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As at Monday May 19, 2014

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OFFSHORE: Wow! It was a shock to the system to be faced with a week of rough weather after nearly two months of eminently fishable conditions. Fresh to strong (18 to 25 knot+) south easterlies hammered the offshore scene most of the week with few opportunities to get out and get into it. Noosa Blue Water Charters spotted a small window coming up on Saturday morning and scheduled a trip to North Reef. The swell was around the 1.5m mark and while the winds were light and from the south west early on, they cranked up a notch and turned south easterly about mid morning. Lumpy but fishable was the feedback. The result? Grass sweetlip, venus tusk fish, collared bream and moses perch off the bottom and spotted mackerel berleyed into the upper layers and taken on pilchard floaters. Linden Cripps from Tewantin and Beau Milne from Peregian (below) are pictured with a couple of spotties from that charter.
Spotted Mackerel
The bar was a little bit gnarly on some days but quite flat on those mornings when the overnight winds were from the south. I suspect a lot of offshore boaties were more than happy to have a break and put their feet up, however, with many reporting little or no freezer space left after such a strong run of mackerel. As a result, there were none of the usual die-hards venturing out into the relative shelter of Laguna Bay and no reports of tuna from in close this week.
ONSHORE: Chopper tailor were on the prowl on the Noosa North Shore coastal surf beach stretch from the Third Cutting to Teewah township while quality whiting were biting in the gutters just before the camping grounds. Over on the east side, Marcus Beach and Peregian Beach yielded bream, tarwhine, a few dart and quality whiting. Wayne Pittard, below, is pictured with a 33cm sand whiting that he caught on a beach worm at Marcus Beach on Thursday morning.
Whiting Red Emperor
In the estuary, the river mouth ran hot and cold with baitfish being harassed just off the rock groyne beach (north of the car park rocks) earlier in the week. Aside from flathead, bream and tarwhine, there were no reports of any standouts from that area during the day. After dark, however, there were mangrove jacks and school jewfish on the prowl with the odd keeper 'jewie' in the mix. Note; the minimum legal size for jewfish or mulloway is 75cm and there are lots of juveniles in our system. If you hook one, please handle it with care and return it to the water as soon as practical. And how about this for a colourful catch! Lee Campbell from Brisbane (above right) caught and released a juvenile red emperor at the mouth on Sunday while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari.
Tahlija Redgard from Peregian (above) and her boyfriend were fishing the river mouth on Friday morning when they spotted the bait fish flying out of the water. They were hoping to pick up a keeper jewfish if possible but this cheeky tarwhine took Tahlija's live worm bait before any serious predators could get to it. Tahlija's magazine cover pose was good enough to win her this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize. The fish was released straight after.
Further up, the Frying Pan produced flathead and some big whiting (on live yabbies) while in the Woods Bays there was some serious early morning bust-ups from GT's (in excellent numbers), chopper tailor (with the odd greenback amongst them) and some quality queenfish to 85cm. Sugapen surface lures worked well there. There were also a few good size bream (to 40cm) taken during the day there while mangrove jacks were on the prowl after dark. The Munna Point/Noosaville stretch was good for bream, trevally (mostly big eye at the start of the run-in tide) and quality flathead on the last of the run-out. Mark Watson from Sydney (above) caught this thumper 70cm flathead just out from Munna Beach on Saturday afternoon while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari.
Mangrove Jack Bream
The Gympie Terrace stretch was also good for the odd mangrove jack after dark. Local angler Adam Murray (above left) put in the time there on Wednesday night but wasn't rewarded until the early hours of Thursday morning when his mullet strip baits accounted for a 47cm and then a 49cm jack. The photo, by the way, was taken later in the morning in Weyba Creek. To top the session off, Adam was at the Gympie Terrace boat ramp putting the boat on the trailer when he saw a big mud crab walking along in the shallows. He grabbed his landing net, scooped it up, and to his delight found it was a legal sized buck!
Apart from that, thumper bream were out and about in Noosa Waters while flathead, trevally and school jewfish were active around the Tewantin ski runs.
On the freshwater scene, Paul Fleming from the Lake Macdonald Freshwater Fishing Club reports that as the water temperature lowers the fish are going lower in the water. They've currently been found at a depth of around 3 to 4 metres. Bass to 43cm were going for soft plastics at Three Ways and on small blades near the weed edges in Catfish Alley. There were also a few small schools working in about six metres of water in Bass Bay and in the main basin.
The 2014 Noosa River to Reef Family Fishing Classic starts Friday May 30, 2014 and finishes Sunday June 1, 2014.

The venue: The Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club.

Apart from the prizes for the top three fish in each category, and lots of giveaways, Senior contestants go in the draw to win one of two boat packages, total value $25,000.00.
Junior entrants go in the draw to win one of two Hobie Quest fishing kayaks.

Plus, if you enter before May 23, 2014 you'll get a special 'Early Bird' price and you'll be in the draw for the $1000.00 Esky and fishing tackle prize.
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