Fishing Noosa 'The Book' The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Friday July 15, 2016.
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OFFSHORE: Weather-wise, it was a bit of a patchy week as far as the offshore scene was concerned with light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) south easterlies on the better days and moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot winds), at best, for the rest. On the upside, the swell was in the 1.0m to 1.5m range and the current run was mostly light. The good news? The snapper seemed even more prolific than last week (and that's saying something) with quality catches reported on most of the local reefs.
Snapper Snapper
The knobbies were in excellent numbers at Double Island Point this week (and even more so at night) as were moses perch, grass sweetlip, venus tusk fish, coral bream and pearl perch. Nathan Cooper (above) tempted his quality specimen on a well jigged soft plastic on Saturday's nine hour Wild Thing 2 charter to 'D.I.'.
The Barwon Banks were also worth the effort, producing some thumper snapper, amberjack, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, moses perch, cobia or black kingfish, gold spot wrasse and Maori cod. Ryan Benjamin from Sydney (above right) boated the standout knobby of the day on Monday's nine hour Trekka 2 charter to The Banks.
Red Emperor Pearl Perch
Back along the middle reef belt The Coffees yielded pearl perch, snapper, venus tusk fish and moses perch, as did The Hill, but with the added bonus of red emperor, scarlet sea perch, gold spot cod and Maori cod. Lachlan Geritz from Gippsland (above left) was more than happy with his colourful red emperor, boated on Friday's Trekka 2 charter to The Hill. While Paul Geyer from Cooroibah (above right) tempted his snodger pearl perch with a yakka fillet on Saturday's charter to The Coffees.
Cobia or Black Kingfish
North Reef tended to run hot and cold. Tim Bailey (above) thought he was going to have a pretty ordinary day there on Monday until this thumper cobia took his live yakka bait near the bottom. Once he had it on board he decided to quit while he was ahead. Other species on the bite out that way were; red emperor, gold spot cod, pearl perch, moses perch, venus tusk fish, school mackerel, many lined sweetlip, coral bream, snapper, squire, Maori cod, northern bluefin tuna, and grass sweetlip.
Maori Cod Snapper
Wild Thing 2 fished North a number of times this week. Peter from Blacktown (above left) boated a monster Maori cod on Sunday's charter and Mal Hoke from New Zealand (above right) nailed a quality snapper on Tuesday's trip. Archie Kenny from New Zealand (below left) picked up a northern bluefin tuna on that same charter.
Northern Bluefin or Longtail Tuna
Chardon's Reef was another good option for quality snapper plus pearl perch, slate bream, venus tusk fish, hussar, gold spot wrasse, mulloway and moses perch. Andrew Downie from Victoria (above right) was very happy to boat the standout (est. 7kg) knobby on Wednesday's seven hour Trekka 2 charter to Chardon's Wide.
Spanish Mackerel
As has the been norm lately, Sunshine Reef was either feast or famine. Local knowledge makes all the difference, though, as this report and photo from Chicko Vella from Davo's Tackle World shows..."Hey Bill. I tell you what, there's nothing like having the whole ocean to yourself. I'm getting used to the out early, back for coffee trick. Wednesday morning was just that. Robby Wade (above) caught the ice breaker with 9kg of healthy Spaniard to share. The season just won’t end. It took a liking to a pilchard floater, whilst on the bottom rigs we gathered a mixed bag of snapper (one decent size for Sunshine), five sweetlip and three parrot. One spotty mackerel finished the trip. Water colour superb, slight current to the east. Looks like the weather is going a bit nasty for the remainder of the week. Cheers, Chicko and crew."
Red Emperor Snapper Snapper Cobia and Maori Cod Jewfish or Mulloway
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