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As at Monday May 15th 2006

OFFSHORE: There certainly wasn't a lot to crow about on the offshore scene this week with most days dominated by moderate to fresh (and at times strong) south/south easterlies and a 2 metre outside swell. There were, however, a few fishable days (isn't that nearly always the case in Noosa?) although under the circumstances not many boaties ventured much beyond the middle reef belt.

North Reef, in fact, was as far as anyone cared to go this week and while the pickings were rather slim there was (fortunately) the odd Spanish Mackerel on the prowl, as Shawn Andrews (below) discovered on Wednesday. Shawn was doing a spot of bottom bashing when his floater rig, a Pilchard/Squid combo on 3x5/0 hooks, was monstered by the 11kg Spaniard he's posing with. He was armed with a 10kg-15kg Shimano Taipan rod and a Daiwa GS9 reel loaded with 20lb line.

Sunshine Reef was the only other producer outside the shelter of Laguna Bay with Spotted Mackerel, Shiny Mackerel, Moses Perch and Parrot Fish the standouts.

Apart from that, Jew Shoal in Laguna Bay
fired sporadically and on its good days produced Sweetlip, Parrot Fish, Shiny Mackerel and, as you can see by the photo on the right, quality Spanish Mackerel. Local yak angler Bill 'Billybob' Watson hooked up with this 19.5kg specimen just before 6am on Thursday morning while trolling a Yellowtail Pike behind his Swing Angler fishing kayak. He was using a Wilson 6kg-8kg Live Fibre rod and a Shimano 4500 Baitrunner reel loaded with 20lb Fireline and 30lb trace. His troll rig? The ever faithful Davo's Spaniard Special.
Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches seemed to produce quite well this week with the North Shore yielding some quality (to 3kg) Tailor in the stretch from the First Cutting to the boundary. Dart were still of good size and quality all along Teewah Beach while Whiting were on the bite around the Cherry Venture. On the east side, Sunrise Beach was the spot for Whiting, Bream and Flathead while at Marcus and Coolum beaches the standouts were Dart and Chopper Tailor.
Queenfish and Golden Trevally Diamond Trevally
In the river, the Frying Pan fired at times with Flathead, Mangrove Jacks, Bream and Trevally responding well to live baits. The Woods Bays were also worth a go for Trevally, and Queenfish, as the above two photos show. Cara Pearce (above left) did well there on Saturday, boating a 700gm 'Golden' and the very nice 2.3kg Queenfish she's pictured with. She was armed with a Daiwa threadline outfit loaded with 8lb line. Her bait was Whitebait on a baitholder hook. Adrian Sanders (above right) nailed his 2.3kg 'Diamond' Trevally at lunchtime today, floating a Prawn bait just out from Riva's restaurant in the outer Woods Bay. At Munna Point most of the action came from Trevally and Tailor with chrome slugs and surface poppers working well. On the freshwater scene, the Everglades Bass were responding well to shallow diving HB lures.


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