The Noosa Fishing Report
As at Monday July 31, 2006


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Noosa river mouth on Saturday afternoon, July 29

OFFSHORE: With moderate to fresh (20 to 25 knot) south easterlies and a 3m+ swell dominating the early part of the week it was all down to the weekend warriors to get the runs on the board. Friday, in fact, saw some improvement in offshore conditions but it was Saturday before the Noosa bar could be realistically negotiated by some of the bigger boats. All in all it was worth the wait, however, with almost TGO conditions from Sunday. Squire, Snapper and Moses Perch were universally on the bite although the middle reef belt was by far the most popular destination for most blue water boaties.
Red Emperor

Cobia or Black Kingfish
As conditions improved, however, wider destinations like Double Island Point were once more an option and those who made the effort today reported catches of Scarlet Sea Perch, Pearl Perch, Parrot Fish and Maori Cod. Closer to home, North Reef, as usual, was very popular, producing good numbers of the common species already mentioned plus Shiny Mackerel, Sweetlip and, as you can see by the photo above left, quality Red Emperor. Chris Lacey did well out there yesterday, boating a number of Snapper (to 5kg) and topping off a great day with the 8kg Red Emperor he's posing with. He was armed with a Shimano 'T Curve' rod and an Accurate 870 reel loaded with 50lb braid and 50lb mono leader. His bait? Pilchard on 2x6/0 VMC hooks. Apart from that, Chardon's Reef was the spot for plenty of quality Pearl Perch while 'The Coffees' yielded Trevally, Sweetlip, and, as per the photo above right, Cobia. Matt McGraw from Jimboomba (Qld.) boated the 10kg Black Kingfish he's pictured with while out there yesterday on a three quarter day Cougar One charter.

ONSHORE: As with the offshore scene, the coastal surf beaches were a bit of a washout earlier in the week but picked up as the weekend approached. On the North Shore the catch was mostly Dart and Chopper Tailor although results were patchy and spread out. On the east side, Sunshine Beach produced Tailor around the rocks at the north end and Whiting and Dart down towards the surf club. Heading south, Marcus Beach was the spot for Bream and Tarwhine, as was Castaways Beach but with the added bonus of Whiting, Tailor and Dart. Peregian Beach yielded mostly Dart and Bream.
Tailor Whiting
In the river, Whiting were in good numbers and size with the hot spots being up at Lake Cooroibah (along with Flathead), along the Gympie Terrace stretch (where Bream were also on the bite), Weyba Creek (together with Flathead and Bream) and, as you can see by the photo above right, in the Munna Point area where Bream were (again) very much in evidence. Local angler Toni Simpson was fishing in the rain at the caravan park on Thursday night when this 425gm Whiting took a fancy to her Davo's prawn bait. She was armed with a Jarvis Walker threadline combo loaded with 3kg line. Apart from that, Bream and Flathead were active down at the river mouth and up around Harbourtown (where Trevally were an added bonus) while in the Woods Bays Trevally and, as in the photo above left, Tailor were the target species. Local angler Alan Davidson used a storm Chug Bug surface popper to attract the attention of this 1.5kg specimen yesterday morning. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass (to 3kg) were responding to spinnerbaits, crankbaits and Jackals around 'The Gazebo', 'Gerry's Run', the botanical gardens and Borer Creek.
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