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As at Monday April 19, 2010


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OFFSHORE: The weather wasn't very kind to the offshore boys this week with moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot+) variable southerlies and a 1.5 to 2m swell making life difficult, even for the diehards. Having said that, there were a few stout souls who were prepared to brave the elements. Noosa Blue Water Charters ventured to North Reef on Friday and Sunday but conditions were pretty ordinary for an average catch of squire, moses perch, pearl perch, sweetlip, and venus tusk fish.
Northern Bluefin Tuna
Most anglers, however, stuck to the relative shelter of Laguna Bay and quite a few were pleasantly surprised with the level of pelagic activity not too far from home. Local yak angler Ian Tagg (above) paddled out to Jew Shoal on Saturday morning and endured the fairly lumpy conditions long enough to troll up a couple of northern bluefin tuna (top weight 9kg) on a 4" Mad Mullet lure. He was using a 6kg-8kg Silstar Powertip rod, a Shimano Symetre 4000 reel, 12lb braid and 60lb trace.
Spanish Mackerel
And John Kinloch (above) found Sunshine Reef too blustery on Friday so reluctantly headed for home. Fortunately for him he decided to stop off at Hall's Reef on the way back in and, floating out large whole slimey mackerel baits on 4 x 7/0 hooks, attracted the attention of two Spanish mackerel, the 23.5kg specimen he's pictured with being the standout.
Spotted Mackerel
Spotted mackerel were active along the Hall's Reef stretch, beyond the shark nets, at Jew Shoal (as were Spaniards) and around the drum lines. Shane Lacina (above) got his 2.6kg fish 'in the bay' on Friday with a floated whole pilchard bait.
Spotted Mackerel
While this morning, John Burns from Kin Kin (above) paddled out to the drum lines trolling a River2Sea Arrow Squid lure behind his fishing kayak and, despite the wind and slop, trolled up two spotted mackerel in the 2.5kg to 3kg range.

ONSHORE: There were plenty of whiting on the bite over on the North Shore this week with particularly good results coming from the surf gutters about 5km's north of Teewah (along with bream and tarwhine) and from the stretch from 'Freshwater' to Double Island Point, where elbow slappers to 650gms were reported. Tailor (to 2kg) were also worth targeting at the river mouth end of Teewah Beach and, on metal slug lures, off the middle rock groyne on Main Beach. Further over, whiting were biting in good numbers at Little Cove and, over the hill, at the northern end of Sunshine Beach. Marcus Beach was the spot for bream and, in the windy conditions they generally seem to favour, some quality dart.
Lower Estuary
In the estuary, quality tailor and the odd flathead were responding to live fish baits and prawns plus soft plastic prawn lures and surface poppers down towards the river mouth. The runout tide worked best for those species and for whiting which came on the bite around the bottom of the runout. Gaye Rostron from Noosa Heads (below) was fishing there with fresh prawns around dusk last night when the 500gm (40cm) specimen she's posing with came to the party.
Whiting
Tailor and trevally were still worth targeting in the Woods Bays although the action was considerably more subdued than recent weeks. Bream and flathead were also active in 'The Bays' as William Lillecrapp (below) found when he caught this 2.1kg 'Lizard' there around lunchtime on Sunday. William tempted this quality fish with a Gold Bomber hard body lure.
Flathead Apart from that, golden trevally and the odd mangrove jack (to 2kg) were on the bite up around Tewantin.

Attention young anglers; There will be a 'Youth Fish' fishing competition held during this year's 'RIVERFEST'!

The event will be held on the weekend of the 15th and 16th of May and there are lots of prizes to be won.

CLICK HERE to download an entry form, then drop off your completed form to.... Davo's Compleat Angler.


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