As at Monday July 8, 2013
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: Wow! We
had great conditions on the offshore scene this week. Tuesday and Wednesday's
20 to 30 knot southerlies made them a no go but from Thursday onwards it
was light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable winds and a 0.5m to 0.8 swell.
That's as good as it gets here, at any time of the year.
The wider reefs were on the agenda and Trekka 2 scheduled a full day to the Barwon Banks on Saturday, coming back with gold band snapper, venus tusk fish, hussar, mowong and good snapper. Bonita and Troy Honey from Caloundra (below) are pictured with a few of the 3kg-4kg knobbies boated on the day.
And from the same charter we have Luke Hudson (below left) with his standout 5kg knobby and Tony Dikker (below right) with a nice 3kg gold band snapper.
|The middle reef belt fired well most of the week.
North Wide and The Coffees produced excellent catches of gold band snapper,
cobia and mulloway while the bottom of North was the spot for some quality
snapper. Michael Peterson from Melbourne (below) nailed this 8kg cobia on
And on that same three quarter day charter they boated enough mulloway to warrant a group shot so below left we have Michael (again), Les, Greg, Tom, Andy and Sean with some of the day's catch. Mid North was alive with bait. Squire, pearl perch, moses perch and sweetlip were in good numbers there.
|Chardon's Reef rewarded the faithful with good
catches of estuary cod, moses perch, pearl perch, venus tusk, Maori cod
and more quality snapper. Local angler Dave Leonard (above right) did well
there around sunrise on Saturday and is pictured with a standout 5kg snapper
that went for a whole pilchard bait.
Massoud's Reef was another goer and those who put in the time there came back with squire, moses perch, teraglin jewfish and the odd quality mulloway. Ryan Kenane from Tewantin (above) got the shock of his life there on Sunday when his live yakka was taken by the thumper 14kg 'jewie' he's posing with.
Closer in, Victor Bailey's Reef was the spot for mulloway and snapper while at Sunshine Reef most of the action was in close. The standouts there were grass sweetlip, snapper and the odd northern bluefin tuna. Rob Lowther from Orange (above) booked a Light Line and Lure charter on Saturday morning with Noosa River Fishing Safaris and during the morning session hooked and landed two nice sweetlip and this quality northern bluefin tuna. In Laguna Bay, squire and average size sweetlip were on the bite at Big Hall's Reef (but not in numbers) while snapper were active at Jew Shoal earlier in the week.
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