The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday July 19, 2010

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OFFSHORE: Apart from Saturday's strong south easterly blow, conditions on the offshore reefs were quite fishable this week. Light to moderate variable southerlies and a 1.5m swell prevailed most days and trips out wide were certainly on the cards for the bigger boats. The Barwon Banks were patchy at times but on the good days produced snapper to 5kg, venus tusk fish, hussar, moses perch, red throat emperor, gold spot wrasse and, as you see by the photo below, cobia.
Michael Peterson (above) was at 'The Banks' earlier in the week on a full day Cougar One charter when his pilchard and squid combo bait attracted the attention of the 8kg cobia or black kingfish he's pictured with. Closer in, North Reef was the spot for squire, snapper (to 7kg), venus tusk fish, moses perch, northern bluefin tuna, morwong, striped sea perch, sweetlip and the odd cobia to 18kg. The only other report was of school mackerel in numbers at Hall's Reef this morning.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches weren't terribly exciting this week with 'snot weed' making life difficult (at times) for anglers on the North Shore stretch. Having said that, flathead (for some reason) were reported well spread and in numbers all the way up past Teewah. Over the weekend good size trevally and jewfish were reported to be responding well to live baits off the rocks at Double Island Point. The only other reports were of tailor (to 1.5kg) and quality dart on the bite just north of the Third Cutting. Tailor were also active at night between the rock groynes on Main Beach and whiting were biting there in the morning. Over on the east side, Castaways Beach produced plenty of good size bream and quality dart while further south the odd quality jewfish or mulloway was reported on the prowl in the surf gutters at Marcus Beach.
In the river, the luderick continued to school along the 'Platform' stretch down towards the mouth with the last half of the run-in tide working particularly well. Albert Cobb (above) did well there yesterday afternoon, landing his two best fish, as pictured, pretty much bang on or not long after the top of the tide. Albert was using 'cabbage' under float as his draw card.
And 'Cobb the Younger' or Johnny Cobb (above) was fishing with 'weed' most of the time and got his best results between Flatheadmid tide and high tide on Sunday, landing five fish during that time.
Flathead were also on the bite in that area (as were a couple of big tuna that were smashing the bait schools), down towards the river mouth itself and, as you can see by the photo on the right, in the Noosa Waters canals.
Matilda Fry was trolling a grey 'Jack Snack' there around midday on Sunday when it was attacked by the healthy 'Lizard' in the photo.
After a quick pic the lucky fish was released to grow a little bit more..
The mullet, of course, are fully roed up and ready to run and there are some big specimens schooling in the Frying Pan right at the moment.
Shannon Lacey from Davo's Compleat Angler (below) was working the waters there on Sunday with a 10gm Rio's metal slug lure when it was hit hard by the absolute monster mullet he's posing with. This was, of course, another catch and release after the obligatory photo.
There were also reports of trevally to 2kg and jewfish to 5kg up around the Tewantin ski run and tarpon and mangrove jacks going for soft plastic prawn lures (Gladiator Prawns to be more specific) around the back of Noosa Sound after dark.
The Woods Bays fired somewhat sporadically this week but when hot, produced trevally in the outer bay opposite Ricky's and around the Woods Point. Cale cales, in particular, were quite active over the weekend as local lad Jack Tait (below) discovered while working the sand banks with a 5" Gulp Minnow Nuclear Chicken soft plastic just after dark last night.
Cale Cale Trevally
On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam bass (to 45cm or 1.75kg) were schooling in large numbers in the main basin and were responding well to 'Blades'. The 'Timbers' and the Kingham and Yabba 'Arms', by comparison, were very quiet.

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