The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday August 30, 2010

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Ray Scholes Marine

Sunset at The Hards
Light to moderate variable southerlies and a very modest swell prevailed most of the week so conditions on the local reefs were as good as they get at this time of the year. The afternoons were blustery at times, but quite fishable, and there were certainly no complaints from the blue water brigade. Parking at the boat ramps, of course, was a bit tight.
Cobia or Black Kingfish
The outer reefs produced well but there were very few standouts. The Barwon Banks for instance, produced a wide range of reef species such as venus tusk fish, moses perch, gold band snapper, Maori cod, pearl perch, teraglin jewfish, green jobfish, red throat emperor and amberjack but most of the fish taken were in the 2kg to 3kg range. The one exception out there was the snapper with nearly all the better quality fish (to 6kg) coming on the bite late in the afternoon and at night.
North Reef was well patronised and actually fired quite well. Squire, pearl perch, moses perch and venus tusk fish were of average size but in good numbers while amberjack, cobia and pearl perch were the standout species. Scott Beattie from Scotland (above) boated the 6kg cobia he's pictured with while out there on a half day Cougar One charter on Friday..
Pearl Perch
And Randall Crisp (above) from Action Tanks boated this 4kg pearl perch while out there on a 1/2 day Trekka 3 charter.
Cobia or Black Kingfish
Also at North Reef, Ryan Kenane (above) hooked up with an 11kg cobia and, with just a little help from his dad, managed to get it in the boat after a 20 minute tussle. His bait was the ever faithful pilchard floater. Across at Chardon's Reef the catch was school mackerel, bonito, squire, pearl perch, sweetlip, teraglin jewfish, lots of squire and juvenile red emperor.
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was the spot for the odd Spanish mackerel, moses perch, plenty of squire and venus tusk fish, plus (on the weekend) quality snapper and coral trout. Laguna Bay was thick with pilchard schools but not a lot else.

ONSHORE: Despite the surf being flat to almost nonexistent the North Shore had some good gutters. Most of the action was from Teewah upwards, though, with the stretch of water 5km's north of the township producing the odd quality bream amongst numerous juveniles, tarwhine, whiting to 540gms and chopper tailor to 1.5kg. Further north around the camp grounds the pilchard schools drew in flathead and the bigger tailor with fish to 2.3kg responding well to cast Raider slugs.
The activity was less frantic towards Double Island Point where tarwhine and chopper tailor were the dominant species.
On the east side, the only report of note was of good size bream near the rocks at the northern end of Sunshine Beach.
In the estuary, flathead were of good quality and in good numbers in the lower reaches with best results coming from the Gympie Terrace stretch, the Woods Bays (where trevally were very much on the prowl) and down at the river mouth.
Young Lauren Flynn (above left) gave a winter whiting she'd caught to her brother Rhys who, using it as live bait (and with a bit of help from dad), attracted the attention of the thumper 77cm flathead they're posing with. After as quick photo shoot the big girl was released back into the river to increase next year's 'Lizard' population.
Flathead and Snapper
And while fishing buddies Robert and Cameron (above) expected to boat a few 'Lizards' when they fished the river mouth with live baits on Sunday morning, they didn't expect to hook up with the 2.2kg snapper that took Robert's poddy mullet.
As mentioned, the Woods Bays produced well, as Derek Vanderkoogh discovered yesterday morning. Derek was also fishing with live fish baits and was very pleased when the healthy 1.9kg flathead he's pictured with crashed his party.
The Wood Bays were also host to some thumper bream at night and plenty of golden, big eye and, as you can see by the photo above, cale cale trevally around dawn and dusk. Tim Milat tempted this nice fish with an 85mm Squidgy flick bait in the outer Woods Bay yesterday evening and, after chasing it around the corner past the Woods Point, boated and released it around the 'Snags'. Apart from that, there were quality whiting on the bite off the beach at Culgoa Point and a few school jewfish going for soft plastics around the Tewantin ski run.

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