As at Monday November 29th 2004
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OFFSHORE: Ah well, the South Easterly change we were all hoping for was well and truly with us as the week began, although the 20 to 30 knot winds were a lot more than we'd bargained for. The 2.5 metre swell simply added another degree of difficulty, making offshore a definite no go until the winds abated for the start of the weekend. Then it was a whole new ball game and, as the swell dropped below the 0.5 metre mark, the weekend warriors made the most of the idyllic conditions.
Parrot Fish, Moses Perch and Sweetlip were common to most of the reefs.
In addition, Massoud's Reef was
the spot for Cobia and Coronation Trout while at Chardon's Reef the
bonus species were Maori Cod, Scarlet Sea Perch and, as you can see
by the photo on the right, Pearl Perch. Mike Botica from Buderim boated
this 4.2kg 'Bull-Eye' while out there on a full day Cougar
Too charter on Sunday. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live
Fibre rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded with 30lb line. And at North
Reef (apart from the common species already mentioned) there were a
few Coral Trout on the chew as local angler Anthony Rowles (far right)
discovered yesterday morning. Anthony tempted this 3kg specimen (and
the 3.6kg Sweetlip) with Pilchard baits on a 5/0 Snapper rig. He was
armed with an Alvey offshore combo loaded with 30lb Schneider line and
an 80lb trace. Closer in, Sunshine Reef produced Sweetlip and some quality
Snapper. Laguna Bay was relatively quiet with trolled shallow divers
attracting Estuary Cod and Queenfish around the Boiling Pot and Squire
at Dolphin Point. There were Mackerel Tuna schools chasing the baitfish
out at Jew Shoal, the drum lines, the shark nets and out in the middle
of the bay but they were very skittish and quick to go down.