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As at Monday April 23, 2012
Ray Scholes Marine
The bar crossing was pretty gnarly over the weekend and the numerous surfers didn't make it any easier. Photos below taken around 10am on Saturday, two hours after a 1.7m high tide.
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OFFSHORE: It was quite a reasonable week as far as the offshore scene was concerned with moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot) east south easterly winds morphing into light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable southerlies from Thursday onwards. The only fly in the ointment; a 2m+ easterly swell which peaked over the weekend and caught a few unwary boaties by surprise on the bar. Two boats got into difficulties in the extended wave sets on the outward crossing; one around dusk on Sunday and one at first light this morning. No one was hurt but both boats were overturned and Coast Guard assistance was required.
Spotted Mackerel
The middle reef belt wasn't exactly on fire but those who worked through at least one tide change did well enough in most cases. Chardon's Reef, although fairly quiet, was one of the better options for Spanish mackerel with the average size in the 7kg to 9kg range. Further north, The Coffees produced squire, moses perch, pearl perch and spotted mackerel, as did North Reef but with the added bonus of teraglin jewfish, snapper, morwong, Maori cod and venus tusk fish. Andrew Portway, above, fished North Reef yesterday and aside from mixed reefies, boated two spotted mackerel (top weight 6.5kg) on floated pillies. His decision to stop in at Davo's for a quick weigh-in and photo proved to be a good one as he also won this week's $50.00 Fish of the Week prize.
Coral Trout
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef (on the good days) was the spot for Maori cod, the odd Spaniard, squire, cobia, juvenile red emperor, quality moses perch, sweetlip and coral trout. Isacco Gabizon and David 'Hatchy' Hatch (above) fished Sunshine on Wednesday and came back with five trout, top weight 5.5kg.
Spanish Mackerel
And Gary Westland (above) was fishing for trout on the northern end of Sunshine today when his pilchard bait was taken by the 13.5kg cobia in the photo.

We have now uploaded the latest bar crossing video clip to the website. Footage is as at 9am, Sunday April 22, 2012. To view... CLICK HERE.
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ONSHORE: The estuary continued to produce well with bream, flathead and trevally on the bite in the Frying Pan and, together with quality whiting, down at the river mouth. Steve Curtis, below, caught and released this golden trevally in the Frying Pan while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari earlier in the week.

And on another NRFS charter, Steve Tonkin from Bendigo in Victoria (below left) caught and released a stargazer while drifting white bait at the river mouth.

The river mouth area was also well worth considering for a night fish with tailor and quality jewfish responding well to bonito strip baits down there after dark.
Further up river, the Woods Bays had the odd mangrove jack on the bite, plus school jewfish, chopper tailor, trevally and some quality whiting. Taleea Bartholemew from Gympie (below) was more than happy with the thumper 43cm whiting she caught on a live beach worm in 'The Bays' yesterday afternoon.
Bream were pretty much well spread throughout the system although Weyba Creek was a bit slow with just the odd trevally bust up around Weyba Hole.
Up around Tewantin, bream, flathead, whiting, trevally and school jewfish were active along the first ski run.
Cammie Perkoulidis (above right) boated her first ever keeper size jewie there on Saturday night. She was using live Davo's beach worms as her draw card.

At Lake MacDonald there were lots of small bass aggressively hitting lures in Bass Bay and bass to 43cm responding to spinnerbaits around the weed beds at Three Ways. Paul Fleming from the Freshwater Fishing Club advises that the bass should start schooling up in the main basin as the water temps drop.
For those who missed last week's announcement, the inaugural Noosa 'River to Reef' Family Fishing Classic will be held on the first weekend of June. That's June 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2012.
The Noosa River to Reef Family Fishing Classic
The competition will be run in conjunction with the ever popular Noosa Riverfest and will now have an adult angler section. A number of offshore species will also be introduced.
Click on the links to view or download: THE ENTRY FORM  or  THE COMPETITION RULES
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