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As at Monday February 4, 2013
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OFFSHORE: With the swell and sloppy conditions on the bar presenting a serious challenge to all but the bigger boats there wasn't a lot of activity on the local reefs this week. The winds, though variable, were mostly light to moderate and those who ventured out reported that the long, rolling 2m swell was quite manageable. Cougar One targeted North Reef earlier in the week but found the current running hard and got best results on the drift. The bulk of the catch there was teraglin jewfish and small cobia. Sunshine Reef was hard work with the reef fish activity almost nonexistent and black tip reef sharks in numbers.
Today's 15 to 25 knot south easterlies shut the offshore gate temporarily but the upside was that the overnight southerlies flattened the swell on the bar.
The January 2013 Bar Crossing Safety Award
When you next cross over the Noosa Bar, remember to wear your pfd and fasten it properly. It's not only mandatory for all vessels under 4.8 metres, there's a chance you could win the $100.00 monthly prize if you're photographed doing the right thing! The January 2013 Bar Crossing Safety Award goes to the owner of the boat, registration number; SV911Q. The prize consists of a $50.00 gift voucher from Davo's Compleat Angler and a $50.00 gift voucher from Ray Scholes Marine. The Coast Guard also recommends you radio in before and after crossing the bar, give your destination and an estimated return time. So, if you're the owner of the boat pictured above, call 5449 8099 or pop into Davo's to claim your prize. You have until the end of February 2013 to do so.
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ONSHORE: Even though there was a lot of fresh in the system and the water was a dark chocolate colour there were still a surprising number of species active, especially in the lower reaches. Catfish, of course, were everywhere but so were the grunter bream, mud crabs and prawns, which was a good thing. Another plus was that the bread and butter species were still in good numbers with the river mouth producing flathead, bream, trevally and whiting. Raphael Masters and Marcus Michelson from Sydney (below) fished the river mouth and Weyba Creek on Tuesday with Noosa River Fishing Safaris and during the morning charter, caught and (after a few trophy pix) released the two quality 1kg+ lizards they're pictured with. Both fish went for whole floated whitebaits.
Flathead
And on yesterday morning's NRFS charter to the river mouth, Cailan Burchmann from Brisbane (below left) tempted his 1kg (est) trevally with a whole prawn.
Trevally Estuary Cod
Sections of the lower estuary (like the back of Noosa Sound and the Woods Bays) which tend to be less effected by the fresh water run-off were certainly worth targeting. The inner Woods Bay was a hive of activity at night with barramundi making short work of light tackle, lots of shovel nose rays (more so in the outer bay) going for mullet fillets, mangrove jacks, plus small trevally and flathead responding to Gladiator Prawn lures. Estuary cod were also out in numbers. Joel Greig (above right) caught and released a 5kg (est) cod in the inner Woods Bay on Friday night. He was drifting mullet fillet baits at the time.
Mangrove Jack
The back of Noosa Sound produced a few tarpon around first light and mangrove jacks after dark. Greg Massey (above) worked the Woods Bays and the Sound on Wednesday night and came back with two mangrove jacks. His standout, pictured, tipped the scales at 2kg. Both were taken on live fish baits.
Bream
Bream were active as far up river as Tewantin, more so around the top of the tide. Mitchell and Chelsea Santoro (above) fished the banks at Munna Beach around lunchtime on Saturday and caught three keeper yellowfins (to 28cm) using live beach worms as their draw card. They made a huge effort at Davo's to get their pose and their smile just right and were deemed to be the most worthy contenders to take out this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
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Davo's Compleat Angler and Australian Fishing Online will be staging this year's 2013 Summer Classic fishing competition here in Noosa. Competition starts Friday, February 22 and finishes Sunday, February 24, 2013. Entry fee is $20.00. It's designed to be both fun and social but will also have some good competitive options for the more serious anglers. You can register online or simply turn up on the day. For more details, contact Davo's or CLICK HERE.
Summer Classic 2013   1st Place Prize:
Damiki/Pontoon 21 Prize Pack (RRP $175.00) and Nordic Stage Jaeger or Gunslinger ($280.00). Total RRP = $455.00

2nd Place Prize:
Damiki/Pontoon 21 Prize Pack (RRP $140.00) and Nordic Stage Jaeger or Gunslinger ($280.00). Total RRP = $420.00

3rd Place Prize:
Damiki/Pontoon 21 Prize Pack (RRP $100.00) and Nordic Stage Jaeger or Gunslinger ($280.00). Total RRP = $380.00

There will also be five Lucky Door Prize draws, each one a $100.00 gift voucher, courtesy of Davo's Compleat Angler.
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