The Noosa  Fishing Report



As at Monday February 25, 2008

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OFFSHORE: Although the offshore week got off to a rather shaky start, the blustery fresh to strong (20 to 25+ knot) south easterlies and associated 3m+ seas and swell fortunately ran out of steam well before the weekend came around.
Spotted Mackerel From Friday on, in fact, the pattern was pretty much as follows; a bit of bluster in the early morning before the winds steadily dropped away and the conditions on the outer reefs came close, at times, to TGO.
Not many boats ventured
too far out although there were reliable reports of plenty of quality Snapper on the grounds up at Double Island Point.
The middle reef belt was, however, the most popular destination with Massoud's Reef producing Spanish Mackerel and Snapper while the ever faithful North Reef area was the spot for Maori Cod, Sweetlip, Moses Perch, Parrot Fish, Pearl Perch, Squire and, as you can see by the photo above, Spotted Mackerel.
Andrew Battelley from Jimboomba and David Spencer from Scarborough were out there on a 3/4 day Cougar Too charter on Saturday when they got onto a school of these feisty pelagics. Both anglers were bottom bashing at the time and hooked their fish down deep.
Laguna Bay saw some action as the murk became a bit patchy with Spotted Mackerel around Little Hall's Reef and in numbers a klick or two north of Jew Shoal. The 'Shoal' also yielded the odd Snapper on soft plastics.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were certainly more attractive this week with the stretch from Teewah to the top end on the North Shore producing well. The waters just north of Teewah were good for Bream and top quality Whiting while some excellent gutters north of 'Freshwater' yielded quality Bream on live Beach Worms.
Over on the east side, Tarwhine and Whiting were the high profile species with best results coming from Marcus Beach (where Dart were also on the bite) and North Peregian Beach which produced Bream as an additional bonus.
Flathead
In the estuary, most of the action was still around the bottom end with Flathead, Whiting and Bream active in the Frying Pan and Trevally, Tailor (on chrome slugs) and, as per the photo above, Flathead on the bite in the more turbulent waters Mangrove Jackof the river mouth.
Local angler Joh Mullin was fishing from the bank there on Friday morning when the 1.8kg 'Lizard' he's pictured with jumped his Mullet flesh bait. He was armed with a Shakespeare threadline combo loaded with 15lb line.
The Woods Bays were also a worthwhile option with trolled lures, soft plastics and live baits accounting for Trevally, Bream and Mangrove Jacks.
There was also a bit of Mangrove Jack action around the Sheraton Bridge (together with Sweetlip) while Flathead, Mangrove Jacks and Bream were on the prowl in Weyba Creek.
Apart from that, Flathead were responding to drifted Whitebaits and live baits in the the stretch from Munna Beach to Tewantin.
Last but not least, the Noosa Waters canals were worth a shot for Mangrove Jacks as local angler Chris Brinkley (right) discovered on Thursday night.
A floated fresh Mullet bait was all it took to attract this specimen which Chris released straight after this quick pic. He was armed with a Shakespeare Ugly Stik and a Penn 420SS reel loaded with 8lb Platinum line.
On the freshwater scene, Borumba Dam is now overflowing (which is a good thing to see) and most of the Bass action this week was concentrated around the edges of the main basin and up into the Yabba Arm.

The latest Noosa Bar crossing photo, as of last Thursday, has now been posted. To check it out, CLICK HERE.



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