The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday December 2, 2013.
Brought to you by... Davo's Compleat Angler
OFFSHORE: It was a bit of an ordinary week as far as the offshore scene went with moderate to strong variable easterlies repeatedly forecast but often not eventuating. The same went for the forecast storms. The Noosa Bar crossing was pretty good most days (see above) and the relative shelter of Laguna Bay was always an option, especially in the mornings when the lighter winds prevailed. There were no reports from the middle reef belt or any out-wide locations.
Cobia or Black Kingfish
Sunshine Reef ran hot and cold but at best it was hard work for little reward. Squire, sweetlip, northern bluefin tuna, spotted mackerel and cobia all made the capture list but they were not in numbers and many boaties counted themselves lucky to come back with one or two fish in total. Andrew Westerdale from Brisbane (above) fished Sunshine on Thursday morning with his father and brother. They boated one squire and one sweetlip then hit the jackpot (under the circumstances) when Andrew's 5" violet sparkle Z-Man GrubZ attracted the attention of the 7.5kg cobia he's pictured with. A great smile and a standout fish, considering it was a tough week offshore, won Andrew this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize. The birds were out in numbers in Laguna Bay, as were the bait schools, and the pelagics, but again there were a lot of frustrated anglers who reported throwing everything into the boils and not hooking anything more than a scale. It was a matter of the right place at the right time, however, with some good spotted mackerel taken on Big Hall's Reef on some days. There were also lots of juvenile Spanish mackerel out there, more so in the stretch from just outside the river mouth bar to Little Hall's Reef.

There were only a couple of reports of activity on the North Shore surf beach stretch this week. Chopper tailor were on the bite around dawn and dusk towards the river mouth, while about 5km's north of Teewah township, the standout species were quality whiting (from 32cm to 41cm) and lots of dart.
In the estuary, the river mouth produced a wide range of species. One of the regular car park rock anglers landed a nice 85cm cobia down there on Thursday morning, a good capture on light gear. Other species on the bite there were bream, flathead, jewfish, tailor, trevally, tarwhine, moses perch, hairtail and whiting. Tayla Boreham and her dad (below) fished the mouth on Friday afternoon with live prawn baits and are seen here with their standout 42cm whiting.
The last of the run-in tide was still the most productive time frame and with the high tide peaks increasing in the lead up to the New Moon, the latter half of the week saw increased activity. Friday morning was certainly a winner along the car park rock stretch with trevally responding well to cast soft plastics and jewfish attacking drifted live fish baits. Phil Ryman (below left) tempted this cale cale trevally with a no name 'red head' soft plastic while Mike Schiffer-Muller (below right) is pictured with a 69cm jewfish, just one of a number that he caught and released. Mike and his dad drifted whole live yellowtail pike from their boat on Friday and Saturday for four schoolies (released) and one 80cm+ keeper while on Sunday he fished off the rocks for the specimen in the photo. They also boated a keeper tailor. Another local angler, Nathan Carrot, caught and released a cale cale on soft plastic. To view the action, just hit the play button.
And get a load of the 96cm 'Croc' of a flathead that Geoff Pickering (below) caught and released near the mouth on Saturday. Geoff was on a Noosa River Fishing Safari at the time and this was the largest of that species that they've caught and released so far this year. This thumper fish went for a live herring.
Flathead Flathead
Whiting, flathead and the odd mangrove jack were reported on the prowl in the Frying Pan while mangrove jacks and hairtail were active in the Woods Bays and, together with bream, flathead and moses perch, around the back of Noosa Sound. Tim Jones (below) from Margaret River in West Australia caught and released a 46cm jack at the back of the sound on Thursday afternoon while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari. And on the same charter, Michael Wallace from Heathcote in Victoria (above right) tempted a 60cm flathead with a whole prawn bait in Weyba Creek. Weyba was also good for whiting and bream.
Mangrove Jack
Further upriver, flathead and bream were on the bite up around Tewantin and a few school jewfish were responding well to soft plastics along the first ski run.

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