The Noosa Fishing Report


As at Monday November 28th 2005

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OFFSHORE: Apart from today's moderate to strong south easterly blow it was all systems go on the offshore scene here at Noosa with light to moderate variable easterlies setting the stage for some truly excellent fishing weather. Some days, in fact, were classified as TGO's (total glass outs) and there appeared to be no shortage of boaties ready to take advantage of the idyllic conditions. Squire, Parrot Fish, Moses Perch and Pearl Perch were common to most of the outside reefs.
In addition, out wide, 'The Hards' produced Snapper and Gold Spot Wrasse as did the Barwon Banks but with the added bonus of Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish and Hussar. Closer in, at Chardon's Reef the extras were Maori Cod and Gold Spot Wrasse, at North Reef it Sweetlip while over on Massoud's Reef the bonus species were both Maori Cod and Sweetlip. Sunshine Reef warmed up a little bit with most of the action coming from Mowong, quality Snapper and, as you can see by the photo below, Coral Trout. Will Pyle from New South Wales boated the very nice 4.1kg specimen he's pictured with while out there on a half day Cougar One charter on Thursday morning.
Coral Trout
Spotted Mackerel
Laguna Bay was certainly worth targeting with Mackerel Tuna and Bonito boils throughout the bay and as close in as the river mouth, along the shark nets and around First Point. On the edge of the boils, plus out around Little and Big Hall's Bassreefs and Jew Shoal there were also Spotted and school Mackerel chasing slugs, floated and trolled Pilchards and trolled shallow divers like Gold Bombers and B52's, with a few mystery fish smashing up rigs just to make things interesting. And it was at Hall's Reef on Friday that Cheryl 'Chezza' Lacey from Davo's (above right) trolled up the 2kg 'Spotty' she's posing with. She was paddle trolling a CD7 Rapala lure behind her Perception Swing 'Angler' fishing kayak at the time. Cheryl was using a G-Loomis rod and a Shimano 6500 Baitrunner reel loaded with 25lb Platinum line. Apart from that, there were a few small Cobia on the bite along that North Shore stretch and the odd Yellowtail Kingfish on the prowl around Jew Shoal.

ONSHORE: Despite the perfect weather pattern the coastal surf beaches were only lightly patronised. Consequently, reports were a bit thin on the ground. On the North Shore the only report of note was of Tailor (to 2kg) and quality Bream on the bite up around the township of Teewah. On the east side, feedback was again sparse, with Sunrise Beach producing Whiting and Marcus Beach; Bream. In the river, Flathead were well spread although the hot spots were; down at the river mouth (along with quality Whiting), around Harbourtown at Tewantin (trolled deep divers and drifted Whitebaits) and up around the bottom end of Lake Cooroibah. The stretch between the lakes produced Mangrove Jacks (to 50cm) on gold Tilsan Barra's while most of the Trevally (to 2kg) was concentrated around the Woods Bays, the back of Noosa Sound and the Munna Bridge area with live baits, flies and surface poppers all working well. On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam Saratoga were active in the Kingham Arm (on beetlespins) while at Lake MacDonald the resident Bass were responding well to gold Jackalls around the Gazebo, Stumpy Point and, as in the case of the above photo, 'Three Ways'. 'Mighty' Mal McCully spent most of Wednesday there with Mark Pertot from Davo's and between them they caught and released nineteen Bass to 49cm (2kg+), a couple of which Mal is pictured with. He was armed with a Gary Howard rod and a Shimano Calcutta 200 reel loaded with 15lb Superbraid and 20lb Schneider line.

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