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As at Monday April 16, 2012
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OFFSHORE: As you can see by the photos above, the bar crossing was quite straight forward this week as long as you were patient, especially three hours either side of high tide. And although fresh to strong 18 to 25 knot south easterlies dominated earlier in the week there were still tuna and mackerel to be had as long as you were happy to work in the shelter of Laguna Bay. The Hall's Reef stretch, the shark net line and out around Jew Shoal were all good options.
Mahi Mahi
Conditions, fortunately, improved as the weekend progressed with Sunday and today providing the best opportunities for those anglers keen to fish the more exposed reefs. Noosa Blue Water Charters did a run to North Reef yesterday and came back with snapper, pearl perch, moses perch, teraglin jewfish and mahi mahi or dolphin fish. Steven Holmes from Tewantin, above, is pictured with a nice 5kg 'dolly' he boated during the three quarter day charter while Brian Carter from Nambour and Jase Nankervis from Stradbroke Island (below left) were both more than happy with the 4kg fish they tempted with live yakka baits.
Mahi Mahi Coral Trout
Chardon's Reef wasn't exactly firing although those anglers who persisted reported modest catches of average size Maori cod, greasy cod, venus tusk fish and pearl perch. Closer in, Sunshine Reef was a much better prospect, producing jewfish, venus tusk fish, parrot fish, moses perch, pearl perch, sweetlip, lots of undersize red emperor and plenty of keeper size coral trout. John Rodgers from Melbourne, above right, fished Sunshine last Monday afternoon with local legend Chicko Vella and boated a 3kg and a 4kg coral trout on pilchard baits. Considering John had never caught a trout before, it was a great effort.
Coral Trout
Fishing Offshore Noosa worked Sunshine Reef a couple of times this week with some pretty colourful results. Josh Stewart from Tewantin and Ray Burns from Wellington, New Zealand (above), were out there on yesterday's half day Trekka 2 charter when the trout came on the bite and were pretty happy with the 2kg and 2.5kg fish they boated. And on the same morning charter, Alex Marsh from Kelvin Grove (below left) boated a 6kg cobia or black kingfish.
Cobia Parrot Fish
And ten year old Sandy Garraway from Brisbane (above right) nailed a 2kg+ blue-barred parrot fish on a Trekka 2 charter to Sunshine on Tuesday morning.
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Well, this is the news you've all been keenly waiting for. The inaugural Noosa 'River to Reef' Family Fishing Classic will be held on the first weekend of June, 2012.
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The Noosa River to Reef Family Fishing Classic
FAMILY FISHING CLASSIC
The competition will be run in conjunction with the ever popular Noosa Riverfest and will now have an adult angler section. A number of offshore species will also be introduced.
Click on the links to view or download: THE ENTRY FORM  or  THE COMPETITION RULES
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ONSHORE: There was no area specific feedback from the North Shore coastal beach stretch this week. Whiting and dart were pretty much the only two species mentioned and, while there were no standouts reported, they were apparently well spread. A little more encouraging was the news that tailor to 3kg and legal size jewfish were active along the river mouth side of the rock groyne around dawn and dusk. On the east side, chopper tailor and dart were on the bite at the northern end (rocks) of Sunshine Beach and North Peregian Beach while at low tide, Marcus Beach was the spot for bream, tarwhine and whiting.
Flathead
With less boat traffic and clearer waters the estuary fished well this week. Flathead and bream were on the bite in the Frying Pan, down at the river mouth, throughout Weyba Creek and (together with chopper tailor, trevally and mangrove jacks) around the Noosa Marina and along the first ski run at Tewantin.
Ricky, above, pushed his luck to the limit by fishing the mouth on Friday the 13th. He came up trumps, however, when this 2kg lizard took his pilchard bait.
Bream Flathead
Noosa River Fishing Safaris were as busy as a bull shark in a bait school this week. Thomas and Joe Simpson from Brisbane (above left) fished Weyba Creek with them on Tuesday and gave the thumbs up to the 30cm bream they tempted with a white bait. And Ben Grandison, above right, went out with them on Black Friday. Ben was working the pylons of the upper Weyba Creek bridge with a live herring bait when it was taken by this hungry 63cm flathead.
Whiting
Trevally were starting to boil in the Woods Bays as the week drew to a close and mangrove jacks were on the prowl in lower Weyba Creek and, along with whiting and the odd flathead and bream, around the back of Noosa Sound. Mieke Healy (above) was fishing the Sound yesterday afternoon with her dad when her live worm bait was taken by the 38cm whiting she's pictured with. Better still, her fish also won her the $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
Mangrove Jack Trevally
Whiting and bream were also biting around the Munna Flats area and up along the Gympie Terrace jetty stretch, while the odd mangrove jack was on the chew at the second ski run at Tewantin. Josh Collins (above left) got a few tips from Bob Jeynes at Davo's and put them to good use on Thursday night when he managed his first ever jack (which tipped the scales at 1.8kg cleaned) with a well placed mullet fillet bait. And in that same area, twelve year old Skylar Bartolo (above right) boated a 52cm trevally (and a few others to 35cm) while fishing the top of the tide with live herring baits and a Gold Bomber lure.
On the freshwater scene, tarpon and small bass were responding well to cast hardbodied lures and soft plastics in the snaggy waters of Kin Kin Creek.
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