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As at Monday October 27, 2008

OFFSHORE: There was no real definitive wind pattern this week apart from on Thursday and Friday when fresh to strong (20 to 25 knot) sou' sou' easterlies shut down the offshore scene for those days. The rest of the week was blessed with mostly light to moderate winds and 1.0m to 1.5m seas so it was pretty fishable on the local reefs, although a bit slow.
Red Emperor
Conditions were good enough to plan a few 'out wide' excursions this week although those anglers who made the effort rated the results as 'hard yakka' for (at times) fairly average returns. Double Island Point 'Wide' produced snapper, squire, hussar, cobia, teraglin jewfish and, as per the photo above, quality red emperor. Gary Norris was out there on Sunday on a Noosa Offshore Fishing Club excursion when his whole slimy mackerel bait was monstered by the thumper 11.4kg specimen he's pictured with. He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 50lb line.
Cobia Also out wide, The Hards yielded squire, pearl perch, moses perch and parrot fish, as did the Barwon Banks but with the added bonus of gold band snapper and hussar. A little closer in, Chardon's Reef was the spot for squire, parrot fish, Maori cod and sweetlip while at North Reef the catch was snapper, squire, bonito, moses perch, pearl perch, sweetlip, sailfish (released) and, as you can see by the photo above, quality cobia. Greg Hales hit the jackpot there on Sunday when his pilchard bait attracted the 19kg black kingfish he's posing with. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Daiwa overhead reel loaded with 10kg braid and 15kg trace. Apart from that, Sunshine Reef produced a few snapper (top weight 4kg) over the weekend.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches showed a bit more life this week with the North Shore leading the way. Whiting Tailorwere in good numbers all the way up Teewah Beach while greenback tailor were on the bite at the top end and, as in the case of the photo on the right, a couple of kliks north of the township of Teewah.
Local beach angler Peter Wise did well there on Tuesday when his mullet fillet baits got plenty of attention, with these 3kg and 4kg fish being his standouts.
He was armed with a 14' surf rod and a Daiwa SL50 spin rod loaded with 12kg line.
Over on the east side, the only reports of note were from Peregian Beach where whiting, dart and bream were on the bite.
In the river, whiting were well spread from Munna Point to the Frying Pan while trevally and queenfish were responding to live baits, prawn soft plastics and flies in the Woods Bays and, together with chopper tailor and quality bream, at the Munna Point Bridge around dawn and dusk. An added bonus further upriver were lots of school jewfish in numbers around the Tewantin ski runs and at the mouth of Lake Cooroibah.

Mangrove Jack Mangrove Jack
Apart from that, mangrove jacks were on the prowl in Weyba Creek and in the Noosa Waters canals. Mick Davis (above left) got his 2kg specimen on an unweighted live prawn in Weyba Creek early (2am) on Sunday morning. He was using a Daiwa Luvius 2000 combo loaded with 10lb line and trace. And Cheryl Lacey from Davo's Bait and Tackle (above right) was trolling a Savoy Shad crank bait in Noosa Waters when the 1.5kg 'Jack' she's pictured with came to the party. She was armed with a G-Loomis rod and a Shimano Chronarch reel.


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