The Noosa Fishing Report


As at Monday November 6, 2006




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OFFSHORE: As is normal for this time of the year, light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) variable northerlies continued to Snapperdominate the offshore scene and those blue water anglers who targeted the local reefs early found that the morning sessions were by far the better option ahead of the more blustery afternoon north easterly sea breezes.
Squire, Parrot Fish, Pearl Perch and Moses Perch were pretty much the common species at most of the visited reefs. In addition, a trip to South Double Island Point proved a worthwhile journey, producing bonus species such as Snapper, Sweetlip and Hussar while North Reef was a good spot for Spotted Mackerel, Snapper and Gold Spot Wrasse. Not to outdone, 'The Coffees' fired well with those spending time there reporting good catches of the common species already mentioned plus Spotted Mackerel and, as you can see by the photo above right, quality Snapper. Angelo Joseph from Brisbane boated the 4kg 'Knobby' he's posing with when he went out there on Red Emperora full day Cougar One charter on Saturday. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded with 35lb line. Another good option was Massoud's Reef where, as you can see by the photo on the right, Red Emperor were a welcome bonus.
Bob Martin boated this 6.5kg specimen while out there on Sunday. Bob, who was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded with 35lb line, was on a half day Cougar One charter at the time.
Apart from that, Chardon's Reef was one of this week's top performers, yielding Cobia, Teraglin Jewfish, Snapper, Spotted Mackerel, Maori Cod and a number of hooked and released Marlin and Sailfish.
Close to home, Little Hall's Reef warmed up a bit towards the end of the week with Sweetlip the high profile species.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a very pleasant option this week and these sorts of conditions the fishing was definitely a bonus. Whiting were the mainstay on the North Shore with good results coming from the gutters opposite the 2nd and 3rd Cuttings. On the east side, most of the action was from Tailor (to 1.5kg) at Marcus and Castaways beaches.
Tailor and Flathead Whiting
In the river, Whiting and Flathead were in good numbers and well spread with the hot spots being at the top end of, and down at the mouth of Lake Cooroibah (along with the odd Jewfish), the Noosaville/Gympie Terrace stretch, the Frying Pan and down around the river mouth. However, it was the Noosaville stretch that produced the fish for the above two photos. Brisbane angler Tony Webb (above left) was working that area with half Pilchard baits around first light on Saturday when he boated the 2.5kg Greenback Tailor he's pictured with, then a few hours later (around lunchtime) hooked and landed a very nice 2kg (65cm) 'Lizard'. He was armed with a Shakespeare rod and an Alvey 600 reel loaded with 10lb line and 20lb leader. And Cooroibah lad Jayleb Roosen (above right) was in the same general area yesterday morning when his live Yabby bait attracted the attention of this 450gm Whiting. He was using a Jarvis Walker threadline combo loaded with 4kg line. Apart from that, there were Tailor on the bite in Weyba Creek, Trevally and Tailor chasing surface poppers (dawn and dusk) in the Woods Bays, Munna Point and the William Street jetty, Bream at the entrance to Noosa Waters and, between the lakes; a few Mangrove Jacks and Trevally. Phew! On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were responding to soft plastics and Jackals around Three Ways and spinnerbaits at Fry's Run. In Borumba Dam all the reports were from the Kingham Arm where Bass and Saratoga were going for spinnerbaits and Jackals.

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