The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday April 25, 2011

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Ray Scholes Marine
OFFSHORE: Hmmmm. It was just like last week all over again, only this time with slightly stronger winds early on, ahead of 20 knot+ south easterlies on the weekend. It was great news for the holiday boaties, though, and the visitors took full advantage (in numbers) of the very fishable conditions right up until the blustery weather settled in on Saturday afternoon.
Laguna Bay was again an easy option, especially for the smaller craft, with the bar crossing a couple of hours either side of high tide about as good as it gets. Northern bluefin tuna, mack tuna, small spotted mackerel and dart were schooling throughout the bay and responding well at times to small slugs, whole pilchard floaters, flies and trolled hard body lures.
Big Hall's Reef also produced the odd wahoo while Jew Shoal had the added bonus of sweetlip and snapper to 3.5kg.
Coral Trout
Sunshine Reef was worth the effort, producing pearl perch, moses perch, snapper, venus tusk fish, northern bluefin tuna and heaps of coral trout. Mick Doran (above) was out there on Thursday morning getting a few tips on how to catch the elusive 'Trout' from Bob Jeynes from Davo's Compleat Angler. Using whole pilchard baits and Bob's proven technique, they boated a number of these colourful fish, although the quality 4.5kg specimen Mick's posing with was the standout.
Northern Bluefin Tuna
Jessie Tesch (above) was fishing with a friend at Sunshine Reef on Saturday and while she was pleased with their catch of snapper and venus tusk fish, was even happier when her pilchard floater was monstered by the 8kg 'Longtail' she's pictured with. They were one of the last boats out there and pulled the pin just ahead of the steadily worsening conditions.
Coral Trout
Chardon's Reef was the spot for cobia and pearl perch, as was North Reef but with the added bonus of spotted mackerel, snapper, coral trout, Maori cod, gold spot wrasse, scarlet sea perch, sweetlip and moses perch. Noosa Blue Water Charters did back to back trips to North Reef on Friday and on the afternoon charter Jim Laird from Cooroy (above) was over the moon to boat a 4kg coral trout. And Jacky Chu (below left) hooked up with a 3kg+ snapper on the same charter.
Snapper Pearl Perch

Fishing Offshore Noosa also did a few runs to North Reef this week. Liam Balmer from the Gold Coast (above right) was out there on a 3/4 day Trekka 3 charter on Thursday when he boated a quality pearl perch. And Jayden and Kyle from Melbourne (below) are pictured with a 6.5kg standout snapper, boated the same day on a half day Trekka 2 charter.
The Barwon Banks yielded excellent quality pearl perch, average size (3kg) snapper, the odd red throat emperor, mahi mahi, hussar, moses perch and venus tusk while at Double Island Point the standouts were coral trout and red emperor.
Red Emperor and Coral Trout
Rowdy and Dave (above) did an overnighter at 'D.I' on Thursday night and popped into Davo's on their way home on Friday morning to weigh in their two trophy fish; a 7kg coral trout and a 13kg red emperor, both taken on humble pilchard baits.

ONSHORE: Whiting, bream, dart and small chopper tailor were well spread along the North Shore coastal beach stretch this week. The better quality whiting, however, plus tailor to 2kg and 1kg+ tarwhine, were found in the surf gutters about 10km north of Teewah. The odd quality tailor was also on the bite around the rocks at Double Island Point. Across the bay, some good size (1kg+) bream were going for prawn baits off the National Park headland while flathead, dart, whiting and school jewfish were on the bite in Alexandria Bay. Further south down the coast, spotted mackerel and mackerel tuna were reported to be hammering into the bait schools inside the surf line along the Sunshine/Sunrise beach stretch.
In the estuary, Noosa River Fishing Safaris reported tailor and bream on the bite in the Frying Pan plus whiting, bream and flathead at the river mouth, in Weyba Creek and along the Noosaville stretch. On the run-in tide school jewfish, bream and flathead were on the prowl around the house boats near Goat Island. Bream were also active around the barge at Makepeace Island but catfish were in big numbers in that area as well. Despite the seriously chocolate coloured water there were still a few tailor schooling around the Munna Point Bridge area. James Paine (above) caught and released a number of small choppers there early (2am) on Thursday morning before coming up with the keeper 2.2kg (cleaned) fish he's posing with. He was using a large Pencil Popper as his draw card. The only report of mangrove jack activity was from Noosa Waters. Stephanie Clunies-Ross (below) boated this 1.5kg 'Jack' at dusk on Saturday while trolling a Savoy Shad.
Mangrove Jack
On the freshwater scene, the better bass (36cm to 45cm) were going for Jackalls at Three Ways, Bass Bay, Borer Creek and along the Bubble Trail at Lake MacDonald. With the drop in water temperatures the juveniles were schooled up around all weed points throughout the dam and were responding to spinnerbaits, small blades and Jackalls. At Borumba Dam, saratoga were on the bite in the Yabba Arm and bass were active on the steep rocky banks of the Kingham Arm.

For those of you who haven't noticed, Davo's Compleat Angler is now under new
management. To celebrate the changeover, and as a bit of a fun bonus, new
owner Peter Wells will be running a 'Toss the Boss' promotion until further notice.

How does it work? Well, next time you're in Davo's making a purchase, introduce
yourself to Peter. If you mention you'd like to 'Toss the Boss', he'll flip a coin and if
you win the toss, Peter will happily give you an extra 10% discount on your purchase.

Good thing is, you've got nothing to lose and everything to gain by just saying g'day!
Peter Wells





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