As at Monday November 16, 2015.
conditions on the local reefs were far from ideal this week, only today
could be classified as unfishable. It was a bit sloppy in the leadup to
the weekend with 12 to 18 knot variable easterlies and a 1.0m to 1.5m swell
making life uncomfortable for those in the smaller boats, but the weekend
was certainly pleasant with light (5 to 15 knot) winds and a 0.5m to 0.75
swell. And as an added bonus, the bar crossing was as good as it gets.
The outer reefs were on the cards from Friday onwards with the Barwon Banks producing amberjack, pearl perch, hussar, sea bream, moses perch, venus tusk fish and mowong. Tom Leonard from Scarborough, Queensland (in the green tee shirt above) boated this absolute thumper 26kg 'A.J.' on Saturday's seven hour Trekka 2 charter to The Banks. The fish was just a bit too cumbersome for Tom to hold up by himself so we got his mate Dezza to give a hand.
Along the middle reef belt, North Reef was the spot for quality mulloway, mahi mahi, knobby snapper, squire, cobia, pearl perch, moses perch, gold spot cod, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip, sargeant baker, mowong, striped sea perch and coral bream. Brett Dalton from Geelong in Victoria (above) is pictured with a nice jewfish or mulloway which he boated on Friday morning's Cougar One charter to the top of North Reef.
And Aaron Jones from Point Lonsdale in Victoria (above) boated his knobby snapper at North Reef on Friday morning while on a half day Trekka 2 charter.
While Marcus Stewart from Kyneton in Victoria (above) boated this gold spot cod on Tuesday morning's Wild Thing 2 charter to the bottom of North Reef.
Further south at Chardon's Reef the catch was Maori cod, moses perch, hussar, coral bream, slate bream, teraglin jewfish, monocle bream and even more mulloway. Stephen Cleary, Ralph Waldron and Tama Querino, from Brisbane (above) boated a jewfish each there on Saturday's Wild Thing 2 charter.
There were also a few mackerel tuna and the odd juvenile (25kg to 30kg) black marlin responding to trolled pushers between Chardon's and Sunshine reefs.
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was good for venus tusk fish, moses perch, cobia, mowong, coral trout, Maori cod and mahi mahi or dolphin fish. Young Lyall Aughton from Doonan (above) boated a quality cobia and this standout mahi mahi while out there on Saturday morning's half day Cougar One charter. Both fish were righteous captures but Lyall's quality 'Dolly' was the one that earned him this week's $50.00 Davo's Tackle World Fish of the Week prize.
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