The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday August 17, 2009
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OFFSHORE: It was another glorious week out on the local reefs with light to moderate variable westerlies dominating the offshore scene until halfway through the weekend. The fishing, unfortunately, was a bit patchy at times with anglers bagging out on snapper and associated reef fish one day when on the next day they were hard pushed to catch a scale.
Amberjack The excellent weather saw the bigger boats head out wide and most found the effort well worth the cost of the extra fuel. Snapper, pearl perch and moses perch were common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, Double Island Point produced cobia and teraglin jewfish while out wide of Chardon's Reef the extras were gold band snapper, gold spot wrasse and, as you can see by the accompanying photos, amberjack, scarlet sea perch and parrot fish. Justin McMahon (above) was out there on Sunday on a Cougar One 'Maxi Day' when he boated the 15.5kg 'A.J' he's pictured with.
Scarlet Sea Perch And a couple of days earlier, Chris Maxworthy from Brisbane (above) was out there on a full day Cougar One charter when he landed a 2kg scarlet sea perch while on the same trip, Bosta Gerretzen (below) boated a 2.5kg parrot fish.
Parrot Fish A little closer in, Chardon's Reef was the spot for parrot fish and Maori cod, as was North Reef but with the added bonus there of teraglin jewfish, quality cobia (to 18kg), the odd northern bluefin tuna plus plenty of average size squire
Back towards home base, Sunshine Reef produced the odd coral trout, sweetlip, and earlier in the week, lots of quality snapper to 5kg. In Laguna Bay the only reports of any activity were of the odd snapper on Jew Shoal over the weekend.

ONSHORE: There wasn't much to report from the coastal surf beaches this week. Conditions were great but the lack of swell meant that good gutters were few and far between. On the North Shore, while bream and tarwhine were widely spread, best results came from the waters between the 2nd and 3rd Cuttings. Bream and tarwhine were also well spread over on the east side but were not in numbers. Marcus Beach was the only standout, with quality whiting on the bite.
Down at the river mouth this afternoon. In the river, bream, chopper tailor and flathead were well spread with some good 'Lizard' action reported around the mouths of all the lakes, especially on soft plastics. Bream were responding best to fresh prawns and mullet flesh baits with best results coming from the Woods Bays (along with tailor) and the stretch from Tewantin to Lake Cooroibah. There was also a bit of trevally and tailor action around the top end of Lake Cooroibah.
Luderick The luderick had made themselves scarce over the last week or two but local angler Milan (above) decided to give it one last shot today and, working the small bay just up from the river mouth car park rocks, he came up trumps when he managed to land these two blackfish a couple of hours before high tide.
The end of a glorious week in Noosa On the freshwater scene, bass in the 47cm to 48cm range were on the bite around the timbered areas of Borumba Dam.


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