The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday November 8, 2010

Brought to you by... Zego Sports Boats

OFFSHORE: On paper, and on the weather forecast websites, it looked like we were going to have another great week on the water. Unfortunately the forecasts were a bit out, and conditions were quite often a good deal lumpier than expected.
Cobia or Black Kingfish
Still, for those with strong stomachs or plenty of sea sick tablets, most days were fishable, although a times hard yakka.
A few brave souls even got out as far as The Hards at the beginning of the week where snapper to 7kg and pearl perch to 5kg were on the chew. Most anglers, however, stuck to the middle reef belt and North Reef in particular, and were happy to boat average size moses perch, Maori cod, sweetlip, teraglin jewfish, bonito and squire along with the occasional bonus mahi mahi and, as per the accompanying photos, the odd quality cobia. Andrew Haidley from Buderim (above) was out there on Saturday on a 3/4 day Cougar One charter when the 13kg cobia he's posing with took his live yakka bait.
Cobia or Black Kingfish
And Here Howard from Brisbane (above) was more than happy with the 10kg fish he boated on the same 3/4 day charter.
Believe it or not, that was pretty much it for the offshore week. Sunshine Reef was very slow with just the odd sweetlip and moses perch on the bite (as well as lots of juvenile red emperor) while Laguna Bay was as quiet as the grave.

We'll be gearing up for a full on pelagic season this year and we have a couple of hot new toys to play with.
Zego Sports Boats
They're Zego Sports Boats & we'll be filming and fishing from these radical water craft throughout the summer.

By the way, the latest aerial photo of the Noosa Bar crossing was uploaded on Friday. To view it, CLICK HERE

ONSHORE: Conditions on the coastal surf beaches were pretty ordinary this week and the fishing wasn't much better. The North Shore disappointed even the 'never say dies' with just the odd small dart reported to be on the bite. Over on the east side it was even worse with the only report of activity being from Mudjimba where someone caught a shovel nose..
If you were after a feed the estuary was the place to be and the river mouth was the spot for the bread and butter species.
Flathead, bream and whiting were down around the mouth in numbers, especially on the run in tide. Local angler Shirley Blacka (above) did well there this morning, boating a number of whiting to 500gms using live prawns as her draw card.
Mangrove Jack
Further up, the back of Noosa Sound and the Woods Bays fired extremely well after dark on the runout tide. All the usual suspects were there; grunter bream, jewfish, flathead, whiting, heaps of trevally and a few mangrove jacks. Bob Jeynes from Davo's Compleat Angler (above) had a ball in the Outer Bay this week testing out a new sinking lure which turned out to be irresistible to just about anything with fins. The Gladiator 'Slim Jim', which 'flutters' when given plenty of line on the drop, proved to be an absolute winner from day one. Fortunately Bob released all of the fish because in two sessions on Tuesday and Friday night, he and buddy Danny Manning accounted for 36 trevally, 8 flathead, 1 whiting, 9 jewfish, 7 grunter bream and 2 mangrove jacks, one of which you can see in the photo above, still with the magic lure in its mouth.
Apart from that, trevally were responding well to soft plastics at dusk around the second ski run, upstream from Tewantin.

Bass Bass
At Lake MacDonald, the juvenile bass were well and truly out in force and were responding well to Jackalls and, as per the photos above, small spinnerbaits and TT Switch Blades. Izaiah Schwerin (above left) and his good buddy Cameron fished the 'West Leg' in the afternoon earlier in the week and caught and released three fish, two of which are pictured.
Bass fingerlings released into Lake MacDonald
By the way, the Lake MacDonald re-stocking group released 30,000 bass fingerlings into the lake on Friday. These feisty little fish (pictured above) apparently looked very healthy and all swam off eagerly to take their place in the impoundment.

Hey! Why not get your next catch featured on Television! The next time you land a half decent fish you could not only be on our weekly website report, you could also be on Channel Seven's Thursday night TV Fishing Report with Mark Planck!
Channel Seven Local News Pop into Davo's Compleat Angler for a photo shoot or book an offshore charter with Noosa Blue Water Charters or Fishing Offshore Noosa and you too could be a star! Channel Seven Local News
Oh, and if you miss the television report you can view the video clip on our Video Index Page.... CLICK HERE.





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