As at Monday January 26, 2015.
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|OFFSHORE: While we
may have lost Friday and Saturday to blustery 20 knot+ southerly winds and
2m+ seas and swell, the rest of the offshore week was dominated by light
to moderate variable easterlies and a more moderate 1.0m to 1.2m swell.
And for Australia Day, it was pretty much as good as we could have hoped
for with mostly blue skies and gentle 5 to 10 knot southerlies flattening
out the seas and clearing the way for a day on the more distant reefs.
Chris Arnold and Pitzy Folk (above) headed out to The Barwon Banks around first light (4.30am) this morning and, after a hot session, were back at the jetty on Gympie Terrace just before lunchtime with a mixed bag of venus tusk fish, hussar, red throat emperor, moses perch and pearl perch. Their standouts, however, were one (roughly 10kg) wahoo, one quality mahi mahi and a very colourful coronation or lunar tailed trout. The wahoo followed a retrieved pilchard floater to within 10 metres of the boat and then decided to ignore it completely. By then it was within metal slug casting distance, which proved its downfall.
The two fishing buddies were ribbing each other as to who had best chance at the Davo's Fish of the Week prize but Pitzy silenced all argument when he pulled this thumper coronation trout (above) out of the esky and presented it and his pearly whites for the camera. Congratulations mate, you won the prize.
Closer in, Trekka 2 fished The Hill on Thursday and came back with moses perch, hussar, gold spot cod and Maori cod. Jai Brazer from Newcastle (above) boated the day's standout; a 15kg gold spot cod while Mitch Donane from Melbourne (below) did well to hold a gold spot and a Maori cod for the camera.
North Reef was a bit patchy at times but when it fired it produced pearl perch, moses perch, teraglin jewfish, coral bream, squire, sweetlip, bonito, spotted mackerel, hussar, venus tusk fish, Maori cod and coral trout. Local angler John Holeszko (below) boated his coral trout on Tuesday's Wild Thing 2 charter.
And from the same three quarter day charter, we have Harper Nolluso from Echuca in Victoria (below) with a Maori cod which went for a whole squid bait.
The spotted and shiny mackerel school action slowed down as the week progressed but they were in excellent numbers at North Reef last Monday. Tom, Darcy and Jackson (below) were more than happy to pose with three of roughly a dozen good spotties that were boated on Monday's Wild Thing 2 charter.
Not far from home, Sunshine Reef was good for sweetlip, pearl perch, moses perch, mowong, Maori cod, squire, black tip reef shark, spotted mackerel and the odd coral trout. Sam Najar from Egypt (below) is pictured with a quality trout which he boated on yesterday's late afternoon/night Cougar One charter.
There was no feedback from the Hall's Reef stretch. The only positive news from the bay was of sweetlip, snapper and the odd Spaniard around Jew Shoal.
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