The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday December 7, 2009

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OFFSHORE: The week got off to a bit of a choppy start with moderate to fresh south easterlies cooling things down early on ahead of the arrival the warmer north westerlies on Friday. The afternoons tended to be a bit blustery when the fresh north easterly sea breezes kicked in but all in all there weren't too many complaints from the blue water brigade.
Mahi-Mahi or Dolphin Fish
There was little or no swell to contend with as the week progressed. Those who got off to an early start got the best of the conditions although the full moon phase tended to slow the action during morning sessions. Trips out wide were worth considering once the winds eased with pearl perch, moses perch, hussar, Maori cod and venus tusk fish the common catch out there. In addition, amberjack and gold band snapper were on the bite at the Barwon Banks and mahi-mahi were active wide of Chardon's Reef. Local angler Martin Gilbert (above) was out there with
Noosa Blue Water Charters on Friday on a full day charter when his butterflied tailor floater was taken by the 8kg dolphin fish he's posing with.
Scarlet Sea Perch
And Darren Whitford from the Gold Coast used the old faithful pilchard/squid bait combo down close to the bottom to attract the attention of this 5kg scarlet sea perch. He was on Saturday's full day
Cougar One charter at the time.
Closer in, North Reef produced cobia and snapper while at Sunshine Reef the odd spotted and Spanish mackerel made their presence felt, as they did just before daylight at Jew Shoal (along with mackerel tuna) later in the week.

ONSHORE: Unfortunately there were no reports from the North Shore coastal beach stretch this week. Over on the east side things weren't all that exciting either with the only reports of note coming from Sunrise Beach, which produced bream, flathead and small dart and south Peregian Beach, which was the spot for bream and whiting.
Lower Estuary
The estuary system was chocka block with bait fish this week and as a result the pelagics seemed to be well fed and playing hard to get. Trevally were in numbers around the Munna Point area at first light but weren't showing much interest in flies or artificial lures. They were a bit more co-operative up along the Tewantin ski run and further up river (going mostly for surface poppers) at Kin Kin Creek where tarpon and mangrove jacks were also on the bite. Apart from that, whiting were biting around Goat Island and flathead were active from Munna Point to the river mouth.
Bill Cox Trophy
On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam bass were responding to Blades in the Kingham Arm while the saratoga were chasing small bibless lures. At Lake MacDonald the resident bass were going for live baits around the Botanical Gardens, 1/4oz Blades along the Bubble Trail and at the Strawberry Patch and surface poppers in the shallows.
On Saturday the Lake MacDonald Fishing Club had their Christmas barbeque and presentation of the Bill Cox Memorial Trophy (sponsored by Davo's Bait and Tackle) for the champion club angler of the year. This year the trophy was won by Paul Fleming (left in photo) and presented by club President Jim Park.

Well, we're waiting patiently for the printers to do their stuff and run off the 2nd Edition of 'Fishing Noosa', the book.

It all looks good at this stage for a Friday delivery (December 11, 2009) which means we'll have stock in at Davo's Bait and Tackle and pretty much all the local (Noosa) newsagents and bookstores by the weekend.

If you're not sure what on earth we're talking about, just CLICK HERE or on either one of the graphics of the front or back cover either side.

It's a great Christmas present idea so don't forget to get a copy.



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