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As at Monday May 10, 2010


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OFFSHORE: Moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot) south easterlies dominated the offshore scene this week although there was a welcome respite from the blustery conditions when the winds dropped away dramatically on Wednesday.
Noosa Blue Water Charters made the most of the brief window of opportunity to do a run to Double Island Point and it was well worth it with Spanish mackerel in good numbers going for trolled gold/black deep diving hard bodied lures.
Fabian Pollet (below) was on that charter with his family and was happy to pose with one of the many Spaniards boated.
Spanish Mackerel
And his father Jean Pierre (below) was pleased with the 5.5kg yellowfin tuna he trolled up during the 3/4 day excursion.
Yellowfin Tuna Thursday was the only other day that was an option for the outer reefs. It was a bit lumpy but still fishable although few boats went far beyond the middle reef belt on the day. North Reef produced average catches of reefies such as trevally, sweetlip, moses perch, venus tusk fish and pearl perch while the Spaniards went mostly for trolled lures and whole baits.
Coral Trout
When fishable, Sunshine Reef was the spot for the odd spotted mackerel, cod and, as you can see by the photo above, coral trout. Max Kelly was out there on Wednesday with his father when he boated this 3.5kg specimen on a squid bait.
Spotted Mackerel
Laguna Bay turned it on for young and old this week with mackerel tuna and spotted mackerel on the bite in big numbers around Little Hall's Reef, just out from the river mouth and along the shark net line. The spotties were in such numbers on some days though, that it was simply a matter of casting something with a hook on it into the water and reeling it in to get a result. Josh, Jackson and Tom (above) were working the waters a 100 metres out from the bar on Wednesday and bagged out on spotties (av 3kg) inside two hours. They were using whole pilchard baits on wire traced ganged floater rigs.


ONSHORE: Whiting and dart were well spread on the North Shore this week although the better quality whiting (to 40cm) were on the bite along the stretch from the Third Cutting to the township of Teewah. Tailor were also well spread with reports coming from Freshwater (mostly choppers), the gutters between the Second and Third Cuttings and down towards the river mouth. Ben Cooper from Buddina (below) was fishing about 1km up from the river mouth on Monday night (just after sunset) when the 64cm (est 2.5kg) 'Greenback' he's pictured with took his whole pilchard (on 3x 5/0 hooks) bait.
Over on the east side; bream, whiting and the odd dart were on the bite at North Sunshine, Sunrise and Marcus beaches.
Tailor
The river was fairly quiet this week with the lower estuary continuing to provide the best returns. Flathead were on the bite along the lower Noosaville stretch from T-Boats to the river mouth and chasing minnow lures in the Frying Pan and at the top end of Lake Cooroibah. The river mouth area was also good for trevally and school jewfish (on live fish baits and soft plastic prawn lures) on the runout tide. Mangrove jacks were another species on the prowl there as Simon Brittain from Tewantin (below) found yesterday morning. Simon was casting a Jackall lure from his boat about 6.30am when it was monstered by the 2kg 'Jack' he's posing with. He was using an Okuma rod/Shimano reel combo loaded with 10kg line.
Mangrove Jack
The only reports of whiting activity came from around the Munna Beach caravan park area. Lesley Dury from Noosa Heads (below) was fishing from the beach with worm baits on Wednesday when she landed this 450gm specimen.
Whiting
Apart from that, trevally were responding well to small minnow lures on the north side of the river opposite the boat ramp.


ATTENTION ALL YOUNG ANGLERS FROM 5 TO 16 YEARS OF AGE!
Munna Beach The 'Youth Fish' fishing competition will be held this coming weekend (15th and the 16th of May) during the annual 'RIVERFEST'! There's lots of great prizes to be won, including a tinny/motor package just for entering!

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