The Noosa  Fishing Report


As at Monday December 12, 2011


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River mouth bar crossing
OFFSHORE: With moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot) variable southerlies and a 2m+ swell dominating earlier in the week it wasn't until Friday morning that anyone ventured out over the bar. The good news was that conditions over the weekend were vastly improved with only light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) northerlies and a more modest 1.5m swell to contend with.
Samson Fish
Fishing Offshore Noosa took full advantage of the more settled conditions on Saturday and scheduled a full day trip to Double Island Point. Skipper Mike Fisher reported little action in close but further out, where the current was running a bit harder, they boated squire (to 2kg), venus tusk fish and, as per the accompanying photos, samson fish and small cobia.
Craig Dixon and Laurie Gralike (above) were happy to pose with the 6kg and 8kg 'Sambos' they caught on pilchard baits.
Cobia
And from the same 'D. I.' charter, Mark Walding (above) used a live yakka bait to attract the attention of this 4.5kg cobia.
Scarlet Sea Perch
Closer to home, North Reef produced teraglin jewfish, moses perch, yellowfin tuna, pearl perch, venus tusk fish and, as per the photo above, scarlet sea perch. Phillip McGregor from Yandina boated this 2.5kg fish while out there on Friday on a 3/4 day Trekka 2 charter. The bottom end of North yielded snapper, sweetlip and (on floated pillies) spotted mackerel.
School Mackerel
Sunshine Reef was hard work but rewarded the persistent angler with catches of sweetlip (in numbers), coral trout, squire and school/spotty mackerel. Gary Norris from the Noosa Boat Fishing Club (above) fished Sunshine Reef on Saturday morning and reported no action until about an hour after the tide change when his floated pilchard (on a squid skirt) was taken by the 2.5kg+ schoolie he's pictured with. He noted that there were heaps of bait out there, and about half a klik off the headland, where longtail tuna (to 10kg) were on the boil and responding well to cast metal slug lures later in the day.
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Noosa North Shore. River mouth end.
ONSHORE:
With the southerlies dominating earlier in the week and the temperatures dropping, the weed ceased to be a problem on the North Shore beaches. Trevally and tailor were on the bite down towards the river mouth while up around the camping grounds, and up towards Double Island Point, the catch was flathead, whiting, tarwhine, dart and tailor.
Flathead
In the estuary, the recent rains have created just enough murk in the water to boost the daytime fishing without adding too much fresh. Bream, tailor, flathead and queenfish were feeding well at the river mouth throughout the day. Flathead were also active in the back of the Sound and, together with bream, moses perch, whiting and estuary cod, in Weyba Creek.
Damian Leggat and Ted Cavanagh from Toowoomba (above) fished the lower Weyba Creek area on Friday morning with Noosa River Fishing Safaris and caught these 71cm and 64cm 'Lizards' on small pilchard baits on the top of the tide.
Mangrove Jack School Jewfish
The Woods Bays continued to produce well. At first light, and late in the afternoon, there were some good trevally boils and mixed in with them were queenfish (going for small sp's), tailor, the odd mangrove jack and a few school jewfish.
Cooper Lau (above) fished 'The Bays' around 4.30pm last Sunday afternoon and was very happy with the 'Soapie' he caught and released on a Savoy Shad lure and the healthy 49cm mangrove jack he tempted with a fresh mullet fillet bait.
Mangrove Jack
After dark, however, was when the big jacks came out to feed and the Woods Bays saw a lot of that action. Matt Cubis from Cooran (above) fished there on Tuesday night with Bob Jeynes from Davo's Compleat Angler and apart from boating trevally and flathead, came back with quality mangrove jacks in the 2.0kg to 2.5kg range. Their baits? Live herring.
Flathead
Whiting were in good numbers north of the Munna Flats area while flathead were on the prowl along the Gympie Terrace stretch. Dustin Mann (above centre) was fishing the waters opposite the Gympie Terrace boat ramp when his 4" gulp soft plastic was taken by the 1kg+ flathead he's pictured with. His mates James and Jed are in the picture, well, just because.
Further upriver, the odd mangrove jack was taken near the Noosa Harbour Marina, tarpon and school jew were responding to small lures and sp's at the 1st ski run while at the 2nd ski run there were bream, grunter bream, flathead and trevally.
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