As at Monday May 11, 2015.
|OFFSHORE: Hooly dooly!
All the boxes were ticked this week! Light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable
easterlies. Blue skies. A nominal 0.75m to 1.0m easterly swell and a bar
crossing that just got easier as the week unfolded. Even better, the pelagics
and reefies were on the bite and in good numbers.
Out wide, the Barwon Banks saw a bit of free jumping marlin activity and had mahi mahi schooling in excellent numbers. Jordan Zerk (above) and mates fished The Banks on Sunday and came back with a bin load of dollies for their troubles. The Hards were good for the bottom bashers, producing venus tusk fish, pearl perch, hussar, rosy jobfish, snapper, moses perch, gold spot wrasse, mowong and jewfish or mulloway. Paul O'Brien from West Woombye and Guy Marlen from Dubbo (below) are pictured with a couple of quality jewies which they boated at The Hards on Sunday's full day Cougar One charter.
The Coffees were good for sweetlip, Maori cod, red emperor, moses perch, hussar, shiny mackerel, Spanish mackerel, squire and pearl perch. John Bell, Adelaide and Karlee Patchett and Marcus Austin from Bundaberg (below) are pictured with the Spaniards they boated on Saturday's Trekka 2 charter.
Trekka 2 also targeted The Coffees and the top of North on Sunday. Elliott Lynden from Noosa Heads (below left) showed us how it was done. Elliott boated both of these Maori cod on that charter and was a natural when it came to the 'pose' back at the jetty. And Trekka 2 regular Di Britt from Russell (below) tries not to smile in the photos, and usually succeeds. This time I tricked her into thinking I'd finished and pinged her when she was off guard. Nice red, Di.
|North Reef didn't disappoint, producing scarlet
sea perch, mowong, coral bream, sweetlip, cobia, pearl perch, moses perch,
venus tusk fish, mack tuna, snapper, coral trout, yellowfin tuna, spotted
mackerel and Spanish mackerel. Jack Giese from Scarborough (below) celebrated
his thirteenth birthday with a fishing trip offshore with his grandad on
on Saturday. He wasn't smiling in his first photo taken out on North Reef
with his birthday trout (a bit seasick at one stage apparently), so we thought
we'd best get another one at the jetty. His colourful fish, by the way,
tipped the scales at 4.5kg. Well done!
And Dave Reynolds (below) and his mate Toby Fisher fished North Reef on Sunday morning for spotted mackerel, Spanish mackerel and yellowfin tuna. Dave's yellowfin went 18kg and took twenty minutes of hard fighting the get to the side of the boat. Best baits were whole pilchard floaters and live yakkas.
I don't think there was a reef that wasn't given a good workout this week. Squire, moses perch, Spanish mackerel and venus tuskfish were on the bite at Massoud's Reef while Chardon's Reef yielded red throat emperor, gold spot cod, coral bream, sweetlip, moses perch, venus tusk fish and golden trevally.
Sunshine Reef was a bit murky but that didn't seem to worry the sweetlip. On the murk line you could pick up mowong, snapper, pearl perch, striped sea perch and the odd coral trout. And how about this for a lucky Mother's Day story! Juna Kebblewhite from Verrierdale (below) was out on Sunshine Reef on Sunday with friends when their motor started to play up. While the guys were trying to sort out the problem, Juna decided to amuse herself by dropping a pilchard bait to the bottom to see what was there. She got bricked shortly after so re-rigged and was ready when her bait was taken again, hauling hard and eventually bringing in this 4.2kg coral trout. By the time the guys had sorted out the fuel filter problem Juna had a keeper size scarlet sea perch in the bin as well. Yes, she did mark the spot on the GPS. Juna's great story, great smile and excellent fish won her this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
The tuna were working the edges of the dirty water in Laguna Bay as well with northern bluefins and mack tuna moving quickly, attacking the bait schools and moving on before the second cast of a metal slug lure. The longtails were also active along the murk line on the beach side of the Hall's Reef stretch.
|We didn't have room for all of the offshore photos but if you click on any of the small photographs directly above, you can view the extra pix in a slideshow.|
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