The Noosa  Fishing Report



As at Monday February 9, 2009

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OFFSHORE: There wasn't much of a letup from last weeks blustery conditions with the fresh to strong variable easterlies continuing to make offshore excursions difficult, if not at times, impossible. Having said that, there were a few die-hards who weren't to be denied although no-one (that we're aware of anyway) ventured much beyond good old Sunshine Reef.
Coral Trout and Spanish Mackerel And, fortunately, Sunshine Reef was in a productive phase with snapper, sweetlip, parrot fish and coral trout plus Spanish and spotted mackerel on the bite and ready to rumble. All you needed were a few pilchards, a reliable boat and a strong stomach. Chicko Vella and Gordan Volkanovski (above) endured the less than ideal conditions out there on Tuesday and were well rewarded with the 3.8kg coral trout and 9kg Spaniard they're pictured with, plus four nice spotted mackerel.
Spanish Mackerel Wednesday was pretty lumpy but that didn't deter Brisbane angler Don (above) and a couple of mates from dropping the pick at North Sunshine for a few hours. Conditions on the reef were 'bloody awful' according to Don but they hung in there long enough to attract this 17.5kg Spanish mackerel with a pilchard floater before pulling the pin and heading for home.

ONSHORE: The North Shore stretch was certainly worth the effort this week with quality whiting in good numbers along the northern stretch of Teewah Beach. The surf gutters just above Teewah township produced fish to 480gm as well as bream, big dart and golden trevally, top weight 2.5kg. The Third Cutting was the spot for chopper tailor while across the bay, the National Park headland rocks produced a few yellowtail kingfish (top weight 6kg) on cast metal slug lures.
View from Munna Beach to the river mouth.
In the river, whiting were well spread in the lower reaches with the best results coming from the Frying Pan, the sand flats Trevallyopposite Munna Point, Weyba Creek (together with bream) and along the Noosaville, Gympie Terrace stretch.
Small (35mm and 45mm) surface poppers were still getting good results.
The flathead numbers picked up towards the end of the week with the river mouth producing particularly well.
Mangrove jacks were active in the Woods Bays, around the Sheraton Bridge and, as per the photo below, up between the lakes.
Local angler Mark Arnall has been doing well there lately on this species.
He caught and released the 2kg specimen he's pictured with using a Savoy Shad soft plastic.
Apart from that, trevally were on the bite up around the mouth of Lake Doonella. John Cherry (above) was fishing there on Wednesday when his live earthworm bait was monstered by the 2kg fish he's posing with.
Mangrove Jack


And the Winners of the 'Guess the Weight' Competition are:

4.67kg Red Emperor: John Rigby was closest with an estimate of 4.68kg

5.13kg Scarlet Sea Perch: Dave Sweeting was closest with an estimate of 5.12kg

Each of these lucky anglers have won a full day offshore charter with Noosa Blue Water Charters worth $200.00



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