The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday March 24, 2014.
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OFFSHORE: Not a bad week weatherwise for the offshore boys with mostly light to moderate variable easterlies to contend with. The swell was up around the 2m mark earlier in the week but by the weekend it had dropped back to around the 0.75m to 1.0m mark. There was a modest, southerly running current.
Snapper
The bar crossing was a bit of a challenge a couple of hours either side of low tide but apart from that it was pretty straight forward. Lighter winds over the weekend made the outer reefs a more attractive proposition so the crew from the Noosa Yachtie Offshore Fishing Club booked Trekka 2 for a day at The Hards on Sunday. Conditions were about as good as they get (with almost no current run) and they came back with venus tusk fish, hussar, pearl perch, moses perch and snapper. Grant Zeller, Adrian Pierpoint, Shane Wickson and Rob Mangelsdorf (above) are pictured with a few snapper from their Maxi Day.
Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish Mowong or Painted Sweetlip
And Cougar One fished Double Island Point on Saturday for pearl perch, reef shark, hussar, moses perch, mahi mahi and mowong. Daniel Small from Redland (above) nailed a 5kg (est) mahi mahi on that full day charter while Dave Francis' mowong or painted sweetlip (above) would have been around 4kg.
Yellowfin Tuna and Cobia
Closer in, North Reef was still the best option for pelagics with Spanish mackerel, cobia, yellowfin tuna and heaps of striped tuna feeding in the upper levels plus sweetlip, moses perch, snapper, venus tusk fish and pearl perch down deep. Reece Butler from Brisbane and Ausama Mansy from the Gold Coast (above) were more than happy to pose with the yellowfin tuna and cobia that they boated on Saturday's half day Trekka 2 charter to the bottom of North.
Spanish Mackerel
The tuna (striped and yellowfin) were picking off the floaters as soon as they hit the surface out there, but just under them, if you could get your bait down, were the Spaniards. Greg Butler from Brisbane and Heath Barton from Shepparton (above) were also on Saturday's T2 charter. They managed to get their pilchards past the hungry surface feeders and were rewarded with two Spanish mackerel. We didn't weight them but they'd be around the 6kg and 7kg mark.
Yellowfin Tuna
Noosa Blue Water Charters worked North Reef a couple of times this week and above we have David Eastes from Brisbane with a 4kg yellowfin tuna from Friday's half day charter. Back towards home base, northern bluefin and yellowfin tuna were on the prowl at Sunshine Reef while in Laguna Bay, Little Hall's Reef produced a few keeper snapper, as did Jew Shoal but with the added bonus of spotties and longtails. A few tuna were also boated just out from the bar.
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