The Noosa Fishing Report
As at Monday July 9, 2007

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OFFSHORE: With the chilly variable westerlies carrying over from last week, most offshore anglers took advantage of the daily weather pattern which saw lighter early morning winds ahead of the more blustery 15 to 20 knot late morning blow.
Red Emperor Squire, Pearl Perch and Moses Perch were pretty much common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, for those prepared to go the distance, The Hards produced Parrot Fish, Hussar and plenty of quality Snapper, as did Double Island Point but with the added bonus of Northern Bluefin Tuna and, as you can see by the two accompanying photos, Red Emperor and Gold Band Snapper. Graeme Murray from Brisbane (above) boated the 7.5kg 'Government Bream' he's posing with while out there on a full day Cougar Too charter on Saturday. And on the same charter, John Hohenhaus (below), also from Brisbane, boated this 8kg Goldband Snapper. Both anglers were using Wilson Live Fibre rods and Alvey 725C offshore reels loaded with 15kg line. Their baits? Pilchard/Squid combos.
Gold Band Snapper A little closer in, Chardon's Reef was the spot for Squire, Maori Cod and Sweetlip while over on North Reef the extras were Cobia, Snapper, Sweetlip and Teraglin Jewfish. Not far from the coast, Arkwright Shoal was worth a pick drop with Shiny Mackerel, Sweetlip, Squire and Mowong all on the bite.
Further back up the line, Sunshine Reef yielded Snapper, Squire, Parrot Fish and Mowong. Last but not least, the relative shelter of Laguna Bay was a draw for the smaller boats with best results coming from North Hall's Reef where Northern Bluefin Tuna were responding well to live fish baits.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a tad quiet although those who rugged up and ventured out along the North Shore stretch reported a few Whiting, Dart and Chopper Tailor up around the township of Teewah.
Over on the east side, Dart were still well represented at all locations and were of good quality. Apart from that; Marcus Beach produced Whiting, as did Peregian Beach but with the added bonus of quality Bream.

Flathead Mangrove Jack
In the river, Flathead and Bream were in good numbers down at the river mouth and in Noosa Sound, which was where young Kilcoy lad James Dunn (above left) nailed the 2kg 'Lizard' he's posing with. James was drifting a whole Pilchard in the Sound around lunchtime on Wednesday when he hit the jackpot. He was armed with a Silstar Crystal Tip rod and a Shimano FX2000 reel loaded with 8lb line. Flathead were also in good numbers in Weyba Creek (along with Bream and Mangrove Jack), around the Munna Point Bridge (together with Tailor to 1.5kg) and Munna Beach. They were also active along the Noosaville stretch, around Tewantin (where Bream, Javelin Fish and small Trevally were also on the bite) and up at Lake Cooroibah. Apart from that there was plenty of Trevally and Tailor action (soft plastics and small Gold Bombers) in the inner Woods Bay in the latter part of the week and, as you can see by the photo above right, a healthy number of Mangrove Jack hookups in the Noosa Waters canals. Young Tom Cels tempted this 1.8kg 'Dog Bream' with a Rapala X-Rap lure late on Friday afternoon. He was kitted out with a Shimano Raider rod and Shimano baitcast reel loaded with 14lb Fireline and 12lb mono trace. On the freshwater scene, there were plenty of Bass chasing soft plastics and tailspinners at Lake MacDonald with the stretch from the botanical gardens to the dam wall producing particularly well.
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