The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday February 10, 2017.
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OFFSHORE: The north easterlies dominated this week but they were mostly in the light to moderate, 5 to 15 knot range. Not a lot of swell either so we had a good run ahead of Wednesday's fresh to strong south easterly change which, when the bar turned gnarly as well, shut the gate on the offshore scene until Saturday. When fishable, Double Island Point was a good option for squire, moses perch, venus tusk fish, hussar, longtail tuna and cobia. Plenty of fish there, but no real standouts.
Out wide, The Barwon Banks produced squire, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, moses perch, mulloway and amberjack, as did The Hards but with the added bonus there of snapper, Maori cod, hussar, rosy jobfish and mahi mahi. Pete Harrigan from Darwin (above) boated a solid amberjack at The Banks on Tuesday's Trekka 2 charter.
Cobia Maori Cod
Closer in, The Coffees yielded moses perch, Maori cod, mahi mahi and school cobia in numbers while at North Reef the catch was venus tusk fish, snapper, frying pan snapper, Maori cod, pearl perch and jewfish. Aleane Hatai and Rebecca Love from Brisbane (above left) did the honours with the cobia from Sunday's Trekka 2 charter to The Coffees while above right we have Grant from the Noosa Yachtie Fishing Club with a Maori cod from Sunday's Wild Thing 2 charter to North Reef.
Jewfish or Mulloway
Also from the middle reef belt, a report and photo from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "We fished North Reef on Saturday morning. Great conditions out there. We boated pearl perch, snapper and jewfish or mulloway. Pictured above is Tony O'Brien from Brisbane with the standout jewfish or mulloway from the five hour trip."
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
And from the inner reefs, we have a report and photo from local angler Tom Jones, above left, who fished Arkwright Shoal on Saturday... "Hi guys. Check out this 40 pound/1.45 metre Spaniard I caught on 20 pound line, on a pilly. Lucky you guys filled my reel with plenty of braid the day before as it went on 6 big runs before my mate Travis locked in the perfect gaff! Cheers, Tom." Plus another one from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hi Bill. We fished the outer bay and Sunshine Reef on Tuesday for good numbers of Spanish mackerel. We had a group of international guests from China on board. We hit a really hot patch of Spaniards and after a few fish the customers' arms got tired so they let the decky Wills Palfery (above right) land his first Spanish mackerel. And at about ten kilos it was a good one."
Sunshine Reef was also a worthwhile option for the small boat bottom bashers, producing the odd coral trout, good size moses perch, grass sweetlip and Maori cod.
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Still on Sunshine we have Clint from Tasmania (above) with a Spanish mackerel from Friday's Cougar One charter. In Laguna Bay, Jew Shoal was good for the odd Spaniard like the 12kg specimen that Shannon Lacey (above right) trolled up on a Spaniard Special on Saturday, as was Hall's Reef but with the bonus of mack tuna.

COASTAL: The surf beaches were pretty quiet but were still worth wetting a line for the bread and butter species with quality whiting and dart on the bite in close during the day from Peregian Beach to Castaways. Live beach worms and fresh mullet strips worked well there. Whiting were also biting around the middle groyne on Main Beach around first light earlier in the week. On the North Shore, tailor were going for bonito fillets on dusk at the First Cutting and a few kliks north of Teewah.

ESTUARY: There was a bit of activity on the north shore side of the river mouth this week with tailor and jewfish on the prowl there after dark. On the car park side it was bream, flathead, whiting and trevally with either side of the high tide working well. Local angler Jeff Earl (below) caught and released a long nose trevally on a herring bait near the river mouth and two flathead (70cm and 77cm) on whole whitebaits in the Frying Pan area on Tuesday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari.
Flathead and Long Nose Trevally
The Frying Pan and Dog Beach/Sand Bags areas were good for flathead and golden trevally to 50cm. Tom Southwick from Sydney (below left) caught a 65cm lizard near the Dog Beach and Will Latimer (below right) caught and released a golden trevally near the Sand Bags. They were on Monday's Noosa River Fishing Safari.
There was a bit of early morning surface activity in the Woods Bays with trevally (GT's and goldens), queenfish and tailor chasing Strada Viral 70mm and 85mm, Jacksons 70mm Pops and whole prawn baits. Later in the day it was flathead (on soft plastics, live baits and fresh mullet strips) and bream. Around the corner from there, the Munna Point Bridge was good for GT's to 55cm on surface poppers around first light while along the back of The Sound it was mangrove jacks after dark. Trevally, bream and javelin fish were also active around the back of The Sound and in lower Weyba Creek while in the upper reaches, quality whiting were biting.
Bream, estuary cod, trevally and flathead were on the active list around the houseboats and along the first ski run at Tewantin. Des Penny from Melbourne (above) caught and released this thumper 82cm flathead there on Wednesday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a drifted whitebait.
The videos above? Just a cruisy aerial drone tour of the Woods Bays and the lower Gympie Terrace stretch from our last lower estuary/bar flyover. Relax and enjoy.

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