The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday September 01, 2008

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OFFSHORE: There were no complaints from the offshore brigade this week with light to moderate variable winds the norm rather than the exception. There wasn't a lot of swell either so there were plenty of small boats crossing the bar and heading for the closer reefs. Sunday, in fact, was the worst day of the week with 15 to 20 knot (later 25 knot+) variable northerlies, choppy, confused waters and a 1.5m to 2m swell making conditions (although still fishable) quite unpleasant.
With calm conditions prevailing the outer reefs were just too much of a temptation to ignore. Squire, snapper, pearl perch and moses perch were common to all locations while in addition, The Hards produced teraglin jewfish and hussar.
Snapper were in excellent numbers and of sensational quality at The Hards this week as Ted Bates from Ocean Grove in Victoria (above) discovered on Friday. Ted was out there on a full day Cougar One charter when the whole boat got into the 'Knobbies' in a big way, coming back with plenty of 3kg to 5kg fish and a number of 7kg fish as pictured.
Snapper Snapper

The Barwon Banks also fired well this week with the bonus species being samson fish and mowong. Snapper, however, were seriously on the chew there over the weekend and while there a number of standout 7kg fish taken, there were also plenty in the 3kg to 5kg range to keep everyone happy. Brett Vacher (above left) was out there on Sunday on a Cougar One group charter for Taringa Toyota when he boated this 4kg specimen. And on the same charter, Cameron Wickbold (above right) landed the 5.5kg 'Knobby' he's posing with. Both anglers were using 7" soft plastics.
Cobia Double Island Point was worth the effort as local angler Ben Nothling (above) and a couple of mates found to their delight on Wednesday. The boys blitzed the area with 7" Gulp soft plastics, boating quality spangled emperor (to 7kg), parrot fish, pearl perch, snapper, Maori cod and the 7kg (est.) cobia that Ben's pictured with. He was using a Daiwa Tierra rod, a Shimano Exage 4000 reel, 7kg Fireline and 15kg leader. Last but not least, North Reef produced yellowfin tuna, yellowtail kingfish and Maori cod (as well as the common species mentioned earlier), Sunshine Reef yielded Maori cod and sweetlip while back in Laguna Bay, cobia and juvenile (30cm) mackerel were active around Little Hall's Reef.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were as flat as a tack this week but there were still a few good surf gutters around.
The North Shore stretch was again an option for chopper tailor with best results coming from the waters opposite the Third Cutting and Teewah township. Over on the east side, Sunrise Beach produced whiting and the odd quality tarwhine while at Marcus Beach the target species was tailor, with the top weight fish landed tipping the scales at 3kg.
In the river, the luderick were still on the bite at the river mouth car park rocks with Coolum 'Cabbage' continuing to be the Trevallymain draw card.
Whiting were down in numbers, up in size and hard to pin point so it was a lottery for that species this week.
The Woods Bays, in fact, were as good a place as any to catch them with the added bonus of a bit of tailor or trevally action as well.
Local angler Gary Rossiter (above) picked up a few whiting on worms in the 'Bays' on Friday afternoon before working the waters with a Storm Chug Bug and attracting the 1kg tailor he's posing with.
He was armed with a Shimano spin combo loaded with 10lb Fireline and 25lb mono leader.
And young Connor O'Brien (above right) caught and released this 42cm trevally in the Woods Bays on Thursday using a Gladiator prawn lure as his draw card. Apart from that, mangrove jacks were responding to live fish baits around the back of Noosa Sound and there were a few flathead on the bite in Weyba Creek.
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald bass (and catfish) were going for live worms near the Botanical Gardens.

And how about this for a great Fathers Day Prize Draw! Purchase anything at Davo's Bait and Tackle this week and be in the draw to win a 'Full Day' offshore fishing charter (value $200.00) with Noosa Blue Water Charters.

Winner will be drawn at 5pm on Saturday, September 6, 2008.

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