The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday January 2nd 2006

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OFFSHORE: With almost record numbers of boats on the closer reefs the pelagic activity went from super hot (Tuesday), to ordinary, and then to almost nonexistent as the week progressed. Those hoping to boat a few reefies were also a tad disappointed although there was still a feed to be had for those with the patience to fish through a couple of tide changes.
Spanish Mackerel Snapper
Squire, Parrot Fish and Moses Perch were common to the visited reefs. In addition, Chardon's Reef produced Maori Cod, Pearl Perch, Snapper and Teraglin Jewfish, as did North Reef but with the added bonus of Sweetlip, Cobia and Scarlet Sea Perch. Dennis Gugliotto from Brisbane (above right) boated the 5kg Snapper he's posing with while out on 'North' on Saturday. Dennis was on a full day Cougar Too charter at the time and was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD 20 reel loaded with 25lb line. His bait was a live Yakka. Closer to home, Sunshine Reef literally exploded with activity earlier in the week, yielding Sweetlip, Maori Cod, Railway Perch, Mowong and (on Tuesday) large numbers of Spotted Mackerel and, as you can see by the photo above left, Spanish Mackerel. Local yak angler James 'Legend' Grant boated three of the feisty pelagics (4.5kg, 5.4kg and 6.5kg) on Tuesday morning while paddle trolling a Gold Bomber lure behind his Perception Swing 'Angler' kayak out on Sunshine 'Wide'. He was armed with a Daiwa Interline Trevallyrod and a Daiwa Certate 4000 reel loaded with 10kg line and a 15kg 'Knotted Dog' leader. Laguna Bay was patchy with smallish Yellowfin Tuna and Spanish Mackerel (to 10kg) sporadically on the bite at Jew Shoal and both Hall's Reefs.

ONSHORE: With the North Shore coastal beach stretch quite badly weed affected the only report of note was of Tailor (to 3kg) coming from the surf gutters at 'Freshwater'. In the river, the 'weed' was very much in evidence in the lower estuary but determined anglers found Whiting on the bite (amongst it) down at the river mouth and in the Frying Pan, where Tailor were responding to surface poppers. Trevally were quite well spread with the hot spots being the Woods Bays (along with Tailor), Munna Point, the first ski run and, as per the photo on the right, Goat Island. Joe Tierney boated this 1.2kg 'Golden' in that general area last Monday using fresh Prawn as his draw card. He was armed with a Jarvis Walker rod and an Alvey 500 reel loaded with 12lb line and trace. Apart from that, Weyba Creek produced Grunter Bream (Javelin Fish) and Flathead while Lake Cooroibah was the spot for Grunters and Mangrove Jack. On the freshwater scene, Borumba Dam had Saratoga (to 73cm) chasing Jackals in Silver Bay and Bass (again on Jackals) off the weed point at Eagle Bay.

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