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As at Monday February 28, 2011


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OFFSHORE: It was as if the weather gods liked last week so much they ordered a carbon copy or a mirror image re-run, with blustery conditions from Tuesday through Thursday, then light to moderate variable easterlies with a moderate swell from Friday onwards. And like last week, it just got better, with glassed out morning sessions on Sunday and Monday.
Northern Bluefin or Longtail Tuna Laguna Bay was picture perfect over the weekend. A sight for sore eyes, however, were the flocks of hungry sea birds wheeling and diving, effectively pinpointing where the schools of yellowfin tuna, northern bluefin tuna and mackerel tuna were frantically feeding on the large, balled up schools of hapless bait fish. Jew Shoal had its fair share of pelagic activity and Little Hall's Reef fired well at times, with all the aforementioned species coming on and off the bite there.
Local yak angler Ian Tagg (above) followed the birds to 'Halls' in his kayak yesterday morning and was rewarded not long after he got there when his trolled Halco Laser Pro lure attracted the attention of the 9.5kg 'Longtail he's pictured with.
Spanish Mackerel
Sunshine Reef rewarded the faithful, producing sweetlip, Maori cod, mowong, coral trout, venus tusk fish, moses perch, tuna (in close towards the surf line as far as Marcus Beach) and, as you can see by the photo above, Spanish mackerel out wide and at the northern end. Gavin Watts (above) was doing a spot of bottom bashing out there on Sunday morning and while he did well on the reefies, was delighted when his pilchard floater was taken by the 12.5kg Spaniard he's posing with. He was armed with a Shimano Baitrunner 4500 threadline combo loaded with 20lb braid and 20lb mono leader.
Further out, the bottom end of North Reef was the spot for spangled emperor, sweetlip, moses perch and venus tusk fish while out wide at the Barwon Banks Noosa Blue Water Charters vessel Cougar One reported catches of hussar, Maori cod, mowong, rosy and green jobfish, coral sea bream, red throat emperor, spangled emperor and the odd yellowfin tuna.


Remember: 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.


ONSHORE:
The coastal surf beaches were a joy to behold with conditions as good as they get for this time of the year. On the North Shore, quality dart were on the bite around the First and Third Cuttings and, together with whiting, around the rocks at Double Island Point. Over on the east side, Marcus Beach was a good option for quality dart and a few good bream while the stretch from there, north to Castaways Beach, produced whiting in good numbers if not spectacular size.
Frying Pan
In the river, things murked up very quickly after the recent rain. The amount of fresh in the system wasn't too bad though and the waters tended to clear up quite significantly towards the top of the tide. Flathead were quite well spread and on the bite in the Frying Pan, Weyba Creek, Munna Point and as far up as Lake Cooroibah where whiting were also biting.
Blade McNeil (below left) was pleased with the 700gm 'Lizard' he caught on a Davo's prawn at Munna Point on Sunday.

Flathead Mangrove Jack
Further upstream, trevally (av. 1kg) and bream were on the bite around the second ski run above Tewantin and mangrove jacks were active in and around Lake Cooroibah. Local lass Emilia Simpson (above right) was fishing the First Lake with her mum and dad on Saturday morning when her live herring bait was monstered by the 2kg 'Jack' she's pictured with.
Jewfish
The Munna Point and Sheraton Bridges were a good option for trevally and mangrove jacks while the back of the Sound produced the odd tarpon. Results from the lower estuary were otherwise pretty average although Jake Lowe (above) did get a long sought after result in the outer Woods Bay when he caught and released a 65cm jewfish on Sunday morning. Jake got his result around the top of the tide using a River2Sea Izumi 'Gastronomic' 3.5" Pin Tail soft plastic.
Barramundi
Jacks were also on the prowl in the stretch of water between the lakes but with the added bonus of flathead and, as you can see by the photo above, barramundi. Local gun angler Peter 'Thommo' Thompson and his son Riley hit the jackpot there on Saturday morning when, apart from catching and releasing a few 'Jacks' and 'Lizards', Thommo's favourite and faithful River2Sea Min 88f deep diver drew the attention of a hungry 55cm 'Barra'.
Thankfully young Riley had his camera with him so was able to record this relatively rare catch before releasing his prize.


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