The Noosa  Fishing Report




As at Monday March 26, 2007



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OFFSHORE: It was a pretty good week on the offshore scene with light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) south easterlies setting the scene for a reasonably productive week on the local reefs. Today's blustery (30 knot+) conditions shut the gate rather abruptly but there were few complaints from the blue water boys, with most who'd got out ahead of the change coming home with a feed. Squire and Sweetlip were common to the visited reefs. In addition, North Reef produced Parrot Fish, Moses Perch, Snapper, Shiny Mackerel, plenty of Spanish Mackerel and, as you can see by the photo on the right, Spotted Mackerel. Local lass Kya Bartholomaeus tempted this 5kg 'Spotty' with a Pilchard bait while out there yesterday morning. She was armed with a Shimano rod and a Penn 850SS reel loaded with 10kg line. Closer in, Arkwright Shoal was worth a shot for Spotted Mackerel, some thumper Spanish Mackerel and, as per the photo below, quality Coral Trout. Local angler Paul Grenfell had a productive session there yesterday with his standout being the 7.5kg 'Trout' he's pictured with. He was armed with a Gary Howard rod and a Shimano 6500m Baitrunner reel loaded with 30lb line and 80lb trace. His bait? Live Yakka on a 5/0 Mustad hook. Sunshine Reef and Laguna Bay hosted Mackerel Tuna in numbers along with the odd Northern Bluefin. Flies and metal slug lures worked best there. Spotted Mackerel

Coral Trout
ONSHORE: Dart were in numbers on the coastal beaches and in fact were pretty hard to get away from. On the North Shore they were the most prolific catch with the odd Whiting in the mix to keep the punters happy. On the east side it Turrumwas a similar story although Peregian Beach was the standout with Tarwhine and Bream an added bonus. In the river, Bream and Whiting were the bread and butter species with best returns coming from down towards the river mouth and the Frying Pan (live Worms), in the Munna Point area and in Weyba Creek where Tailor and Queenfish were responding to chrome slugs and soft plastics. The Woods Bays showed plenty of surface activity around dawn and dusk with Tailor (to 2kg) chasing flies and chrome slugs and Trevally and Turrum chasing surface poppers, slugs and soft plastics. Brisbane angler Philip Thomson (right) got the surprise of his life there around dusk on Tuesday when the 3kg Turrum he's posing with swallowed his Squidgy 'Stealth Prawn' soft plastic. He was armed with a Shimano T-Curve rod and a Stradic 2500 reel loaded with 8lb Superbraid and 16lb Flurocarbon leader. The Sheraton Bridge was another good option with Trevally, Bream and Queenfish responding to soft plastics after dusk.
Mangrove Jack
Apart from that, the area around the 'Rock Bar' at Tewantin produced Grunter Bream, Flathead, Bream and Moses Perch on soft plastics while just below the ferry run the catch was Estuary Cod (on Squid baits) and, as per the photo above, Mangrove Jacks. Local angler Mark Tirrel boated these two quality 2.5kg+ 'Jacks' there on Saturday night. He was kitted out with a G-Loomis 3kg rod and a Shimano Calcutta 50T reel loaded with 4kg line and 20lb trace. His bait? Mullet fillets.

Oh, the latest bar photos (as at March 19) have now been posted. If you haven't seen them, just CLICK HERE.



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