Have had a very big week of fishing with great weather and a huge variety of different fish. A standout would be last Tuesdays evening trip where we located a huge school of Pearl Perch which were constantly on the bite. We kept a enough for a good meal for everyone on board and released plenty back into the water. Crabbing has also been fairly productive this past week with most people usually able to take home a couple. Give us a ring or email to book in your next Top Catch charter!!
Top Catch Charters have now moved to their great new home at The Wharf Marina, right next door to Underwater World. We are now situated on the commercial wharf right in front of the Australia Zoo whale watching vessel. Come and check us out and say g’day if you are in the area.
Last weekend we had our Barra Jacks fishing charter where we headed out to the banks for a full day trip. Fishing was steady with plenty of Tuskfish and some nice Snapper taken. Barra Jacks store owner, Geoff came along and had a great day, helping out and telling some tales as well as landing a few nice fish. Crabbing was tough and were cleaned out by the turtles and possibly some rogue Cobia.
We also ran out on Tuesday for a full days charter where the conditions were excellent and fishing was red hot! A large variety of good quality fish were caught including a big Brassy Trevally, Amberjack, Green Jobfish, Diamond Trevally and plenty more. We also took home 5 great Snapper around the 4 to 7kg mark plus some good size Pearl Pearch. As everybody on board the boat had a nice feed of fish plenty that were caught throughout the day were safely released. Had much better luck with the crabbing also with the trays loaded with large Spanner Crabs.
Have been pretty busy lately, with not much time for fishing reports. The weather has been fairly good to us lately with some awesome sunrises and sunsets. Plenty of big sized Snapper still running around as well as a few heavy Pearl Perch and Grassy Sweetlip amongst the smaller stuff. Whales are all over the place at the moment and putting on a real good show. Keep an eye out for them on your next charter!
Went out for a half day trip on Saturday afternoon where the water was still a little bit lumpy but didn’t effect the fishing to much. Tuskfish were once again the main course on the menu with plenty being caught around the 1 to 2.5kg mark. Sunday we had excellent conditions and took Anthony and his family out for a full day trip to the barwon banks. Svetko also joined us and brought one of his mates along. The fishing was steady with plenty being caught. The boys got onto some nice Tuskies plus some good size Moses Perch before being bust off by something big. Possibly a couple of Yellowtail Kingys swimming by. On the way home there was still plenty of action with whales being spotted breaching everywhere and also dolphins playing in the boats wake. The crabbing was fairly average and can always be a bit tricky to find this time of the year even though we had a good haul of big size crabs the day before. Gives us a ring to make a booking and make the most of this lovely weather.
Been a busy couple of weeks and a bit slow on my reports but this will bring us up to date.We have had a number of charters and some great fish landed.The highlights have been the Barra Jacks evening trip we did out to the banks,the fishing was steady without being spectacular but conditions were perfect and Ben and James from Barra Jacks kept us entertained as well as showing us some new tackle,we might make these a regular event and I recommend them to anyone.The Snapper have been appearing in increasing numbers on the Caloundra 9 & 12 mile reefs and we landed 12 nice size fish on one charter including a 10kg monster, but the highlight fish of the past fortnight has to be the snodger 7 kg coral trout landed by Dirk, a visitor from Germany who didn’t speak much English but managed to convey his feelings about landing this excellent fish.Have a look at this fish on our gallery page, its awesome!.
The snapper are around in good numbers and we have got some great marks ,so if you would like to come out and get amongst them give us a call.
Went out for a full day to the Barwon Banks where the water was a little bit lumpy but calmed down soon enough after we dropped the pick. The fishing was pretty exciting with some good sized Tuskies and small Snapper caught. We also had a few HUGE runs on the baitcasters where we couldn’t turn the beast and were almost spooled numerous times until being busted off. After this we decided to upgrade to our heavier gamefishing tackle and soon enough one of the boys was hooked up on to a monster Hightail Amberjack weighing around 25kg that took a good 10mins to bring to the boat. After it was gaffed and safely stored inside the esky the game rod went off again. This time a huge Bronze Whaler Shark weighing more than 60kg was eventually brought to the boat and released safely. Soon after we served up some lunch and motored home while spotting whales, dolphins and plenty of birdlife. All in all another top day out!
Fishing was a bit hit and miss this past week.Thursday we went out to the Banks with Alan and his crew.Caught a good variety of fish including a huge diamond trevally.We came home with a good feed and the action was steady but not on fire.Top Catch was a beautiful green jobfish at 2 1/2 kg.We snuck out Saturday and as expected the strong offshore winds held us in close where conditions were good though the fish were not in the mood to bite.Undersize squire are everywhere and few legal fish were active.To confuse us further Sunday was really busy, we did a 1/2 day and Robert”s gang of Kiwi”s had a great morning.A good feed of fish including mobile casino some nice Maori Cod,good haul of crabs, Whales ,Dolphins and joined the flotilla to welcome Jess Watson home on the way back in.You cant get better than that on a 5 hour trip.
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The Pearl Perch are on the march.We headed out Saturday and started the day catching a lot of undersize fish and shifted a couple of times till we found where the larger ones were and boated some nice fish around the 3 kg mark.Jay had the Top Catch on the day with a snodger coral trout and 2 pearl perch around 21/2 kg.Sunday dawned with good conditions despite the forecast and again we worked our way through the undersize fish to land a number of good pearlies and snapper for Shannons birthday crew.Top Catch was 2 nice Maori Cod tipping the scales at 4 kg.We ran an evening trip as well and though we caught some good size Maori Cod and 2 beautiful Red Emperor they were just undersize and had to be returned.Greg scored a nice Snapper and conditions were perfect.