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The Noosa  Fishing Report
As at Monday August 29, 2011
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OFFSHORE: Well, it wasn't exactly one of the better weeks on record, certainly not as far as the offshore scene was concerned. Wet, moderate to strong (20 to 30 knot) variable southerlies and a 3m+ swell hammered the coastline until the weekend and it wasn't until the winds dropped below 15 knots on Sunday that the offshore reefs were back in play.
Noosa Bar Crossing this morning.
The sizable swell that persisted earlier in the week quickly dropped away over the weekend but realistically the open reefs weren't comfortably fishable until today. Considering the 'almost back to winter' conditions we endured for most of the week it's hard to believe how sweet the bar and bay were looking when the above photo was taken around 8am today.
Snapper
With conditions improving out of sight, Noosa Blue Water Charters made a run to The Hards this morning, coming back with hussar, pearl perch and, as you can see by Shane Holden's fish in the photo above, a few quality snapper to 5.5kg.
Snapper, Bonito and Sweetlip Gary and John from the Noosa Boat Fishing Club postponed their trip to Double Island Point twice before finally making it out there today. They were pleased they went though, coming back with sweetlip, Maori cod, bonito and snapper. By the way, the club will be holding it's monthly meeting at the Villa Noosa this Wednesday night, August 31. See you there.
Northern Bluefin Tuna
Fishing Offshore Noosa vessel Trekka 1 worked Chardon's Reef today for a chill bin of squire, moses perch, venus tusk fish, teraglin jewfish and, as per the fish that Brad Saunders from Melbourne (above) is posing with, a 12kg+ longtail tuna.


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ONSHORE: The coastal beaches were quite deserted for most of the week due to the rather messy shore dump and cold, wet, blustery conditions. The only reports to hand, in fact, were of squire and the odd snapper responding well to small squid baits on Snapper Catchers off Dolphin Point in the National Park headland and dart and bream at Marcus Beach.
Boats around Munna Point this afternoon.
The estuary was a lot slower than previous weeks but flathead were still in good numbers and responding well to drifted live and dead baits, soft plastics and trolled hard body (black and grey) diving lures. Flathead hot spots were along the Gympie Terrace stretch and down at the river mouth where bream, whiting and, as per the photo below, the odd luderick were on the bite. Billy Budd (below) was one of only a couple of anglers chasing the blackfish at the river mouth car park rocks this week. They were very quiet and the fish Bill is pictured with on Tuesday afternoon was the only one he landed.
Luderick
Whiting were biting in the Frying Pan, around the Munna Flats and, along with flathead, around the shallow flats of Weyba Creek. Mangrove jacks were on the prowl along the snags in the stretch of Weyba Creek up towards the new bridge.
Estuary Cod
Noosa River Fishing Safaris reported success with the bread and butter species (flathead, bream and whiting) and also with the odd estuary cod. Kim Ward from Sydney (above) caught and released this 45cm cod while trolling Noosa Sound with Chris Arnold from NRFS on Saturday morning. The lure that got the action was a red and black Killalure Flatz Rat 2.
Flathead
Further up, the first ski run at Tewantin produced trevally, flathead and jewfish on soft plastics. The lizards also went for fresh mullet baits as Bryce Francis (above) discovered when he boated this 1.8kg specimen there on Monday afternoon.

Important Notice: From Thursday Sept. 1, 2011, snapper bag or 'possession' limits will be reduced from five to four, with a maximum of one fish with a total length over 70cm allowed. The minimum size limit for snapper will remain at 35cm. This will apply to all recreational fishers, including those fishing from charter boats.

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