The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday December 17, 2012

PAGE ONE - OFFSHORE REPORT
Brought to you by... Davo's Compleat Angler
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OFFSHORE: With fresh to strong (20 to 25 knot+) south easterlies hammering the coastline until Friday it was all down to the weekend warriors to get the runs on the board. There was a distinct lack of boats crossing the bar on Saturday morning, though, with everyone perhaps waiting for the swell and wind to drop a bit more. Sunday morning looked the goods, but the reality was that the bar crossing had a bite to it up until three hours after the 3.30am, 0.2m low.
Spanish Mackerel
With only a relatively short window of opportunity, and the knowledge that the pelagics were in mega numbers and feeding their heads off in Laguna Bay and Sunshine Reef before the weather deteriorated, very few anglers planned trips outside those two target areas. Sadly, the mackerel had almost completely shut down or moved further out over the weekend, with just the odd Spaniard and a few spotty captures reported. The photo above? Local angler Nat Turner is pictured with one of two 9kg Spaniards he caught with a slow trolled red/white Halco Laser Pro on Sunshine Reef last weekend. He missed out on last week's report so here he is now. As far as the reefies were concerned, Fishing Offshore Noosa worked Sunshine Reef for pearl perch, moses perch, gold spot cod, squire, mowong, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, spangled emperor and, as you can see by the photo below, parrot fish. Local angler Stuart McGillivray was out at Sunshine Reef this morning on a half day Trekka 2 charter when his cooked prawn bait attracted the attention of this colourful 4.8kg specimen.
Parrot Fish
The two photos below are also from last weekend but came in too late to make that report. Bob Major (below left) and Tim Milat (below right) got into the spotties and mack tuna just off the headland. They were casting small metal slug lures. Tim had the added bonus of hooking a spangled emperor as well.
Spotted Mackerel Spangled Emperor
The only other reports were of spotted mackerel at Victor Bailey's Reef, cobia at the bottom of North Reef and, along with marlin, out wide on Sunshine Reef.
As mentioned earlier, the Bar crossing was just a tad hairy on Sunday morning.

One boat flipped going out around 5.00am, roughly one and a half hours after a 0.2m low tide.

Two of the crew managed to get to shore but one of the crew was washed out to past the surf line and was rescued by a surfer. The Coast Guard vessel John Waddams, however, was quickly on the scene
One man was later taken to hospital and we hope that his injuries are only superficial.

There was a backlog of boats waiting and when the all clear was given we filmed some rather interesting bar crossing techniques.

As you'll see in the video clip, a couple of boats went airborne, one had it's biminy almost torn off and stalled while another had to be paddled back through the surf.

next, Onshore Report
PAGE TWO - ONSHORE REPORT

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