The Noosa  Fishing Report



As at Monday February 1, 2010

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OFFSHORE: With the weekend's forecast of strengthening winds, heavy rain and big tides looking a dead cert to shut down the offshore scene, most boaties who were keen for a feed got out over the bar earlier in the week and capitalised on the relatively calm conditions. When fishable it was literally a repeat of last week and with plenty of pelagic activity close to home, few anglers bothered with the outer reefs. The only reports of note from the middle reef belt, in fact, were from North Reef which produced Maori cod, squire, teraglin jewfish, moses perch, pearl perch and venus tusk fish.
Spanish Mackerel
Once again, Sunshine Reef was the place to be with spotted and Spanish mackerel in good numbers although feeding a bit more sporadically. Still, if you were there when they fired it was all on for young and old with these voracious feeders responding to all manner of troll baits (and rigs) from pilchards to whole bonito. Mark Pertot from Davo's Compleat Angler (above) was out there on Thursday morning and boated two Spaniards, one about 9kg and the other about 12kg. One went for a pilchard and the bigger fish monstered the bonito. Both baits were on Spaniard Special troll rigs.
Spanish Mackerel A couple of days earlier, Gary Kraut (above) boated the week's top weight Spaniard when he hooked and landed this 21kg specimen. He too was trolling a whole pilchard bait on a Davo's Spaniard Special troll rig.
And on Saturday morning, father and son team Matt and Louis Fallon (below), using whole bonito baits on lead headed chin guards, came back with a 13.5kg Spaniard and two very nice 5kg spotted mackerel.
Spanish and Spotted Mackerel
Last but not least, Jew Shoal was pretty quiet but still rewarded the faithful with the odd Spanish mackerel capture.

ONSHORE: The North Shore stretch produced quite well ahead of the weekend blow with whiting, dart (in good numbers) and the odd bream and flathead on the bite from the camp ground to Double Island Point. In addition, tailor were active down at the river mouth end of Teewah Beach and in the surf gutters from the Third Cutting to the Teewah township.
Bream
In the estuary the river mouth area was good for tailor and trevally at night while during the day, whiting and flathead were on the bite both there and up around the old dog beach. Trevally were also active in the Woods Bays, hammering the bait schools on the surface early in the morning.
Apart from that, the Noosaville stretch produced the better bream as Joel Aaron-Smith (above) found on Thursday. Joel was fishing with mullet fillet on a No.4 long shank hook when the 800gm specimen he's pictured with came to the party.
Last but not least, the rains have flushed out a few mud crabs in the lower Weyba Creek, Noosa Sound and Tewantin.



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