As at Monday June 1, 2015.
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|OFFSHORE: It was pretty
much an offshore anglers dream this week with light to moderate (5 to 15
knot) variable winds, a swell which eased from 1.2m to 0.5m as the week
progressed, and little or no current in close or out wide. Under the circumstances,
offshore charter boats Cougar
2 and Wild
Thing 2 all scheduled full day trips to Double Island Point and
came back with a wide range of species in the bin. Making up the 'D.I.'
capture list were snapper, Maori cod, gold spot cod, red emperor, cobia,
moses perch, pearl perch, mowong, mulloway or jewfish, venus tusk fish and
Jonathan Drysdale from Chinchilla (above) got into the snapper and a few other mixed reefies at Double Island Point on Sunday's Wild Thing 2 charter.
Pearl perch, moses perch and squire were common catches on the closer reefs. In addition, The Hill and The Coffees were good for gold spot wrasse, Maori cod, Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel, shiny mackerel, mowong, sweetlip and coral bream while North Reef produced jewfish, Maori cod, sweetlip, Spanish mackerel and the odd legal red emperor. Jenny Murphy from Brisbane (above) boated a keeper red on Sunday's Cougar One charter to 'North'.
Chardon's Reef was a little bit hit and miss but when it fired it was good for venus tusk fish, coral bream, cobia, spotted mackerel, snapper and, in good numbers, squire. Belinda Gorrie from Brisbane (above) is pictured with a couple of snapper which she boated on Tuesday's three quarter day Trekka 2 charter. Massoud's Reef wasn't exactly a top performer but it did produce the common reefies mentioned earlier and the odd cobia or black kingfish.
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was good for school mackerel, snapper, coral bream, venus tusk fish and the odd thumper Spaniard while in Laguna Bay the mack tuna and longtails were on the move but responding to cast metal slugs and micro jigs when located. The Hall's Reef stretch was again the best bet with the odd Spanish mackerel a bonus there. Local yak angler Greg Williams (above) has been trying for the last eighteen months to hook and land a Spanish mackerel from his kayak and Sunday was the day. Greg was trolling Little Hall's Reef around 7.00am when his whole pilchard on a squid skirted troll rig was monstered by this 12kg Spaniard. Considering his Shimano Charter Special outfit was only rigged with 14lb line, it was a commendable effort.
|The weather was superb and fishing great and as a result were were swamped with photos. Apologies to those anglers whose pix didn't make the report. We just did not have the space for them all, but have included as many as possible in our 'Lightbox Gallery'. Just click on the thumbnail photos above to view.|
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