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As at Monday February 3, 2014.

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OFFSHORE: It wasn't one of our better weeks as far as the offshore scene was concerned. Moderate to fresh (15 to 20+ knot) variable easterlies made a mess of the local reefs and when the bar was crossable, the swell and chop in Laguna Bay made conditions decidedly unpleasant, even for the die-hards.
Those who ventured out were usually back within half an hour. The only hardy soul who spent more time out there was Gary Norris from the Noosa Boat Fishing Club. He trolled the bay for three hours on Saturday morning but returned fishless. He also broke down just outside the bar, but that's another story.
Mulloway or Jewfish
The photo above? We had so many photos last week that we simply didn't have room for them all so thought we'd get at least one up on this week's report. Dan Mallon from Maroochydore and Saffy Warden from Hobart are pictured with a 7.2kg and 7kg jewfish from a half day Cougar One charter to North Reef.

There was only one report from the North Shore this week but by crikey it was a ripper. Tony Guilk (below) fished up and down Teewah Beach from Thursday night through until Sunday morning and apart from whiting at the bottom end, landed dart, bream and tailor around 'Monkeys', about 10kms north of Teewah township. Using bonito fillets on 5/0 hooks for the tailor after dark, Tony landed a number of 2.5kg fish before nailing an absolute stonker greenback about 1.30am on Sunday morning. His fish of a lifetime, which tipped the scales at a cracking 5.59kg and measured 82cm, easily won Tony this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize. The only other coastal surf beach report was from Peregian Beach where chopper tailor were on the bite.
Greenback Tailor
In the estuary, the river mouth really produced the goods this week. The bread and butter species such as bream, big eye trevally, flathead and whiting kept the day trippers occupied, while mangrove jacks (mostly at night), school jewfish and the odd barramundi were responding to fresh baits, live baits and well cast soft plastics. Local angler Grant Budd (below) caught and released his personal best 67cm jewfish at the car park rocks on Thursday morning. Grant tempted this quality fish, and one smaller 56cm one, with a Berkley Powerbait. He was fishing the very last of the run-in tide when the fish came on the bite.
Mulloway or Jewfish
And how about this one. Tewantin angler Jake Birch (below) was fishing the river mouth stretch on Thursday night when his lightly weighted whitebait on a 4kg handline was monstered by the 45cm (1.5kg) mangrove jack he's pictured with. His well presented live bait, in the same water, never got a touch.
Mangrove Jack
And the stories just keep coming! Jason (below) got the surprise of his life this morning when what he thought was a jewfish went aerial on him and showed itself to be a keeper size barramundi. He was drift fishing the river mouth with a lightly weighted, live winter whiting when this 80cm fish tried to run off with it.
Further up, whiting were biting over in the Frying Pan while in the Woods Bays the capture list featured bream, flathead, moses perch, trevally, estuary cod and hairtail. There were also some good tailor on the prowl in the Woods at night. These fish were responding to floated pilchards and cast surface poppers.
Flathead Estuary Cod
Not far from there, the Munna Point stretch was good for trevally, hairtail, the odd tailor and a few flathead. Local lad Jai Kuruvita (above left) caught his 60cm flathead just out from Munna Beach yesterday morning while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari. Weyba Creek fished quite well this week for the bread and butter species such as bream, flathead, moses perch and, as per the photo above right, estuary cod. Angela Szonyi from Sunrise Beach caught and released her 40cm cod in upper Weyba on Monday. She too was on a Noosa River Fishing Safari. Apart from that, garfish were schooling in numbers in the lower estuary, the Gympie Terrace stretch yielded whiting, flathead and a few quality bream, Lake Doonella produced flathead, as did the first ski run at Tewantin but with the added bonus there of school jewfish and mangrove jacks. Mangrove jacks were also reported on the prowl between the lakes.
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Summer Classic 2014
Registrations for this annual event will open at 5.00pm Thursday the 6th of March 2014 at Davo's Tackle World in Mary Street Noosaville or you can register online before that date by CLICKING HERE. All registrations made before the 10th of February will receive a discounted price.
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