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As at Monday May 21, 2012
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Don't forget, the Noosa 'River to Reef' Family Fishing Classic will be held over the first weekend of June. That's about ten days from now on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of June, 2012.

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.

The Boat Show will also be on again, as will the Ferry Race, so it'll be a fun weekend.

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Crossing in over the Bar.
On paper it was a pretty good forecast for the week with light to moderate south south easterlies and a 1.2m to 1.5m swell predicted. The reality was a bit different at times, however, with the occasional 15 to 20 knot south easterly blow chopping up the local reefs and making conditions a tad uncomfortable, especially in the afternoons. The worst case scenario though was that some days were rather lumpy, but all days were definitely fishable.
Spotted Mackerel
Double Island Point was on the agenda for some of the bigger boats although those who went the distance reported a lot of 'just average' size reef fish on the bite there. Species boated at 'D.I.' were; snapper (in numbers), venus tusk fish (to 38cm), coral bream, heaps of juvenile red emperor, grass sweetlip, moses perch and Maori cod. Back along the middle reef belt, Chardon's Reef produced moses perch, snapper, pearl perch, venus tusk fish and sweetlip, as did North Reef but with the added bonus of spotted mackerel, Maori cod, greasy cod, juvenile red emperor, mowong and the odd Spanish mackerel. Emma Brighton from Roma (above) is pictured with a 3.5kg+ spotted mackerel she boated while fishing North Reef on a half day Cougar One charter on Saturday.
Spanish Mackerel
Fishing Offshore Noosa got into quite a few Spaniards last week but we didn't have room for the photo above in the last report so here it is now. James Logan from Cooroibah (left in photo) and Jarod Davis from Noosaville boated these 4.8kg and 6kg Spanish mackerel while on a half day charter on Sunday.
Grass Sweetlip Northern Bluefin Tuna
It was a bit chilly in Noosa most mornings and even more so on the water. Local angler Tim French (above left) was well rugged up for his early morning fish at North Reef on Saturday. He reported conditions as 'sloppy' and while he and his dad boated a number of reefies, Tim's 3.5kg+ 'Lipper' was their standout.
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was pretty quiet with just the odd northern bluefin tuna on the prowl. Laguna Bay fired up a bit, however, with mackerel tuna and northern bluefin tuna coming on the boil sporadically just out from the river mouth and along the Hall's Reef stretch. Mark Norman (above right) found the longtails on the boil opposite the Third Cutting last Monday afternoon and picked up the 9.3kg fish he's posing with on a well cast 20gm Halco Twisty slug.
Broad-Barred or Grey Mackerel
'North' or 'Big' Hall's Reef really fired up on Sunday with spotted mackerel, northern bluefin tuna (in good numbers), mackerel tuna and the odd broad-barred mackerel on the bite. Local yak angler Ian Tagg nailed three longtails, average size 9.5kg, on 40gm slugs in a hot morning session (sorry Ian, no room for your photo) and Gabe Bell from Sunrise Beach, above, tempted his 7kg broad-barred or grey mackerel with a trolled Lively Lures 'Blue Pilly' hard body lure.
ONSHORE: Most of the reports from the Noosa North Shore coastal beach stretch this week came from the bottom end of Teewah Beach with whiting, dart and tailor on the bite from the river mouth to the Third Cutting. School jewfish were also active around dawn and dusk in the waters opposite the First Cutting.
Marcus Beach apparently has some excellent looking gutters and holes but the only feedback from there concerned dart, bream and the odd shovel nose.
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In the estuary, flathead were in mega numbers in the Frying Pan and at the river mouth towards the end of the week. Roger Bayliss and Andy Lacey from Auckland (below left) were fishing the 'Pan' and the river mouth on a Noosa River Fishing Safari charter this morning when the 'Lizards' came on the bite big time, right on high tide. Lures, live fish baits, prawns and flesh baits were hammered in a frenzy of activity which filled the live fish well in no time flat.
And on the same charter, Taylor 'Chop' Kupr (below right) nailed the 35cm whiting he's posing with in the Frying Pan on a small River2Sea Bubble Popper.
Flathead Whiting
Bream were also on the bite in that area and whiting were schooling around the sand pump lagoon near the river mouth car park rocks. The Woods Bays fired up big time this week with whiting, queenfish (to one metre), quality tailor and trevally (tea leaf, GT's and big eyes) all active, especially around first light.
Weyba Creek was the spot for moses perch, bream and (up towards the lake) flathead while the better quality mangrove jacks were on the prowl at night around the back of the Sound and down in the Frying Pan. Quality bream were taken opposite the Noosa Marina at Tewantin while the ski run produced flathead. Jamie Blee and Ryan Kendall (below) won the $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize with the three lizards (to 68cm) they boated there on Sunday.
Apart from that, the waters between the lakes yielded the odd small mangrove jack while whiting were biting along the Gympie Terrace stretch. Micha Welsh (below right) used a live Davo's beach worm near the boat ramp to tempt the 26cm whiting he's pictured with. Last but not least, Weyba Creek had a few long toms on the prowl. The De-Leeuw boys from the Netherlands (Menno, Mees and father Vincent), below left, were fishing Weyba Creek on Tuesday with Noosa River Fishing Safaris when Menno's pilchard floater attracted the attention of the long tom pictured. The fish was released after a quick pic.
Long Tom Whiting
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald bass were in numbers with plenty of fish to 43cm chasing soft plastics, blades, Jackalls and spinnerbaits around Three Ways. Gazebo Bay had large schools of bass (30cm to 35cm) on the prowl across all depths of water. At Borumba Dam the better quality bass were taken around the timbers at the junction of the two Arms and small schools of bass (28cm to 34cm) were active near the edges of the main basin.
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