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As at Monday June 28, 2010

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OFFSHORE: With strong (20 to 25 knot) south easterlies and a 2m+ swell, the first half of the week was pretty much a no go, even for the die-hards and desperates. By Saturday morning, though, it was as if it had never happened with light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) winds and a decreasing swell settling things down in time for night fishing around the full moon.
Some of the bigger boats went the distance over the weekend and targeted the outer reefs. Noosa Blue Water Charters headed for the Barwon Banks and did well there on Saturday night, boating pearl perch, morwong, Maori cod, hussar and, as per the photo above, quality snapper. Brisbane angler Craig Rynne tempted this 6kg 'Knobby' with a pilchard in a squid tube on the night time charter. The next day Cougar One went there again and apart from the species mentioned, boated moses perch, venus tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, red throat emperor and cobia. Closer in, North Reef was very lumpy (but fishable) on Friday night and those who braved the less than ideal conditions caught cobia around the bait schools and heaps of snapper, moses and pearl perch, parrot fish and Maori cod. This was great news for those planning an all nighter on Saturday and might have added to the number of boats venturing out over the bar that afternoon (see video clip below). Unfortunately, perhaps due to the lunar eclipse that night, the fishing was very slow and many boats pulled the pin early.
Northern Bluefin Tuna
Of course, as is often the way, snapper and Spanish mackerel were reported to be responding well to live yakkas at North Reef on Sunday morning. Closer to home, Sunshine Reef produced coral trout, parrot fish and small snapper, Jew Shoal had the odd squire and parrot fish while the stretch from the river mouth to Little Hall's Reef yielded northern bluefin tuna.
Yak angler Ian Tagg (above) was trolling a Storm Deep Thunder 11cm lure near the river mouth yesterday when it was taken by a 9.5kg 'Longtail'. He was using a Penn 8-12kg rod, a Shimano TwinPower 600 reel, 30lb braid and 30lb leader.

The Noosa bar crossing can be a little bit tricky, even at the best of times.

The video clips on the right were filmed a couple of hours after low tide on Saturday afternoon, June 26, 2010.

As you can see there are a number of different crossing techniques displayed. Some more elegant than others.

Enough to say that extreme caution should be observed at all times, but even more so either side of low tide.
By the way, the latest bar crossing photo, as at Friday June 25, has now been posted. CLICK HERE to view it.

ONSHORE: The North Shore continued to produce the bread and butter species with tailor (top weight 3kg) on the bite from the Third Cutting to the Shire boundary. Dart were well spread but were in reduced numbers from previous weeks with the incoming tide working best. Whiting (to 32cm) were active either side of Teewah township, as were bream and tarwhine. Over on the east side, the only reports of note were of whiting (which were in good numbers) at Marcus Beach.
In the river, flathead were on the bite along the boat channel at Lake Cooroibah, at the mouth of Lake Doonella on the run-out tide, around Goat Island and down at the river mouth where trevally and tailor were active after dark. Bream were also on the chew towards the river mouth with fish to 1kg responding well to pilchard baits before dawn. Luderick have now started to feed in that area after the spawn with most of the action coming from the 'Platform' stretch at the top of the tide. Local 'Blackfish' angler Milan (above), like a number of other luderick enthusiasts, has been getting into these vegetarian sports fish for most of the week and landed the two he's pictured with on Friday morning using weed as his draw card.
The outer Woods Bay was worth a look for trevally as local lad Ben Gray (above) found on the weekend. Ben was working the waters just out from Ricky Ricardo's on the run-out when his gold Gladiator Prawn lure was monstered by the 1.5kg (est) Tea Leaf he's posing with. And in that general area (they weren't too specific) Tewantin lads Hugh and George Mills hit pay dirt when the Savoy Shad lures they got from Davo's accounted for a 50cm mangrove jack and a 70cm jewfish.
Mangrove Jack Jewfish
Weyba Hole (in lower Weyba Creek) and the Munna Point Bridge also produced a few trevally and, as you can see by the photo below, the odd mangrove jack. Derick Payne from Sunrise Beach fished the bridge pylons on Tuesday morning and was delighted when his mullet flesh bait proved to be too much of a temptation for the 2kg 'Jack' he's pictured with.
Mangrove Jack
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald bass were schooling in numbers in the main basin and were responding well to small blades twitched off the bottom and floated live baits. Yellowbelly were also in very healthy numbers and going almost exclusively for live shrimp along the Bubble Trail. Borumba Dam was hard yakka for fairly modest returns.

Hey! Why not get your next catch featured on Television! The next time you land a half decent fish you could not only be on our weekly website report, you could also be on Channel Seven's Thursday night TV Fishing Report with Mark Planck!
Channel Seven Local News Just pop into Davo's Compleat Angler in Noosaville for a weigh-in and photo shoot or book an offshore charter with Noosa Blue Water Charters and you too could be a star! Channel Seven Local News
Oh, and if you miss the television report you can view the video clip on our Video Index Page.... CLICK HERE.



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