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The Noosa  Fishing Report


As at Monday January 23, 2012

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Ray Scholes Marine
OFFSHORE: Oops! No sooner did we boldly state that the Spaniards and (to a lesser extent) spotties were finally here in what looked like respectable numbers than the weather turned rather ordinary and the offshore scene went off the boil.
This week's moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot+) sou' easters were just blustery enough to ensure that conditions on the exposed reefs were a tad marginal on most days while still remaining fishable.
Unfortunately it wasn't a case of 'who dares wins', with both the tuna and the mackerel schools making themselves scarce and the larger reef fish taking time off in numbers.
The bar crossing was straight forward, as you'll see in the short video clip on the right, but that was the good news, with mostly 'just average' size reefies making up the catch.
On Thursday, when conditions permitted, Noosa Blue Water Charters did a run to The Barwon Banks and, while they didn't boat any trophy fish, they did come back with coronation trout, snapper, hussar, moses perch, red throat emperor and fusilier. Closer in, North Reef produced moses perch, snapper, venus tusk fish and the odd shiny mackerel.
Sunshine Reef was pretty quiet with only the occasional moses perch, venus tusk fish, cod and grass sweetlip on the bite. Steve Wallace (below) is pictured with a 4kg estuary cod boated on a Trekka 1 charter to Sunshine on Thursday.
Estuary Cod Laguna Bay was the best option for the tinny brigade and was still worth the effort with grass sweetlip on the chew at Jew Shoal and, along with the odd keeper snapper, at Little Hall's Reef. Fishing Offshore Noosa fished around Jew Shoal on Saturday afternoon when the winds picked up and boated small hammerheads and, as per the video clip, a few sweetlip.
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ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were still a bit subdued with the only reports from the North Shore being from around the second cutting where whiting and dart were active. Over on the east side, Marcus Beach was where most of the action seemed to be with chopper tailor to 1.5kg, bream up to 1kg and lots of dart (some of good quality) on the bite.Fishing at the river mouth.
Despite the recent rains the river continued to fish well with those working the lower estuary seeing a lot of the action. The Frying Pan was still open at the bottom end (see photo above) and there was plenty of flathead and whiting activity in that area with River2Sea Rover surface walkers getting plenty of attention. Around the mouth itself; tailor, bream, flathead and queenfish were on the bite while a bit further up in the Woods Bays the standout species were trevally, bream, grunter bream, whiting, mangrove jacks (at night) and (predominantly in the inner bay area) queenfish and tailor around first light.
Josh Westland (below) is pictured with his standouts from yesterday's session in the Woods, a 32cm grunter and a 40cm whiting. The nice whiting, a great attitude and a Colgate smile also won him the $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
Grunter Bream and Whiting
Dean Carroll (below right in photo) weighed in two mangrove jacks at Davo's last Monday after an early morning session in the Woods Bays. They were quality fish, tipping the scales at 2.2kg and 2.6kg. Both went for Gladiator Prawn lures.
Mangrove Jack
Bream, moses perch, mangrove jacks and whiting were biting in the lower Weyba Creek area while flathead were on the bite both there, up at the Eenie Creek Road bridge and at the mouth of the lake. The Gympie Terrace stretch up to the Noosa Harbour Marina produced quality grunter and yellowfin bream. Jason Zahn, below left, boated his 700gm yellowfin on Saturday morning. And below right, Alex Neish was very pleased with the whiting he caught on live worms 'in the river'.
Bream Whiting
Grunter bream, school jewfish, bream and mangrove jacks were all on the active list around first ski run at Tewantin. Luka Mita from Tinbeerwah (below) caught his 42cm jack on a prawn bait on Thursday while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari.
Mangrove Jack
Further up, school jewfish were on the prowl at the second ski run and between the lakes at John's Landing. Apart from that, trevally and queenfish were on the boil and responding well to surface poppers and metal slugs in Noosa Waters.
On the freshwater scene; at Imbil the Borumba Dam bass were in quite good numbers (if not size) in the main basin, around the Eagles Nest and the first yellow buoy. The odd saratoga was going for Ice Jigs in the Kingham Arm.
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The sale finishes next Tuesday, January 31
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