The Noosa  Fishing Report


As at Monday April 13, 2009

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Noosa river bar crossing.
OFFSHORE:
Whoopee doo! The swell eased and the wet south easterlies finally dropped below the 20 knot mark. This wondrous event basically meant that conditions went from last week's 'bloody awful' to being 'sort of fishable' and allowed the desperates and die-hards an opportunity to get out to the closer local reefs. North Reef was as far as anybody cared to venture but with only average size squire, parrot fish and pearl perch on the bite in underwhelming numbers it seemed hardly worth the effort. Sunshine 'Close' was a much better option, especially earlier in the week, and although it was pretty lumpy and the water was very murky, there were some good catches of sweetlip, moses perch, parrot fish, coral trout and snapper reported. There were also plenty of juvenile red throat emperor and red emperor caught and released.

ONSHORE: Conditions on the coastal surf beaches were less than ideal but that didn't seem to deter the long weekend holiday crowd, especially as far as the North Shore was concerned. Bream were in good numbers and size all along Teewah Beach, while in the surf gutters north of Teewah township, the standouts were whiting and chopper tailor.
River mouth car park rocks
The river was still chocka block with muddy water which put the upper estuary out of contention unless you were looking Mud Crabsto load up on catfish.
High tide at the river mouth was a good option under the circumstances with bream and a few quality whiting being the standout species there.
Please note; There are a lot of juvenile fish on the bite at the moment so minimum legal sizes should be adhered to.
Mud crabs were out in excellent numbers this week with one even being taken on a baited line down at the river mouth.
Robert James (right) did really well on Wednesday and Thursday, reporting plenty of big 'Jennies' but also a good haul of legal size 'Bucks' as pictured.
He attracted these quality muddies using tuna and reef fish frames.
Apart from that, Weyba Creek (which seemed less affected by the fresh water inundation) produced a few flathead and the odd quality bream while there were also a few mangrove jacks reported to be on the prowl around the Munna Point Bridge after dark towards the end of the week.
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