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As at Monday May 28, 2012

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The Noosa Bar crossing. Photos taken from the Coast Guard tower at the river mouth between 1.50pm and 2.10pm on Sunday, May 27, 2012. Roughly two hours after a 1.4m high tide.
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OFFSHORE: Brrrrrr! It was 'chilly as' on the local reefs this week although once the sun had been up for an hour or so the woolly shirts and balaclavas could be comfortably dispensed with. Light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable southerlies dominated on most days with a westerly influence in the mornings and easterly in the afternoons. While it couldn't be described as glassed out it was eminently fishable. The bar crossing, as above, was quite straight forward.
Estuary Cod Spanish Mackerel
There were no reports from the out wide reefs this week with most boats focusing on the middle reef belt or closer in. North Reef was by far the most popular destination, but while it produced a wide range of species, they weren't in numbers to boast about. Tim French (above left) and his father Rick did quite well on inner North on Saturday morning, best results they've had so far this year in fact, coming back with Maori cod, sweetlip and a 6kg estuary cod, pictured. All on live fish baits. Other species boated at North Reef this week were spotted mackerel (to 3.5kg), moses perch, teraglin jewfish, small snapper, juvenile red emperor, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip, red throat emperor, hussar, pearl perch and the odd coral trout. The inner Coffees yielded Spanish mackerel.
Sunshine Reef was on again, off again but on the good days yielded yellowfin tuna, longtail tuna, squire, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, Maori cod and Spanish mackerel. Bruce Waldron, above right, from the Noosa Boat Fishing Club tempted his 14kg fish with a trolled Rapala X-Rap hard body lure on Wednesday.
Coral Trout and Squid
There were also a few coral trout and the odd quality squid on the prowl on Sunshine Reef this week. Travis Meyer, above, was fishing there around midday on Tuesday when he spotted a large squid swimming casually around his tinny. Although he'd never caught one before he did happen to have a squid jig in his kit and quickly rigged it on a handline and flicked it out. Much to his surprise, and pleasure, the squid (which weighed in at 1.6kg) jumped right on it. To
ice the cake he boated two tuskers, a red throat emperor and the 2kg trout in the photo. Victor Bailey's, by the way, was the spot for sweetlip and snapper.
Border Collie Northern Bluefin Tuna
The tuna were on the boil all along the Halls' Reef stretch in the latter half of the week. Two weeks ago we mentioned that just about very man and his dog had headed out over the bar. This week we have a photo of one of the dogs. Sy, the Border Collie (above left in case you need it pointed out) and his owner Chris 'Fella' Arnold from Noosa River Fishing Safaris had the morning off work on Saturday and, of course, went fishing. Working the Hall's Reef stretch with a 5" Gulp Shad soft plastic they hooked and landed a 10kg+ longtail. They were armed with a Shimano Stella 5000 reel, a T-Curve rod and 20lb braid.
Northern Bluefin Tuna
And Sean Finn (above) was working the numerous small boils from his fishing kayak near Little Hall's yesterday morning when his well cast metal slug lure was taken by the 9kg northern bluefin tuna he's pictured with. There were apparently quite a few mackerel tuna working the bait schools in that area as well.
Don't forget, the inaugural Noosa 'River to Reef' Family Fishing Classic is on this coming weekend. All weigh-ins, briefings and prize draws at the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club.
The Noosa River to Reef Family Fishing Classic
Late registrations will be accepted at the club from 4pm to 8pm on Friday, 1st June 2012. Prior to that you can lodge your entries at Davo's Compleat Angler, Mary Street, Noosaville.
Click on the links to view or download: THE ENTRY FORM  or  THE COMPETITION RULES
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ONSHORE: Dart were well spread and of good quality along the whole stretch of the North Shore coastal surf beach this week although the better fish came from around Teewah, as did some good quality whiting. Tailor were also reported on the bite up as far as Teewah township with the dusk to dawn period producing the better fish. Cliff 'The Bear' Andreassen (below) fished some good water just south of Teewah on Saturday night by way of a pre-fish for this weekend's Noosa River to Reef Family Fishing Classic and was pretty happy with the 3.0kg greenback tailor he picked up there on a bonito fillet. Even better, Cliff's well presented fish and just the hint of a smile (that's Cliff's best smile, believe me) won him this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
Across the bay, quality bream were on the bite off the rocks at Hell's Gates while further south, Marcus Beach was the spot for whiting, dart and flathead.
Greenback Tailor
In the estuary, bream, flathead and whiting were biting in the Frying Pan and at the river mouth. Aanya Cunningham from Mountain Creek, below left, caught bream to 27cm at the river mouth while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari on Saturday afternoon. The Woods Bays fired well this week, producing GT's, tea leaf, golden and big eye trevally, juvenile jewfish (around dusk), a few hairtail, quality queenfish, tailor and whiting. Braiden Jeynes (below right), son of Bob from Davo's Compleat Angler is pictured here with one of a number of quality whiting he caught recently on live beach worms in the inner Woods Bay.
Yellowfin Bream Whiting
Apart from that, bream were in good numbers in Weyba Creek, along the Noosaville stretch and, together with trevally and school jewfish, up around the mouth of and in, Lake Cooroibah. There were also lots of prawns on the run in that area and the odd mangrove jack was taken there on prawn soft plastics.
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