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As at Monday May 23, 2011


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OFFSHORE: Moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot) variable southerlies dominated the first half of the week, restricting offshore activity to the shelter of Laguna Bay until Friday when the winds eased and took on a northerly flavour. The easterly swell, however, tested the nerve, patience and bar crossing skills of those boaties keen to hit the local reefs over the weekend.
Yellowtail Kingfish
Noosa Blue Water Charters visited the Barwon Banks yesterday and boated snapper, moses perch, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, red throat emperor and hussar. They also did a couple of runs to North Reef this week and got onto Maori cod, moses perch, pearl perch, sweetlip, morwong and, as you can see by the photo above, yellowtail kingfish. Brian Cao from WOW Sight and Sound in Oxley boated this 11kg 'Kingy' while out there on a half day Cougar One charter this morning.
Spanish Mackerel Sunshine Reef was a little more subdued than usual but, when the weather settled, still produced venus tusk fish, coral trout, spangled emperor, stripey sea perch, morwong and the odd Spanish mackerel. Brett Thorpe (above) was out there with Noosa Blue Water Charters on Friday afternoon and was very pleased to land the day's standout, a 12kg Spaniard.
Yellowtail Kingfish
It was still a bit lumpy outside on Thursday so Trekka 2 opted to work Laguna Bay where, at Jew Shoal they got onto a few snapper and were busted up by what turned out to be a school of yellowtail kingfish. John Ho from the Noosa Garden Chinese Restaurant (above), however, managed to hang on to his fish and was delighted to see it tip the scales at 9kg.
Snapper And on the same charter, Ben from Auckland, NZ (above) was happy to pose with one of the 3kg snapper they boated.
Northern Bluefin Tuna
The tuna were still on the prowl in the bay and the North Shore side seemed to be the place to get into them. They were getting up in size too. Local yak angler Ian Tagg (above) hooked up with an absolute thumper on Saturday morning but lost it when the hook on his Gastronomic soft plastic pulled, so had to settle for the 13kg longtail he boated not long after.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were certainly worth a look this week with dart and whiting on the bite and well spread on the North Shore. Some good quality dart came from just south of the First Cutting, about 2kms north of Teewah and, together with whiting (to 500gms) and the odd trevally, at 'Monkey', roughly 7kms further on. Jewfish were reported on the bite at at Double Island Point but there was no size to them. Cheryl 'Chezza' Lacey (below) landed a number of dart (using mullet fillet) in a good gutter about 100 metres down from the First Cutting yesterday morning. Whiting were also biting between the groynes on Main Beach while on the National Park headland, snapper and jewfish were on the chew at the Fairy Pools. Further south, the northern end of Sunshine Beach was the spot for the odd tailor.
Dart
In the estuary, bream were on the bite in the Frying Pan and, together with flathead and whiting, down at the river mouth. The Woods Bays were worth considering for trevally, bream, jewfish and, as you can see by the photo below, the odd flathead. Live herring baits were reported to be working particularly well in the 'Bays' but Blake Nowak from North McClean boated his 1.2kg 'Lizard' there on Friday afternoon using the ever faithful whole (small) pilchard bait as his draw card.
Flathead
Bream and flathead were also active along the Noosaville stretch while at Munna Point the standouts were quality whiting and, as per the photo below, trevally. Nathan Cassidy from Tewantin was working the waters around Munna Point with a Bassday Sugar Pen surface lure on Wednesday morning when it was monstered by the 1kg trevally he's pictured with.
Trevally
There were a few good flathead on the bite around the mouth of Weyba Creek as Geoff Pickering from Sunrise Beach (below) found when he joined a Noosa River Fishing Safaris charter on Thursday morning. Geoff boated a variety of fish on the trip but the 67cm flathead he's posing with, tempted with a live herring bait, was his standout.
Flathead
Apart from that, jewfish were taken on live baits and soft plastics around the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club and along the first ski run at Tewantin while the boat channel in Lake Cooroibah was the spot for some quality whiting.



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