus tuskers, cobia, coral trout, Maori cod and gold spot cod. They also hooked and lost one thumper Spaniard, but that's another story. Shane Bailey from the Boathouse Restaurant (below left) is pictured with a 4kg coral trout from that charter.|
| Also from the same half day charter, Mike Castle
from the Gold Coast (above right) did the honours with a good eating size
gold spot and quality Maori cod.
And Leigh Sutherland from Coff's Harbour in New South Wales (above) was more than happy to pose with his 6kg+ cobia which went for a pilchard floater.
Sunshine Reef, while lumpy at times, was good for northern bluefin tuna, mack tuna, spotted and school mackerel, venus tusk fish, moses perch, sweetlip, Maori cod, mowong, red throat emperor and coral trout. Chris Waples from Adelaide (above) boated his coral trout on Wednesday's Wild Thing 2 charter.
|While Shane Graham from Warrnambool (above) and
Gaye Rostrum from Toowoomba (above right) boated venus tuskers and a coral
trout on the same trip.
We keep talking about the ordinary weather and the limited fishing options this week but, as you can see by the photos, when the opportunities presented themselves the charter boys went for it. Cougar One did a run to Sunshine Reef on Friday morning. Yes, it was Friday the 13th but that was obviously not such a bad thing because they boated a couple of longtail tuna, red throat emperor, venus tusk fish and, an unusual catch for the reef, one very colourful coronation trout. Adam Iezzi from Sydney (above) boated the standout northern bluefin or longtail tuna on the half day charter. It went for a pilchard floater.
|Local lad Harrison Steed (above) did the honours
with the coronation trout. Can't recall the last time one of these was boated
on Sunshine. More of a Double Island Point fish. And Tanner Patterson, Canada
(above right) is a last minute entry with a dark-tailed sea perch from this
The coral trout have been in good numbers on Sunshine Reef lately. Damien 'Damo' Cuthbert (above) boated this quality 4.5kg specimen there on Monday. It went for a whole pilchard floater on a hand line. His quality fish and movie star smile also won Damo this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
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