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Fishing Feature: Local Lures Loved by Fish Thursday 2013-11-07

For over a decade now, Swan Boat Hire has stocked one of the most unique and effective lures on the market, the locally made and designed, aptly named 'Maroochy Minnow' by JH Lures.

Jeff Hobart, long time coast local, took his passion for fishing and turned it into a little more than a casual leisurely passtime. He has spent much of his spare time over the past twelve years making and designing lures that have been crafted and adapted to best suit Sunshine Coast estuarys, creeks, lakes and dams.

"I developed a passion for lure making after meeting a fellow fishermen and lure maker who crafted unusual shaped lure bodies which caught fish in our favourite haunts. After becoming intrigued by his design ideas, I made my first lure out of some pine, 120 mm long with a set of strong hooks. At this point, my target fish was barramundi - not long after this I landed and brought home a 105 cm barramundi with my handmade creation and thus I was hooked!" Jeff explains.

This was the beginning of Jeff's hobby-turned-business in tailor-made tackle. Since the late 90's he has been inspired to make and design many different shapes and sizes to suit the variety of species in local waters. After many years of refining designs and using different timbers he came up with some proven winners. Most notable is the ever successful Maroochy Minnow which comes in colours specifically to target flathead, mangrove jack, trevally, cod, jew and barra.

"I have become a perfectionist in lure making, with no less than 2 hours spent on every individual lure including handcalved and shaped timber (cedar, beech and pine), sanding, buffing, inserting lead, spraying artistically and hand-machining eye sockets for inserting 3D eyes. This doesn't include the testing which I do by swimming every lure in a friend's pool before packaging it to ensure performance".

What makes Jeff's lure stand out from the many, many varieties of hardbody lures in the market, is his attention to detail such as weighting down to body to help slow buoyancy rise and keep the belly down as they hit the water, making for optimum quick and deep nose dive, handmade stainless steel tows glued and screwed for strength and durability, as well as robust computer cut polycarbonate bibs which are tough as nails.

"To me a timber lure has more character than any two-piece plastic lures from China. Most plastic hardbody's have internal rattles that deter fish rather than attract them. Swim action and colour attraction will get a fish to strike, so my lures closely resemble a bait fish at the right size and shape as those in local waters, then you're more likely to have a hook up".

For the full range of lures Jeff has made, loads of fish from the catch gallery with the lure that caught them, plus some great images of the lure making process - check out www.facebook.com/JHLures. And there are plenty in stock at Swan Boat Hire where the staff have all given them a red hot go and claim they're the best local lure to use in the Maroochy River for under $20. Jeff's lures are also exclusively sold online at https://www.swanboathire.com.au/shop.html and for a limited time buy 5 or more JH Lures for free shipping!

Flathead Minnow

Tried and tested on flathead, the 65mm Maroochy Minnow in Suncoast Holo.

Jeff Hobart Flathead Minnow

Jeff Hobart with a Maroochy River flathead caught on one of his Maroochy Minnow lures.

Jeff Hobart Flathead Minnow Halo

Jeff in Bli Bli testing out a newly made lure and jagging a nice flathead - a sign of success!

JH Lures Sizes

Minnows Drying

4. Minnows drying after being sprayed with their realistic colourings to attract fish.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2013-11-07

Offshore

Big snapper and Cobia of Double Island Point. Big snapper to 7kg from the Banks. Jew fish from Murphy's and Coolum Reefs. Plenty of spotty mackerel from Currimundi.

Estuary's:

Noosa: Tarpon, jew and flathead in the evenings and bream, flathead and whiting during the day at the Noosa River mouth. Flathead, bream and whiting in Weyba Creek. Good flathead along the Tewantin reach. School jew, jacks and threadfin Salmon between the lakes.

Maroochydore: Large school of herring have been moving throughout the lower river on the daily tide. Sand crabs in the lower river. Mangrove jack in the middle-upper river and creeks. Some good whiting around the Bli Bli Islands, with smaller fish coming from the lower river. Flathead from Bli Bli and the creek mouths.

Kawana: Bream in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River. A few trevally feed along the rock walls in the lower river and from McKenzies Bridge. Jack in the canals and mud crabs in the deep holes in the upper reaches. Whiting from the yabbie banks in middle river.

