The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday September 17, 2007

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OFFSHORE: Ah well. Spring has finally sprung and to mark the start of the season the north westerlies blew steadily warmer as the week progressed. The swell never got above the metre mark at any time although there were a few days when the wind chop made things less than idyllic, even more so when the afternoon north easterly sea breezes kicked in.
Snapper
Still, there were no complaints from the blue water brigade with Moses Perch, Pearl Perch, Parrot Fish and Squire very Snappermuch the common species boated at all of the outside reefs.
In addition, North Reef produced Sweetlip, Snapper and Teraglin Jewfish while at 'The Coffees' the extras were quality Cobia and, as you can see by the photo above, more Snapper.
Noosaville Newsagent Greg Hales (left in photo) and Matt Hall did well out there on Thursday morning with their top weight 'Knobbies' tipping the scales at 4.5kg. They were armed with Daiwa rods and Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reels loaded with 25lb line. Their baits? Pilchards and soft plastics.
The other middle reef belt locations also fired well with Massoud's Reef yielding Sweetlip, as did Chardon's Reef, but with the added bonus there of lots of 3kg to 4kg Snapper, as per the photo on the right.
Frank Baker from the Mooloolah Valley is pictured with a 3.5kg specimen he boated while out there on a Cougar Too charter on Wednesday. He was kitted out with a Wilson live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825C reel Whitingloaded with 30lb line. His bait? Butterflyed Yakka fillet.
Last but not least, Sunshine Reef was well patronised with (apart from the common species mentioned) Snapper still on the bite at night.
In Laguna Bay, Jew Shoal produced a few Squire.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were fairly quiet this week with the only reports from the North Shore being of Whiting and Bream on the bite up around the Teewah township.
Over on the east side, Whiting were the high profile species at Sunshine Beach, Marcus Beach (together with Bream) and North Peregian Beach where Dart and Tarwhine were also active.
In the river, Whiting were in good numbers in the lower estuary with the better quality fish coming from down at the river mouth, in the Frying Pan and, as per the photo above, from the Mangrove Jackwaters opposite Munna Point.
Tony Alletag from Cooroy landed this 500gm specimen (and a few others) on Friday using live Davo's Beach Worms as his draw card. He was armed with an Alvey estuary combo.
Bream were in good numbers and size around Munna Point and along the Noosaville stretch with flesh baits and Mullet gut working equally well.
The Woods Bays were quietly on fire this week with Trevally chomping on trolled hard bodied shallow divers and soft plastics, Grunter Bream going for live Worms and, as you can see by the photo on the right, the odd Mangrove Jack responding to well placed live fish baits.
Tewantin angler Adrian Rutherford hit the jackpot there on Friday night when his live bait was monstered by the 1.8kg 'Jack' he's posing with. He was using a Shimano combo loaded with 3kg braid and 20lb mono leader. Apart from that, Trevally were responding to trolled shallow divers around the back of Noosa Sound while Mangrove Jack and Bream were active in Weyba Creek.
On the freshwater scene, all the action was at Borumba Dam where the resident Bass were chasing Jackalls and spinnerbaits in the main basin, around the Eagles Nest and, together with Yellowbelly, around the timbers.



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