The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday December 21, 2009

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OFFSHORE: It was another week of great weather with light to moderate south easterlies early in the week and little or no swell. This encouraged all manner of craft to venture out across the bar, although those who stuck close to home faired best with the fish on the middle and outer reefs playing hard to get. The temperatures moved up again when the winds took on a northerly flavour just before the weekend but, apart from the close-in pelagic activity, it was pretty quiet.
Red Emperor Having said that, Double Island Point turned out to be worth the effort, producing squire, moses perch and, as you can see by the accompanying photos, red emperor and mahi-mahi. Sarah Stewart (above) was up there on a full day Cougar One charter on Saturday when her pilchard bait attracted the attention of the 5kg red emperor she's pictured with.
Mahi-mahi or Dolphin Fish
And on the same charter, Shawn Godwin (above) tempted his 6kg mahi-mahi with a live yakka bait. The Barwon Banks were very quiet, accounting for just the odd squire and pearl perch. Closer in, Chardon's Reef was the spot for mahi-mahi and teraglin jewfish, as was North Reef but with the added bonus there of squire, pearl perch and moses perch.
It wasn't necessary to travel too far for a bit of action, however, with spotted and Spanish mackerel, bonito and mackerel tuna responding to trolled hard body lures and cast metal slugs near Little Hall's Reef and around the shark nets in Laguna Bay. Squid skirted troll baits worked well on the Spaniards and spotties at Jew Shoal over the last few days.
The larger Spaniards were still on the prowl deep on Sunshine Reef for those with the urge and the skills to tackle them.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a worthwhile option this week with whiting (to 38cm) in good numbers on the North Shore. The stretch from Teewah to the Shire boundary (where bream, tarwhine and quality dart were also on the bite) and up around the top end produced best, especially at the top of the tide.
Lower Estuary
Tailor (to 2kg) were also on the bite from the camp grounds (and more specifically, Massoud's Rock) to Double Island Point. Over on the east side, dart, tarwhine and whiting were active at Sunrise and Castaways beaches while whiting and Trevallydart were the standouts at North Peregian Beach.
In the river, the flathead were in good numbers in the lower reaches with the stretch from lower Noosaville to the river mouth producing the better fish. The top end of Weyba Creek to the lake mouth was another good option for the 'Lizards'.
The better whiting were biting around Goat Island and the Munna Flats while best results for the mangrove jacks came from Noosa Sound and Weyba Hole in Weyba Creek. Last but not least, there were plenty of trevally in the system but they were slow to take a bait or a lure, perhaps because of the presence of lots of bait in the lower reaches. Young Sam Newton (above) wasn't to be denied, though, and he worked the waters of the inner Woods Bay around 5am on Thursday with a surface popper until the 55cm trevally he's posing with came to the party. Sam, who released the fish after a quick pic, was armed with a 2kg-4kg Berkley Dropshot rod and a Shimano Exage 1000 reel loaded with 6lb braid with 10lb trace. Oh, and there are plenty of mud crabs on the move at the moment.

Well, the 2nd Edition of 'Fishing Noosa' the book arrived from the printers right on schedule and it looks great.

Davo's Bait and Tackle, newsagents and bookstores from Caloundra to Gympie and select tackle stores now have them in stock. Some, in fact, have already been re-supplied after selling out.

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