The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday December 12th 2005

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OFFSHORE: Although the week got of to a bit of a rough start (with 20 knot+ north westerlies making life a tad uncomfortable for the offshore brigade) conditions improved quite dramatically from Friday onwards. The weekend, in fact, was as good as it gets with light to moderate south easterlies and a hardly noticeable swell providing the weekend warriors with a welcome bonus. Squire, Snapper, Parrot Fish, Cobia, Moses Perch, Pearl Perch and Sweetlip were common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, for those with bigger boats and larger fuel tanks, 'The Hards' produced Maori Cod, Mahi Mahi and Rosy Jobfish, while at Double Island Point the bonus species (as per the photo below) was Gold Band Snapper. Elaine King from Pomona boated this 6.9kg specimen while out there on a full day Cougar Too charter on Saturday. She was kitted out with a Gary Howard rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline.
Gold Band Snapper
Spanish Mackerel

A little closer in, Massoud's Reef yielded Maori Cod while North Reef was the spot for Spotted Mackerel and, as you can see by the photo above right, Spanish Mackerel. Local angler Chris Johnson had just started trolling a Rapala lure out there around lunchtime today when, after only 15 seconds in the water, it was slammed by the 9kg Spaniard he's posing with. He was armed with a Daiwa Sealine Powerlift rod and a Penn GLS lever drag reel loaded with 15kg line. Sunshine Reef was popular this week, producing the common species mentioned earlier plus Striped Sea Perch, Shark and Red Emperor. Laguna Bay, apart from the presence of the odd 20kg Northern Bluefin Tuna near the shark nets, was quiet.

ONSHORE: While the the dreaded 'weed' put a dampener on the surf action on the North Shore, the east side beaches were uncluttered and well patronised. Castaways Beach produced Bream, Whiting and Tarwhine, as did Sunshine Beach Whitingwith the added bonus of Dart and Chopper Tailor. Other areas of note were Marcus Beach which yielded Whiting and Bream and Peregian Beach where Dart, Chopper Tailor and Bream were on the bite. In the river, Flathead were in good numbers down towards the river mouth (along with the Whiting and Estuary Cod), in the Munna Point area (on soft plastics and Whitebait), Weyba Creek (on soft plastics) and up around the Tewantin Ferry where Mangrove Jacks and Estuary Cod were also on the bite. Apart from that, Trevally and Tailor were active in the Woods Bays and there were quality Whiting on the chew near the Sheraton Bridge as Jeffery Evans from Mt. Coolum discovered yesterday morning. Jeffery used live Blood Worms as his main draw card with the elbow slapping 700gm specimen he's pictured with being his standout fish. He was armed with an Abu Garcia threadline outfit loaded with 8lb line. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were chasing gold Jackalls around 'The Gazebo' and 'Three Ways' while at Borumba Dam, most of the Saratoga and Bass action was at the Eagles Nest and in the Yabba Arm.

Oh, and don't forget to tune in to this Wednesday's ( 8.00pm, December 14th ) segment of the popular ABC TV series Surfing The Menu. This week's show is based in and around Noosa and you'll see the two larrakin chefs Curtis and Bender out in Laguna Bay with local yak anglers Bill 'Billybob' Watson and Cheryl 'Chezza' Lacey.
Surfing the Menu visit Noosa


And.... make sure you get yourself a ticket to the Davo's 'Fishing for Mackerel and Tuna' night being held at the Noosa Heads Bowls Club this Thursday (December 15th) at 7.00pm. Guest speakers will be TV presenter Gary Howard and Nick Ball from River2Sea lures. Tickets are $5.00 per head and kids under 16 are free!

Tickets are available from Davo's Bait and Tackle, Shop 6, Noosa Homemaker Centre, Mary Street, Noosaville.



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