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As at Monday April 6, 2009

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Muddy water runoff at the river mouth bar
OFFSHORE:
The offshore scene was still on the ordinary side with rain laden, 20 to 25 knot south easterlies hammering the coast earlier in the week before finally (and thankfully) dropping back closer to the 15 knot mark over the weekend.
Is it a 'Jack' mutation  or some other species?
A few boaties took advantage of the odd brief lull in the blustery conditions but few ventured beyond the rather dubious shelter of Laguna Bay. Having said that, there's always someone prepared to push the envelope, which is what Sean 'Snapper' White (left in above photo) and his mates did when they targeted Sunshine Reef last Tuesday and Wednesday. The guys commented that the bar crossing and the 3 metre swell on Sunshine Reef made conditions a tad marginal but, as the fish were well and truly on the chew, they stuck it out long enough to boat a healthy number of parrot fish, some quality sweetlip and a couple of coral trout that tipped the scales at 6kg and 7kg. In addition to that they landed what they first thought was a mangrove jack (pictured) but on closer inspection decided, because of the 'barra' shaped head and slightly different teeth array, that it was either a mutant or some other species of reefie not usually seen in these waters.

Head profile Closer look at those teeth

Anyone who thinks they can identify the above fish are welcome to email their thoughts to: davosqld@ozemail.com.au.

ONSHORE: Heavy rain, blustery winds, a savage shore dump and strong sweep were more than ample deterrents for all but the absolute die-hard surf anglers this week. The only coastal beach reports, in fact, were from the North Shore where the waters north of Teewah produced some quality dart and tarwhine in very rough, at times almost impossible conditions.
Fishing the murk line down at the river mouth
The estuary didn't fair all that well this week either with the fresh water deluge further up river resulting in an inundation of Breammurky, muddy water throughout the system.
Before the fresh water impacted too severely, bream were on the bite in the stretch between the lakes and, as local angler Hank King (right) discovered on Tuesday night, the waters around the Noosa Marina at Tewantin.
Using flesh baits, Hank landed a number of smaller fish before reeling in the 800gm keeper he's pictured with.
Trevally and flathead were active down towards the river mouth while in the Woods Bays, John the 'River Rat', below, scored big time (again) when his live whiting bait was taken by the 6kg barramundi he's posing with. John featured on our fishing report a couple of weeks ago when he boated a 7.5kg 'Barra' in pretty much the same spot so he obviously knows something we don't. He was armed with a Shakespeare Ugly Stik loaded with 20lb line.
Barramundi
On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam bass were going for Blades and Jackalls around the major points of the main basin while smallish saratoga were responding to beetle spins and spinnerbaits around the lilies and spindly sticks near the steeper rocky banks of the Yabba Arm. The bigger 'Toga' (to 75cm) were found in the bays leading into the timber on both sides of the dam. The lures that worked best there were surface poppers, spinnerbaits and MegaBass Anthrax.



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