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As at Monday May 9, 2011


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OFFSHORE: While there were no glass-outs this week there were still enough fishable days to keep the blue water boys on the hop. The swell was quite moderate as well and, as far as we know, there were no more mishaps on the bar.
Spanish Mackerel
Fishing Offshore Noosa went as far as the Barwon Banks this week where they boated quality snapper, amberjack, red throat emperor and pearl perch. North Reef, however, was the standout performer, producing snapper, squire, sweetlip, teraglin jewfish, moses perch, pearl perch and, as you can see by the accompanying photos, lots of Spanish mackerel.
Sam Heart (above) was out there last Tuesday with local legend Craig 'Chicko' Vella and was more than happy to pose with one of the 9kg Spaniards they hooked and landed on live yakka baits. The days got cooler, and a little bit wetter, towards the end of the week as you can see by the photo below. Conor Gray and Clare Forbes are pictured (in the rain) with just two of a number of Spanish mackerel boated on Cougar One's half day excursion to North Reef this morning.
Spanish Mackerel
Chardon's Reef didn't have the same variety as North but redeemed itself by playing host to some quality snapper and Spanish mackerel in numbers. The Pedros were going for live fish baits and trolled yakka pattern Rapala hard body lures.
Massoud's Reef was worth considering for snapper, teraglin jewfish, venus tusk fish and, out on the sand, spanner crabs.
Coral Trout and Snapper
The fish were in numbers closer in as well. Arkwright Shoal was the spot for sweetlip, snapper and venus tusk fish, as was Sunshine Reef, but with the added bonus there of pearl perch, shiny mackerel and coral trout, which were in almost plague proportions. Local angler Woody (above) fished Sunshine on Tuesday morning and popped into Davo's Compleat Angler on his way home with his standouts, a 3.5kg snapper and a 4kg coral trout. Both fish were taken on live yakkas.
Coral Trout
And James Orr (above) is pictured with one of the three trout he and his good buddy Sean boated at Sunshine Reef last Monday. The two amigos, who were using pilchard baits, were fishing a 'mark' given to them by Bob Jeynes from Davo's.
Northern Bluefin Tuna
If you didn't want to waste the fuel, or your time, Laguna Bay was an easy option this week. Spanner crabs were on the prowl around Jew Shoal, as was the odd Spanish mackerel, while northern bluefin tuna and mackerel tuna (plus plenty of hungry sharks) were working the numerous bait schools across the bay. The Hall's Reef stretch, however, was very lively, as Nathan (above) discovered on Sunday morning. Nathan was out there with Chris Lacey from Davo's (below) and the pair had a ball with slow rolled River2Sea Gastronomic Shad Tails, coming back with four longtails, average size 10kg.
Northern Bluefin Tuna
The guys lost a number of good fish to the numerous sharks, which were thick around the boat, but that's another story.

Please Note:
The Fishing and Fisheries Research Centre at James Cook University tagged over 2000 sharks in Laguna Bay recently (wow, how about that) as part of a research project. If you catch one with a tag in it they would appreciate it if you'd note the information on the tag and notify them. Contact details; jonathan.smart@jcu.edu.au or Tel: 07 4781 5973.
ONSHORE: The only reports from the coastal surf beaches were from the North Shore where quality whiting were on the bite from the river mouth to Teewah township. Apart from that, the rocks at Double Island Point yielded the odd jewfish.

Tony Zahn with trevally and Taylah Nicoll with a flathead weighed in at this month's Tewantin Noosa Bowls Fishing Club Comp.
In the river, whiting and flathead were active down around the Frying Pan and up along the Noosaville stretch where juvenile jewfish (with the odd keeper fish in amongst them) were in excellent numbers and responding well to live worms.
Mangrove jacks and tarpon were on the prowl in the Woods Bays while further up, in the stretch from Tewantin to the mouth of Lake Cooroibah, bream, mangrove jacks, school jewfish and the odd threadfin salmon were going for live baits.
Lake MacDonald Bass
On the freshwater scene, Paul Fleming and his wife Sue from the Lake MacDonald Fishing Club fished Three Ways, Bass Bay and the main basin of the lake on Wednesday, catching and releasing about 25 juvenile bass on 1/4oz blades.
Also while at Three Ways working the weed edge with a beetle spin, 1/4oz jighead and a white/green slider grub, Paul caught and released the two bass pictured above. Both were 45cms and weighed 1.8Kgs. The water temperature was 20 degrees Centigrade, which is still apparently not quite cold enough yet for any major bass schooling up in the main basin.


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