As at Monday August 6, 2012
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: Hooly dooly!
Two straight weeks of excellent weather and more of the same for the next
two or three days! Conditions on the local reefs were only a prawn whisker
short of exceptional this week with light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) south
westerlies and a 1.0m to 1.2m swell dominating for six out of the seven
days. It was a bit chilly for those who were keen to get an early start
over the bar but once the sun was up it was picture perfect winter weather.
There wasn't much traffic out wide this week although those who worked the Barwon Banks reported good catches of snapper to 6kg, venus tusk fish and pearl perch with overnight sessions getting good results. Chardon's Reef didn't exactly fire up but did manage to produce the odd squire, pearl perch, moses perch, venus tusk and, as above, cobia. John Coles from Sunrise Beach boated a 9kg specimen there on Saturday while on a 3/4 day Cougar One charter.
| North Reef was a bit more productive, rewarding
the faithful with some good catches of squire, snapper, pearl perch, venus
tusk fish, moses perch, mowong, grass sweetlip, teraglin jewfish, mack tuna,
cod and mulloway. Brian Wilson from Brisbane, above left, is pictured with
a 10kg 'Jewie' he boated there earlier in the week while on a Cougar
One charter. Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was the spot for Maori
cod, venus tusk fish, coral trout, estuary cod, quality snapper and northern
bluefin tuna. Neil Stringer (above right) tempted his 11.4kg longtail with
a live yakka floater while bottom bashing there on Thursday.
Also at Sunshine Reef; Les McCabe from Kapiti, New Zealand and Garth DeRuig from Brisbane (above) boated these 5kg and 7kg estuary cod on Thursday afternoon's Trekka 2 charter. Last but not least, yak angler Ian Tagg (below left) worked the north end with prawn baits yesterday for squire and a 2kg trout.
| Laguna Bay was crystal clear, azure blue and
more often than not, glassed out. Local angler Brad Morris (above right)
did an overnighter to Hall's Reef on Friday and as the action was rather
slow, was more than happy to boat the 10.5kg estuary cod he's posing with
around 2am. His bait? A live yakka floater.
Also along the Halls' Reef stretch there were reports of tailor schools and small mackerel tuna in numbers (average 2.5kg-3kg) working the various bait boils.
Jew Shoal produced a few keepers this week, among them snapper, mowong, a few teraglin jewfish and, as you can see by the photo above, the odd above average northern bluefin tuna. Local angler Tony Zahn was doing a spot of bottom bashing out there on Thursday morning when one of his flesh baits was monstered by the 21kg longtail he's doing well to hold for the camera. This quality tuna also won Tony this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
We've been photographing and filming the bar crossing for a number of years now and one thing that has stood out is how few anglers, in boats of less than 4.8 metres, follow the rules and wear a life jacket when they cross in or out. Rather than point the finger, however, we've instead created the monthly Davo's Bar Crossing Safety Prize which we'll award to those boaties seen doing the right thing. The prize is a $50.00 credit at Davo's and the first to receive it is the owner of the boat in the photo above. Both occupants were wearing their life jackets and, even though the bar was flat, the skipper took the time to study it for three or four minutes before he set out. So, if you're the owner of the boat; registration number GX622Q, ring or call in at Davo's to claim your prize.
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