As at Monday October 1, 2012
PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
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| OFFSHORE: All in
all it was a pretty good week for the offshore brigade with generally light
(10 to 15 knot) variable westerlies in the mornings ahead of the sometimes
blustery (15 to 18 knot) afternoon variable northerlies. The swell was still
quite modest (and pretty much nonexistent on the bar) while the current
on the outer reefs was hardly an issue, enabling the use of lighter sinkers
and soft plastics. Out wide, The Hards produced snapper, pearl perch, teraglin
jewfish, moses perch, gold spot wrasse, venus tusk fish, cobia and hussar,
as did the Barwon Banks, but with the added bonus of the odd red emperor.
Seige O'Loughlin from Veteran, near Gympie (above) fished 'The Banks' on Friday on a full day Cougar One charter and came back with a standout pearl perch and the thumper 6kg+ snapper he's pictured with. And on the same charter, Jarred Skippen from Sydney (below left) boated a 4kg red emperor.
|Along the middle reef belt, Chardon's Reef was
the spot for greasy cod, pearl perch and moses perch as was North Reef but
with the addition of venus tusk fish, snapper, teraglin jewfish, cobia,
scarlet sea perch, northern bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna and coral bream.
Michael Eldaher from Logan (above right) was on a three quarter day Trekka
2 charter to North Reef on Saturday when his pilchard bait attracted
the attention of the 5kg 'scarlet' he's pictured with.
Trekka 2 worked North Reef most of the week and on Friday's three quarter day charter, in between baiting lines and de-hooking fish, crew member 'Damo' hooked up and landed a 10kg cobia on a half pilchard floater... on his handline. Zac, Lily, Finn and Ali from Melbourne (above) claimed the bragging rights.
And on Thursday's charter, Charlie Fairfield-Smith from Canberra (above
left) hooked and landed a 10kg northern bluefin tuna. Other anglers who
did well at North Reef were 'B.J', Connor and Steven from Doonan (above
right) who fished there on Thursday for cobia (4.5kg), pearl perch (2.5kg)
and snapper to 7kg.
Last, but certainly not least, we have Jack Davies, above. Jack attended the 'Snapper Tactics' night held at Davo's a couple of weeks ago and went home with some Zman Houdini soft plastics. On Friday, he gave the lures, and the tips he'd picked up on the talk night, a run and was absolutely delighted when his Paddle Tails accounted for two knobbies, the 6kg+ fish he's pictured with being the standout. The boys reckon Jack was singing 'I'm a Believer' when he walked in the shop but I think we'll take that with a grain of salt. For such a well presented catch, Jack also won the $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
The only other reports from offshore were of sweetlip and northern bluefin tuna around Little and Big Halls reefs. Kayak angler Rob Gordon weighed in an 18.5kg longtail after an epic two and a half hour battle with it on Little Hall's Reef on Friday morning. We didn't have room for the photo but, well done mate.
It's important to wear your pfd (life jacket) when you cross the bar and even more so now that you could win a $100.00 prize, just for doing the right thing!
The September Bar Crossing Safety Award goes to the owner of the boat, registration number; MS312Q. Well done! Thanks to Ray Scholes Marine, the monthly prize is now worth $100.00. That's a $50.00 credit from Davo's Compleat Angler and a $50.00 gift voucher from Ray Scholes Marine. So, if you're the owner of the boat in question, call 5449 8099 or call in at Davo's Compleat Angler to claim your prize. Note: You have until the end of October to do so.
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