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The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday February 21, 2011

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OFFSHORE: There were a lot of happy offshore anglers this week with light to moderate south easterlies and a steadily decreasing 1.5m swell setting the scene for some pretty reasonable fishing from Thursday onwards.
The out wide reefs were again on the agenda with the Barwon Banks producing Spanish mackerel, coral trout, Maori cod, red throat emperor, gold spot wrasse, mahi mahi, amberjack, moses perch, venus tusk fish and hussar. Phew!
Spanish Mackerel Charlie Balcomb from Orange in NSW (above) was out at the 'Banks' on Thursday on a full day Cougar One charter when he boated the 9kg Spanish mackerel he's pictured with. He also landed a small coral trout but that's another story.
Yesterday was almost a total glass out and, wouldn't you know it, it was also pretty patchy as far as fish captures went. Jarrod Watson and Craig Eades (above) were out early and worked from Sunshine Reef to North Reef in almost perfect conditions without getting a strike. Around 10am, in fact, they were about to call it a day and head for home when their trolled Halco Laser Pro 'Pilchard' lure was attacked by the impressive 20kg wahoo they're pictured with. Well done fellas.
On the better days North Reef was also good for greasy cod, Maori cod, moses perch, morwong and spotted mackerel.
Coral Trout
Closer in at Sunshine Reef the coral trout were well and truly on the bite with some excellent quality specimens boated.
Mark Halley from Burpengary (above) bashed the bottom with squid baits on Saturday for the 4.5kg fish he's posing with.
Coral Trout
While on Sunday, Brett Fairbanks (above) tempted his 5.5kg 'Trout' with a deep trolled whole pilchard on ganged hooks.
Spanish Mackerel
Other species on the bite at 'Sunshine' were sweetlip, Maori cod, moses perch, venus tusk fish and, as you can see by the photo above, Spanish mackerel. Daniel Penny was up in Noosa for his wedding on Sunday and on Friday morning he celebrated one of his last days as a bachelor aboard Cougar One with his mates. It was a good trip and a good omen because, during the half day charter, the groom managed to boat this week's standout fish, a magnificent 25kg Spaniard.
Northern Bluefin Tuna
Yellowfin and northern bluefin tuna were working the bait schools in close in Laguna Bay towards the end of the week with the stretch from the river mouth to the shark nets producing particularly well. There wasn't much bird sign over towards the National Park rocks but the odd tuna was also on the prowl there as Phil Gibbons from Noosa Springs (above) discovered today. Phil was out there on his jet ski and was just out from the Boiling Pot when his cast whole pilchard on ganged hooks was taken by the 11.5kg 'Longtail' he's pictured with. On 8kg line it took him a good half an hour to boat it.

Remember: An interim snapper closure is in place from February 15, 2011 to March 31, 2011. Snapper, pearl perch and teraglin jewfish cannot be taken in any Queensland east coast waters during this six week period.

The only reports from the coastal surf beaches were from the North Shore where dart were in good numbers all over. Bream, whiting and flathead were on the bite down towards the river mouth, as were chopper tailor. Apart from that, whiting were biting just north of Teewah while trevally (to 3kg) and flathead were on the go up around Freshwater.
In the estuary, mangrove jacks were without a doubt the high profile species this week. The odd 'Jack' was on the prowl around the Munna Point Bridge at night but most of the action came from the stretch from the first ski run to the mouth of Lake Cooroibah. David Doran and Jessie Tesch from Cooran (below) fished the mouth of the first lake in the early hours of Thursday morning and came back with five mangrove jacks in the 2kg range. They were using mullet and garfish baits.
Mangrove Jack
This week's flathead and bream hot spots were around the lower end of Weyba creek and in the Frying Pan. Apart from that, tarpon were on the go late at night around the back of Noosa Sound. Footnote: Callum Munro from Davo's Compleat Angler caught and released a 50cm+ barramundi in the stretch between the lakes earlier in the week.
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald bass were responding to blades and spinnerbaits around Three Ways.
At Borumba Dam the bass action was in the main basin and around the lower ends of the Kingham and Yabba Arms.





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