The Noosa  Fishing Report



As at Monday December 14, 2009

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OFFSHORE: Hooly dooly, it doesn't get much better than this! Well, weatherwise, anyway. Light to moderate variable northerlies dropped away to barely a whisper over the weekend before taking on a cooler southerly flavour this afternoon. Little or no swell meant that every man and his dog was at the boat ramps well before the sparrows passed wind and as a result there were boat trailers parked in some very interesting spots all over Noosaville and Tewantin on the weekend.
Red Emperor
Spanish Mackerel The reason for the mass stampede out over the bar was that the mackerel, Spanish and spotted, were reported in numbers (and boiling) initially around Castaways and then at Sunshine Reef.
As is the way, of course, with a whole armada of large and small boats charging around
Sunshine Reef over the weekend, hardly a scale was raised, and as soon as everyone went home to Brisbane or back to work, the fish came out to play again. Funny how they do that.
Anyway, local angler John Thomas (right) took a punt that the fishing would improve as soon as the boat activity dropped away and he was right on the money. John did an early run out to Sunshine Reef with a mate this morning, and using whole tailor baits, trolled up three Spaniards and (with smaller baits) a couple of spotties. The 30kg+ Spaniard he's pictured with was, however, his standout.
Laguna Bay fired over the last few days with mack tuna and bonito hammering the bait schools and spotted and Spanish mackerel chasing trolled, hard bodied, shallow divers around the shark nets.
Further out around the middle reef belt, North Reef produced squire, teraglin jewfish, moses perch, pearl perch, venus tusk fish and mahi mahi.
For those with the bigger boats, Double Island Point was the spot for
the common species like moses perch, pearl perch, venus tusk fish and teraglin jewfish plus bonus species like scarlet sea perch, red emperor and snapper.
Joel Lane from Mooloolaba (above) was at D.I. on Saturday on a full day Cougar One charter when he boated the 3.5kg red emperor he's posing with.
And on the same Noosa Blue Water Charters excursion, Steven Packer from Ipswich (below) was very happy with the 4.5kg snapper he's holding for the camera.

Snapper


ONSHORE: There wasn't a lot to report from the coastal surf beaches this week. On the North Shore, whiting were well spread from the third cutting upwards while over on the east side, quality dart were active at Sunrise and Castaways beaches. Apart from that, Sunshine Beach produced a few bream, with squid baits getting most of the action.
Mud Crab The river was unusually quiet with most of the action happening away from the river mouth for a change. Weyba Creek was certainly one of the hot spots with tailor and flathead chasing hard body lures and mangrove jacks on the bite at the lower end of the creek. Mud crabs were on the move, though, as Ryan Gunthorpe from Noosaville (above) discovered on Wednesday when he snared the 1.5kg 'buck' he's pictured with using whole mullet his draw card. Muddies (big and full) were also in excellent numbers from the back of the Sound to the Munna Point Bridge and in the Noosa Waters canals. The only other report of note was of small mangrove jacks (and catfish) chasing deep diving lures around Johns Landing.
Saratoga
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald bass (to 42cm) were responding well to Jackalls and spinnerbaits cast towards (and into) the weed beds around Bass Bay.
At Borumba Dam the bass were in good numbers (going for Blades) around the weed islands in the Yabba Arm. The only saratoga report was from around the weed beds at Stag Bay. Jack Hinton (above) was working the waters there with a shallow diving X-Lure when it was hit hard by the 'Toga' in the photo. After a few pix he released it back into the dam.

Well, the 2nd Edition of 'Fishing Noosa' the book arrived from the printers right on schedule and it looks great.

Davo's Bait and Tackle and newsagents and bookstores from Coolum to Gympie now have them in stock and the rest of the Sunshine Coast will be supplied by this Thursday (the 17th) at the latest.

If you're not sure what on earth we're talking about, just CLICK HERE or on either one of the graphics of the front or back cover either side.

If you'd like to see a list of the stores which currently have the book in stock, simply... CLICK HERE.


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