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As at Monday 12th May 2003


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OFFSHORE: The strong 25 to 30 knot South South Easterlies (and the associated 2m+ swell) carried through from last week, making the outside reefs pretty much a no go zone until Friday morning when a slightly more Westerly influence Coral Troutcame into play. This much welcome (although short lived) change resulted in almost idyllic conditions for the weekend as the winds eased to around the 10 knot mark by Saturday and the swell quickly dropped away to almost nothing. Today, unfortunately, it was back to square one with 20 knot South South Easterlies once again chopping the waters. Regardless of these varying conditions, Laguna Bay remained relatively calm (although a little murky from the river run-off) so those anglers wanting a bit of sportfish action were able to work the Longtail and Mackerel Tuna boils for most of the week. For the bottom bashers; Squire, Snapper and Pearl Perch were common to the outside reefs. In addition, Sunshine Reef was pretty popular, producing Sweetlip, Red Emperor, Longtail (Northern Bluefin) Tuna and Mackerel Tuna. Further out, Chardon's Reef yielded Moses Perch, Maori Cod, Hussar and Parrot fish, as did North Reef with the added bonus of Trevally, Mackerel Tuna, Sweetlip, Red Emperor, Cobia, Tailor and as you can see by the photo above right, Coral Trout. Don Rathmell from Dalby, Queensland boated this 4.5kg specimen on a Friday afternoon trip to North Reef on Noosa Blue Water Charters vessel Cougar Too. He was kitted out with a Wilson SureCatch Blue Stinger rod and an Alvey 725C reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline.

ONSHORE: As happened with the offshore scene, the coastal surf beaches got better as the week progressed with the weekend being pretty much as good as it gets for this time of the year. Dart were of good quality and on the bite just about everywhere as, to a lesser extent, were Whiting. Tailor were also in good numbers and the North Shore (from Teewah to the river mouth) was the top producer for this species with 1.5kg to 2kg Choppers the norm and the odd 3kg Greenback a bonus. Apart from that, there were a few Choppers landed at Castaways Beach and a number of Jewfish (top weight 12.5kg) taken off the National Park rocks, which was where local angler Tony Sims (below left) landed the 9kg 'Mulloway' he's posing with. Tony tempted this fish with a whole Pilchard on 3x5/0 ganged hooks on Friday afternoon. He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Penn 9500 spin reel loaded with 10kg line and 20kg trace.
Jewfish and Trevally
In the river, with plenty of fresh still in the system, the lower estuary continued to produce best with Flathead, Bream and Whiting quite active. Best results for these species came from the river mouth (along with Chopper Tailor), the Woods Bays and the Munna Point stretch (which also yielded Trevally, Chopper Tailor and Giant Herring) and Harbourtown at Tewantin. Noosa Sound was another Trevally hot spot and Graeme Reed (above right), with the help of his five year old daughter Aimee, nailed a few to 800gm on Friday morning casting surface poppers. He was using a Daiwa/Shimano spin combo loaded with 10lb line. Apart from that, upper Weyba Creek was another good option for Bream and Flathead, as was Noosa Waters with the added bonus of Mangrove Jack. On the freshwater scene it was all down to Borumba Dam with spinnerbaits attracting Saratoga in the bays and Bass around the timber of the Eagles Nest and the Yabba Arm.


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