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As at Monday April 5, 2010


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OFFSHORE: The Easter long weekend turned out to be a bit of a fizzer as far as the offshore brigade was concerned with moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot) winds making life a tad uncomfortable from Saturday onwards. Conditions were quite fishable up to and including Good Friday, however, and those who got out while the going was good were well rewarded.
Spotted Mackerel
Laguna Bay was well worth the effort with big tuna working the bait schools, especially as the week drew to a close. Rob James from Cooroy (above) trolled around Jew Shoal on Thursday morning with a squid skirted pilchard troll bait and apart from a few mackerel tuna, hooked and landed the 5kg (est) spotted mackerel he's pictured with. He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre 8kg to 15kg rod and a Shimano TLD20 overhead reel loaded with 65 pound whiplash braid.
Northern Bluefin Tuna
And on Friday morning, John Burns from Kin Kin (above) was paddling the 'Shoal' on his little Mission 'Flow' kayak when his gold/speckled Rapala X-Rap, 12cm hard body lure was slammed by the 9kg northern bluefin tuna he's posing with.
Sunshine Reef continued to be a good option, especially for the smaller boats, producing Spanish mackerel and spotted mackerel plus, before the winds got too blustery this morning, venus tusk fish, sweetlip, pearl perch and moses perch.
Wahoo
Along the middle reef belt, Chardon's Reef was again the spot for quality Spaniards on trolled lures and floated pilchards while over on North Reef the standouts were squire, sweetlip, venus tusk fish and moses perch, and a little wider out; the odd catch and release marlin, heaps of mackerel tuna and, as you can see by the photo above, quality wahoo. Ken Baxter was on an overnight charter with Noosa Blue Water Charters on Tuesday which, on the way home from Double Island Point on Wednesday, trolled up a couple of wahoo wide of 'North' with Ken's 14kg specimen being the top weight.
Spangled Emperor
And during the aforementioned overnighter at 'D. I.' the Cougar One boys got their clients on to morwong, hussar, Maori cod, red emperor, venus tusk fish, moses perch, samson fish and, as per the photo above, quality spangled emperor. NBWC owner Alex Pollet (above) was persuaded to pose with this 5.5kg specimen just before it was filleted and bagged.

ONSHORE: The North Shore coastal stretch was chokka block with campers but for one reason or another there weren't a lot of reports (at this stage) from that area. What feedback we got, though, was of bream, dart, the odd trevally and quite a few quality whiting feeding in excellent high tide gutters, especially up around Teewah. Fletcher Harry and Dan Pertot (below) were up there on Friday and, using live beach worms as their draw card, came back with dart and whiting to 400gm. On the east side, the only reports of note were of dart and whiting on the bite from Sunrise to Marcus Beach.
Dart and Whiting
In the estuary, flathead were active up around the Noosa Marina (as were trevally and bream), near the Boathouse restaurant on soft plastics (as were bream) and down at the river mouth where pilchard baits got most of the action.
Further down, whiting were biting on live beach worms at the Gympie Tce boat ramp
and on poppers in the Frying Pan.
Mangrove Jack
Apart from that, Trevally were on the bite along the stretch from T-Boats to Munna Point (going for surface poppers and prawn baits) and in the Woods Bays where tailor and, as you can see by the photo above, mangrove jacks were also on the prowl. Brisbane angler Peter Warner (above) was fishing there around 3am on Friday morning when his Lucky Craft surface walker lure was monstered by the 2kg 'Jack' he's pictured with. For the crab aficionados the muddies were in numbers in Lake Cooroibah, near the Tewantin car ferry crossing and (of good size and numbers) in Weyba Creek.
On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam bass were chasing spinnerbaits in the upper reaches of the Kingham and Yabba Arms and going for Jackalls along the weed edges. Lake MacDonald has started to pick up a little after topping out with bass active along the Bubble Trail, Three Ways and off the weed edges around Bass Bay and the Pump House. The lures that have been getting best results there were Little Max Blades and the new Berkley MF50's.

By the way, the latest aerial photo of the Noosa River bar crossing has now been posted. CLICK HERE to view.


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