The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday February 20th 2006

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OFFSHORE: Although conditions were as good as they get on the offshore scene at this time of the year (light to moderate, 5 to 15 knot variable northerlies and less than 1m of swell), most of the action came from the outer reefs until the weekend. Pearl Perch and Parrot Fish were common to most locations. In addition, the Barwon Banks produced Snapper, Squire, Amberjack and Yellowtail Kingfish while at Double Island Point the extras were Maori Cod, Snapper, Amberjack, Moses Perch, Sweetlip and, as you can see by the photo below left, quality Scarlet Sea Perch.
Scarlet Sea Perch Spanish Mackerel, Northern Bluefin Tuna and Spotted Mackerel

Rob Fry from Goondawindi boated the 12kg specimen he's posing with while out there on a full day Cougar Too charter on Saturday. He was kitted out with a Wilson Texalium rod and a Daiwa Sealine reel loaded with 20lb Pioneer Flexline. A little closer in, Chardon's Reef yielded Moses Perch and Teraglin Jewfish and North Reef was the spot for Marlin (caught and released), Cobia, Sweetlip, Moses Perch and Mowong. While almost deathly quiet earlier in the week, Sunshine Reef erupted on the weekend with Spanish Mackerel, Spotted Mackerel, Northern Bluefin Tuna and Mackerel Tuna in hot pursuit of the bait schools around top of the tide. The area just off the National Park headland and around Alexandria Bay were other weekend hot spots for the aforementioned species as young Chris Lacey (above right) found around Sunday lunchtime. Chris, who was out there with his father Greg from Davo's Bait and Tackle, personally accounted for the 8kg Spaniard and the 10kg Bluefin in the photo. He was armed with a Shimano T Curve 200 rod and an Accurate 870 reel loaded with 50lb braid and 50lb Schneider leader. Laguna Bay ran hot and cold with plenty of Bonito and Mackerel Tuna moving throughout the bay plus the odd Spanish and Spotted Mackerel at North Hall's Reef, Jew Shoal, around the drum lines, just out from the shark nets and in the outer Tea Tree Bay area where Yellowfin Tuna were also on the prowl.

ONSHORE: There wasn't a lot of feedback from the coastal surf beaches this week with the only reports from the North Shore being of Chopper Tailor in the surf gutters down towards the river mouth end of Teewah Beach. Over on the east side, Whiting were the main catch on Sunshine Beach with the stretch south of the surf club working best. Further south, Marcus and Castaways beaches produced quality Dart, as did Peregian Beach with the added bonus of Chopper Tailor.

Bream Mangrove Jack
In the river, Bream were again of excellent quality with 1kg+ fish the norm rather than the exception. Best results for these great table fish came from the Woods Bays (where Trevally and Tailor were chasing paddle tail soft plastics), Munna Bridge (along with some quality Mangrove Jacks) and the Gympie Terrace stretch, which was where Jardine Appleton (above left) caught her 1kg specimen around lunchtime yesterday. She was armed with a Jarvis Walker spin combo loaded with 10lb line. Her bait? Squid on a 1/0 hook. The Noosa Sound area was another Bream hot spot this week (together with with Tailor and Trevally) while the stretch between the lakes produced Flathead, Tailor and Mangrove Jacks. The 'Jack' hot spot this week, however, was the Munna Point area and that was where local angler Brett Bambling (above right) nailed the 1.75kg specimen he's pictured with. Brett was fishing there late on Saturday night and tempted this quality fish with a Garfish bait on a 2/0 hook around 1am on Sunday morning. On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam Bass were most active around the 'Eagles Nest' and in the Yabba Arm while at Lake MacDonald there were Bass in good numbers along the 'Bubble Trail' and opposite the botanical gardens, with Jackals getting best results.

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