Quintrex Boats The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday October 21, 2013
Brought to you by... Ray Scholes Marine
OFFSHORE: Laguna Bay started to show some signs of pelagic activity this week with bonito, school mackerel, longtail tuna and small tailor (accompanied by the seabirds as the weekend drew to a close) around Little Hall's Reef, along the shark nets, just out from Tea Tree Bay and out towards Jew Shoal.
The bar crossing was once again pretty straight forward and despite the forecast of blustery conditions mid week, the predominantly variable easterlies were more often than not in the light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) range. Saturday's 20 knot+ south easterly blow pushed the outside swell briefly into the 1.5 to 2m area but for most of the week it hovered around the more modest 0.5m to 1m range. Sunshine Reef wasn't too bad an option this week, producing sweetlip, squire, moses perch, yellowtail kingfish and the odd spotted mackerel. The downside was the large numbers of voracious mutton birds attacking the baits.
Further out, North Reef was the spot for squire, venus tusk fish, bonito, mowong, moses perch, pearl perch, teraglin jewfish and, as per above, the odd cobia. Rosalind Tyson and Kaylene Chaponnel were on their first trip out with the Noosa Yachtie Fishing Club on Sunday when they simultaneously hooked up with what they both thought was a great fish. Turns out that the hungry 7kg (est) cobia they're pictured with swallowed both of their baits, then tangled their lines. The girls were happy to share the honours as they had to take turns playing this feisty fish. The group were on a three quarter day Trekka 2 charter.
Cobia Snapper
Chardon's Reef was fairly quiet but those anglers who put in the time certainly came back with a feed. Snapper, cobia, moses perch, teraglin jewfish, pearl perch, venus tusk fish and spotted mackerel made up the bulk of catch there. Andrew Morris from Gympie (above left) is pictured with a cobia that he boated on Sunday's full day Cougar One charter to Chardon's Reef. Out wide, the Barwon Banks produced wahoo (on the troll), the odd sailfish (catch and release), pearl perch, moses perch and venus tusk fish. Alan Jones (above right) boated his 3kg+ snapper at the Barwon Banks on Wednesday's full day Cougar One charter. The only other offshore report was from the Double Island Point reefs where gold band snapper, moses perch and gold spot cod were on the bite.

ONSHORE: There were a few anglers working the river mouth end of Teewah Beach on the Noosa North Shore on the weekend but there was no feedback from there. Further north, the surf gutters about 5km's north of Teewah township produced whiting, tarwhine and the odd flathead while tailor were on the bite at Double Island Point. On the southern beaches, chopper tailor and jewfish were on the prowl off the rocks at north Sunshine Beach while at Sunrise Beach the standouts were whiting and bream. Further south, keeper size jewfish (no standouts) were reported at both Coolum and Yaroomba beaches after dark.
In the estuary, bream, flathead, whiting and trevally (golden and cale cale) were on the bite at the river mouth. Ross Elsord (below left) caught and released a 34cm bream at the mouth on Thursday morning. He was on a Noosa River Fishing Safaris lure and fly charter. Bream and flathead were active in the Frying Pan and, together with trevally (mostly brassy or tea leaf), in the Woods Bays. The baitfish schools moved through the Munna Point Bridge area just about every morning, followed closely by the pelicans, cormorants and trevally. Barry Gentle from Kiama in New South Wales (below) worked that area with a home made Clouser fly on Thursday morning and was rewarded for his persistence when a feisty GT came to the party. He released it after a quick pic.
Bream Trevally
And Ian McPherson from Victoria (below) was fishing near the Munna Point Bridge around 5.45am yesterday morning when a tea leaf or brassy trevally took his live prawn bait. There were also a number of barramundi sightings and one catch and release reported in the lower estuary this week. The bigger fish are on the prowl at night and in the early morning. Weyba Creek was good for bream, flathead, whiting and the odd queenfish. Hudson Going from Melbourne (below right) is pictured with a 35cm whiting that he tempted with a prawn in Weyba Creek on Friday afternoon. He was on a Noosa River Fishing Safari.
Trevally Whiting
Whiting were also biting around the Munna Flats, while the Noosa Waters canals were good for tea leaf trevally and flathead. Lisa Freeman (below) won this week's Davo's Fish of the Week prize with the 65cm flathead she caught in the canals yesterday morning. She used a live herring bait as her draw card.
Further upriver, the Tewantin area produced flathead, bream, estuary cod and trevally while mangrove jacks and threadfin salmon were active in the waters just below the mouth of Lake Cooroibah. School jewfish and mangrove jacks were also responding well to live fish baits and soft plastics between the lakes.
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