The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday January 30th 2006

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OFFSHORE: The wet, blustery 15 to 20 knot south easterly winds made their mark from Thursday onwards with the 2m swell and 1m seas limiting offshore activity (for most) to the relative shelter of Laguna Bay as the week progressed. When fishable, unfortunately, the outer reefs were less than rewarding and most anglers had to work harder and longer than usual to come up with a feed. Parrot Fish and Moses Perch were pretty much the common catch at most locations.
Spanish Mackerel Yellowfin Tuna
In addition, North Reef produced Squire, Sweetlip, Pearl Perch and Snapper while at Chardon's Reef the extras were Teraglin Jewfish and Railway Perch. Closer in, Sunshine Reef yielded Cobia, Maori Cod, Sweetlip and, as you can see by the photo above left, Spanish Mackerel. Local angler Jarmila Dolezal boated the 8kg Spaniard she's pictured with while out there on a half day Cougar Too charter on Friday. She was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano 6500 Baitrunner reel loaded with 8kg line. Laguna Bay (when the run-off murk finally dissipated) was a popular option for many boaties and although conditions were at times a tad lumpy there were Mackerel Tuna, Spotted Mackerel and Spanish Mackerel moving in and out of Little Halls' Reef, Big Hall's Reef and Jew Shoal, where Snapper, Yellowfin Tuna and Cobia were also on the bite. And it was at Jew Shoal on Friday morning that local yak angler Bill 'Billybob' Watson (above right) trolled up the 8.5kg Yellowfin he's posing with. Bill was surfing down the swells with a shallow diving minnow lure out behind his Swing 'Angler' kayak when this fish came to the party. He was relatively lightly armed with a 3kg-5kg Shakespeare Ugly Stik and a Shimano Sienna threadline reel loaded with 14lb Fireline and 25lb Platinum leader.
ONSHORE: The North Shore coastal beach stretch was a little more productive this week even though the 'weed' was in evidence (though at times patchy) from the first cutting to the camping ground. Tailor were on the bite (earlier in the week) down at the river mouth end of Teewah Beach while the area just north of the camping ground and up around the Cherry Venture produced quality Dart, Whiting (to 630gm), Bream (to 1kg) and Tarwhine, plus good numbers of Chopper Tailor.
Flathead Golden Trevally
In the river, Flathead were responding to soft plastics and drifted Whitebaits down towards the river mouth and up at Lake Cooroibah where Mangrove Jacks were also quite active. Young Noosaville angler Lachlan Bycroft (above left) caught the 1kg 'Lizard' he's pictured with at the mouth of the lake on Thursday afternoon using a Tsunami split tail soft plastic as his draw card. He was armed with a Jarvis Walker Fish Hunter rod and an Abu 5000 threadline reel loaded with 8lb line. Apart from that there were Trevally on the bite (soft plastics) down around Tewantin and in the Woods Bays (at dawn) along with Mangrove Jacks and Tailor. Gold surface poppers and metal slug lures worked well there. Last but not least, Munna Point was a worthwhile option for Bream and Whiting (live worms) and, as you can see by the photo above right, Trevally. Melbourne visitor Mark Didio tempted this 1.5kg 'Golden' on Tuesday with a Davo's Prawn on a No.4 longshank hook. He was using a Jarvis Walker estuary combo loaded with 4kg line. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were chasing Jackals and surface poppers around Borer Creek, Three ways and the Runway while at Borumba Dam the 'Eagles Nest' and the Yabba Arm were the best spots for Saratoga and Bass.
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