The Noosa Fishing Report
As at Monday July 3, 2006

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OFFSHORE: While the week got off to a bit of a sloppy start, by Friday we were looking at light to moderate variable southerlies and a 0.5m swell while by Sunday we were experiencing our first real TGO since late May. As you can imagine, with the school holidays in full swing, the bay and outer reefs were dotted with boats of all shapes and sizes over the weekend and there were some encouraging catches of reef fish reported with Squire, Parrot Fish and Moses Perch common to most locations. In addition, for those with bigger boats and deep pockets, a run to 'The Hards' produced Yellowtail Kingfish, Pearl Perch, Snapper and Maori Cod, as did a trip to Double Island Point but with the added bonus there of Amberjack and Gold Band Snapper.
Snapper
Northern Bluefin Tuna
Closer in, 'The Hill' was the spot for school Mackerel, Hussar and Maori Cod while North Reef fired well with species such as Northern Bluefin Tuna, Maori Cod, Sweetlip, Pearl Perch, Wrasse, Teraglin Jewfish and, as you can see by the photo above left, quality Snapper all on the bite. Colleen Koppes from Brisbane boated this 6.5kg specimen while out there yesterday morning on a three quarter day Cougar One charter. She was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded with 35lb line. Not far from home base, Sunshine Reef yielded the odd Northern Bluefin Tuna as local angler Trevor Grady (above right) discovered yesterday morning. Trevor was doing a spot of bottom bashing when his Yakka floater was monstered by the thumper 21kg 'Longtail' he's posing with. He was armed with a Shakespeare offshore threadline combo loaded with 20lb line and 40lb leader. Laguna Bay had plenty of baitfish schools but not much else.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a tad quiet this week despite the increased numbers of surf anglers wetting a line during the holiday break. The North Shore was, however, worth the trip with Tailor and Trevally at the river mouth end of Teewah Beach, Bream and Dart at Teewah and Tarwhine up at Double Island Point. On the east side, North Sunshine produced Whiting while Castaways Beach yielded Dart, as did Marcus Beach with the added bonus of Chopper Tailor.
Tailor Trevally
In the river, Flathead were the main target from Munna Point to the river mouth while the Bream hot spots were in Weyba Creek, the outer Woods Bay and along the Gympie Terrace stretch where, as you can see by the photo above right, Trevally were on the bite. Melbourne visitor Keith Stanbury boated the 2.5kg specimen he's posing with in that general area just on daybreak this morning. He was armed with a Jarvis Walker Devil Stik and a Shimano 4000 reel loaded with 4kg line. His lure? A silver Storm Chug-Bug. Apart from that there were reports of Luderick going for 'cabbage' at low tide around the DPI, in the Frying Pan and at the river mouth car park rocks plus Whiting at Munna Point and in the Woods Bays. The Woods Bays were also still an option for Trevally and Tailor with both species responding to metal slug lures, surface poppers, soft plastics and, as in the case of the two Greenbacks in the photo above left, live fish baits. John 'The River Rat' boated these two Tailor (top weight 2.6kg) and a few Whiting while fishing the inner Woods Bay early (4.30am) on Wednesday morning. He was using a Shakespeare Ugly Stik and a Jarvis Walker threadline reel loaded with 14lb line.

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