The Noosa  Fishing Report


As at Monday October 24, 2011

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River Mouth bar crossing Sunday October 23, 2011.
OFFSHORE: Offshore was a bit of a shocker this week with fresh to strong (18 to 25 knot) south easterlies and a 1.8m to 2m easterly swell dominating the scene right up until the weekend. Most boaties quite wisely left it until Saturday before venturing out but conditions didn't really improve markedly until today and even then it was hard yakka on the local reefs.
Noosa Blue Water Charters did a run to Double Island Point this morning but the fishing was very quiet with just the odd Maori cod, pearl perch, moses perch and hussar on the bite. The middle reef belt wasn't a great deal more lively either. North Reef produced snapper (mostly pan size), pearl perch, teraglin jewfish and moses perch, as did Chardon's Reef but with the added bonus there of Maori cod and greasy cod. Closer in, Sunshine Reef yielded a few Maori cod and venus tusk fish while the odd northern bluefin tuna was reported on the prowl in Laguna Bay. Since we have no offshore pix for this week (for the first time in over 10 years, from memory) we thought we'd upload a video clip of the local and visiting 'Heroes' that we've filmed with their trophy fish over the last three years. We play the DVD version on the big TV screen at Davo's, although we had to speed the clip up for the web to make it fit within a more manageable, watchable time frame.
Background Music... 'Waves Of Ecstasy' From the Album 'Heart and Soul'... by Ian Cameron Smith: www.iancameronsmith.com.au
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Munna Flats to the River Mouth. Sunday October 23, 2011
ONSHORE: Conditions on the coastal surf beaches were less than ideal so there were few reports from that area. On the plus side, the surf and swell opened up some good water on the east side beaches. Marcus Beach in particular benefited from the recent weather with some well defined drains and gutters producing whiting, bream, tarwhine, chopper tailor and keeper size dart. Apart from that, Sunrise Beach produced the odd chopper tailor and Sunshine Beach yielded whiting.
Flathead Flathead
In the estuary, flathead, whiting and bream were in good numbers and well spread with the hot spots being the first ski run at Tewantin (along with trevally), the Munna Flats area, Weyba Creek and down at the river mouth. The back of Noosa Sound was also good for lizards as Ross Hutchins (above left) found earlier in the week. Ross was on a Noosa River Fishing Safaris charter when his trolled Gold Bomber lure was monstered by the 64cm fish he's pictured with. And on another NRFS charter, William Franklin, NZ (above right) caught a 60cm flatty while drifting a live herring in Weyba Creek.
Mangrove Jack
Up around the lakes, however, it was mangrove jack mayhem with fish from 25cm to 51cm, in numbers, smashing trolled and cast hard body lures. Nils and Charlie Boyes (above) worked the mouth of Lake Cooroibah on Saturday morning with River2Sea hard bodies (as in the photo), catching and releasing eight Jacks to 2kg, keeping the best for the dinner table.
Mangrove Jack
And Tyson Wade from Adelaide (above) caught and released a thumper 51cm, 2.7kg Jack on a trolled Gold Bomber lure while fishing the stretch between the lakes on Friday. Tyson was on a Noosa River Fishing Safaris charter at the time.
Mangrove Jack
Aden Plant (above) read about all the Jacks being caught between the lakes in last week's fishing report so headed up there with his kids Kaya and Koby on Sunday morning to try their luck. You guessed it. They were trolling a Gold Bomber 'Barra Special' near John's Landing around 10.30am when it was monstered by the 2.2kg fish they're pictured with.
Trevally
Last but not least, Neil 'Grim' Grimley (above) was trying for a Jack just like everyone else but got a GT instead. Neil was trolling a 'blue pilly' coloured hard body lure near the Noosa Marina this morning when he hooked up with this 2kg trevally.
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