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As at Monday May 7, 2012
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OFFSHORE: There were no complaints from the bluewater boys this week with mostly light to moderate variable winds to contend with. The easterly swell was in the 1.5m to 2m range but that didn't seem to be too much of a deterrent to all but the smallest boats. The bar crossing was a bit challenging at times
but those who did their research and exercised a bit of patience had no problem. Best of all, conditions over the long weekend were as good as they get.
Spangled Emperor
A few boats ventured a bit further afield this week. Some of the bigger boats checked out Double Island Point but while they reported tusk fish and snapper to 6kg on the bite (and in numbers), the sharks were prolific and there were apparently more reef fish lost to the noahs than there were stowed in the chilly bins.
Out wide, the Barwon Banks produced cobia, gold spot wrasse, venus tusk fish, moses perch, pearl perch, fusilier, mackerel tuna and, as you can see by the photo above, the odd quality spangled emperor. Paul Banner boated this 5.5kg specimen while out there on a 3/4 day Cougar One charter on Sunday.
Jewfish or Mulloway Cobia or Black Kingfish
North Reef was dotted with boats over the last three or four days but it was a bit of a lottery with some anglers doing very well and some hardly losing a bait.
Fishing Offshore Noosa hit a good patch there on Sunday when they got onto a few squire, teraglin jewfish, moses perch, mulloway and cobia. Ben Janke from Placid Hills (above left) was over the moon when he boated a 7kg jewfish while Bodil and Freya Allen from east Brisbane are pictured with a 6kg cobia.
Other species reported on the bite there today were snapper (on the southern end) plus the odd northern bluefin tuna and, on the boil, mackerel tuna.
Coral Trout
Sunshine Reef rewarded the faithful with longtail tuna, mackerel tuna, cobia, sweetlip and coral trout on the bite. Young Jayden Westland (above) boated his first ever coral trout there on Sunday morning and at 2.1kg it was a great debut, considering it also won him the $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
Cobia Northern Bluefin Tuna
The boat ramp car parks were chokka block today with lots of hopeful anglers hitting the local reefs. Dave Burnam from Doonan (above left) hit Sunshine Reef early but it wasn't until about 8.30am, which was bang on the top of the tide, that his squid/pilchard combo attracted the attention of the 8.1kg cobia he's posing with. And Sommer Portway (above right), on holiday in Noosa from Northcote in Victoria, hit the jackpot at Little Halls Reef (with her father Andrew) when her pilchard bait was taken by a feisty 10kg northern bluefin tuna. The bluefins were also active out around Jew Shoal and just out from Granite Bay.
Don't forget, the inaugural Noosa 'River to Reef' Family Fishing Classic will be held on the first weekend of June. That's roughly three weeks 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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ONSHORE: There were plenty of holiday makers on the North Shore over the long weekend but not a lot of reports. Tremayne Fuller (below left) was up there on Thursday with his family and they did quite well not far from the camp grounds, catching flathead, dart, bream, tarwhine, a shovel nose ray and whiting. Tremayne's 600gm elbow slapper went for a live beach worm. Across the bay, the headland rocks (Dolphin Point to the Fairy Pools) yielded jewfish, sweetlip and bream. Further south, north Sunshine Beach produced chopper tailor while Marcus Beach was the spot for bream, dart and quality whiting.
Whiting Bream
The estuary system wasn't as dynamic as it has been of late but there was still a bit of bream and flathead action down at the river mouth and in the Frying Pan. Bream were also active (together with chopper tailor and trevally) around Tewantin. Seven year old Sam Warburton from Sydney (above right) caught and released bream to 27cm around the rock bar at Tewantin while on a Noosa River Fishing Safaris charter on Saturday. His bait? Prawns and whitebait.
Mangrove Jack
The Woods Bays area was one of the better producers this week with school jewfish responding well to slow worked soft plastics and Savoy Shads, trevally going for surface poppers and mangrove jacks monstering Gladiator Prawn lures and live fish baits, especially at night. Rick Gosses from Cooroy (above) defied the odds and fished the Woods around lunchtime on Wednesday and, using live herring as his draw card, came back not long after with a 2kg 'Jack'.
Apart from that, some good size whiting were biting along the Gympie Terrace stretch, bream, flathead and trevally were active in Weyba Creek and the back of Noosa Sound, queenfish were going for poppers just out from T-Boats and barramundi were chasing live fish baits in the Munna Point area after dark.
Bass Bass
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald bass were schooling in Gazebo Bay but weren't overly responsive, with Jackalls getting the occasional hit.
The Botanical Gardens Reach also yielded the odd bass to 34cm. Bass Bay was a better option with fish to 43cm going for 1/4oz blades and soft plastics. Sue Fleming (above left) is pictured with two of the better fish that she and her husband Paul boated on Saturday afternoon. At Borumba Dam, Dwayne Cook from Davo's Compleat Angler reported that the bass were roed up and getting ready to head for the dam walls. The saratoga were apparently feeding on insects but ignoring lure and flies but in the back of the Yabba arm he caught and released three bass to 48cm using an old Fred Arbogaster hard body lure.
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