As at Monday April 20, 2015.
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|OFFSHORE: It was one
of those weeks that looked great on paper (or more to the point, on the
weather forecasting websites) but in reality it was less than exciting,
especially for the smaller boats. Some days the forecast light winds and
a modest swell turned out to be fresh (15 to 20 knot winds) with seas and
swell in the 1.5m to 2.0m range. Fortunately the pelagics were still in
good numbers in the shelter of Laguna Bay so at least there was a backup
The good news? The fish were still on the chew and conditions improved over the weekend to the point that Sunday was pretty much a total glass out. The only reports to hand from out wide were from The Barwon Banks which yielded pearl perch, moses perch, snapper, venus tuskers and the odd C&R marlin.
Closer in, North Reef was again the standout, producing snapper to 5kg, red emperor to 70cm, pearl perch, cobia, moses perch, mahi mahi, large mouth nannygai, longtails, lots of small mack tuna, sweetlip, yellowfin tuna, spotted mackerel and Spanish mackerel. Local angler Brad Kenane (above) and his mate Tony fished there yesterday morning and came back with Spanish and spotted mackerel, moses perch, squire and a thumper 18.5kg yellowfin tuna.
And Glenn Bartley from Maroochydore (above) is pictured with a 10kg (est) Spanish mackerel from Sunday morning's Trekka 2 charter to the top of North.
Adam Pearce from the Glass House Mountains (above) was on a half day Cougar One charter to North Reef on Saturday morning when his live yakka bait was monstered by the quality mahi mahi or dolphin fish he's doing well to hold for the camera. It followed a well laid fish cube berley trail to the boat.
|Thirteen year old Tomas Iriondo from Cooroy (above
left) christened his new Shimano Torium combo at North Reef yesterday by
boating a 2kg+ snapper. It went for a live yakka bait. Sunshine Reef rewarded
the faithful with snapper to 60cm, pearl perch, coral trout, red throat
emperor, grass sweetlip, Maori cod, cobia and venus tusk fish. Local angler
Alan Jones (above right) boated two nice trout on Saturday afternoon's half
day Cougar One
charter to Sunshine.
And Bruce Wallace from Terrigal in New South Wales (above) is pictured with a Maori cod and a sweetlip from Thursday morning's Wild Thing 2 charter.
Father and son team Nick and Sonny Cornford from Tewantin (above) boated a couple of appropriately sized coral trout at Sunshine Reef on Thursday. Four year old Sonny couldn't keep the smile off his face after going fishing with his dad. And it does get better than that. Our two amigos also won this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize. The Hall's Reef stretch yielded mixed tuna, queenfish and Spanish mackerel. Jew Shoal; Spaniards and snapper.
|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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