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As at Monday January 17, 2011


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OFFSHORE: Not a lot of joy for the offshore brigade this week either. We didn't get anything like the flooding that a lot of Queensland suffered but the constant deluge saw an enormous amount of fresh water flush through the estuary system and out into Laguna Bay and local reefs. Strong winds and big seas were another deterrent and although the sun was shining and the winds were easing from mid-week on, the bar crossing was still dodgy over the weekend as the Noosa Coast Guard discovered on Saturday afternoon. As you can see by the photo below, their Eagle Ray 'Bartender' Patrol Boat took on a serious wave and came off second best. Two crew were hospitalised, one with a dislocated shoulder and one with a seriously mangled foot after he came in contact with the still spinning propeller blade. We wish them well.
Noosa Coast Guard 'Bartender'
Conditions were only settled enough today for a few exploratory trips but care was still required (as it always is) on the bar crossing. There were some good flat spots between sets but there was the odd surprise (see below). The feedback wasn't too encouraging, however, with fresh water all over Sunshine Reef and as far out as the edge of Massouds' Reef. There was also quite a bit of debris in the water with reports of a timber jetty-like structure about 10km's out from the bar.
Crossing the Bar the Hard Way
The only reports of note today were of the odd scarlet sea perch on the bite at North and Massoud's Reef where teraglin jewfish were also on the bite. The photo below? That was from our last fishable day (Thursday week) before the storms. Billybob Watson is pictured here with one of two Spaniards he trolled up at Sunshine Reef on his new Zego Sports Boat.
Spanish Mackerel from the Zego

The latest video clip of the bar crossing, as at Monday Jan. 17, has now been uploaded. CLICK HERE to view.


ONSHORE: The North Shore coastal beach stretch was an untidy mess. Catfish were still in numbers around the lower end of Teewah Beach while the only other report to hand was of quality sweetlip taken from the rocks at Double Island Point. Down south, on the east coast stretch, Yaroomba Beach continued to produce catfish and, at night, quality bream.
Noosa Frying Pan
In the estuary, despite the fresh water and murk in the system, bream were active along the Noosaville jetty stretch, down at the river mouth (where flathead were chasing prawn baits) and at Munna Point, along with trevally and flathead. Kyle McNamara (below) was very happy with the 1.5kg 'Lizard' he tempted there with a soft plastic at 7am this morning.
Flathead
Flathead were also on the prowl in the Frying Pan with some big mothers (caught and released) in amongst the pack.

Freshwater anglers please read this notice from Seqwater:
"Due to the recent inflows into the lakes, there are extremely high risks of debris and also high risks of potential water quality issues in the lakes at the moment. Our resources are stretched and our highest priorities are the safe provision of drinking water, dam safety and public safety.
We will reassess the situation at all of the lakes as soon as we can do so, however until we have completed these assessments, each lake will remain closed to all on-water recreation activities."

Please note that in our immediate area, this relates specifically to Lake MacDonald.


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