The Noosa  Fishing Report



As at Monday February 2, 2009

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OFFSHORE: The offshore scene was a bit of a dead loss this week with blustery (15 to 25 knot) variable easterlies deterring all but the absolute die-hards from venturing outside. Having said that, there were a few brief windows of opportunity which the more experienced (or desperate) locals took advantage of. Nobody, however, went further than Sunshine Reef where the odd Spanish mackerel was found to be responding to floated pilchards in pretty lumpy waters..

Red Emperor Scarlet Sea Perch
And the fish pix above? Well, with no offshore photos to post this week we thought we may as well have a 'Guess the Weight' competition just to keep things interesting. Both of these fish were boated on Noosa Blue Water Charters trips a couple of seasons ago and are the sort of catch we can expect to see on the reports in the coming months.
So.... what's the deal? Simply estimate the weight (to two decimal places) of the Red Emperor and/or the Scarlet Sea Perch pictured above and email your entry from the Noosa Blue Water Charters page on this website.
The first entry in with the correct weight for either fish will win a full day fishing charter worth $200.00. If the exact weight isn't guessed, the closest to it by 6pm next Monday, February 9, will be deemed the winner.
Well, what are you waiting for! Click on the hyperlink above, or HERE, and send in your entry. Please Note: There is a limit of one entry, per fish, per person, so take care and get it right. Oh, and good luck.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches weren't a bad option this week, especially in the mornings before the winds built up a decent head of steam. Whiting were the high profile species on the North Shore with the better fish coming from up around the camp grounds and just north of the Cherry Venture. Over on the east side; Sunrise Beach was the spot for tarwhine and bream, as was Marcus Beach but with the added bonus of dart while Peregian Beach was good for whiting.
Mangrove Jack Whiting

In the river, whiting were responding well to small surface poppers along the Noosaville stretch (in 3' to 5' of water), around Munna Point and, as per the photo above right, on live worms at the river mouth. Ben Robertson from Coolum used a live blood worm to attract the 350gm specimen he's pictured with while fishing the mouth yesterday morning. The Noosaville jetty stretch also worked well for trevally, bream and mangrove jacks with soft plastics getting best results. Last Monday night Roy Steverwald (above left) used a 3" Gulp Natural Prawn soft plastic to attract the 750gm 'Jack' he's posing with.
Mangrove Jack
The 'Jacks' were certainly well spread this week with other hot spots being the stretch between the lakes (where school jewfish were also on the prowl), the Tewantin reach, the Munna Point stretch (along with trevally, tarpon, bream and flathead), around the Sheraton Bridge and, as you can see by the photo above, the Woods Bays. Gordan Volkanovski caught this 1.5kg specimen this morning using a Gold Bomber as his draw card.

Don't forget to enter the 'Guess the Weight' competition. You might win one of the 2 full day offshore charters!



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