The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday March 11, 2013.
Brought to you by... Davo's Compleat Angler
OFFSHORE: Not a lot to say about the offshore scene apart from the fact that, with most of the week dominated by moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot+) south easterlies and a 2m to 3m swell, the reefs were well and truly out of bounds. We had a few mornings when the early southerlies flattened out the swell on the bar quite considerably but nobody seemed bothered or game to give Laguna Bay a go. That was a shame because from past experience we know that these long drawn out runs of blustery south easterlies normally result in the bait schools and associated tuna schools sheltering and feeding there in numbers.
Anyway, it looks like conditions will come good for the weekend so with a bit of luck we'll have one or two northern bluefin tuna pix in the report next week.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches didn't look terribly inviting this week but a few determined anglers tackled the North Shore and the good news was that the tailor were in good numbers over there after dark. The bad news was we couldn't nail down exactly where they were on the bite, but we did see a number of anglers working the river mouth end of Teewah Beach. Across the bay, sweetlip, squire and the odd tailor were on the bite in the shelter of Granite Bay.
The lower estuary really fired in the latter half of the week with bream, flathead, trevally, school jewfish, quality whiting, grunter bream and tailor responding well to baits and lures down at the river mouth. The top of the tide worked well and the drop-offs on the Frying Pan side of the mouth were particularly fruitful. Chris from Noosa River Fishing Safaris (above) is pictured with a trevally he caught and released at the mouth on Sunday on an Atomic Plazo soft plastic.
Matt Major and Tim Milat (above) worked that same stretch of water, (again on Sunday morning) with Little Max Blades and Gladiator Prawns for trevally and a number of flathead, two of which they're posing with for the camera. The river mouth rock groyne produced mostly bream and, around dawn, the odd tailor.
The outer Woods Bay was a bit more lively this week with bream, whiting, GT's, golden trevally, hairtail and big shovel nose rays on the prowl while the back of Noosa Sound was the spot for grunter bream, estuary cod, bream and trevally. Not far from there, the Munna Point Bridge area yielded flathead, estuary cod, school jewfish and, as per the photo above, whiting. Young Zac McCrudden and his family fished the edge of the bridge on Saturday afternoon and, using live prawns, landed estuary cod, flathead (lost in the shallows) and whiting. Zac was very excited to be asked to pose with his whiting and even though it wasn't the biggest of the species weighed in, Zac's cheeky smile tipped the scales in his favour, winning him the $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
Mangrove Jack Whiting
Weyba Creek was worth targeting for whiting, garfish and the odd mangrove jack. Mick MacMillan (above) was on a roll this week when he landed a quality (1.8kg est) jack on Saturday night on a live poddy mullet and then picked up a 40cm whiting on Sunday afternoon using a live prawn as his draw card. Well done mate. Apart from that, the prawns were still out and about and in good numbers in the lower estuary, whiting and quality bream were on the bite at the Gympie Terrace boat ramp and around the Boathouse Restaurant and grunter bream and school jewfish were active along the first ski run at Tewantin.
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