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As at Monday May 4, 2009

OFFSHORE: It was a good time to be on the water this week with light to moderate variable southerlies and a 1m to 1.5m Parrot Fishoutside swell setting the scene for some very fishable conditions on the local reefs up until around Sunday lunchtime.
Trips out wide were again on the agenda with 'The Hards' and 'The Banks' producing cobia, snapper, hussar and, as per the photo on the right, plenty of parrot fish.
Lee Wilson had a productive day out there on Wednesday and with the help of his father Rob, came back a good haul of table fish.
A little closer in, North Reef yielded moses perch, snapper and sweetlip as did Chardon's but with the added bonus of tuna and pearl perch.
Back towards home base, Sunshine Reef was the spot for Maori cod, sweetlip, moses perch and plenty of snapper with northern bluefin tuna teasing anglers with fast moving aerial displays and showing little interest in anything but the balled up bait schools.

ONSHORE: Conditions on the coastal surf beaches were quite pleasant this week and the local surf anglers certainly took full advantage of the fact. On the North Shore; dart, tarwhine, bream and whiting were on the chew about 8km's north of Teewah while the surf gutters opposite the 'Freshwater' track produced quality whiting.
Over on the east side, a few good size tailor were chasing metal slugs at the northern end of Sunshine Beach, bream and tarwhine were on the go at Sunrise Beach and dart were in excellent numbers at Marcus Beach.
Trevally
With less fresh in the system the fishing in the estuary continued to improve. Trevally were well and truly on the bite around the entrance to Noosa Waters and, as you can see by the photo above, in the Woods Bays. Mark Arnall caught and released a dozen of these hard fighters on Tuesday morning and popped into Davo's today with a 2kg specimen he caught using a Savoy Shad. He was armed with a G-Loomis rod and a Shimano Calcutta 50 reel loaded with 10lb line.

Whiting Flathead
Chopper tailor were again on the prowl down at the river mouth at first light while most of the better whiting were taken in the shallower waters opposite Munna Beach and, as per the photo above left, in the Frying Pan. Tewantin angler Brenden Tomlin boated his 400gm fish there on Sunday morning using live sand worms as his draw card. Apart from that, flathead were chasing live fish baits around the back of Noosa Sound (along with mangrove jacks) and along the Gympie Terrace stretch, which is where Rhyan Locke (above right) attracted his 1.2kg 'Lizard'. He was using a floated pilchard for bait.
Last but not least there were school jewfish (mostly juveniles) reported in numbers in Weyba Creek and in Lake Weyba.
Bass
On the freshwater scene, Paul and Sue Fleming fished Lake MacDonald on Wednesday and, during a hot session using Littlemax 1/2 oz blades and Jackalls, caught and released 36 bass, 15 of which were legal sized including the 37cm and 38cm specimens in the above picture. The fish were caught all over the lake including 'Three Ways' and the botanical gardens bay. Then, on Saturday, Paul caught 39 bass below the spillway and released them back into the lake proper as part of the relocation program. He was aided by Troy Park (below) who also caught and released this 54cm yellowbelly.
Golden Perch or Yellowbelly
At Borumba Dam, bass and yellowbelly were active just before dawn and after dusk around the timbers near the 'Arms'. There were also 25,000 silver perch fingerlings released into the dam over the weekend as part of the stocking program.


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