The Noosa  Fishing Report



As at Monday January 21, 2008

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OFFSHORE: It was a little bit like 'Ground Hog Day' on the offshore scene with moderate to strong (15-25 knot) variable easterlies restricting activity until Sunday. The only change from last week was the lack of rain, which was a blessing.
Snapper
Under the circumstances nobody ventured too far beyond the middle reef belt. North Reef, in fact, was by far the most popular destination and those boaties who spent a bit of time there reported good catches of Squire, Teraglin Jewfish, Moses Perch, Mowong, Parrot Fish and, as you can see by the accompanying photos, plenty of quality Snapper.
Hugo Steinfort from Geelong in Victoria (above) was out there today on Cougar One charter when he boated the 4.5kg 'Knobby' he's posing with. He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded with 30lb line.
Snapper
And on the same charter, George Cameron (above), another visitor from Geelong, boated a 3kg specimen. He too was armed with a Wilson/Alvey combo. Their baits? Pilchard/Squid combos.
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef produced Squire, Parrot Fish and Coral Trout while down around Arkwright Shoal the catch was mostly Sweetlip and Parrot Fish. In Laguna, despite the murk, there were a few Sweetlip and Snapper taken at Jew Shoal and Hall's Reef.

ONSHORE:
There wasn't a lot to shout about as far as the coastal surf beaches were concerned. The waters around Teewah were the standout on the North Shore, producing Dart, Bream and Whiting. The only other reports were from over on the east side where quality Bream were active at Marcus Beach and Whiting were biting at Peregian Beach.
Yellowfin Bream and Javelin Fish or Grunter Bream
In the river, Bream (Yellowfin and Grunter) were in good numbers and of good quality with the best results coming from down at the river mouth (along with Trevally and quality Whiting), in the Woods Bays (together with Trevally and Flathead) and, as per the photo above, around the Munna Point Bridge.
Local kids Daniel, Sam, Sam and Tom were doing well on the Yellowfins there on Tuesday when the magnificent 2.2kg 'Grunter' in the photo crashed their little party. Their baits? Davo's Prawns.
And young Coen Hunt (below left) hit the jackpot in the Woods Bays yesterday morning when his live Poddy Mullet baits attracted the attention of a 700gm Flathead then a nice 600gm Bream. He was using a Shimano 2kg-3kg IFish combo.
Bream and Flathead Bream

Bream and Whiting were also active up around Harbourtown, the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club and, as you can see by the photo above right, at Munna Beach. Patrick Long was fishing from the beach there on Saturday afternoon when his Whitinglive Worm bait was monstered by the 500gm Bream he's posing with. Patrick was using a Shimano spin combo loaded with 8lb line.
And young Gympie girl Shantaya Roach (right) made it look like it was pretty much all in a days work when she weighed in this 300gm Whiting on Sunday morning.
Shantaya used live Davo's Worms to good effect from the beach at the Noosaville Lion's Park. She was armed with a Jarvis Walker estuary combo loaded with 6lb line and 10lb trace.
Apart from that there were a few Flathead taken on trolled lures around the Woods Point.
On the freshwater scene, Lake MacDonald was well worth a look with Bass (to 36cm) chasing clear surface poppers and Yellowbelly going for MegaBass Anthrax lures. At Borumba Dam the Saratoga responded best to cast flies.

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