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As at Monday November 16, 2009

Noosa bar crossing
With the light to moderate variable northerlies settling in, the temperatures rose steadily as the week progressed. There wasn't a lot of swell on the bar to contend with, unless of course you ignored the channel and crossed slightly to the left. The outer reefs, unfortunately, ran hot and cold and many anglers had to work hard for a feed on the down days. The good news was that cobia were schooling in numbers which tended to make up for the lack of activity from many of the other species.
With conditions so settled, Chardon's Wide was worth a look, and those who went the distance reported catches of snapper, pearl perch, hussar, venus tusk fish and, as you can see by the photo below, gold band snapper. Jason from the Gold Coast was out there on Sunday on a Cougar One 'Maxi Day' when he boated this 5.5kg specimen.
Gold Band Snapper
Chardon's Reef itself worked better than most, producing one of the season's first keeper (5kg) Spanish mackerel, a couple of quality 5kg spotties, plus Maori cod, teraglin jewfish, pearl perch, snapper, venus tusk fish, moses perch and, as per the photo below, cobia. Melbourne visitor Chris Bolt nailed the 9kg black kingfish he's pictured with while out there on a 3/4 day Cougar One charter on Thursday.
North Reef was the spot for average size pearl perch, Maori cod, moses perch, teraglin jewfish, some quite decent snapper and the odd quality cobia while at Sunshine Reef the standouts were pearl perch, squire, sweetlip and cobia.
Local yak angler Ian Tagg (above) paddled out there on Saturday morning and after a slow start picked up a few reefies then attracted the attention of this 9.5kg cobia with a whole fresh banana prawn. The bait was obviously very tempting because when Ian first engaged his Shimano Baitrunner 4500 drag it pulled the hook. He was left reeling in a slack line for about 30 seconds before the hungry fish came back and gave it a second try, this time hooking itself successfully.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches fired up a bit more this week with the North Shore stretch working particularly well. Whiting were biting wherever there was good water although the area around the camp grounds produced them in good numbers and quality. Around the Red Canyon and about ten km's north of Teewah the tarwhine (to 960gm) and bream (to 840gm) were well and truly on the chew. There were also some big tarwhine landed up towards Double Island Point.
Over on the east side, whiting were in excellent numbers and of good quality at Sunshine Beach and Sunrise Beach, as they were at Marcus Beach (together with dart) and at north Peregian Beach where bream were an added bonus.
Trevally In the river the trevally went off big time in the Woods Bays earlier in the week with sundown signaling the start of a spectacular feeding frenzy on the baitfish that saw the waters boiling all over the place. These fish were hitting anything that was moving on the water and Chris Lacey from Davo's Bait and Tackle and his buddy Dean were in the thick of it. The dynamic duo caught and released a good number of these 'berserker' fish
and Chris paused in the middle of the mayhem for a quick pic and release. He was armed with a G-Loomis Crankbait rod and a Shimano Curado reel loaded with 4kg Fireline. The lure that got the results (although anything apparently would have done) was a 20gm Halco Twisty.
Mangrove Jack The flathead activity seemed to be concentrated down at the river mouth this week with fresh prawn baits and soft plastic prawn lures doing all the damage on the runout towards low tide. Whiting were biting along the Gympie Terrace stretch and around Munna Beach from the DPI to the Coast Guard. Apart from that, most of the mangrove jack action came from Weyba Creek 'Dazza' from Cooran (above) discovered on Saturday night. Dazza was slow retrieving a Gladiator Prawn lure (with a stinger treble) just before midnight when the 1.8kg 'Jack' he's pictured with slammed it hard. He was armed with a Pfleugar 2kg-4kg rod and a Shimano Sedona 1500 reel loaded with 4lb Fireline and 10lb Berkley Vanish leader.
Bass On the freshwater scene the Lake MacDonald Fishing Club held their annual Toby Brown Cowbell Trophy Competition on Saturday. This is a bass and saratoga catch and release event between the Lake MacDonald club and their arch rivals, the Yandina Fishing Club. It's a bit like the Bledisloe Cup without the crowds or commentary, but taken very seriously nonetheless. We haven't got the final winners' tally yet but will update you as the info comes in. Meantime, above, Jim Underwood from the Yandina Club came in early with a couple of good bass that he posed with before weighing them in. Other information to hand was of bass responding to Blades and Jackalls in Toga Bay and the mouth of Borer Creek.

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