The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday March 21, 2011

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Bar Crossing, low tide today.
It was as good as it gets on the local reefs this week with light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable easterlies and a steadily decreasing, but already moderate, swell providing almost picture book conditions for the offshore brigade.
Coral Trout With a lot of obvious surface boils and bird activity pinpointing the presence of large tuna schools in close, North Reef was about as far as anyone cared to go this week. That was probably a good thing too as the returns from the middle reef belt, apart from cod, moses perch, venus tusk fish and mowong, were fairly average. Sunshine Reef, however, fired well, producing sweetlip, Maori cod, spotted mackerel, northern bluefin tuna, mackerel tuna, red throat emperor, moses perch, cobia, heaps of quality pearl perch and snapper (released) and plenty of coral trout. Mark North (above) spent Thursday afternoon there and, after boating a few red throat, sweetlip and a nice cobia, saw this 4.5kg trout as a dead set bonus.
Coral Trout And another local angler Paul O'Neill (above) motored out to Sunshine Reef on Friday morning and, apart from pulling in a couple of sweetlip and moses perch, was tickled pink (or red) to nail a 2.5kg and then a 4kg trout on his live yakka baits.
Northern Bluefin or Longtail Tuna All the activity in Laguna Bay was hard to ignore, though, and there were all manner of craft out there chasing and casting at the massive bait boils with soft plastics and metal slug lures. Northern bluefin, yellowfin and mackerel tuna were in big numbers (as were the sharks) with long lasting boils just out from the river mouth, along the Hall's Reef stretch, around the shark nets, Jew Shoal and just out from Granite Bay. Matt Deans and Matt Adamson (above) got into a good patch of 'Longtails' on Friday morning. They were about 100 metres out from the beach near Little Hall's and found that slugs from 15gm to 70gm worked equally well, although the larger lure got the attention of their standout (12.5kg) fish in the photo.
Northern Bluefin or Longtail Tuna Saturday, although a tad wet, was as good a day as any to chase the tuna in the bay. Rhys Dorreen (above) saw a few bronze whalers in amongst the boils but managed to avoid them long enough to boat the 9kg Longtail he's posing with.

Remember: An interim snapper closure is in place from February 15, 2011 to March 31, 2011. Snapper, pearl perch and teraglin jewfish cannot be taken in any Queensland east coast waters during this six week period.

ONSHORE: The North Shore coastal beach stretch was well worth a look this week with whiting well spread from the river mouth to the waters about 5kms north of Teewah, where tailor (to 2kg), dart, bream and tarwhine were on the bite.
Whiting and chopper tailor were also active around dusk on the western end of Main Beach near the rock groyne. Over on the east side, Castaways and Marcus beaches were a good option for dart, whiting and bream.
Looking back towards Gympie Terrace from river mouth.
In the estuary, flathead were in good numbers down towards the river mouth, especially in the shallows on the north side. Tailor were also in numbers at the river mouth after dark with fish to 3kg responding well to whole pilchards and bonito fillets. Tailor, trevally and estuary cod were in numbers throughout the Woods Bays and around the back of Noosa Sound. Andrew Cardno and Jess Clark (below) were fishing the Woods Bays early this morning when their mullet flesh baits drew the attention of these 1.5kg and 2kg cod. This weeks better quality bream came from around the Weyba Creek Bridge.
Estuary Cod
Grunter bream and mangrove jacks were on the prowl in the stretch from the ski run to Lake Cooroibah. Ken Ward (below) caught this 1.8kg (est) fish and one bigger one on a Kokoda 'G-Vibe' sinking lure last Friday week but due to a mix up, missed being in last week's report so here he is now. Because of the murk and fresh, there were also heaps of catfish.
Mangrove Jack
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald bass and toga were active in and around the weed beds in the back bays while at Borumba Dam the bass action (blades and spinnerbaits) was along the edges of the shallows in the main basin.





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