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As at Monday February 14, 2011


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OFFSHORE: Although moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot+) south easterlies dominated earlier the week it was all go from Friday onwards with light to moderate winds and a nominal 1.2m-1.5m swell setting the scene for a long fishing weekend.
The Barwon Banks were quite accessible and those anglers who went the distance reported quite reasonable catches of amberjack and snapper plus quality pearl perch and venus tusk fish. Closer in, Chardon's Reef produced squire, pearl perch, teraglin jewfish, venus tusk fish and moses perch, as did North Reef but with the added bonus there of Spanish mackerel, Maori cod, sweetlip, spangled emperor, scarlet sea perch, morwong, yellowfin tuna and bluefin tuna.
Spanish Mackerel
Sunshine Reef was still the most popular destination and although it was a bit lumpy at times, it proved to be well worth the effort, especially for species such as spotted mackerel, snapper, coral trout (in good numbers), Maori cod, sweetlip, moses perch, spangled emperor and, as you can see by the accompanying photos, quite a few Spanish mackerel.
Standout fish of the week went to Hayden Stintman (above) with the monster 28kg (cleaned) Spaniard he caught at Sunshine Reef yesterday morning. Hayden was just about to give up and head for home when his trolled Halco Laser Pro 7m+ deep diving 'Pilchard' lure was hit hard by the quality fish he's just managing to hold for the camera. Well done mate.
Spanish Mackerel
John Ho from the Noosa Garden Chinese Restaurant (above) did well to hold young Anthony Chan and the 9kg Spanish mackerel he boated at Sunshine Reef on Friday morning while out on Trekka 2. Karen and Kelvin Chan (below) and their parents were on a family group charter with John and were delighted to pose with the Maori cod and sweetlip they boated.
Maori Cod and Sweetlip
And on Saturday morning Billybob Watson (below) motored out to 'Sunshine' on his Zego Sports Boat for a quick troll and, after losing a lightly hooked 12kg Spaniard near the boat, settled for a 6.5kg fish which went for a 'Blue Pilly' lure.
Spanish Mackerel
There was plenty of bird activity around Jew Shoal in Laguna Bay with mack and yellowfin tuna hitting on the bait schools.


Please Note: An interim snapper closure is in place from February 15, 2011 to March 31, 2011. Snapper, pearl perch and teraglin jewfish cannot be taken in any Queensland east coast waters during this six week period.
Spanish Mackerel
Spanish MackerelONSHORE:
The coastal beaches were fairly quiet. On the North Shore most of the activity came from the beach gutters north of Teewah where dart, whiting, the odd chopper tailor and a few quality bream were on the bite.

Over on the east side the only reports were from Castaways and Marcus beaches where dart (in numbers), bream and small (just legal) whiting were active.

In the estuary, bream and flathead were in good numbers from Lake Cooroibah to Munna Beach and, as you can see by the photo on the right, around the mouth of Weyba Creek.

Peter Deffurn was working that part of Noosa Sound on Thursday when his live yabby bait was taken by the 1.5kg 'Lizard' he's pictured with.

And at the Munna Point Bridge on Friday night, Tewantin angler Ezy Kelly (below) landed a few small tailor and bream plus the two nice 1.7kg and 2.4kg mangrove jacks he's pictured with. He was using live garfish and biddies as his draw card.

Trevally were responding well to surface poppers around dawn and dusk in the Woods Bays while at night, mangrove jacks were going for the ever faithful Gladiator 'Slim Jim' lures.
Spanish Mackerel


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