The Noosa  Fishing Report


As at Monday January 16, 2012

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Crossing the bar Saturday January 14, 2012.
OFFSHORE:
It was much cooler on the local reefs this week with mostly light to moderate variable southerlies prevailing. Today's 20 to 25 knot south easterly blow shut the gate temporarily but overall was a pretty fishable week offshore.
Coral Trout
Noosa Blue Water Charters fished the Barwon Banks a couple of times this week and reported average size snapper, pearl perch, red throat emperor, Maori cod and gold spot wrasse. Closer in, Chardon's Reef produced quite a few school cobia, teraglin jewfish, moses perch and venus tusk fish as did North Reef but with the added bonus there of mahi mahi, gold spot wrasse, mowong, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna and (mostly at night) sweetlip and snapper in the 2kg-4kg range.
Back towards home base, Castaways Reef was the spot for the odd yellowfin and northern bluefin tuna, as was Sunshine Reef but with a few extras like striped tuna, mack tuna, moses perch, snapper (in close) and coral trout. Luke Hart from Melbourne (above) is pictured with a 3kg trout taken at Sunshine on Wednesday morning on a half day Trekka 2 charter.
Northern Bluefin or Longtail Tuna
Gary Norris from the Noosa Boat Fishing Club endured rather sloppy early morning conditions on Sunshine Wide on Friday to bag the 16kg longtail tuna he's pictured with. Gary, who said the tuna were in good numbers and well and truly on the boil, tempted this fish with a fast retrieved squid skirted garfish. After boating the first one he spent the next few hours trying to get within casting distance of the schools without any success. In Laguna Bay, sweetlip were in numbers at Little Hall's Reef (as were yellowfin tuna and, at times, Spanish and spotted mackerel), Big Hall's Reef and Jew Shoal.
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ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were quite well patronised but for some reason there wasn't much feedback. The only reports, in fact, were from the North Shore where whiting were biting at the Third Cutting and opposite the sand blow.
Golden Trevally
In the estuary, bream, whiting, quality flathead and the odd trevally were active down at the river mouth. Tom Whittingham (above) boated a golden trevally at the river mouth on Tuesday morning while on a Noosa River Fishing Safaris charter.
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Bream and Flathead
Neil 'Grim' Grimley (above left) caught and released a 78cm flathead at the mouth on Friday morning. He was using a 3" Nuclear Chicken Jerk Shad on 6lb line. While Lakshan and Dilan Dharmapriya from Brisbane (above right) caught their bream and flathead at the mouth on prawns and pilchards on Saturday afternoon during a Noosa River Fishing Safari.
Mangrove Jack Grunter Bream or Javelin Fish
Mangrove jacks were in good numbers around the back of Noosa Sound and (together with whiting, moses perch, bream and flathead) in Weyba Creek. Quinten Brumm (above left) tempted his 1kg jack with a live worm around the back of the Sound on Friday night. Further up river, mangrove jacks, bream, flathead, trevally and grunter bream were on the bite from the Noosa Marina up to the car ferry. David MacGregor (above right) fished near the Marina on Wednesday morning with prawn baits and aside from a golden trevally and a few catfish, boated the 1.2kg 'grunter' or javelin fish he's posing with.
Flathead
Apart from that, school jewfish, trevally, flathead and grunter bream were active at the mouth of the first lake. The lizards were also on the prowl in the lake itself as Zenita Enslin (above) discovered on Wednesday night. Zenita was trolling a Gold Bomber lure behind her kayak in the lake after dark when this 1.6kg lizard hit it hard. For her effort, for her fish and for having such a great smile, Zenita won this week's Davo's Fish of the Week prize... a gift voucher valued at $50.00!
The only other reports of note were of mangrove jacks going for trolled hard body lures in the stretch between the lakes.
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald bass were responding to spinnerbaits in the weed at Three Ways, just out from the Scout Camp and in Bass Bay. There were also lots of 22cm to 28cm fish schooling out near the Bubble Trail.
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If you haven't been into Davo's Compleat Angler and scored yourself a bargain yet you'd better get your skates on!

The sale runs until January 31, 2012 so you've still got a bit of time to rummage through the sales bins.

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Jarvis Walker 'Get Set For Summer' Sale.
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