The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday December 14, 2015.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: The winds were harder to pick than a broken nose this week, coming from all compass points as the week progressed. They were mostly light to moderate, however, and the swell remained in a comfortable 0.5m to 1.0m range until the brief but strong (20 knot+) south easterly 20 blow came through late on Saturday morning. Other bonuses this week were a very slight southerly running current on most days and a bar that continued to behave itself.
Snapper Rosy Jobfish
Oh, and of course the most important plus of all; the fish were on the bite. All destinations were viable options this week although Double Island Point was somewhat disappointing, producing mostly average size reefies such as pearl perch, painted mowong, sea bream, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, hussar, moses perch and the odd mahi mahi. The Barwon Banks yielded the same range of species as 'D.I.' but with the added bonus there of quality snapper.
The Hards were a better proposition. Trekka 2 scheduled a nine hour charter out that way on Wednesday and came back with a good catch of Maori cod, moses perch, sea bream, venus tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, rosy jobfish and lots of quality snapper. Edward Nutter from Brisbane (above left) is pictured with a couple of the standout knobbies from that charter and Farah Rizvi-Hammond (above right) did the honours with a couple of the rosy jobfish boated.
Moses Perch
Along the middle reef belt, The Coffees were good for thumper moses perch and pearl perch, as was North Reef but with the added bonus of squire, grass sweetlip, mowong, gold spot cod, jewfish, cobia, northern bluefin tuna, bonito, sea bream, Spanish mackerel and frying pan snapper. There were also a few aerial billfish putting on a show. Above; Aleisha Hill from Nambour with a couple of thumper moses perch from Tuesday's Trekka 2 charter to The Coffees.
Cobia
Local angler James Orr (below) sent in these photos of some of the fish that he and his mates Bob Jeynes (above) and Ash Flanders (below right) boated on a trip to North Reef and surrounds on Wednesday... "We had a great day out with plenty of dolphin sightings and even a large Leopard shark by the boat. We caught a number of good quality jewfish or mulloway, a few good size cobia, quality pear perch, the odd estuary cod and even a large longtail tuna."
Northern Bluefin or Longtail Tuna Jewfish or Mulloway
And Ryan Evans and his uncle Warrick Knaptom from Victoria (below) boated their Spanish mackerel on this morning's Cougar One charter to North Reef.
Spanish Mackerel
Further south, Chardon's Reef was the spot for squire, hussar, sea bream, teraglin jewfish, rosy jobfish, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip, moses perch, Maori cod, pearl perch, striped sea perch, cobia, spotted mackerel and the odd scarlet sea perch. Tarra Hannigan and Dan Lanthois from Brisbane (below) both took turns at playing out and bringing their cobia to the side of the boat on Wednesday's Cougar One charter and were happy to share the joint honours.
Cobia
Last but not least, Glenn Edmunds from Brighton (below) boated his colourful scarlet sea perch on Saturday morning's Trekka 2 charter to Chardon's Wide.
Scarlet Sea Perch or Large Mouth Nannygai
Closer to home, spotted mackerel and Spanish mackerel were responding to trolled hard body lures plus jigged and cast slugs along the northern end of Sunshine Reef. Snapper, sweetlip and coral trout were also active on Sunshine with soft plastics, deep floated live fish baits and whole pilchards working equally well. In Laguna Bay, spotted mackerel and school mackerel were going for trolled hard bodies on Jew Shoal while snapper and sweetlip were happy to take large prawn baits and well jigged soft plastics. Apart from that, mack tuna and spotted mackerel were on the prowl on the bay side of the shark nets.
As is often the case, we couldn't fit all of the great photos on the page. To view the 'Lightbox Gallery', simply click on the thumbnails below...
Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish Pearl Perch Spotted Mackerel Pearl Perch Snapper Gold Spot Cod
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