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As at Monday August 8, 2011


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OFFSHORE: There were definitely no complaints from the offshore brigade this week with a nominal 1.2m to 1.5m swell and light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) winds setting the scene for some eminently fishable conditions on the local reefs.
It was a bit cool earlier in the week, when the south easterly winds dominated, but from Friday onwards the variable northerlies brought an early touch of summer with them as the temperatures jumped a few notches on the Celsius chart.
The only negative was the river bar crossing which turned a little bit gnarley over the weekend, catching a few boaties by surprise.
The swell on the bar wasn't all that big, but at times it was a bit messy, and a few unexpected standups produced the odd heart stopper.
The video clip on the right shows the odd boaty getting his teeth rattled, although nothing really too serious.
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The wider reefs were well and truly on the agenda this week. Double Island Point was worth the fuel, producing Maori cod, pearl perch and quality snapper. Andrew and Scott, below, boated these 6kg+ fish there on Saturday's Trekka 2 charter.
Snapper
And on the same full day charter, Justin and Brendon (below left) weren't all that far behind with these 5kg specimens.
Snapper Snapper
The Barwon Banks was the spot for snapper, hussar and amberjack while at The Hards the catch was morwong, teraglin jewfish, gold spot wrasse, pearl perch, moses perch, venus tusk fish, hussar, snapper and Maori cod. Blake Stathan from Anna Bay in New South Wales (above right) boated a 4kg snapper while out there on a Cougar One charter on Tuesday.
Maori Cod
While on the same full day trip, Trent Giunnelli, Melbourne (above) boated a 4kg Maori cod using squid/pilchard combo.
Mulloway or Jewfish
North Reef was again very popular, yielding some good catches of snapper, sweetlip, hussar, gold spot wrasse, scarlet sea perch, teraglin jewfish, tuna, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, cobia and mulloway. Tim French, above, fished there on Friday morning and apart from snapper to 3kg, a 6kg cobia and a 13kg longtail tuna, hooked and landed a 10kg jewfish.
Cobia and Mackerel Tuna Mulloway or Jewfish
Chris Walter and Gary Norris (above left) from the Noosa Boat Fishing Club spent last Monday afternoon at North Reef, and while they found the going a bit tough, our dynamic duo still managed to boat a 6kg mackerel tuna and a 9kg+ cobia.
Sunshine Reef was on the improve with reports of sweetlip being well spread, plus snapper, cobia and quality jewfish on the bite. Local angler Joel Imberger, above right, did a late afternoon session there on Saturday and popped into Davo's with his standout fish, a 15.3kg mulloway. Laguna Bay was quiet, with just the odd northern bluefin tuna on the prowl.

ONSHORE: Apart from the odd whiting and dart, most of the action along the North Shore coastal beach stretch this week came from the tailor which were in good numbers down towards the river mouth, opposite the two cuttings and just north of Teewah. Black Magic 'Snapper Catchers' were working well in the surf for this species so check with the boys at Davo's on how best to rig them. Across the bay, Dolphin Point on the National Park headland produced squire, sweetlip and the odd jewfish. Further south, the northern end of Sunshine Beach was the spot for quality bream, Sunrise Beach had whiting, dart and flathead, Castaways was the spot for chopper tailor and at north Peregian it was whiting and bream.
Whiting
In the estuary, bream, flathead, trevally, whiting and tailor were active at the river mouth and around the Frying Pan. Molly, Hayley and Sophie (above) fished the 'Pan' with yabby baits on Saturday afternoon and all laid claim the 450gm whiting they're pictured with. With whiting Fish of the Week they're also in with a chance to win $25.00 from Davo's, so good luck girls. The bigger tailor were on the prowl down at the river mouth after dark as Ezy Kelly (below) discovered around 6.30pm on Saturday night. Ezy was floating out live fish baits about half an hour before low tide when his rig was hit by the 4kg 'Greenback' he's pictured with. He did well to bring the fish in as he was only using 6lb line and 12lb mono trace.
Greenback Tailor
The luderick activity improved a little down at river mouth car park rocks over the weekend with best results coming from a mystic mix of Bondi and Yamba 'weed' and Coolum 'cabbage'. Adam, below left, was on a bit of a run down there in the last two hours of the incoming tide on Saturday, but graciously paused long enough for a photo of one of his captures.
Luderick Flathead
Noosa River Fishing Safaris worked the Woods Bays for tailor and trevally on surface poppers and soft plastics, tarpon on fly, and flathead and bream on fresh baits. The 72cm 'Lizard' pictured above was caught and released in the outer Woods Bay on a NRFS charter on Wednesday afternoon. The NRFS team also boated quality bream around the back of Noosa Sound and, together with flathead and school jewfish (on slow worked soft plastics and sinking hard bodies) around the Noosa Marina and along the first ski run at Tewantin. Last but not least, trevally and tailor were responding well to surface poppers, soft plastics and hard bodied lures around the Munna Point Bridge at dawn and dusk.

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