Caloundra: Sand crabs in the passage. Bream and trevally off the boardwalk. Plenty of flathead in the northern end of the passage. Some good whiting on from the mouth of Bells. Jacks in Bells and Coochin Creek and Pelican Waters.

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Sand Crab Chambers Island

The sand crabs have moved back into the river on the big high tides providing good fun for young anglers on Chambers Island.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2013-11-06

Offshore

East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots, with less than 1m of swell. Big snapper and Cobia of Double Island Point. Big snapper to 7kg from the Banks. Jew fish from Murphy's and Coolum Reefs. Plenty of spotty mackerel from Currimundi.

Estuary's:

Noosa: Bream, flathead and whiting around the Noosa River mouth. Flathead, bream and whiting in Weyba Creek. Good flathead along the Tewantin reach. School jew, jacks and threadfin Salmon between the lakes.

Maroochydore: Large school of herring have been moving throughout the lower river on the daily tide. Try for mangrove jack in the middle-upper river and creeks. Some good whiting around the Bli Bli Islands, with smaller fish coming from the lower river. Flathead from Bli Bli and the creek mouths.

Kawana: Bream in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River. A few trevally feed along the rock walls in the lower river and from McKenzies Bridge. Jack in the canals and mud crabs in the deep holes in the upper reaches. Whiting from the yabbie banks in middle river.

Caloundra: Plenty of flathead in the northern end of the passage. Some good whiting on popper from the mouth of Bells. Jacks in Bells and Coochin Creek and Pelican Waters.

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Andy Gunn Snapper Double Island Point

Andy Gunn caught this solid snapper off Double Island Point over the weekend on a Zman soft plastic.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2013-11-05

Offshore

Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, easing to 10 to 15 knots by late morning, so be ready there could be fishable conditions later in the day.

Estuary's:

Noosa: Bream, flathead and whiting around the Noosa River mouth. Flathead, bream and whiting in Weyba Creek. Good flathead along the Tewantin reach. School jew, jacks and threadfin Salmon between the lakes. The big tides after the new moon will have a few mud crabs on the move in the river systems.

Maroochydore: The Anglers Almanac, shows there could be good fish feeding activity for a few more days after last Sundays New Moon. Try for mangrove jack in the middle-upper river and creeks. Some good whiting around the Bli Bli Islands, with smaller fish coming from the lower river. Flathead from Bli Bli and the creek mouths.

Kawana: Bream in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River. A few trevally feed along the rock walls in the lower river and from McKenzies Bridge. Jack in the canals and mud crabs in the deep holes in the upper reaches. Whiting from the yabbie banks in middle river.

Caloundra: Plenty of flathead in the northern end of the passage. Some good whiting on popper from the mouth of Bells. Jacks in Bells and Coochin Creek and Pelican Waters.

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7Kg Snapper Caloundra 9mile Top Catch

The crew aboard Top Catch Charters took a 7kg snapper caught by Wayne on the Caloundra 9mile on Sunday the cod he also bagged was at currimundi reef. There were lots of bait schools in close and it looks like it's going to be a good mackerel season with all the dry weather we've been getting.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2013-11-04

Offshore

Southeasterly 15 to 25 knots today, will give more rough conditions, so stay inshore, but tomorrows southeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the day could be worth a look.

Estuary's:

Noosa: Bream, flathead and whiting around the Noosa River mouth. Flathead, bream and whiting in Weyba Creek. Good flathead along the Tewantin reach. School jew, jacks and threadfin Salmon between the lakes. The big tides after the new moon will have a few mud crabs on the move in the river systems.

Maroochydore: The Anglers Almanac, shows there could be good fish feeding activity for the next couple of days after last Sundays New Moon. Try for mangrove jack in the middle-upper river and creeks. Some good whiting around the Bli Bli Islands, with smaller fish coming from the lower river. Flathead from Bli Bli and the creek mouths.

Kawana: Bream in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River. Trevally feed along the rock walls in the lower river and from McKenzies Bridge. Jack in the canals and mud crabs in the deep holes in the upper reaches. Whiting from the yabbie banks in middle river.

Caloundra: Plenty of flathead in the northern end of the passage. Some good whiting on popper from the mouth of Bells. Jacks in Bells and Coochin Creek and Pelican Waters.

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Pearl Perch Barwon Banks Fish n crab

The Crew onboard Fish n Crab Deep Sea Charters caught a few pearl perch last week on the Barwon Banks.

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