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As at Monday April 9, 2012
OFFSHORE: The Easter long
weekend was looking like it was going to be a pearler and to everyone's
delight, it turned out to be even better than expected. Moderate to fresh
(15 to 20 knot) variable southerlies at the beginning of the week gave
way to lighter 5 to 15 knot south easterlies
by Friday and with the swell dropping off to around the 1.2m mark as the
week drew to a close, Easter Monday on the local reefs turned out to be
pretty much as good as it gets.
The middle reef belt was about as far as anyone cared to venture this week but those who went that far reported only fairly modest returns. At North Reef the catch was mahi mahi, squire, sweetlip, venus tusk fish and moses perch. Massoud's Reef was the same (minus the mahi mahi) but with the added bonus there of pearl perch and Maori cod. Closer in, Sunshine Reef fired well, producing plenty of average size coral trout plus squire, sweetlip, moses perch, venus tusk fish, Spanish mackerel, school mackerel and spotted mackerel. Sophie Rodley from Noosa and Callum Stringfellow from Perth (above) got into the spotties during a half day Trekka 2 charter to Sunshine Reef on Saturday. Most of the fish were in the 3.5kg to 5.0kg range and went for pilchard floaters.
|And on the same half day charter, Anne Gunn from
Kingaroy, above left, was more than happy with the 4.5kg spotty she boated.
Further south, Castaways Reef was the spot for a few grass sweetlip. Laguna
Bay was well worth considering although it was very much a case of the right
place at the right time for many. Spotted mackerel and northern bluefin
tuna were schooling around Jew Shoal, along the Hall's Reef stretch and,
as is their thing, spots in between. Zac Sweeney (above right) was near
Hall's this morning when the longtails came on the boil and nailed the 9.7kg
fish he's pictured with on a cast metal slug.
The Hall's Reef stretch was also good for mack tuna, grass sweetlip and the odd Spanish mackerel. Local yak angler Ian Tagg (above) was paddle trolling a 120mm, pilchard pattern, Halco Laser Pro medium diver lure north of Big Hall's this morning when it was taken by the 19kg Spaniard he's pictured with.
The latest bar crossing Aerial Photos and Video Clip, as at April 4 and April 6, have now been uploaded to the website. CLICK HERE to view.
Lots of 4x4 traffic and campers in numbers on the North Shore made the daytime
fishing a bit frantic but hey, it's like that every Easter. For the anglers;
dart and whiting were well spread and in good numbers, which was a good
thing. Particular hot spots were just north of the third cutting (for quality
bream), the gutters opposite Teewah (for some good whiting) and about 5km's
north of there for bream to 1.0kg, whiting to 40cm and the odd chopper tailor.
In the estuary, bream were on the bite from the river mouth to the second ski run at Tewantin, and all points in between. Ricky, Charlie and Mitchell (above) boated a small esky full of yellowfins just out from the Noosa Boathouse on Gympie Terrace on Tuesday afternoon. Their baits were small pilchards. In addition, the Frying Pan was also good for flathead, blubberlip bream and chopper tailor while the river mouth yielded the odd squire and plenty of flathead. Adele and Ellise (below left) caught a 45cm and a 56cm flathead at the mouth while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari on Friday. Their baits? Live herring.
| Whiting were also in good numbers and well spread
throughout the lower estuary this week. Best results, though, came from
Weyba Creek, the Munna Flats area and down towards the river mouth. Jonathan
Browne (above right) fished the mouth on Thursday for a flathead and the
34cm whiting he's pictured with.
The Woods Bays produced bream, flathead and (around dawn and dusk) the odd quality (2.5kg to 3kg) greenback tailor while around the back of the Sound the standout species were trevally (around Myers Hole) and mangrove jacks. Matt Hoffmann (above) was fishing the Sound late on Saturday afternoon when his pilchard bait was monstered by the 2.5kg mangrove jack he's posing with. This quality fish also won him the $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
|Apart from that, Weyba Creek was the spot for moses perch, estuary cod and bream. Rebekah Gentner from Brisbane (above right) caught a 30cm bream on a herring bait in Weyba Creek on Wednesday while on a Noosa River Fishing Safaris charter. Further upriver, mangrove jacks, bream and trevally were on the bite around the Noosa Harbour Marina while yellowfin bream, grunter bream, trevally and flathead were active along the second ski run. Shane Trinder (above left) was fishing there on Friday when his pilchard bait attracted the attention of the 1.2kg lizard in the photo. On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam bass and saratoga steered clear of the murky main basin but were responding to spinnerbaits along the cleaner deep water edges of the Kingham Arm.|
| The Davo's Compleat Angler/Jarvis
Walker 'Easter Outdoors Sale' has now only got one more week to go.
The annual sale runs through until 6pm, Monday April 16, 2012.
There's a wide range of Jarvis Walker product lines on special from tents, to fish finders, to life jackets, electric trolling motors, tackle boxes and a great selection of rod and reel combos.
If you haven't already received your six page colour brochure in the mail, you can check out the full catalogue on the Davo's page by clicking HERE or on the brochure graphic on the right ----->
Please Note: There are some items on sale that are 'while stocks last' only, so make sure you get in early or you might miss out.
And while you're in the shop, get yourself on the Davo's V.I.F. (Very Important Fisherperson) list. Costs you nothing and you could win all sorts of prizes.
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