As at Friday June 3, 2016.
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|OFFSHORE: It was a
bit of a mixed bag weather wise this week. The forecast looked great but
in reality, the weekend and Monday were the pick of the litter with light
to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable southerlies and a 0.5m swell prevailing.
The rest of the week was supposed to be more of the same but most days the
winds were at best moderate to fresh and there was a lot of associated slop
and chop. Not exactly ideal, but certainly fishable for the bigger boats.
The bar crossing
was straight forward (at its worst) and 'flat as' at its best, and the run
of relatively light currents on the exposed reefs continued, much to the
delight of the bottom bashers. There were plenty of starters for Double
Island Point this week but it was either a feast or a famine for some boaties.
The species capture list was quite diverse and included red emperor, jewfish, coral trout, moses perch, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, squire, Maori cod, coral bream, amberjack, longtail tuna and hussar, but those who came back with more than just a feed either lucked it, or had put in some serious overtime.
Along the middle reef belt, The Coffees produced pearl perch, moses perch, grass sweetlip, squire, school mackerel and the odd gold spot cod, as did North Reef but with the added bonus there of Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel, northern bluefin or longtail tuna, coral bream and quality snapper. Young Eli Breen from Cooroy (above) was very excited to have boated the standout Spaniard on Saturday's seven hour Wild Thing 2 charter to the top of North Reef.
|And above, from that same charter, we have Jono
Mitchell, Tewantin with a gold spot cod and Eric Schroder, Canada with a
nice spotty and a longtail tuna.
Further south, Chardon's Reef was good for moses perch, squire, venus tusk fish, gold spot cod, jewfish, grass sweetlip, snapper, school mackerel, Maori cod and amberjack. Jac Ogle from Melbourne (above) caught his 8.5kg jewfish there on a whole squid bait on Saturday morning's five hour Trekka 2 charter.
|And the Trekka
2 team did well yet again at Chardon's Reef on Monday morning's
five hour charter, coming back with moses perch, grass sweetlip, school
mackerel, amberjack, snapper and gold spot cod. Local angler James Martin
from Sunrise Beach (above left in photo, with T2 skipper Kelly Mills) tempted
his quality gold spot down deep with a live yakka bait, while Matt Bozwell
from Brisbane (above right) nailed his knobby snapper on a whole pilchard
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was worth a look for coral trout, cobia, pearl perch, gold spot cod, squire, sweetlip, venus tusk fish and striped sea perch. Not necessarily in big numbers but there were a few good fish in the mix. Justin Mcnab (above) fished there with live yakkas on Saturday and sent us these pix of his standouts. His thumper cod (caught and released) and bonus trout combined to win him this week's Davo's Tackle World Fish of the Week prize.
In Laguna Bay, most of the action centred around Hall's Reef where Spanish mackerel, school mackerel, sweetlip and snapper were on the bite. Spaniards and longtails were also active north of there. A report from Jordy Zerk... "Yo Billy!!! Jack Pockran and I snuck out Sunday arvo for a quick flick at North and got some nice snapper on plastics. On the way home we detoured past Teewah to see if there was any tuna action still going on and surprisingly there was! Out of a double hookup Jack (above) boated a nice fish and I beat my personal best measuring 1.22m to the fork! How good is the place where we live!"
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