The Noosa  Fishing Report


As at Monday April 11th 2005

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OFFSHORE: The outer reefs were a total write-off this week with 20 to 25 knot South Easterlies, 2.5m seas and a 2.5m swell making conditions impossible even for the die-hards. Having said that, Laguna Bay was worth considering as the week wound to a close with Mackerel Tuna, Bonito, Spotted Mackerel and Northern Bluefin Tuna hammering the bait schools on Little Hall's Reef, 500m out from the river mouth, the inner bay, around the shark nets and North of Jew Shoal. There was also the odd Northern Bluefin Tuna cruising Tea Tree Bay as local yak angler Bill 'Billybob' Watson (right) found on Saturday morning. Bill was trolling a Gold Bomber lure across the bay when the 13kg 'Longtail he's pictured with hit it hard.
Northern Bluefin Tuna and Mackerel Tuna
Northern Bluefin Tuna
Being relatively lightly armed with a 3kg-6kg Shakespeare Gold Ugly Stik and a Shimano Baitrunner 3500 reel loaded with 6kg Fireline and 30lb leader, Bill allowed the fish to tow him and his Swing 'Angler' fishing kayak around for half an hour (and roughly 1km out into the bay) before tiring it enough to bring it to the side and gaff it. And, as we mentioned earlier, there were some pretty healthy 'boils' half a click out from the river mouth which was where another couple of 'Perception Yak Anglers' (above left) struck paydirt on Sunday morning. James Grant (left in photo) and Andrew Campbell were trolling a Reidy's B52 (James) and a Gold Bomber (Andrew) when they hooked up almost simultaneously. Andrew's Mackerel Tuna, his first Tuna from his kayak by the way, weighed in at 4.8kg. He was armed with a 3kg-5kg Gold Ugly Stik and a Shimano Baitrunner 3500 reel loaded with 6kg Fireline and a 30lb mono trace. James' Northern Bluefin tipped the Davo's scales at 12kg. His outfit was a 10kg G-Loomis rod and a Daiwa Certate reel loaded with 20lb braid and 18kg leader.

ONSHORE: As with offshore, the coastal surf beaches were pretty much a no go until later in the week. When fishable, Tailor and TrevallyCastaways Beach produced Dart, as did Sunshine Beach but with the added bonus of Tarwhine. Whiting were the standout species at Marcus Beach and Peregian Beach, where Bream were also on the bite. Further down the coast, Tailor were active at South Coolum and Mudjimba. In the river, Trevally, Flathead, Tailor and Bream were all quite active in the lower reaches and down at the river mouth. And it was down at the river mouth that local angler John Mitchell (right) boated the 1kg Tailor and 1.2kg Golden Trevally he's pictured with. John tempted these fish with whole Pilchard on 3x5/0 ganged hooks. He was armed with a Shakespeare threadline combo loaded with 12lb line and 35lb trace. Apart from that, Trevally were on the bite in the Woods Bays, Mangrove Jack (to 2kg) were reported at the Munna Point Bridge and the back of Noosa Sound and Weyba Creek was a good spot for the odd Flathead. On the Freshwater scene; there were juvenile Bass chasing 'Jackals' around the flats at Three Ways and better quality Bass responding to soft plastics on the edge of the weed beds around Gazebo Bay.


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