As at Monday June 25, 2012
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: It was
a pretty good week for the bluewater boys with predominantly light to moderate
(5 to 15 knot) winds and a modest swell to contend with. Sunday's brisk,
cool southerlies restricted activity to the bay but apart from that there
were plenty of opportunities to put the bottom bashing gear to the test.
The out wide reefs were well and truly on the agenda this week and those who put in the time out there weren't disappointed. The Barwon Banks fired well, producing rosy jobfish, moses perch, pearl perch, hussar, venus tusk fish, morwong, Maori cod, gold spot wrasse, fusiliers, quality snapper and amberjack. The Stocker boys bagged out on snapper and pearl perch there on Wednesday, but Andrew's 20.5kg 'A. J.', taken on a Squidgy Flick Bait was the standout.
The Hards were another worthwhile option, especially for those who were prepared to stay overnight when the big snapper and pearl perch came out to play. The northern end was also good for gold band snapper, big 'Knobbies' and thumper pearl perch. Closer in, North Reef was the spot for teraglin jewfish, venus tusk fish, moses perch, mowong, yellowfin tuna and, as per the photo above, snapper. Daniel Diver boated his 5kg fish there on a squid bait on Wednesday.
| Sunshine Reef produced plenty of average size
reefies which was good news for the small boat brigade and those booking
half day charters. Rad Williams from Melbourne (above left) is pictured
with a 3.5kg snapper he boated out there on Wednesday while on a Trekka
2 charter. And, above right, Sydney girl Alana Harding boated
a 4.3kg greasy cod on the same half day charter. Venus tusk fish, Maori
cod and estuary cod made up the rest of the catch.
And a very vibrant Jessica Harper-Hill from Launceston (above) was more than happy to pose with a snapper and 'Bro' from the same Trekka 2 excursion.
Laguna Bay was patchy with just the odd snapper at Jew Shoal, grass sweetlip at Little Hall's and northern bluefin tuna on the prowl along the Hall's Reef stretch. Clayton Robertson (above) was trolling a Rapala Magnum lure opposite Teewah on Thursday when it was hit by the 16.5kg longtail he's posing with.
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