How about the weather lately, it’s been crazy, hopefully now things will settle into a normal winter pattern. Some calm and cool mornings would be nice! In between the storm cells, troughs and cold fronts that have been hitting south east Queensland the fishing has been quite good. The cooler temps have done wonders to the bottom fishing with good catches of snapper, pearl perch, kingfish, and amberjack and on certain days even the prized coral trout. It is not isolated to certain areas or reefs either, reports all reefs in close and out wide have been quite good for these species. We are looking forward to a great winter season.
The size of the snapper are from 1-4kg so no trophy fish yet but numbers’ are good – very good signs for this early in the season. Pearl perch is another species which have been in good numbers lately in fact we have been getting good catches right through summer and plenty in the 2-3kg range which are great size for this quality eating fish. Ok so now for the big trophy fish the first picture shows an amberjack weighing a whopping 21kg after tax (shark bite). A great fighting fish providing a nail biting 15 minutes and mike was very unlucky to have a shark take bite only metres from the boat, well done mate!
This next picture is of a whopping gold spot estuary cod weighing over 30kgs (scales bottomed out) and measuring 1.38m and it was successfully released, after a few photos of course. Lukes first fish and what a way to start! Well done mate
Here is what has been caught over the past couple of trips:
Barwon banks– snapper, pearl perch, moses perch, amberjack, tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, hussar, fusilier and maori cod
Caloundra wide– snapper, tuskfish, trag jew, pearl perch and gold spot wrasse
Murphy’s reef– snapper, pearl perch, coral trout, moses perch, hussar, king fish, school mackerel and estuary cod
Caloundra 9nm & 12nm– spotted mackerel, mahi mahi, sweetlip, squire, pearl perch and tusk fish
High tide for Wednesday 5th may is 9:10am at 1.48m
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