The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday December 10, 2007

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OFFSHORE: There were no complaints from the bluewater brigade this week. And no wonder. Light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable easterlies (with the odd north westerly earlier in the week), at least one TGO and an offshore swell that went from about 1m down to nothing as the week progressed, produced some pretty good conditions on the local reefs.
Snapper, Pearl Perch and Moses Perch The morning sessions were best, of course, ahead of the usual 15 to 20 knot north easterly sea breezes but those who planned their day around these rather predictable conditions were more than happy with their time on the water.
Squire, Parrot Fish, Pearl Perch and Moses Perch were common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, Massoud's Reef produced Sweetlip and Estuary Cod while at North Reef the extras were Teraglin Jewfish, Maori Cod, Sweetlip and, as you can see by the photo above, some quality Snapper.
John Carmichael, Phil Riley and John North (pictured) were out there on a three quarter day Cougar Too charter on Sunday and, apart from the usual reefies mentioned earlier, got onto a few 3kg and 4kg 'Knobbies'.
Closer in, Sunshine Reef fired quite well, yielding Cobia, Snapper, Red Emperor, Estuary Cod, Yellowfin Tuna and Sweetlip while in Laguna Bay, Jew Shoal had Snapper chasing soft plastics and Hall's Reef was the spot for Sweetlip.

ONSHORE: Results from the coastal surf beaches weren't exactly awe inspiring but there was at least a feed to had had for those who made the effort. The North Shore stretch produced mostly Dart and Whiting while up at Double Island Point, Trevally were the bonus species. Over on the east side, the only report of note was of quality Bream at Sunshine Beach.
Whiting
In the river, Whiting were (at times) in good numbers and of excellent quality with best results (along with Trevally, Flathead and Bream) coming from the stretch from Goat Island to the sand flats opposite Munna Beach. On the Gympie Terrace side, Flathead were responding to soft plastics along the Noosaville stretch, Trevally were chasing surface poppers and Whiting were also biting in close at the Munna Beach caravan park.
Yandina lad Nathanial Jensen (above) was fishing there with his grandparents on Saturday morning when this 650gm elbow slapper (his biggest Whiting ever) swallowed his live Yabbie bait. He was armed with an Alvey Estuary combo loaded with 8lb line. Apart from that there were Flathead (to 65cm) chasing soft plastics in the Woods Bays and a bit of Mangrove Jack activity around the Munna Point Bridge and in Weyba Creek.
Bream
Further upriver, the stretch between the lakes was particularly productive with Flathead, Mangrove Jacks and, as per the photo above, Tarwhine and Bream all on the bite. Noosaville lad Taylum Lamb boated the 600gm Tarwhine and 650gm Bream he's posing with yesterday morning using live Prawns as his draw card.
Last but not least there are a few Garfish schools in the system so if you're after some quality live bait you'd best cast your net around the weed beds in Weyba Creek or in the area just below the Tewantin ferry.
By the way. There have been a number of Barramundi reported in the system, more than likely flushed out of the smaller impoundments and lagoons upriver during this year's big rains. Fish to 7kg have been confirmed but please note, it's closed season on this species from Nov. 1, 2007 until Feb. 1, 2008 so if you catch one, take a quick pic and put it back.
On the freshwater scene, all the action was at Borumba Dam with Saratoga and quality Bass responding to hard and soft Jackalls in the main basin. Saratoga were also on the go at the top of the Yabba Arm where spinnerbaits and Mega-Bass Anthrax lures got most of the attention. As if that wasn't enough, the waters either side of the Eagles Nest (around the 10 to 20 feet water mark) yielded Yellowbelly and Bass on spinnerbaits.


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