The Noosa  Fishing Report



As at Monday March 22, 2010

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OFFSHORE: What a difference a day makes! Most offshore anglers were caught completely unawares today when the blustery conditions, rough seas and 2m+ swell generated by cyclone Ului over the weekend literally disappeared overnight. In fact, a few hours after low tide this morning the bar crossing wasn't too bad (considering the recent weather) and was quite manageable with a little bit of care. Offshore, conditions were settled and certainly good enough for trips as far out as the Barwon Banks where the swell was long and rolling and no impediment to a good day on the water.
Amberjack Noosa Blue Water Charters were one of the few boats that got out this morning and once across the bar they headed straight for 'The Banks' where, on the drift, they boated Maori cod, pearl perch, venus tusk fish and, as you can see by the photo above, quality amberjack. Anthony Kovac tempted this standout 18kg specimen with a pilchard/squid combo.
Spanish Mackerel And on their way back they stopped off briefly in-close at Chardon's Reef where Patrick Lim (above), the leader of the small group who call themselves the 'Three Amigos', trolled up this 7kg Spanish mackerel on a hard bodied diving lure.

ONSHORE: There were no reports from the coastal surf beaches apart from dart off the rock groyne at the river mouth.
River mouth car park rocks
In the estuary there was some good activity down at the river mouth with chopper tailor (on pilchards), bream, flathead and small trevally on the bite, especially two or three hours either side of high tide. Whiting were also in good numbers from the river mouth to Munna Point where the odd school jewfish was on the prowl along the caravan park beach stretch.
Blubberlip bream
Hamish Green (above) was fishing from the bank at Munna Point on Saturday but instead of the bread and butter species already mentioned, hooked and landed this 700gm blubberlip bream while his dad and grandad cheered him on. Flathead were also active along the Culgoa Point stretch with white soft plastics and gold Blades getting most of the attention.
Mangrove Jack
Apart from that, the Woods Bays were full of baitfish schools which were being hammered by trevally and tailor. In amongst them, however, there were a few mangrove jacks as Colin and Ben Gray (above) discovered on Friday afternoon. The father and son team caught these two 'Jacks' while working the bait boils with Storm Chug Bug surface poppers



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