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    Published on 28-12-2002 09:53 PM

    Report prepared by: P.J. Milburn.

    Departed: 07:15 returned at approx. 15:45.
    Sea conditions: to 1.0m SE at first and to 1.0m NE in the afternoon.
    Swell: SE to 1.5m.
    Weather: Overcast at first with some showers, cloud persisting during the morning but with sunshine increasing during the day.
    Temperature range: 22 to 24C.
    Barometric pressure: 1014 rising.
    Wind: SE 10kts at first, backing to NE 5 to 10 kts by mid morning.
    Sea surface temperature: 21.8 to 26.3C.
    Primary chumming location: S 34 30 E 151 14.

    Summary:

    A wonderful early summer day moderated by cooling easterly breezes and persistent cloud cover. The weather over the previous few days had been influenced by a high-pressure system centred in the Tasman Sea and a ridge of low pressure extending along the NSW coast that generated easterly breezes. The water offshore was warm and with very warm water expected wide of the continental shelf our thoughts turned to tropical species.
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    Published on 16-11-2002 09:50 PM

    Report prepared by: P.J. Milburn.

    Departed: 07:40 returned at approx. 15:30.
    Sea conditions: SSE 1.0 to 2.0m at first then and to 1.5m ENE, dropping late in the afternoon.
    Swell: 1.0 to 2.0m SE dropping through the day.
    Weather: Cloudy with drizzle at first followed by brighter periods, clearing later, 18 to 26C.
    Barometric pressure: 1025 rising.
    Wind: SSE 15 kts veering ENE 10 to 15 kts by mid morning.
    Sea surface temperature: 17.1 to 21.5C.

    Summary:
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    Published on 27-10-2002 09:47 PM

    Report prepared by: P.J. Milburn.

    Departed: 08:10 returned at approx. 16:30.
    Sea conditions: S 2.0 to 3.0m offshore.
    Swell: S 2.0 to 3.0m offshore.
    Weather: Overcast at first but clearing to mostly sunny.
    Temperature range: 15.5 to 22.0C.
    Barometric pressure: 1020 HPa rising.
    Wind: S 10 to 15kts at first, increasing to later 20 to 25kts.
    Sea surface temperature: 15.2 to 19.2C.
    Primary chumming location: 34 36S; 151 10E

    Summary:

    The sequence of trips affected by adverse weather conditions continued! A low-pressure system remained in the Tasman Sea but the high-pressure system in the Great Australian Bight had moved east overnight causing the southerly winds to ease somewhat. Daylight saving time came into force during the night so we were not totally surprised when a party of 12 overseas visitors did not appear at 07:00. By 08:15 they had still not appeared allowing a couple of lucky standby observers to join us. Our depleted but hardy contingent donned their waterproof gear and gripped the rails tightlyYET AGAIN! ...
    Published on 26-10-2002 09:46 PM

    Report prepared by: P.J. Milburn.

    Departed: 07:20 returned at approx. 11:00.
    Sea conditions: S 2.5 to 3.5m offshore.
    Swell: S 2.0 to 3.0m offshore.
    Weather: Overcast throughout.
    Temperature range: 12.2 to 17.3C.
    Barometric pressure: 1008 HPa rising.
    Wind: S 25 to 30kts.
    Sea surface temperature: 16.8 to 17.6C.
    Primary chumming location: sea to rough to stop!

    Summary:

    Another trip compromised by bad weather! A low-pressure system in the Tasman Sea and a high-pressure system in the Great Australian Bight generated strong southerly winds overnight. The hardy contingent of international visitors dispelled any notion of canceling this trip. It was a case of donning the waterproof gear and hanging on tightly.. AGAIN!
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    Published on 29-09-2002 09:44 PM

    Report prepared by: P.J. Milburn.

    Departed: 07:30 returned at approx. 13:00.
    Sea conditions: SW 2.0 to 2.5m offshore.
    Swell: S 2.0 to 3.0m offshore.
    Weather: Sunshine with patches of high cloud.
    Temperature range: 15.0 to 22.0C.
    Barometric pressure: 1015 HPa rising.
    Wind: SW 20 to 25kts.
    Sea surface temperature: 15.8 to 17.4C.
    Primary chumming location: North of Bass Point!!
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    Published on 28-09-2002 09:42 PM

    Report prepared by: P.J. Milburn.

    Departed: 07:20 returned at approx. 15:00.
    Sea conditions: Calm at first to W 2.0 to 2.5m on our return trip.
    Swell: to 0.5m SE.
    Weather: Bright sunshine.
    Temperature range: 16.0 to 22.0C.
    Barometric pressure: 1015 HPa rising.
    Wind: Calm at first, SSW 15kts during the morning, and W 20 to 40kts gusts in the afternoon.
    Sea surface temperature: 16.8 to 18.0C.
    Primary chumming location: 34 36S : 151 14E.
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    Published on 27-07-2002 09:33 PM

    Report prepared by: P.J. Milburn.

    Departed: 07:15 returned at approx. 16:00 EST.
    Sea conditions: Calm.
    Swell: S to 3m offshore.
    Weather: Brilliant winter sunshine.
    Temperature range: 11.8 to 20.2C.
    Barometric pressure: 1026 HPa, steady.
    Wind: calm to 5 kts NW in the afternoon.
    Sea surface temperature: 18.0 to 21.1C.
    Primary chumming locations: S 34 32 E 151 20, S 34 32 E 151 24.
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    Published on 21-07-2002 09:31 PM

    Report prepared by: P.J. Milburn.

