As at Monday August 27, 2012
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE & COASTAL REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: The hot
northerlies gave us a taste of spring earlier in the week before the southerlies
cooled things down a bit and brought us back to reality just in time for
the weekend. With the swell still down around the 1m mark the bar crossing
was pretty straight forward, even around low tide, and apart from the typical
wind chop courtesy of the afternoon northerly sea breezes, conditions on
the local reefs varied from 'as good as it gets' to 'eminently fishable'.
Some of the bigger boats tested the waters at Double Island Point but there wasn't a lot of joy to be had from the extended journey with black tip reef sharks (in numbers) making life difficult for the bottom bashers. There were no standouts reported from up that way with just average size pearl perch, moses perch, venus tusk fish and cobia making up the catch. Closer to home, Chardon's Reef produced snapper to 3.5kg, pearl perch, moses perch and venus tusk fish as did North Reef but with the added bonus there of teraglin jewfish, frying pan snapper and Maori cod. Massoud's Reef produced similar to Chardon's only the snapper were of better quality. Tuk Howe (above) and her husband Adam fished Massoud's yesterday morning and apart from a few teraglin jewfish, boated a couple of quality snapper. The 6.5kg 'Knobby' that Tuk is pictured with, which went for a squid bait, was their standout for the morning session.
Sunshine Reef was hard going and at best only yielded the odd barely legal size venus tusk fish, Maori cod, coral bream, squire, moses perch and trag jew.
The only other reports of note were of the odd northern bluefin tuna and mackerel tuna on the prowl off the headland and just out from Alexandria Bay.
COASTAL: The North Shore coastal beach stretch was a bit patchy but still worth the effort. Chopper tailor were on the bite around the third cutting while the gutters from there to Teewah produced whiting, dart and good tarwhine. Flathead were well spread and bream were in numbers opposite the camp grounds.
Best results, however, were had by those anglers prepared to do an overnighter. Craig and Kaleb Hamilton from Cooroy (above) found some good water just north of Teewah on Saturday afternoon and between then and Sunday morning caught and released lots and lots of bream, the odd chopper tailor and then got hammered by a school of snub nose dart, two of which they kept. Kaleb's 6.5kg fish, incidentally, beat Craig's one by 1.5kg. Apart from that, bream and whiting were on the bite off the river mouth rock groyne while at Castaways Beach the standouts were jewfish (to 87cm), chopper tailor and plenty of bream.
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