The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday August 23, 2010

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OFFSHORE: The fishing was on again off again this week with moderate to fresh northerlies making conditions on the local reefs pretty lumpy on some days before the light to moderate south westerlies cooled and flattened things out again.
Scarlet Sea Perch
As the weekend approached, though, the already modest swell dropped away to almost nothing and the car parks at the boat ramps were full to overflowing. The out wide reefs really fired up and those with the bigger boats made the most of it.
Moses perch, pearl perch and venus tusk fish were common catches at most locations. In addition, Double Island Point was well worth the effort, producing snapper, Maori cod and, as per the photo above, the odd quality scarlet sea perch. Justin Coster from Kawana Waters boated this lovely 10kg specimen while out there on a Trekka 2 charter on Sunday.
The Barwon Banks produced red throat emperor, hussar, amberjack and most of the of the weeks better quality snapper.
Casey Dawson (above) was part of a group that boated quite a few 5kg and 6kg 'Knobbys' at 'The Banks' on Saturday during a 3/4 day Trekka 2 charter. Casey's 7kg fish, however, was certainly the standout.
The Hards also fired well, yielding lots of snapper (from 2.5kg to 5kg) on soft plastics, morwong, hussar, mahi mahi (seen and targeted but not boated), red emperor and amberjack in numbers. Alf Lee from South Australia (below) caught and released the 30kg+ (est.) 'A.J' he's posing with while out there on a full day Cougar One charter earlier in the week.
And on the same Cougar One charter, Malcolm Raven from 'Cocoa Chocolat' at Eumundi (below) boated the very nice 5kg+ red emperor he's pictured with. His bait, which was the same as Alf's above, was a pilchard/squid combo.
Red Emperor
Also at The Hards, but yesterday, Phil Wulff (below) boated a number of 3kg to 3.5kg snapper using 5" Gulp soft plastics.
And on the same trip, his son Kodi (below) hooked and landed this 7kg amberjack using a knife jig as his draw card.
Closer in at North Reef the standouts were Maori cod, sweetlip, teraglin jewfish and squire while at Sunshine Reef it was mostly snapper to 4kg, red emperor and sweetlip in the 2.5kg to 3kg range, plus the odd coral trout. Earlier in the week, the odd shiny and spotted mackerel were still active around Little Hall's Reef, as were snapper and sweetlip to 4kg.

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ONSHORE: Although the surf beaches were fairly flat most of the week there were still some good gutters. On the North Shore, the waters opposite Teewah township produced bream, chopper tailor (and the odd greenback) and plenty of big dart and whiting. About 5km's north of there (around the old Cherry Venture site) the catch was chopper tailor in numbers and (as was also the case further up at Double Island Point) quality whiting. Across the bay, longtail tuna were busting up within casting distance of the National Park headland and tailor were hammering the garfish schools around Hells Gate.
Further south, bream, whiting and (at night) tailor to 3kg and jewfish (to 80cm) were on the bite at Sunshine Beach. Bream and whiting were biting at Marcus Beach and, along with dart, at Sunrise Beach while chopper tailor were on the prowl at Castaways Beach. The only other report of note was of bream (to 1kg) and flathead at north and south Peregian.
In the river, quality bream were active around the change of tide down at the river mouth, in the Woods Bays and, as you Mud Crabcan see by the photo above, around the pylons of the Sheraton Bridge.
Local angler Dave Cutts fished the Inner Bay with soft plastics on Wednesday for one flathead and a couple of trevally then, using a live poddy mullet as bait at the bridge, attracted the attention of the 1kg bream he's pictured with.
The Woods Bays also saw a bit of tailor action while the back of Noosa Sound was the spot for more trevally and the odd mangrove jack earlier in the week.
The only report of flathead activity was from Weyba Creek where fish to 60cm were going for Gladiator Prawn soft plastics.
In Noosa Waters the mud crabs were out, as Melbourne visitor Gennifer Dargan (above right) discovered to her delight on Wednesday. Apart from that, jewfish were responding to soft plastics along the Tewantin ski run. Mark Arnall (below) caught and released the 60cm specimen he's pictured on the weekend.
Jewfish or Mulloway On the freshwater scene the Lake MacDonald bass (to 40cm) were chasing Jackalls at Three Ways while lots of juvenile fish were schooling at the mouth of Borer Creek and going mostly for small blades. At Borumba Dam the saratoga were active around the timber edges and, together with large schools of bass, in the deeper waters of the main basin.

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