As at Monday March 10, 2014.
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|OFFSHORE: With moderate to strong (15 to 20 knot+) east south easterlies dominating, it was a bit of a short week as far as the local offshore scene was concerned. There was, however, a three day window from Wednesday through until Friday afternoon when the winds eased back below the 15 knot mark.|
|The swell was typically in 1.5m to 2.0m range
so you couldn't realistically say it was 'as good as it gets' out there
but it was certainly fishable on the bigger boats. On the plus side the
southerly running current was quite modest. Trekka
2 did a couple of runs to North Reef when conditions permitted
and came back with Maori cod, gold spot cod, cobia, moses perch, venus tusk
fish and striped sea perch. Joe Varga from Lismore in New South Wales (above
left) is pictured with a Maori cod from Wednesday's half day charter. And
Allan Stevens from the UK (above right) boated his gold spot cod on the
Trekka 2 had a wedding party booking on Friday. The group of friends requested a late departure just in case there were a few sore heads so didn't get away until about 10.30am. Nevertheless they got onto a few decent fish with Caroline Atonio and Laura Stinson (above) nailing a couple of cobia during the half day excursion. Laura (right in photo) was the blushing bride. Not sure where her new hubby was but it looks like he's on a winner with a wife who likes fishing.
|Also from that charter we have Phil Piperno from
Melbourne (above left) with a gold spot cod. Incidentally, they fished Massoud's
Reef then later, North Reef.
Not that many smaller boats ventured past the relative shelter of Laguna Bay, even on the best days. Grant Budd and Greg Towle (above) weren't put off by the sloppy conditions though, and on the way home from North Reef on Friday they nailed two 10kg longtails and a number of striped tuna in the outer bay.
Cast slugs and trolled hard body lures worked for the tuna but Grant's 6kg (est) mahi mahi (above) went for a fast trolled Hex Head lure out on North Reef.
The bar crossing was manageable most of the week (with a bit of patience) and those anglers who braved the slop and chop of the bay reaped the rewards. Andrew Boyd (above) and a couple of buddies headed out to Halls' Reef on Saturday morning and on the way there, trolled up a 9.5kg Spaniard on a squid skirted whole garfish. Andrew took out Third Place in the Summer Classic, but also won the $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize with this quality fish.
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