The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday February 22, 2010

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OFFSHORE: There wasn't a lot to crow about as far as the offshore scene was concerned. Strong south easterlies, big seas, a 2m+ swell and the odd rainy squall were more than enough deterrent for even the most die-hard offshore angler.
Spanish Mackerel
Conditions didn't improve until Sunday when, by early morning, the seas had flattened out considerably and it was business as usual for the offshore brigade. As a result of the very short week there weren't a lot of reports although Noosa Blue Water Charters were one of the first across the bar yesterday morning and did well at North Reef, boating six Spanish and fourteen spotted mackerel. The trip was a full day charter with the fishing club from the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club. The photo above is of club member John Henry with one of the standouts, a 6.7kg Spaniard.
Spanish Mackerel
The other photo? That's from last week. We didn't have room for all the pix that were submitted then so now we're playing catch-up. Duncan Welsh from Sydney was out at Sunshine Reef last Saturday week with his father in law, Gary Kraut when, trolling Spaniard specials rigged with medium sized pilchards, they boated three Spaniards from three strikes.
Laguna Bay, although a tad lumpy, perked up this morning with lots of birds working the surface bait boils around Little and Big Halls reefs. The pelagics there were predominantly mackerel tuna which were going for cast metal slug lures.

ONSHORE: There weren't many anglers on the coastal surf beaches this week but those who weren't put off by the blustery conditions did well, especially on the North Shore. Andrew White (below) fished the lower end of Teewah Beach every night this week with local legend Cliff Andreassen and, using bonito fillets, caught quality tailor, top weight 3.1kg.
In the estuary, flathead were going for pilchards and small froggies on the run-out tide in the Frying Pan and down at the river mouth while a few whiting were taken on live prawns in the channels and the shallow drop-offs in the same area. The shallows in
the Frying Pan were also good for tailor and mangrove jacks with Rooster Poppers getting most of the action.
Bream were on the bite along the Gympie Terrace jetty stretch and around the back of Noosa Sound where, as in the Woods Bays, baitfish were in numbers. The 'Bays', though, held the bigger bait schools and produced most of the action with tailor, trevally, quality mangrove jacks and the odd school jewfish feeding actively, especially around dawn and dusk.
Mangrove Jack
Suni Pesarini (above) came up trumps in the Woods Bays around 6am on Friday morning when his Savoy Shad lure was monstered by the thumper 50cm 'Jack' he's pictured with. And Jemima Olorenshaw (below) from Noosaville caught and released this 55cm Jewfish using a live herring in the Woods Bays on Friday night. Further up river there was some hot tarpon action in Kin Kin Creek with River2Sea Bubble Poppers getting most of the action.
On the freshwater scene, the water at Borumba Dam is a metre over the wall and the latest reports are of bass going for Blades and Jackalls at the Eagles Nest and into the Yabba Arm. At Lake MacDonald, the weed edges at Borer Creek and Catfish Alley produced bass on 1/4 oz Blades. The water level is still up but the fish are not quite as shy this week.

By the way, the latest aerial photo of the Noosa River bar crossing has now been posted. CLICK HERE to view.



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