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As at Monday April 30, 2012
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OFFSHORE: With chilly, 20 knot+ south south easterlies and a 2m+ swell dominating the offshore scene from late Friday morning onwards, any weekend warriors who were planning to hit the outer reefs were out of luck. Prior to that, however, we had only light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable southerlies to contend with so those who managed to swing time off before the weather change were able to take advantage of some pretty reasonable fishing conditions.Snapper
The middle reef belt about as far as most boaties cared to venture this week. Massoud's Reef was rather quiet but those who tried more than one pick drop there reported quite reasonable catches of pearl perch, venus tusk fish, greasy cod, Maori cod and the odd Spanish mackerel to 15kg. North Reef, which was probably the most popular destination, produced teraglin jewfish,pearl perch, moses perch, spotted mackerel and, on some days, snapper in numbers.
Jonah Barwick from Sunrise Beach (above) fished North Reef on Tuesday on a half day Trekka 2 charter. The crew moved around a bit chasing the reefies and Jonah boated a 6kg snapper while fishing 'The Wreck'. His standout fish, and a good attitude, also won him the Davo's $50.00 Fish of the Week prize.
And pictured from the same charter, Mal Murphy from Newcastle and Dennis Spence from Griffith (above) with a couple of the 2.5kg to 3kg snapper boated.
Red Throat Emperor Coral Trout
Closer to home, Arkwright Shoal was the spot for Maori cod, squire, moses perch and school mackerel as was Sunshine Reef but with the added bonus of Spanish mackerel to 17kg, spotted mackerel, sweetlip, mackerel tuna, northern bluefin tuna, venus tusk fish, red throat emperor and coral trout. Chris 'Fella' Arnold from Noosa River Fishing Safaris fished Sunshine on Thursday for lippers, tuskies and the nice red throat he's pictured with above left. And then on Friday he braved the steadily worsening conditions to see if he could rustle up a trout or two. He only got the one but as you can see it was a quality fish.
The only other reports were of mack tuna and northern bluefin tuna on the boil a klik or two off the headland and the odd Spaniard on the prowl at Jew Shoal.
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ONSHORE: There weren't many surf anglers on the coastal beaches over the weekend but earlier in the week there were reports from the North Shore of dart, bream and quality whiting in some good water about 9km's north of Teewah. The only other report from over that way was of chopper tailor on the bite down towards the river mouth end of Teewah Beach. Over on the east side, Marcus Beach produced whiting, dart and the odd thumper yellowfin bream.
Flathead Blubberlip Bream
In the estuary, bream, whiting and flathead were on the bite down around the Frying Pan and at the river mouth. Nathan Worland from Queanbeyan in New South Wales (above left) was fishing the river mouth on Wednesday on a Noosa River Fishing Safari when caught this 62cm flathead on a white bait.
The river mouth was also good for tailor after dark while a little further up, the Woods Bays had trevally, tailor, school jewfish and the odd mangrove jack.
Bream, flathead, just legal jewfish and a few whiting were active in Weyba Creek while up around Tewantin the catch was flathead, trevally, bream and blubberlip. Athim Edling (above right) caught a 1.5kg blubberlip bream on a herring bait at the Noosa Marina and released it live into the Davo's fish tank.
Yellowfin Bream
Apart from that, mangrove jacks and catfish were on the chew in the stretch between the lakes and yellowfin bream were well spread along the jetty stretch on Gympie Terrace and in Noosa Waters. Oscar Little from Bridgeman Downs in Brisbane caught these 400gm specimens in Noosa Waters on Saturday.
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald bass (to 45cm) are starting to school in the main basin around the Bubble Trail and are responding well to Jackall Ice Jigs and live shrimp baits. At Borumba Dam, quality bass to 52cm were taken along the steeper bank sections of the Yabba and Kingham Arms.
Don't forget, the inaugural Noosa 'River to Reef' Family Fishing Classic will be held on the first weekend of June. That's roughly one month from now on 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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