The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday June 6, 2011

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OFFSHORE: Apart from a strong southerly blow on Thursday we were blessed with light to very moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable westerlies and a fairly modest 1m to 1.2m swell. The mornings were chilly but fortunately the reef fish, especially the snapper, were more inclined to feed in the afternoons anyway. The turn of the tide was also particularly productive.
Mackerel Tuna
Laguna Bay had plenty of surface activity, especially over the weekend, with spotted mackerel and mackerel tuna being the most active species. Fishcare Volunteer Coordinator Brendan Johnson (above) was supervising proceedings at the Riverfest over the weekend and expressed interest in chasing the odd pelagic in Laguna Bay on fly gear. Local angler Jason Armstrong volunteered to take him out early on Sunday for a couple of hours and during a hot session Brendan boated this 5kg mackerel tuna and lost a couple of spotted mackerel to the sharks. He was rigged out with 5wt fly gear. Hot spots were wide of Granite Bay and the Hall's Reef stretch where a few quality grass sweetlip were also on the chew.
Coral Trout
Sunshine Reef ran hot and cold but those who were in the right place at the right time bagged out on snapper without too much trouble. Others complained of bagging diddly squat. Sweetlip (mostly at the northern end) and the odd coral trout were also on the capture list. North Reef, however, was probably the most consistent producer. Fishing Offshore Noosa worked in and around there on a number of days and came back with cobia, quality pearl perch, thumper snapper (on live baits and Gulp Nuclear Chicken soft plastics) and the odd coral trout. Greg Britten from Alexandra Headland (above) was out there on a half day Trekka 1 charter on Friday when he managed to boat the standout of the trip, a 5.5kg coral trout.
And Peter Melling from Paddington in Brisbane (above) was on a Trekka 2 charter on the same day and was very happy to boat the two top weight snapper, a 6kg fish on a soft plastic and the thumper 7kg fish in the photo on a live yakka bait.
Coronation Trout
Out wide, the Barwon Banks produced snapper, red throat emperor, amberjack, teraglin jewfish and pearl perch while at Double Island Point the standouts were snapper, moses perch, spangled emperor, teraglin jewfish, amberjack, venus tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, Maori cod, hussar and, as per the photo above, coronation trout. Patrick Lim was out there on a full day Cougar One charter earlier in the week when his jigged soft plastic attracted the attention of this 3kg+ 'lunar tail'.

Making the most of the great conditions, Noosa Blue Water Charters organised an overnighter to Double Island Point yesterday afternoon and came back with a bin load of reefies and a couple of 12kg+ amberjacks this afternoon. John Panepinto from Buderim (above) was on that trip and was more than happy to pose with one of the standout amberjacks.

New in town? Been finding the going tough on the offshore fishing scene? You might like to consider joining the Noosa Boat Fishing Club. They're a friendly bunch of anglers who get together once a month and swap information and tall stories about their offshore fishing exploits. It's a great opportunity to meet like minded people, so why not give it a go?

The coastal surf beaches were well worth the effort this week and the North Shore was as good a place as any to start. Chopper tailor were well spread from the river mouth to the top end and there were reports of the odd greenback in amongst them. Bream and quality whiting were biting around the Second Cutting and along the stretch from just above Teewah to the camping grounds. Across the bay, jewfish were on the prowl at night off the National Park headland while further south along the northern end of Sunshine Beach school jewfish, chopper tailor, bream, dart and whiting were also on the bite. Moving on down, Castaways Beach was a pretty good option for dart and tarwhine while at Marcus and Peregian beaches the standouts were bream, dart and chopper tailor. Phew! Busy week on the surf beaches!
Trevally and Tailor
In the estuary, flathead, bream, whiting (to 500gm) and tailor (mostly choppers) were on the bite down at the river mouth and, along with trevally, in the Frying Pan and the Woods Bays. Joseph Carpinteri from Thorpdale in Victoria (above) was on a Noosa River Fishing Safaris charter on Tuesday when he tempted this trevally and tailor with a Storm Chug-Bug surface popper. The Sheraton Bridge fired at night, producing good size jewfish and queenfish to 70cm. Jewfish were also on the go around the Munna Point Bridge late at night and, around first light, along the first ski run at Tewantin where just legal tailor were in numbers. Apart from that, Munna Point yielded bream and the Lake Cooroibah boat channel; flathead.

The Noosa Riverfest was held over the weekend and the weather couldn't have been better for this popular annual event.
The 'Kids Fishing Clinics' were, as always, a great success with forty small fisher folk keen to get a bit of knowledge and, of course, catch a few fish. There were 130 very keen young anglers entered in the Youth Fish fishing competition and although things got off to a bit of a slow start on Saturday, Sunday saw plenty of fish weighed in and then later released.
Taylum Lamb (above) was runner up in the trevally section with his 940gm fish. Featured releasing their fish in the video is Joseph Ricatti with his winning 950gm trevally and the winner of the flathead section, Jesse Heal with his 1.69kg lizard.
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