The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday March 10, 2008


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The lower North Shore and Noosa Bar this afternoon
OFFSHORE:
Boo, hiss. Another week of fresh to strong south easterlies saw most of the offshore brigade pack it in for Coral Troutthe short term.
There were, of course, a few die-hards and thrill seekers who weren't to be deterred by the rough conditions and those who braved the bar and the reefs at least had very little competition to contend with.
A few of the bigger boats tried their luck at North Reef with little or no return in fairly ordinary conditions.
Sunshine Reef, however, produced quite well, with those hardy souls who dropped the pick there reporting some quite reasonable catches of Sweetlip, Snapper, Red Throat Emperor, Mackerel Tuna, the odd Mowong and, as per the photo on the right, the ever popular Coral Trout.
Darrin Marinelli from Wollongong spent some time there on Friday and was happy to pose with this colourful 3kg (est) specimen. He was using a Shimano Taipan Snapper rod, a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel, 30lb line and 80lb trace. His bait? Whole Pilchard.


ONSHORE: Although conditions on the coastal surf beaches were less than ideal there were plenty of starters, especially over on the North Shore, where Tailor (to 2kg) were on the bite around the First Cutting and down towards the river mouth. The rocks at Double Island Point were also worth a look with Snapper and Trevally the dominant species.
Across the bay the stretch from First Point to Dolphin Point produced Bream and Sweetlip while further south, Bream and Dart were on the bite at Castaways Beach. Apart from that, Whiting were biting at Marcus and Peregian beaches.
School Jewfish
The estuary continued to fire well this week with Bream and Flathead in good numbers up around Tewantin, along the FlatheadNoosaville stretch and, as per the photo on the right, down at the river mouth. Bree Townsend from Victoria boated half a dozen Bream and the 68cm Flathead she's pictured with while fishing from a hire boat on Friday. This was her first ever quality keeper.
The Woods Bays were very much the place to wet a line this week with Trevally, Tailor, Mangrove Jacks and Queenfish in good numbers.
Soft plastics, live baits and trolled lures all worked well there.
Weyba Creek was the spot for the odd Flathead while the creek mouth itself had Trevally chasing surface poppers.
Apart from that there were school Jewfish on the prowl up around Tewantin, as Brisbane angler Marc Ellwood (above) discovered on Wednesday morning.
Mark was drifting live Worm baits when this 2kg 'Soapie' came to the party. He was armed with a Shimano spin combo loaded with 4kg line.
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