The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday July 18, 2011

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Below: The upturned hull of a 5m boat, anchored just out from 'The Platforms' near the river mouth. This vessel apparently flipped over when it accelerated over the top of a wave as it was coming in over the Noosa Bar. This occurred yesterday afternoon, a couple of hours after low tide.
OFFSHORE: There weren't any glassouts on the local reefs this week with the winds (which at times were harder to pick than a broken nose) more often 'moderate' than 'light'. The afternoon northerlies were occasionally quite blustery, making things a little uncomfortable for those anglers looking to target the late afternoon feed either side of the full moon phase.
Noosa Blue Water Charters did a couple of runs to the Barwon Banks where they boated snapper, hussar, venus tusk fish, pearl and moses perch, gold spot wrasse and, as per the photo below left, gold band snapper and yellowtail kingfish. Ben Samson from Gore, NZ and Teagan Johnson, Melbourne were quite happy to pose with a sample of today's catch.
Yellowtail Kingfish and Gold Band Snapper. Scarlet Sea Perch
Cougar One also worked North Reef where they got onto hussar, moses perch, venus tuskers, teraglin jewfish, sweetlip, pearl perch, scarlet sea perch and snapper. Steven Udo from Melbourne (above right) hooked up with a 3.5kg scarlet sea perch while on a 3/4 day charter last Monday and Bobby Kiki (below) boated a 4kg snapper on Wednesday's excursion.
Because of the moon phase, most of the bigger snapper were on the bite after dark as Davo's junior staffer Joey Ricatti (below) found when he did an overnighter at North Reef on Tuesday. His thumper 7.1kg 'Knobby' was the trip standout.
Snapper There were also a few quality jewfish and cobia taken in the afternoon sessions. Fred Hammond (below) and his buddy Travis fished North Reef a couple of times this week and came back with a 14kg jewie plus a 19kg and 19.2kg cobia.
Sunshine Reef was a big improver this week, producing quality cobia to 19kg, snapper, sweetlip, pearl perch and, as you can see by the photo below, the odd spangled emperor. Scott Cain boated this 3.5kg specimen there on Tuesday night.
Spangled Emperor

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ONSHORE: Reports from the coastal beaches were a bit patchy this week. On the North Shore, quality whiting, dart and the odd tailor were on the bite around the Second and Third cuttings. Further north, dart were in quite good numbers up towards Double Island Point and, together with bream and whiting, in the surf gutters about 6km's north of Teewah.
Across Laguna Bay, there were a few quality bream on the bite at Dolphin Point, in Alexandria Bay and around the rocks at both its northern and southern ends. Garfish, although in diminished numbers, were still schooling in Granite Bay.
Down at the river mouth today.
In the estuary, flathead, whiting and a few quality bream were going for drifted baits in the Frying Pan and down at the river mouth. Luderick were active at the car park rocks earlier in the week but slowed down dramatically in the latter half as the tides became less favourable. Luderick were also spotted, but not targeted or taken, along The Platform stretch just up from the mouth and (apparently) in the aerated spillway waters on the river mouth side of the Noosa Waters Loch.
Trevally (mostly GT's) were in good numbers during the last of the run out tide along the current line of the outer Woods Bay (just out from Ricky's). Thready Busters, Ga Ga Goons and Gladiator Prawn lures all worked well while after dark the big eyes were responding better to trolled EcoGear SX60F's and teaser fly rigs with Flicker Shads. Danny Manning from Cooroy (above) worked that area from 1pm on Thursday afternoon with a Gladiator Prawn soft plastic and during a hot session, caught and released half a dozen GT's over 50cm and a large number of big eye trevally. He was using 2kg line.
The Woods Point was a good option for quality bream this morning as Norman Lloyd (above) found when he worked that area from first light using cooked prawns as his bait. Norman popped into Davo's with his standout, a 950gm thumper.
The first ski run was the spot for flathead and bream, as was Weyba Creek but with the added bonus there of trevally.
Apart from that, flathead were also on the prowl opposite the Yacht Club while whiting were biting along the Gympie Tce stretch. Colby and Rylee (below) fished there this morning and were rapt when this 400gm whiting took their live worm.
On the freshwater scene, shrimp baits, Jackall Ice Jigs and LittleMax 1/4oz Blades all worked equally well for bass and yellowbelly around the Bubble Trail at Lake MacDonald and, for the better quality bass, at Borumba Dam.





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