The Noosa Fishing Report
As at Monday July 21, 2008


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OFFSHORE: There were some picture perfect conditions on the local reefs this week as the light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable westerlies settled the seas quite nicely. Those lucky enough to be still on holiday made the most of it, as did the weekend warriors, although the the Noosa river bar crossing did tend to be a tad hairy towards low tide.
Snapper With mild conditions prevailing, the Barwon Banks were on the agenda and those who made the effort reported parrot fish, squire, pearl perch, moses perch, hussar and, as you can see by the photo above, quality snapper in good numbers.
With this being the week of the full moon, those who could overnight got the pick of the crop as local angler Richard Bart found on Saturday night. Using live slimy mackerel as his draw card Richard did well out there on the reefies with this 7kg 'Knobby' being his standout. He was armed with an Angler M10 rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 10kg line.
Coral Trout 'The Hill', 'The Coffees' and Massoud's Reef produced squire, pearl perch, moses perch and parrot fish as did North Reef but with the added bonus of Maori cod, bonito, sweetlip, snapper and, as per the photo above, quality coral trout.
Blake Cole from Eumundi was out there on Saturday morning jigging 7" Gulp soft plastics when this 6.5kg 'Trout' came to the party. He was using an Abu rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 4500 reel loaded with 30lb braid to 40lb 'Vanish' leader.

Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was the spot for snapper and cobia while in Laguna Bay, sweetlip were on the bite around Jew Shoal and (as above) the odd jewfish was on the prowl from the river mouth to Little Hall's Reef.
Local yak angler Ian Tagg was trolling a River2Sea Downsider 150 deep diver behind his Swing Angler fishing kayak on Saturday when this 17kg 'Jewie' slammed it hard. He was armed with a 6kg-10kg Penn Power Stick and a Shimano TSS4 threadline reel loaded with 30lb braid and 60lb Jinkai leader.

ONSHORE: The North Shore stretch was well worth the effort this week with tailor, whiting and flathead on the bite from the First Cutting to Double Island Point. On the east side the only report of note was of quality bream at Marcus Beach.
Jewfish
Bream were the bread and butter species in the estuary this week with best results coming from the Munna Point area, Breamthe Woods Bays, the stretch from the old dog beach to the river mouth and in the Frying Pan.
Carl Gearing from Lake MacQuarie (right) was fishing the Woods Bays on Thursday when his bonito strip bait attracted the attention of the 750gm 'Yellowfin' he's pictured with. He was kitted out with a Jarvis Walker threadline combo loaded with 6lb line.
There were a few school jewfish on the prowl in the Munna Point stretch as local angler Nick Radge (above) discovered.

Nick was working the waters around there on Thursday, drift jigging a green/gold Squidgy Wriggle Tail soft plastic when it was taken by the 2kg specimen he's posing with. Apart from that there were a number of flathead taken on frogmouth pilchards down at the river mouth.

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