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As at Monday August 15, 2011


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Out over the bar.
OFFSHORE: There were a few rough days in amongst the gems but all in all the offshore scene was quite fishable most of the week. A couple of days of warm, blustery northerlies, then mostly light to moderate variable southerlies. Friday's 20 to 25 knot south westerlies were the worst of it, with the swell being fairly modest and the bar crossing a bit of a doddle.
Snapper
The wider reefs were again on the cards this week. Noosa Blue Water Charters fished the Barwon Banks on Thursday and came back with yellowfin tuna, moses perch, venus tusk fish, pearl perch and snapper to 5kg.
Scott Robertson and Peter Waters (above) were two very happy anglers who got into the 'Knobbies' on that full day trip while on the same charter, Jock Walker (below), a regular on Cougar One, hooked and landed a 7kg yellowfin tuna.
Yellowfin Tuna
Fishing Offshore Noosa did a run to Double Island Point on Sunday and during the full day charter they boated the usual bin fillers, plus snapper and scarlet sea perch like the 3kg fish that Matty Warne from Bli Bli (below left) is pictured with.
Scarlet Sea Perch Cobia or Black Kingfish
Closer to home, the Coffees produced sweetlip, scarlet sea perch and a few quality pearl perch while at North Reef the standouts were snapper, teraglin jewfish, moses perch, Maori cod, cobia, northern bluefin tuna, mulloway, venus tusk fish and, as per the photo below, the odd quality sweetlip. Local lad Jackson Norris picked up this 4kg 'lipper' while out there on a half day Cougar One charter yesterday afternoon. Sunshine Reef was still relatively quiet and at times patchy but still managed to reward the faithful with modest catches of sweetlip, pearl perch, moses perch, coral trout and cobia. Andrew McCarthy (above right) fished there on Thursday and apart from sweetlip, boated these 10kg and 10.5kg cobia.
Sweetlip
There were also unconfirmed reports of mack tuna and longtail tuna schooling and busting up not too far out from the bar.

Fishing down at the river mouth today.
ONSHORE: Conditions on the coastal surf beaches were as good as they get, especially over the weekend. The North Shore was a bit patchy, but for those who could pick the gutters, there were chopper tailor to be had down towards the river mouth after dark and, along with quality dart and whiting, just north of Teewah township. Apart from that, the waters opposite the second and third cuttings produced flathead, bream and dart. Across the bay, the National Park headland was the spot for bream and mangrove jack. Ben Lucas, below, fished there on Thursday morning and came back with a 1.15kg bream and a 1.4kg 'Jack'. Further south, north Sunshine Beach yielded bream to 1.3kg and jewfish to 6.5kg after dark. Last but not least, Sunrise Beach had some excellent gutters which produced quality tarwhine, whiting and dart.
Mangrove Jack and Bream
In the estuary, flathead, bream and whiting were in good numbers around the Frying Pan and, together with trevally, down towards the river mouth on the run-in tide. Jarrod Davis, below left, caught this 1.5kg cale cale trevally down at the mouth last Monday afternoon. Further up, the Woods Bays produced trevally and tailor on surface lures around first light while in Weyba Creek, flathead, bream and whiting responded well to drifted baits. Lucy Olsen from Dulwich, London (below right) boated a 48cm flathead in Weyba Creek while on a Noosa River Fishing Safaris charter last Friday morning.
Trevally Flathead
Flathead were also active along the Gympie Terrace stretch and all the way through to the first ski run area at Tewantin. School jewfish and trevally were also on the bite in the deeper waters of the first ski run and around Make Peace Island. Russ and Zenita, below, fished that area on Friday and were very pleased with the 2.5kg and a 4.5kg GT's they boated.
Trevally
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald bass were responding well to live shrimp, blades and Ice Jigs along the Bubble Trail, at Weedy Point and around Three Ways. At Borumba Dam the bass were schooling up at the 2nd yellow buoy while the saratoga were active in the warmth of the north facing bays and the corners of the Yabba Arm.

The video clip on the right?


This is footage from a day at Borumba Dam, just outside Imbil, with Mark Pertot from Davo's Compleat Angler.


This video was made before Mark left Noosa to live and work around Cairns and Weipa.


As you'll see, Borumba is a great spot for a fish, or to spend a bit of quality time with the family.
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