The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday September 3, 2007

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OFFSHORE: The after effects of the floods were still being felt here in Noosa with the murky run-off severely restricting bar crossings for the first few days of the week. This was a bit frustrating for the bluewater brigade as, with 5 to 15 knot south easterlies prevailing at the time, the offshore conditions were pretty fishable. Anyway, once the Coast Guard and a few of the more experienced boaties were able to confirm the new access and bar crossing, things got back to relative normality. The bar crossing, however, did get a bit chancy over the weekend as the winds strengthened and many boaties aborted in favour of a few cool, calming 'Fathers' Day' beers along the calmer waters of the estuary beaches. Having said that, there's always a feed to had for those prepared to put in the time but, realistically, there were no trophy fish amongst the weigh-ins this week. Massoud's Reef, in fact, was as far as anyone we know traveled and those who made the journey reported Squire, Parrot Fish, Moses Perch, Pearl Perch and Teraglin Jewfish on the bite although it was hard work to get a result. Closer in, Sunshine Reef produced Sweetlip, Squire, Moses Perch and Parrot Fish while in Laguna Bay there were Squire on the bite south of Jew Shoal and just inside the river mouth towards the top of the high tide.
Whiting
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches weren't too bad an option this week and, with the Tewantin car ferry once again back in action after the floods, there were more than enough takers for a trip over to the North Shore beach strip. The bread and butter species were on the bite over there with Bream (to 1kg), quality Whiting and the odd thumper Dart making the trip worthwhile.
Over on the east side it was a little quieter although there were a few Trevally (to 3kg) chasing metal slug lures at North Lake MacDonald BassSunshine Beach plus Whiting, Dart and Tarwhine at Peregian Beach.
Things were getting back to normal in the river with most of the common species coming back on the bite despite the murk, or in some cases, because of it.
The river mouth was a good option towards high tide with Cod, Whiting, Trevally, quality Bream and even the odd Squire (as mentioned earlier) on the bite. Bream and Whiting were also on the chew in Weyba Creek, Munna Bridge/Culgoa Point (along with the odd school Jewfish) and Munna Point, where Flathead were also on the bite.
And it was at Munna Point that Hannah Hall (above right) and her family, from Childers, got into a few elbow slappers on Saturday. Live Davo's Beach Worms got all the action with the 600gm specimen pictured being the standout.
And yesterday morning, in the same area, local lass Emalise Healy (above left) got in amongst them, again using Beach Worms to good effect, as the two 400gm fish she's posing with indicate. Apart from that, Bream were active along the Noosa Parade and Noosaville stretches and in the Woods Bays where Tailor and Trevally (to 1.4kg) were the bonus species.
On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam Bass were in good numbers, chasing Jackalls and spinnerbaits in the main basin while at Lake MacDonald the ABT Bass Electric Competition attracted a respectable line up of competitors on Sunday. Unfortunately many of the adult Bass had made a dash for freedom over the dam wall during the recent torrential rains and only five fish were weighed in during the day. Winner was Shane Anderson with two fish weighing in at 1.25kg.


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