The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday December 24, 2007

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OFFSHORE: The tail end of a 2m swell and 20 knot+ south easterlies put paid to the first two days of the week but from then on conditions just got better as the swell abated and the winds dropped and took on a northerly flavour. These favourable conditions fortunately held until late Sunday afternoon's strong, wet south easterly change came through so there was plenty of time for the bluewater boys to wet a line and stock up the fridge with fresh fish for the festive table.
Jewfish Squire, Pearl Perch, Moses Perch and Parrot Fish were the common catch on most of the visited reefs. In addition to those species, Massoud's Reef produced Mahi Mahi and Cobia while over on North Reef the bonus species were Teraglin SnapperJewfish, Mahi Mahi and, as you can see by the accompanying photos, Snapper and Mulloway.
Both of the Noosa Blue Water Charters boats were out there with full day charters on Saturday and both did well on the reefies.
Paul Schuit (above) from Coolum claimed Cougar Too's standout for the day when he boated the 14kg Jewfish he's pictured with while Jeff Dumphy from Bli Bli (right) nailed Cougar One's top weight Snapper when he hooked and landed this 4.5kg 'Knobby'. Both anglers were armed with Wilson Live Fibre rods and Alvey 826C reels loaded with 30lb line. Apart from that, Sunshine Reef was worth the effort, producing the common species mentioned earlier, plus Mowong, Maori Cod, Sweetlip, Red Emperor, Railway Perch and quality Snapper.

ONSHORE: There weren't many reports from the coastal surf beaches this week with most of the action coming from the Giant HerringNorth Shore. The waters just north of the camping ground, in fact, were the best option with Tailor (to 3kg), Bream, Flathead and quality Whiting all on the bite.
The river was fairly subdued this week (the calm before the holiday mayhem to come)
with most of the Whiting action occurring down at the river mouth entrance on the incoming tide.
A little further upriver, the Munna Beach area was a good spot for a few Flathead captures while in Weyba Creek the catch was Mud Crabs and, further up around the bridge, a few quality Grunter Bream.
Although the Woods Bays were unusually quiet they still managed to yield a few Trevally on live fish baits (as the week drew to a close) plus the odd Whiting and, as per the photo above, Giant Herring. Brisbane lad Stephen Strickland Blubberlip Breamtempted this 1kg specimen with a Prawn bait on Wednesday afternoon. He was armed with a Shimano 2000 spin combo loaded with 4kg line and trace.
Further upriver, the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club beach strip was (again) a good spot for Mowong or Blubberlip Bream, as Brisbane angler Noel Tierney (right) discovered on Thursday morning.
Noel landed this absolute snodger 5.5kg fish (the biggest weighed in from the river in over ten years) and a few Whiting using live Yabbies as his draw card.
Apart from that, the deep hole before Lake Cooroibah yielded the odd Mangrove Jack and quality Bream while the stretch between the lakes produced a few 'Jacks' on trolled, deep and shallow diving, Gold Bomber type lures.


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