The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday September 22, 2008

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OFFSHORE: It was a bit of a patchy week for the offshore brigade with North Reef being the only producer of note. The predominantly northerly winds did tend to create a bit of slop and chop at times but most days were fishable with little swell to speak of. The fish, unfortunately, were a tad picky and was hard work to get a feed. Having said that, squire were in good numbers on 'North' with cobia, moses perch, pearl perch, sweetlip and snapper making up the rest of the catch.
Snapper Luke Becroft from Mujimba (above) boated this 5kg 'Knobby' on Sunday morning while out there on a 3/4 day Cougar One charter. He was armed with a Gary Howard custom rod and a Shimano 6500 Baitrunner reel loaded with 10kg line.

ONSHORE: The variable northerly winds made life a tad difficult on the coastal surf beaches this week, especially in the afternoons when they picked up strength and took on an easterly flavour. The North Shore was the least affected, though, especially when the winds blew from the west, and those who made the effort at least found tailor well spread along Teewah beach. The bigger fish, up to 4kg, were taken at night from the waters north of the 'Freshwater' camping ground.
WhitingOver on the east side, the rocks at the southern end of Alexandria Bay were the spot for yellowtail kingfish and bream on soft plastics (towards the end of the week) while further south, Marcus Beach yielded average size bream, tarwhine and dart.
In the river, flathead (to 65cm) were on the bite from Lake Cooroibah to the river mouth but were not particularly numerous.
Whiting, however, were in good numbers and of good quality when they could be located.
Best spots for the elbow slappers were the sandy drop-offs opposite Munna Beach, the Woods Bays and, as per the photo above, Weyba Creek. Young Connor O'Brien did very well towards low tide around the lower Weyba sand flats last Tuesday, using a clear surface popper to attract a number of whiting. The 41cm specimen he's pictured with, however, was his standout.

Whiting Whiting
And Brian McDermott (above left) from Pomona boated a number of whiting (top weight 450gm) on in the Woods Bays on Thursday using live prawns as his draw card while Dave Nettleton (above right) christened his new Swing Angler fishing kayak by landing a few elbow slappers (top weight 600gms) around Munna Point and the Woods Bays on Monday.
Mangrove Jack
Apart from that, trevally (to 2.5kg) were working the bait schools up around the Tewantin ski runs and mangrove jacks were on the prowl along the back of Noosa Sound and, as you can see by the photo above, in the deeper waters opposite the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club. Wally Dawson boated this thumper 3kg specimen there on Thursday afternoon using a live poddy mullet as his draw card. He was using a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 threadline combo loaded with 20lb line.


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