    Departed: 08:30 returned at approx. 17:30 EST.
    Sea conditions: to 1.0 to 2.0m S.
    Swell: S 1.5 to 2m offshore.
    Weather: Heavily overcast at first clearing through the day to brilliant winter sunshine.
    Temperature range: 10.1 to 17.0C.
    Barometric pressure: 1025 HPa, steady.
    Wind: S 10 knots at first, rising to 15 to 20 kts in the afternoon.
    Sea surface temperature: 16.3 to 19.5C.

    Primary chumming location: S 34 39 E 151 09.
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    Published on 08-07-2002 09:30 PM

    Report prepared by: P.J. Milburn.

    Departed: 08:00 returned at approx. 16:30.
    Sea conditions: to 1.0m WNW.
    Swell: S 1 to 2m offshore.
    Weather: Sunshine throughout the day.
    Temperature range: 13.7 to 19.1C.
    Barometric pressure: 1021 HPa, rising.
    Wind: WNW 15 at first, dropping to less than 5kts variable in the afternoon.
    Sea surface temperature: 15.8 to 19.2C.

    Primary chumming locations: S 34 29 E 151 10, 34 30 E 151 22.
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    Published on 23-06-2002 09:28 PM

    Report prepared by: P.J. Milburn.

    Departed: 07:30 returned at approx. 16:30.
    Sea conditions: 1.5 to 2.0m S.
    Swell: S to 2m offshore.
    Weather: Partly overcast with substantial sunny periods.
    Temperature range: 16.5 to 18.0C.
    Barometric pressure: 1024 HPa.
    Wind: WSW 10 at first, veering to S 15 kts briefly before dropping to less than 5kts variable in the afternoon.
    Sea surface temperature: 16.9 to 17.9C.
    Primary chumming location: S 34 34 E 151 23.
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    Published on 22-06-2002 09:27 PM

    Report prepared by: P.J. Milburn.

    Departed: 07:30 returned at approx. 16:15.
    Sea conditions: 1.0 to 2.0m WSW to SW later.
    Swell: S to 2.0m offshore.
    Weather: Sunny with cloudless skies all day.
    Temperature range: 12.2 to 14.7C.
    Barometric pressure: 1018 HPa rising.
    Wind: SSW 10 kts WSW at first, rising to 15 kts SW later.
    Sea surface temperature: 17.2 to 17.8C.
    Primary chumming locations: S 34 32 E 151 20, S 34 32 151 22.
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    Published on 25-05-2002 09:25 PM

    Report prepared by: P.J. Milburn

    Departed: 07:20 returned at approx. 16:30.
    Sea conditions: 1.5 to 2.0m S.
    Swell: S 2 to 3m.
    Weather: Mostly overcast with occasional showers but also substantial sunny periods.
    Temperature range: 15.8 to 19.3C.
    Barometric pressure: 1024 HPa rising.
    Wind: SSW 10 to 15 kts at first, rising to 15 to 20 kts, veering to SSE 15 kts later.
    Sea surface temperature: 18.6 to 19.4C.
    Primary chumming location: S 34 37 E 151 11.
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    Published on 28-04-2002 09:24 PM

    Report prepared by: P.J. Milburn.

    Departed: 07:20 returned at approx. 16:30.
    Sea conditions: 1.0 to 1.5m S at first rising to 1.5 to 2.0m S at times during the day.
    Swell: S 2 to 3m at times.
    Weather: Mostly overcast with occasional showers but also substantial sunny periods.
    Temperature range: 16.1 to 20.5C.
    Barometric pressure: 1025 HPa rising.
    Wind: S 10 kts at first, rising to S 18 kts, dropping to light breezes, followed by SW 10 to 15 kts later.
    Sea surface temperature: 21.9 to 23.2C.
    Primary chumming location: S 34 42 E 151 18.
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    Published on 23-03-2002 09:23 PM

    Report prepared by: P.J. Milburn.

    Departed: 07:15 returned at approx. 16:30.
    Sea conditions: 1.0m NE at first rising to 2.0m NE at times during the day.
    Swell: NE 1 to 2m.
    Weather: Mostly overcast but with substantial sunny periods.
    Temperature range: 23.5 to 24.5C.
    Barometric pressure: 1027 HPa.
    Wind: NE 10 kts at first, rising to NE 15 kts at times during the day.
    Sea surface temperature: 23.1 to 23.8C.
    Primary chumming locations: S 34 29' - E 151 19', 34 28' - 151 26'.
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    Published on 23-02-2002 09:21 PM

    Report prepared by: P.J. Milburn.

    Departed: 07:15 returned at approx. 17:15.

    Sea conditions: NE to 0.5m at first and to 1.0m NE during the day.
    Swell: SE 1.5 to 2m.
    Weather: Mostly overcast in the morning but clearing to a sunny afternoon.
    Temperature range: 23.5 to 24.3C.
    Barometric pressure: 1020 HPa rising.
    Wind: E 5kts at first, rising to NE 10 kts at times during the day.
    Sea surface temperature: 23.5 to 26.1C.
    Primary chumming locations: S 34 27' - E 151 16', 34 31' - 151 24'.
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    Published on 26-01-2002 09:19 PM

    Report prepared by: P.J. Milburn.

    Departed: 07:15 returned at approx. 16:30.
    Sea conditions: NE to 0.5m at first and to 1.0m NE during the day.
    Swell: E 2 to 3m.
    Weather: Mostly sunny but overcast at first.
    Temperature range: 23.5 to 27.5C.
    Barometric pressure: 1010 HPa falling.
    Wind: E 5kts at first, rising to NE 10 at times during the day.
    Sea surface temperature: 23.5 to 24.3C.
    Primary chumming location: S 34 28' - E 151 18'.
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