The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday December 9, 2016.
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OFFSHORE: Another week of variable northerlies although this time around they tended more moderate to fresh than last week's lighter winds. Mornings were best ahead of the more blustery north easterly sea breezes but that still left plenty of time for a decent session on the local reefs for those who set out around first light.
SnapperThere wasn't much feedback from the more distant reefs apart from one report and photo from
Trekka 2 skipper Kelly Mills... "Hey mate. We fished Double Island Point on Wednesday for cobia, mulloway, snapper, pearlies, slaties, moses perch and tuskies. Wind was 5 to 15 knots from the north. Swell 0.5m from the north east with a 1.5 knot current run to the south. Pictured above is Paul Pyziakos from Moranbah who did well in the first two drops, boating a cracking snapper and pearly."
Spanish Mackerel
The middle reef belt, however, was about as adventurous as it got for most boaties. Not the end of the world though, as there were some good catches reported, with the pelagics finally starting to make their presence felt. The Hill, which was fairly quiet, produced mostly moses perch, striped sea perch and good cobia, as did North Reef but with the added bonus there of snapper, squire, pearl perch, Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel, venus tusk fish and the odd marlin catch and release. Julie Hopgood from Macleay Island in Moreton Bay (above) is pictured with a nice early season Spanish mackerel from Saturday's
Wild Thing 2 charter to North Reef.
And still at North Reef, Jamie Hoera from Wynnum in Brisbane (above) boated his knobby snapper on Friday morning's
Cougar One charter while Brent from 'First Batch Coffee Roasters', Noosa, (below) nailed a quality Spanish mackerel (he was one of the few not bitten off) on Sunday morning's five hour Trekka 2 charter.
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Further south, Massoud's Reef was good for squire, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, moses perch, Spanish mackerel, slate bream and trout. Report and photo from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished Massouds Reef on Wednesday morning for slate bream, pearl perch and (as above) a 5.5kg bar cheeked trout."
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef produced cobia, moses perch, squire and grass sweetlip. Jon Austin from Chinchilla, Queensland (above) boated his cobia or black kingfish there on Friday's five hour Wild Thing 2 charter. Apart from that, the birds and the longtail and mackerel tuna were working the bait schools in Laguna Bay.
By the way, the very latest bar crossing aerial video (as at Friday December 9, 2016) has now been uploaded to the website. To view it...  CLICK HERE.

COASTAL: The brisk northerlies, of course, tended to impact on the exposed surf beaches so the 'early bird' strategy was the go with better conditions encountered before the more blustery late morning/afternoon seabreezes kicked in. It was pretty quiet though, with Sunshine Beach producing lots of just legal size whiting and dart during the day and the odd jewfish after dark. Chopper tailor were chasing cast metal slugs off the National Park headland rocks while around the corner in Little Cove, whiting were biting in the late afternoon and evening after the crowds left. On the North Shore, whiting, flathead and the odd tailor were active north of Teewah.

ESTUARY: The river mouth fired up with schools of baitfish being hammered by trevally (in numbers) for up to an hour after first light in the latter half of the week. During the day it was bream, flathead and javelin fish. Steve Clarke from Tewantin (below left) caught and released an 83cm flathead at the mouth on last Thursday's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a lightly weighted whitebait. In the Frying Pan it was whiting on the run-in; bream and flathead (on froggies) on the run-out.
Flathead Pennant Fish
Giant herring were also schooling (and on the move) throughout the lower reaches, including the Woods Bays, where trevally and tailor were responding to surface lures early in the morning. Mark Holland from Newcastle (above right) caught and released this juvenile pennant fish there on Tuesday's Noosa River Fishing Safari.
And Alex Fredericks (above) sent us this great report and photo... "G'day Bill, I thought I would share with you a tailor I caught while flicking a surface lure around the Woods Bay early Friday morning. After only fishing for about 15 minutes this tailor decided to come up and take my lure (an Atomic Hardz K9 Bulldog) right at my feet! With him only jumping once I did manage to land him quite quickly after a couple good runs. It was great fun. After a quick snap he was released to fight another day! Cheers, Alex." Alex's quality catch and release greenback, and informative report, won him one of this week's two $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prizes.
Giant Trevally
Not far from there, the waters out from Munna Beach were good for whiting and flathead during the day and big-eye trevally at night while the Munna Point Bridge area produced tailor on cast slugs around dusk and GT's on surface lures and prawn plastics early in the morning. Driving back from the river mouth after taking my daily bar crossing pix on Monday morning I spotted local angler Ian Harrison (above) loaded up with a decent fish near the Munna Point Bridge. It was about half an hour before low tide. Quite a few prawns were doing the 'run for your life' dance across the water. Ian was delighted with his catch, which engulfed a prawn plastic surface lure, as it was his first fish on his new Shimano 8000D reel, a birthday present from his son. How good is that! A couple of quick pix, a de-hook and back she went.
Threadfin Salmon
Weyba Creek was the spot for bream, moses perch, flathead and sand crabs while upriver at Tewantin, trevally were active (early morning) in the waters opposite the Council Chambers. And what about the photo above! Local angler Aden Plant fished the stretch from the Tewantin Ferry to the mouth of Lake Cooroibah in the early hours of Thursday morning. Not having much luck, apart from a bull shark, he noticed that one of the good size whiting he 'd caught earlier was still very much alive and kicking, so decided to rig it as a live bait. His decision paid off in spades 10 minutes later when this thumper 11kg (1.15m) threadfin salmon tried to run away with it. It put up a solid fight but 15 minutes later Aden had it in the boat and was heading for home. In recognition of his catch, and to celebrate the opening of his new Boating and Outdoors store, Pete Wells decided to award a second $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize and give it to Aden. Goodonya Pete and well done Aden.
Footnote: The jacks were out and about in good numbers after dark this week. Hot spots were the river mouth car park rocks and the stretch between the lakes.

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