The Noosa  Fishing Report


As at Monday October 3, 2011

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River Mouth bar crossing yesterday
OFFSHORE: It was a patchy, and at times, frustrating week on the local offshore scene as predictions of strong variable northerly winds on some days proved erroneous and expected light winds were instead blustery. It would be fair to say that conditions were often harder to pick than a broken nose, although the strong variable southerlies forecast for Sunday onwards were pretty much spot on. On the plus side, the bar crossing and outside swell weren't too much of a challenge.
Northern Bluefin Tuna
Under the circumstances the middle reef belt was about as far as most boaties cared to travel. North Reef produced the odd quality snapper and mostly average size moses perch, squire, pearl perch, sweetlip, hussar, teraglin jewfish and venus tusk fish, as did Chardon's Reef but with the added bonus there of cobia, Maori cod and northern bluefin tuna. Mick Vella from the Gold Coast (above) nailed a 12kg 'longtail' while out there on a 3/4 day Cougar One charter on Saturday.
Pearl Perch
And on the same charter, Pip Dedenha from Sydney (above), was more than happy with the 2.5kg pearl perch he boated.
Snapper
Sunshine Reef was a little more accommodating this week, rewarding the faithful with modest catches of venus tusk fish, moses perch, bonito and, as per the photo above, snapper. Billy Ellen boated this 3kg fish while out there on a half day Trekka 1 charter on Thursday. Apart from that, longtail tuna were reported on the prowl from the bar to the shark nets.

Munna Beach today.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches didn't exactly kick butt this week but there was a bit of tailor action at first light up around the rocks at Double Island Point and down towards the river mouth end of Teewah Beach. Apart from that, the surf gutters north of Teewah township produced whiting, dart and tarwhine. Over on the east side, the rocks around Paradise Caves yielded trevally. Further south, there were good whiting and dart on the bite at Sunshine and Peregian beaches.
Flathead and Trevally
With a marked increase in boat traffic and sometimes blustery conditions, the fishing in the estuary (especially during the day) slowed quite significantly. The river mouth stretch was one of the better options for the bread and butter species with Flatheadflathead and quality whiting (on small surface lures) on the bite in the Frying Pan, at the river mouth (as were tailor, bream and the odd trevally) and up around the working sand pump near The Snags.
Aidan Rasmussen and Zane Jenkins (above) fished the river mouth on Wednesday with prawn baits and were rewarded with a 1.7kg flathead and a 600gm trevally.
And Cheryl Savage from Melbourne (right) boated a 52cm flathead while fishing the Frying Pan on Sunday with Noosa River Fishing Safaris.
Further up, the Woods Bays produced trevally, tailor and (on small surface flys) bream.
Weyba Creek was best on the runout tide with flathead and, on small surface poppers, bream and whiting on the bite. The waters up around Makepeace Island were good for bream and trevally, as was the first ski run but with the added bonus of school jewfish.
Bass
Further up river towards the fresh of the Everglades, Kin Kin Creek was the spot for wild bass and the odd mangrove jack.
On the freshwater impoundment scene, the Lake MacDonald bass were out in good numbers along the Bubble Trail and near Toga Bend. Darren and his good buddy Robert (above) fished those spots on Thursday and, using spinnerbaits and River2Sea Baby Cranks, caught and released a 46cm yellowbelly and over a dozen bass, keeping these four for dinner.

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