The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday June 18, 2012
Brought to you by... Davo's Compleat Angler
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OFFSHORE: The Noosa Bar took its toll on outward bound boats this weekend with one boat flipping around 9am on Saturday morning, another around 2am on Sunday morning and a third one going hull up eight hours later. There is a need for caution at the moment with the bar being long and, at times, deceptive.
Although the week got off to a blustery start, the 20 knot+ southerlies eased quickly from Wednesday onwards, providing eminently fishable conditions for the rest of the week. Unfortunately, the fish were a bit hard to come by with Double Island Point being a major disappointment for those who made the effort.
With the middle reef belt a bit quiet, Noosa Blue Water Charters scheduled a run to the Barwon Banks on Sunday. It proved to be an inspired decision as the full day charter produced Maori cod, venus tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, moses perch, red throat and spangled emperor, hussar and plenty of snapper.
Jake Birch from Tewantin (above) boated the trip standout, a 4.5kg 'Knobby' while Arthur Smith from Ipswich (below) wasn't too far behind with his 3.5kg fish.
Closer in, North Reef was pretty patchy, but it had its moments, and when it did fire it was the spot for teraglin jewfish, pearl perch and snapper to 3kg, while at The Coffees the standouts were sweetlip, black tip reef shark and average size snapper. Sunshine Reef had grass sweetlip on the bite (at the northern end), pan size snapper in numbers, Maori cod, tuskers, pearl perch and mackerel tuna. Laguna Bay was still burdened with the murk from the recent rains.

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ONSHORE: The only reports of note from the coastal beaches were from Marcus Beach where chopper tailor, dart and quality bream were active after dark.
Flathead and bream were well spread, in excellent numbers and of good quality throughout the estuary system this week. The river mouth and the Frying Pan were good options for both species and a few tarwhine. Five year old Jordan Gramatikas (above) fished the 'Pan' on Saturday with his father to christen the new tinny they'd recently won in the Davo's sponsored Coolum Hookers Fishing Club raffle. The first fish that Jordan boated (his first ever flathead) was the 52cm specimen that he's pictured with. This great fishy story, and a beamy smile, earned young Jordan the $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
Bream Bream
The trevally action was patchy in the Woods Bays this week but the bream were consistently on the bite in both bays. The rock walls and jetties produced well as Rhys Tarling from Tewantin (above left) found on Saturday afternoon. Rhys was working the waters with a prawn soft plastic when the thumper 40cm yellowfin he's posing with monstered it. And Aiden (above right) caught his first ever bream there earlier in the week while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari.
Hairtail were still active in the deeper water of the inner bay while the outer bay produced the odd trevally on soft plastics and chopper tailor on trolled lures.
Flathead Flathead
Flathead were on the bite around the Sheraton Bridge (as were tarpon, trevally and mangrove jacks at night), in Weyba Creek (together with trevally) and up around the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club. Shirley Witt from Tewantin (above left) used a whole prawn bait to attract the attention of her 50cm lizard near the 'Yachtie' on Friday. And local lass Amber Good (above right) tempted her 42cm flathead with a whole prawn up at Lake Cooroibah last Monday afternoon.
On the freshwater scene, Paul Fleming from the Lake MacDonald Freshwater Fishing Club (above) reported good bass (to 45cm) around Three Ways near the weed edges (in deeper water) going for blades and soft plastics. There were also a few scattered bass in Gazebo Bay and in the main basin. The Bubble Trail produced numerous just legal size fish, mostly on live shrimp baits. Paul is pictured with a 40cm fish he caught and released last Wednesday morning.

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