As at Monday July 13, 2015.
| OFFSHORE: We've had
such a good winter so far that a few days of wet weather, fresh to strong
southerlies and rapidly falling temperatures sent us into a bit of a spin.
Granted, we had more days off the water than on this week but boy, those
who got out on the better days really got into some quality reef fish.
On those better days we had the bonus of light to moderate variable winds, a swell which hovered in the 0.5m to 1.0m range and currents which were either nonexistent or at worst, very slight and to the north. All excellent conditions for the bottom bashers and they certainly made the most of it. Quite a few locals targeted the outer reefs, although with mixed results. The Hards were a bit disappointing, producing mostly pan size fish such as hussar, pearl perch, rosy jobfish, squire, gold spot wrasse and venus tusk fish. The Barwon Banks yielded some better quality reefies such as snapper, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, teraglin jewfish, squire and amberjack. Hamish, Jack and Chloe Watson from Holbrook in New South Wales, above, are pictured with a couple of nice snapper and a quality venus tusk fish from Tuesday's full day Cougar One charter to The Banks. As you can see, they were dressed for the weather.
Another long distance destination, Double Island Point was a good option for red emperor, squire, gold band snapper, mowong, hussar, teraglin jewfish, moses perch, snapper, venus tusk fish, longtail tuna, mowong, Maori cod and thumper grass sweetlip. Local lad Dylan King's standout snapper, which was photographed back at the jetty in the orange glow of the setting sun, was boated on Tuesday's Wild Thing 2 charter to 'D.I'. A perfect end to a perfect day.
Along the middle reef belt, The Coffees were good for gold spot cod, squire, teraglin jewfish, moses perch, mack tuna, pearl perch, sweetlip, coral bream, shiny mackerel, striped sea perch and northern bluefin tuna. Lynelle Andrews' grass sweetlip, boated out on Tuesday's Trekka 2 charter was a real thumper.
North Reef continued to reward the faithful with good catches of snapper, squire, pearl perch, moses perch, sweetlip, venus tusk fish, teraglin jewfish and the odd standout yellowfin tuna. Matt Penny from Tewantin (above) popped into Davo's earlier in the week for a bit of guidance on a new offshore combo. Cam Munro set him up with a Samaki Vanquish rod and a Shimano Saragosa 10000 reel loaded with 40lb braid and on Friday morning Matt christened his new outfit. One of his favourite marks on North Reef was the scene and a pilchard floater did the deed, attracting the attention of this 20kg yellowfin tuna. Looks like the combo passed the test with flying colours. His great fish and great story also earned him this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
|Whales have been in good numbers as they head for Hervey Bay. No one's hooked one yet (don't laugh, it's not uncommon although I don't think the whales notice) but there have been a few close calls around anchored boats both on North and Chardons reefs. Other water born activity on Chardon's came from more manageable species such as yellowfin tuna, snapper, pearl perch, sweetlip, bonito, hussar, moses perch and venus tusk fish. Ryan Creeley (above left) bagged his personal best snapper on a pilchard floater at Chardon's Reef on Monday afternoon and his brother Nathan (above) caught his personal best pearl perch out there on a soft plastic. They were on a family bottom bashing excursion with the master himself, Chicko Vella from Davo's Tackle World.|
One fished Massoud's Reef a few times this week and came back
with scarlet sea perch, pearl perch, squire, venus tusk fish, moses perch
and gold spot cod. You can see some of those photos in the Lightbox Gallery
below. Closer in, Sunshine Reef produced squire, Maori cod, venus tusk fish,
sweetlip, moses perch, painted mowong, fusilier, coral trout, coral bream
and lots of juvenile red emperor. Ten year old Owen Cochrane (above left)
got his first ever keeper at Sunshine on Monday. It was only his second
time outside with his father Scott and his quality venus tusker now has
him rarin' for more. And Brendan Low from Tallegalla (above right) boated
this coral trout on Friday's Wild
Thing 2 charter to Sunshine Wide. Around the corner, quality
longtail tuna were on the move throughout Laguna Bay. Hall's Reef yielded
sweetlip, as did Jew Shoal, but with the added bonus of bonito, snapper
and pearl perch.
As usual, we couldn't fit all of the great photos from the week on the page. To view the 'Lightbox Gallery', just click on the thumbnails below...
|By the way, the latest bar crossing video (as at Saturday July 11, 2015) has now been uploaded to the website. To view it, simply CLICK HERE|
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