Fishing Noosa 'The Book' The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Friday July 22, 2016.
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OFFSHORE: Wow! We're on a roll as far as the snapper season is concerned with quality fish reported on the bite, and in numbers, at all the visited reefs. While it was a slow start to the week, with 20 to 30 knot south easterlies hammering the coast over the weekend, it was business as usual from Monday onwards and almost glassy conditions as the week drew to a close. Not much to report in the way of pelagic activity but for the bottom bashers, as you can see, it was all systems go.
Double Island Point was certainly worth the fuel. Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover reported that conditions there on Wednesday were... "Magic. Pretty much glassed out with little or no wind, a 0.5m swell and a moderate current to the south." The catch? Pearl perch, gold spot wrasse, frying pan snapper, venus tusk fish, northern bluefin tuna, amberjack and lots of quality snapper on soft plastics. Deano (in the beard) and 'The Crew' from Yandina (above) bagged out on snapper on that charter.
SnapperOn the middle reef belt The Coffees produced more snapper, plus pearl perch, venus tusk fish, moses perch and grass sweetlip, as did North Reef but with the added bonus of frying pan snapper and teraglin jewfish. Jarred Taig from New Zealand (above) boated the standout knobby at The Coffees on Thursday's Trekka 2 charter.
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And Mandy from Darwin (above) is pictured with a quality snapper, taken on a soft plastic on Thursday morning's Wild Thing 2 charter to North Reef. Further south, Chardon's Reef was good for even more snapper, plus pearl perch, sweetlip, venus tusk fish, moses perch, Maori cod and hussar. Andrew Elf from Brisbane (above) caught his snapper on a whole squid bait on Tuesday's Trekka 2 charter to Chardon's. Chicko Vella from Davo's Tackle World sent in this report on Wednesday...
"Hi Bill. Went to Chardon's. Great day. No wind to speak off, no current to get 'em going though. Had to search around but came home with a mixed bag of snapper, pearlies, sweetlip and parrot. Most were caught on the bottom with bait using a light running sinker. No pelagics but lots of whales with their babies. Bar was easy."
Jewfish or MullowayCloser in, Sunshine Reef produced snapper, squire, sweetlip, moses perch and the odd jewfish. Local angler Gary Norris (above) was on a mission on Wednesday. Never having boated a legal jewfish, and armed with the marks of a proven hot spot, he wasn't going to let something like losing his boat off the back of its trailer on the way to the boat ramp deter him..."No dramas. Boat is fine. Just a little less gel coat on the bottom. Brand new winch rope failed and the safety chain broke. Thanks to the guys who helped me put it back on the trailer." Dropping the pick at Sunshine Reef a little later than intended he put out a couple of live yakkas and just on dusk, hit the jackpot. Three jewies, the keepers being 15.5kg and 17kg. Good fish. Good effort. I got a call from local angler Mark Bisman on Tuesday to say there was a small pod of whales just outside the bar that afternoon so I popped down and got a bit of footage. Looked like an early birthing as there was at least one calf in among the adults. Closest to shore in the bay (about 200 metres) that I've seen whales for a long time. Lovely sight. Such magnificent creatures. The video clip that I uploaded to the Fishing Noosa FaceBook Page has so far had over 60,000 views. Quite amazing. To view it on our YouTube Channel, just CLICK HERE.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches weren't a bad proposition this week. On the south side, tailor were in good numbers from Peregian Beach to the rocks at the northern end of Sunshine Beach. Sunshine also produced quality bream, as did Marcus Beach but with the added bonus there of whiting. Further up, queenfish were chasing well cast slugs at Hell's Gates while around the corner, Dolphin Point continued to yield keeper size snapper. On the Noosa North Shore, tailor and quality bream were on the bite from the Camp Grounds to the rocks at Double Island Point. Northern bluefin tuna were observed within casting distance of the rocks as well.
In the estuary, activity at the river mouth was relatively subdued with bream and flathead numbers down from last week. The luderick were also quiet although this was probably more due to tide times than anything else. All going well they should be back on in numbers during the morning over the weekend. Vince Guidi (above left) only had time to bag one fish before work on Monday morning and was ready to pack up after this photo. Monday afternoon, though, was a better option. I got there around 4.45pm, just in time to photograph John Cobb (above right) netting his fifth luderick of the afternoon. A few good bream were on the chew there as well.
Bream were in good numbers in the Frying Pan, as were quality tailor (under the mullet schools), off Munna Beach and, together with golden trevally and GT's, in the Woods Bays. Bream were also on the bite in Weyba Creek, as were estuary cod and good flathead. Flynn Tolchard from Christchurch New Zealand (above) caught and released a 55cm flathead in lower Weyba Creek on Tuesday morning using a whitebait as his draw card. He was on a Noosa River Fishing Safari at the time.
And Shelley Treloar (above) emailed these great pix and report to Davo's... "Hi Peter. I was pretty excited when I reeled this monster in! Only the second time I've been fishing with my boyfriend. Caught and released this 76cm flathead at the mouth of Lake Weyba on Sunday afternoon. It went for a blood worm wriggler." Shelley's quality catch and release and big beamy smile won her this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize. Further upriver, the Tewantin ski run shallows produced flathead on soft plastics, as did the mouth of Lake Cooroibah. The odd mangrove jack was going for Z-Man soft plastics late afternoon around Jew Hole.
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