Archives for March 2006

11th -18th March 2006

Danny and his brother Pete escorted a bunch of buddies from Sydney’s North Coast for a week of fishing at the Swains Reef.

Pete\'s Group

Danny\'s Cod Piece
Danny’s impressive cod. Kevin and his Dad enjoy their fishing together and reel in some prize fish. Kevin’s mighty Mackeral took some effort to land.

Kevin and his Dad Kevin\'s Mackeral

Spangle2 Sweeplips x3 sweeties x2

Sweetlip (along with coral trout) must be one of the finest table fish on the reef. These fish provide a large sweet and succulent filet and are excellent eating no matter how it is prepared.

4th – 11th March 2006

What a difference a week makes!… As the low presure system passed us by on its way to creating huge seas and flooding on the a Gold Coast and Northern NSW; this weeks group, Col Nixon – from Brisbane had mostly good weather and great catches. The pelagics in particular, were ready for a feed and an abundance of bait fish were spotted around the reefs.

Col Nixon 06

Bernie\'s MacJobby

It was not only a week for pelagics ; a fine selection of bottom fish, favorites for the dinner table were also caught!
Billy\\\'s troutJonesy\'s EmperorNev\\\'s Emperor

Fish identification is sometimes a bit tricky as there are many conflicting names for the same fish. For example, Glen’s Venus Tusk Fish(below) is often called a Parrot Fish. The real Parrot fish have a beak like -tooth used to graze on the algae that grows over dead coral. The beak is used in a scrapping motion. When snorkelling across the reef flats you can often hear them scraping and grazing away. They are brightly coloured often in green/blue hues. Being vegetarians, they will not take your bait.

In contrast the Tusk fish has protruding tusk like teeth used for feeding on molluscs and crustacea. The Venus tusk fish is pinky/brown with irradescent spots of blue. He is happy to take your bait and makes delicious eating!

Glen\\\'s Tusk Fish

25th February – 4th March

A windy week tested the skill and mettle of the Hewitt Family & friends. The sea was kind enough for the journey out to the Swains but a ‘high in the Bight’ coupled with a low developing in the coral sea (almost exactly over the Kanimbla!) meant the conditions proved quite challenging for fishing.
Ian chases crayfish from under the surface where its a little calmer! Ian’s brother Peter lands a fine Mackeral

Cray Fish Pete\'s Mackeral

Of course it pays to be philosophical about the weather: Ian’s group have encountered many years of near perfect weather and excellent catches, so one average year out of seven great ones isn’t such a bad outcome.

Matching outfits! Bernie\'s Trout
Nigel\\\'s trout