The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday April 9, 2007

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OFFSHORE: The Easter long weekend was a bit of a fizzer as far as the offshore scene was concerned with fresh to Maori Codstrong (20 to 30 knot) south easterlies limiting outside excursions to the relative shelter of Laguna Bay. The first half of the week, however, while at times a bit lumpy, was certainly fishable and those boaties that could, made the most of the opportunity. Parrot Fish, Moses Perch and Sweetlip were common to the visited reefs. In addition, Massoud's Reef produced Maori Cod and Pearl Perch, as did North Reef but with the added bonus of Spotted Mackerel and Shiny Mackerel. Massoud's Reef, in fact, was the spot for some of this week's top weight Maori Cod as Sydney visitor James Neale (right) found on Friday. He was on a half day Cougar One charter at the time and tempted the 5.5kg 'Bro' he's pictured with using a Pilchard bait. Coral TroutHe was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded with 30lb line. Closer in, Arkwright Shoal yielded Railway Perch while on Sunshine Reef the standout species was, as you can see by the photo on the right, quality Coral Trout. Local lad Brodie Hardman was out there on Tuesday morning and while conditions were less than ideal, still managed to boat the 5.5kg 'Trout' he's posing with. Brodie was armed with a Shimano TLD15 offshore combo loaded with 25lb line and 55lb mono trace. His bait? Live Yakka. Apart from that, Laguna Bay was simply buzzing with bait boils and while the pursuing pelagics were mostly Mackerel Tuna (on 10gm slugs) there were Northern Bluefin Tuna in amongst them chasing 50gm slugs. Over towards the North Shore, Spotted and school Mackerel made a tentative appearance in close near Teewah.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a good spot to wet a line earlier in the week and there were no shortage of Tailortakers, even when the winds picked up over the weekend. The North Shore, of course, was inundated with holiday campers and, fortunately, there were plenty of Dart and Whiting to go around. Best results for those species came from the waters opposite Teewah and about 3km's north of there where Flathead and Bream were also on the bite. Bream were also well and truly on the bite around the camping ground while further north at Rainbow Lagoon there were some quality Flathead on the chew. Over on the east side the only report of note was of a few quality Tailor at Sunrise Beach.
In the river, Whiting were in good numbers and quality down towards the river mouth and the Frying Pan gutters (on live worms) as were Flathead (live Herring), and, as you can see by the photo above right, Tailor. Jason and Shane Mangrove JackSkinner from Cooroibah hit the jackpot while fishing from the North Shore side on Thursday and Friday when their Mullet fillet and Pilchard baits attracted the attention of a number of Choppers and Greenbacks, their top weight being 2.6kg. Jason, pictured with the 2kg fish he landed on Friday, was armed with a light Alvey surf combo loaded with 4kg line and a wire trace. Trevally were in good numbers in the Woods Bays, responding to surface poppers and cast metal slug lures at dawn and dusk while this week's Mangrove Jack hot spots were around the Tewantin ferry and, as per the photo on the right, the jetties and snags in the bottom end of Weyba Creek. Local angler Mark Arnall Tempted this very nice 2kg specimen with an 8cm gold Halco Roosta Popper on Friday morning. His outfit was a Daiwa Pixy baitcaster rod and an Abu Revo SX reel loaded with 16lb braid and 20lb Seagar fluorocarbon leader.
Apart from that, Flathead were active in the stretch from Tewantin to Lake Cooroibah and also between the lakes. On the freshwater scene, Bass were chasing surface poppers at the mouth of Kin Kin Creek in the upper Noosa River system while the Lake MacDonald Bass were responding well to spinnerbaits and Jackalls around 'Three Ways' and soft plastics (in good numbers) at the 'Gazebo'.
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