As at Friday October 7, 2016.
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|OFFSHORE: Overall it was another good week for the offshore brigade with mostly light to moderate variable southerlies on the exposed reefs. The typically half metre swell certainly wasn't an issue and on most days the current was either light, or moderate at its worst. The Bar? Best three hours either side of the high tide.
Conditions at Double Island Point were excellent, as you can see by the photos above and below. Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished D.I. on Sunday with 5 knots of south east wind and a strong current to the south. We got snapper, tuskies, hussar and, as above, a few amberjack."
And Doug Eyre from Forestville and Sally Raymond from Sydney (above) both caught snapper there on plastics (at the same time) on Tuesday's Wild Thing 2 trip. The Barwon Banks and The Hards were good for the bread and butter reefies such as squire, pearl perch, moses perch, venus tusk fish and the odd teraglin jewfish.
Closer in along the middle reef belt, The Coffees produced pearl perch, snapper, moses perch and longtail tuna, as did North Reef but with the added bonus of frying pan snapper, cobia and jewfish. Alec Aird-Cardiff (above) boated this absolute thumper 57cm pearly at North Reef on Saturday. It went for a pilchard bait. His fish was a close runner up for this week's Davo's Fish of the Week prize and as such, earned him a free Davo's cap and lure. See Pete the next time you're in the shop buddy.
Wild Thing 2 ran back to back five hour charters to North Reef on Thursday for squire, moses perch, teraglin jewfish, hussar and mulloway. Conditions: 5 to 10 knot variable westerlies with a 1.5 knot current run to the south. Pictured above is Murray Thompson from Victoria with a mulloway or jewfish from the afternoon session.
|Chardon's Reef was well patronised this week and rewarded the faithful with some good catches of pearl perch, snapper, gold spot cod, cobia, squire, moses perch, teraglin jewfish, grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish. Hus from Sydney (above left) is pictured with a nice pearl perch from Saturday's Trekka 2 charter to Chardon's.
And we received this report from Trekka 2 skipper Kelly Mills on Tuesday..."Hey Bill. Fished Chardon's Reef this morning for pearlies, snapper, moses perch and a gold spot cod, caught by Brian Lawson from Pomona, above right. Wind was light westerly. Swell: 0.5m from the north east. Current: A two knot run to the south."
For the smaller boats, Sunshine Reef was the spot for snapper, coral trout, dog tooth tuna, mack tuna, spotted mackerel (first keeper reported so far), sweetlip, pearl perch, moses perch and venus tusk fish. But what about this colourful capture! Local lass Eladie Slater (above) hit the jackpot at Sunshine Reef on Sunday, boating not one, but two quality coral trout, using pilchard baits as her draw card. She didn't need any pointers on how to present them for the camera either and did it like a boss. Eladie's standout brace of trout and supremely confident presentation of her catch won her this week's $50.00 Davo's Tackle World Fish of the Week prize.
Last but not least, Jew Shoal in Laguna Bay yielded a few good cobia and the odd snapper while the Hall's Reef stretch was good for cobia and longtail tuna. Local angler Peter Clive (above) was fishing Jew Shoal late on Thursday afternoon when both his rods went off at the same time. It was mayhem for the next 15 minutes or so before he got busted off on one outfit but managed to bring in a 9kg cobia on the other. Peter thinks there was a school there because he got a number of hits, bust-offs and baits stripped over the next hour before he finally hooked and boated the 14kg cobia in the photo. By then it was fully dark and without a GPS plotter he wasn't keen on crossing the bar in his 4.0m tinny at night so did an overnighter out in the bay. Talk about earning your catch! He was using pilchard baits by the way.
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