The Noosa Fishing Report


As at Monday November 14th 2005

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OFFSHORE: With the weekday sessions dominated by moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot) north easterlies, conditions would be best described as 'quite fishable but a tad lumpy'. The weekend, however, saw a distinct improvement as the winds eased to a more idyllic 5 to 15 knots and the seas were, at times, almost TGO. Again, results were a bit patchy but those prepared to work at it and spend the time on the water certainly came back with a feed and a few fillets for the freezer.
Squire, Snapper, Parrot Fish, Moses Perch and Pearl Perch were the common catch on the outside reefs. In addition, The Barwon Banks produced Maori Cod and Black Spot Pig Fish, which (despite the name) is a much prized table fish.
Yellowfin Tuna Black Marlin
The only other outer destination of any note was North Reef which yielded Sweetlip, Teraglin Jewfish, Maori Cod, Cobia, Estuary Cod, Yellowfin Tuna, Mackerel Tuna and (released) Black Marlin. Trevor Howlett (above left) from Gladstone in Queensland boated the 9kg Yellowfin Tuna he's posing with while out on 'North' on a full day Cougar Too charter last Monday. He was kitted out with a Gary Howard rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded with 30lb line. And yes, there were a number of Marlin sightings, captures and releases on North Reef this week. The photo above right was taken yesterday during a 3/4 day Cougar Too charter just before this 100lb specimen was brought on board for a quick pic. Everyone on the charter apparently took a turn at playing this fish out so it was very much a team effort. The outfit that did the job was a Silstar Crystal Tip rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 10kg line. The bait? A live Yakka on 2x5/0 hooks. Apart from that, Laguna Bay was dotted with sporadic baitfish boils (later in the week) from Little Hall's Reef to Big Hall's and across to Jew Shoal with Mackerel Tuna and Bonito (and a number of sizable Bronze Whalers) smashing the surface.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beach action warmed up just a tad this week with Bream and quality Dart in good numbers from Marcus Beach to Sunshine Beach. On the North Shore there were Bream on the bite at the bottom end of the beach towards the river mouth plus Chopper Tailor opposite the Third Cutting and just North of Teewah township.
Chopper Tailor Trevally
In the river, Whiting, Bream and Tailor were on the bite down towards the river mouth, while in the Woods Bays the high profile species were Mangrove Jack (live baits), Flathead and Trevally (soft plastics) and, as you can see by the photo above left, Tailor on surface poppers. Local angler Mark Arnall used a 'Chug-Bug' popper to attract the attention of the 1.3kg specimen he's pictured with. He was in the Woods Bays just on dusk yesterday when this fish struck. Mark was armed with a G-Loomis rod and a Shimano Chronarch reel loaded with 10lb line and 20lb trace. There were reports of Flathead, Bream, Estuary Cod and Whiting on the chew in Weyba Creek, along the Hilton Terrace stretch and up around the Council Chambers at Tewantin. Further up, the bottom end of Lake Cooroibah was the spot for Trevally on live bait while the top end of the lake produced Flathead on Whitebait. Apart from that, the Munna Bridge area continued to host the better quality (to 3kg) Trevally as Bryan Kinnaird (above right) found to his delight at first light yesterday morning. Bryan, who was using a Strudwick rod and a Shimano Sedona threadline reel loaded with 8lb Fireline, attracted the attention of this 1.7kg 'Trev' with a well cast and jigged 'Rainbow' Powerbait. On the freshwater scene, the Everglades wild Bass were chasing surface poppers and soft plastics, Lake MacDonald had good Bass responding to Jackals at 'Three Ways' and 'Fry's Run' while at Borumba Dam most of the Bass action (Jackals) was around the edges in the main basin.

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