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As at Monday February 18, 2013
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OFFSHORE: The offshore scene wasn't particularly exciting this week with the dominant variable southerlies persisting in the 10 to 20 knot range most days. It was wet, sloppy, and choppy out there (and a bit marginal on some days) but still fishable if you were desperate and dateless. Laguna Bay was pretty quiet with just the odd skittish school of mackerel tuna and bonito reported occasionally and very briefly on the boil in the outer bay. No one that we know of targeted the middle reef belt so all reports received were centred around Sunshine Reef. Trekka 2 scheduled three runs out that way and skipper Tony Magrin described the sea as being dark green and, at times, confused. Nevertheless, the fish didn't seem to have anything better to do either and while they were slow on the bite, they did eventually come to the party if the burley was good enough. As per last week, there were no absolute standouts reported but the usual suspects like squire, mowong, venus tusk fish, striped sea perch, lots of juvenile red emperor, grass sweetlip and coral trout were all accounted for.
Coral Trout Grass Sweetlip
Daniel Mallon from Maroochydore (above left) fished Sunshine Reef on Wednesday on a half day Trekka 2 charter and was quite delighted to claim the most colourful fish of the day, a 55cm coral trout. And from the same half day charter, Dean Cugley from Melbourne (above right) is pictured with a 42cm sweetlip.
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ONSHORE: The North Shore coastal surf beach stretch was still a difficult access with the beach badly eroded to the high tide mark and the exposed coffee rock making it a bumpy ride. The bottom end of Teewah Beach was approachable via the back access road and those who made the effort reported whiting and flathead on the bite just up from the river mouth. Whiting were also biting in the surf gutters between the rock groynes on Main Beach. On the Noosa National Park headland, grass sweetlip, spangled emperor, mowong and the odd squire were on the bite in the shallow, dirtier waters of Granite Bay.
Flathead
With the river pretty much back to normal (well, at least until the heavy rain set in on the weekend) the bread and butter species such as bream, flathead and whiting were in numbers in the Frying Pan and, together with mangrove jacks, in the stretch from the Woods Point to the river mouth. Tim Grattidge and Jeff Fong from Sydney (above) boated the two 1kg lizards they're pictured with at the river mouth on Wednesday while on Noosa River Fishing Safaris charter.
Mangrove Jack
Chris Rudolph from Brisbane (above) fished near the rock wall at the Woods Point in the early hours of Tuesday morning and, using live yabby baits, boated bream, trevally and the 1.5kg jack he's posing with. He lucked it again today when his fish, and smile, won him the $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
And local angler Des Trotman (below left) fished the waters just out from the river mouth car park rocks on Wednesday morning for a flathead and this 1.2kg mangrove jack, both of which went for drifted live fish baits. Des always fishes that part of the river and if he doesn't have fish in the esky they're not around.
Mangrove Jack Bass
The Woods Bays produced trevally (GT's, big-eyes and tea leaf), hairtail, some thumper estuary cod (mostly bust-offs) and, in the outer bay opposite Ricky's, big shovel nose rays. Bream, grunter bream, moses perch, flathead and whiting were active around the back of Noosa Sound and in Weyba Creek.
Further up river, the canal mouth near the Yacht Club and the waters opposite the Tewantin boat ramp produced flathead and bream. Apart from that, eels and catfish were well spread and numerous, prawn balls were on the move from Lake Cooroibah to Tewantin and mud crabs were in good numbers around the Tewantin car ferry. On the freshwater scene, bass were responding well to fizzers and diving minnows in the Noosa Everglades. Stephen Gunn from New South Wales (above right) is pictured with one of a number of bass he caught and released up there on Tuesday while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari.
At Lake MacDonald the bass, ranging in size from 43cm to 48cm, were reported to be chasing soft plastics in Bass Bay and the Botanical Gardens Reach.
Summer Classic 2013
Davo's Compleat Angler and Australian Fishing Online will be staging this year's 2013 Summer Classic fishing competition here in Noosa. Competition starts this Friday, Feb. 22 and finishes Sunday, Feb. 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 at Davo's Noosaville store. For more details, contact Davo's or CLICK HERE.
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