The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday June 13, 2011

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Davo's Compleat Angler

Sunset at North Reef. Photo taken by Alex Pollet, Noosa Blue Water Charters.
Sunset at North Reef.
OFFSHORE: Hooly dooly! The first half of the week was pretty chilly with Thursday's daytime maximum of 14 degrees being the lowest (for this time of the year) since 1994. It really was winter woolies, balaclavas and Ugg boots time but it didn't seem to deter too many anglers from getting out and getting into them. Light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) south westerlies dominated most of the week. Saturday and Sunday's fresh southerly blow, though, limited activity to the bay.
Amberjack The fairly modest 1.2m to 1.5m swell was quite manageable for most boats and no deterrent to any out-wide excursions. For those with the bigger craft, The Hards were worth a look for snapper, moses perch, pearl perch, teraglin jewfish and venus tusk fish, as were the Barwon Banks but with the added bonus there of red throat emperor, hussar, Maori cod, gold spot wrasse, cobia, mackerel tuna and, as you can see by the photo above, the odd amberjack.
Jim Lathouras from the Sherwood Services Fishing Club (above) fished 'The Banks' on Friday on a full day club charter with Noosa Blue Water Charters and claimed the standout fish of the day when this 9.5kg 'A.J.' took his pilchard bait.
Double Island Point produced snapper, sweetlip, scarlet sea perch, teraglin jewfish, venus tusk fish, moses perch and pearl perch while closer to home, North Reef again rewarded the faithful with plenty of pearl perch, moses perch, teraglin jewfish, Maori cod, sweetlip, mulloway, yellowtail kingfish and this week's better quality snapper. Trent Lester from Bundaberg (above) was out there today on a 3/4 day Trekka 1 charter when he boated the 7kg snapper he's posing with.
And Clint McDermott from Roma (above) fished North Reef last Monday night and popped into Davo's the next day with his standouts; two 5.5kg snapper and the 7kg mulloway he's pictured with. His baits were tailor fillets and pilchards.
Yellowtail Kingfish
Not to be outdone, local angler Woody (above) also fished North Reef (with live yakka baits) earlier in the week and apart from sweetlip, venus tuskers, mackerel tuna and cod, hooked and landed the 13.2kg yellowtail kingfish in the photo.
Sunshine Reef didn't exactly fire this week but those anglers who put in the time there reported snapper to 4kg in the late afternoon and sweetlip at the northern end after dark. Further south, Victor Bailey's was the spot for school mackerel, squire and the odd sweetlip. Laguna Bay had a lot of birds and pelagics hammering the bait schools from above and below with most of the action coming from just outside the bar, across to and around the shark nets and all the way to Little Hall's Reef. While there were northern bluefin tuna working the boils, the bulk of the captures were of mackerel tuna.

ONSHORE: There weren't many reports from the coastal surf beaches this week, perhaps because it was chilly out there. The only feedback from the North Shore was of quality tailor above the Third Cutting. Across the bay, the National Park headland rocks produced tailor while further south, jewfish were on the bite at the northern end of Sunshine Beach.
In the estuary it was a completely different story with anglers excitedly reporting some of the best action so far this year. For a start, flathead were in excellent numbers, especially down at the river mouth and in the Frying Pan where bream and whiting were also active. Eight year old Layla Cole (above) was fishing the mouth late this morning with her dad when her pilchard floater was taken by the 1.6kg lizard she's pictured with. And Nathan McPherson from Wagga Wagga (below left) caught and released this 60cm flathead near the mouth on Friday while on a Noosa River Fishing Safaris charter.
Flathead Trevally
The Woods Bays, however, really came alive with tailor and trevally working the bait schools and chopping up the water at first light and late in the evening. Surface poppers like Storm Chug-Bugs and soft plastics such as the 3.5" EcoGear Power Minnows worked well. During the day it was a little more subdued but there was still a bit of action. John Abel from Noosa Waters (above right) got into the trevally on Tuesday morning while on a Noosa River Fishing Safaris charter.
Tailor Bream
Shannon Lacey (above left) worked the Woods Bays most of the week. Tonight he and his good buddy Kodi caught and released eleven trevally in the outer bay near Ricky's on EcoGear soft plastics and last Friday night he chased the tailor, catching and releasing this 1.5kg (est) fish using a surface walker lure. Trevally and tailor were also on the bite around the back of Noosa Sound while lower Weyba Creek was the spot for bream and flathead. The Noosaville stretch yielded most of the better bream this week. Luke Giacca (above right) was fishing around the Pelican Boat Hire jetty when his live prawn bait was taken by the 1.2kg fish he's posing with. Whiting were patchy but there a few quality fish taken around the Munna Flats area. Further upstream, the first ski run at Tewantin produced bream, flathead and school jewfish while those anglers fishing in Lake Cooroibah found flathead responding well to trolled hard body lures in the boat channel.
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald bass (fish to 40cm caught and released) were active around Three Ways.

The luderick season should kick off in a few weeks so we'll soon see the blackfish boys down at the river mouth chasing these feisty little sport fish. If you haven't observed this annual event you should pop down to the car park rocks or stroll along the 'Platform' stretch and see what all the fuss is about. You can view all of the highlights of the 2010 season on the video clip below and if you'd like to get in on the action, pop into Davo's Compleat Angler and get yourself kitted out.
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