The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday September 1, 2014.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: Moderate to strong variable southerlies pretty much shut down the offshore scene earlier in the week so it was up to the weekend warriors to get the runs on the board when the winds dropped away on Friday afternoon. As if to compensate, conditions just got better as the weekend unfolded with Sunday rated 'as good as it gets' by our local charter crews. The wider reefs were back on the agenda and a few of the lads from the Noosa Boat Fishing Club tackled The Hards on Sunday, coming back with their bag limit of snapper (a lot of which were in the 60cm-70cm range) plus tuskers and pearl perch.
Jewfish or Mulloway
Closer in, North Reef was the standout, producing cobia in good numbers, mulloway, snapper, moses perch, Maori cod, teraglin jewfish, sweetlip, venus tusk fish, gold spot cod and quality pearl perch. Ian Mann from Caloundra (above) boated this mulloway on Saturday's Wild Thing charter wide on North Reef. That particular three quarter day charter did well on the cobia or black kingfish, coming back with seven fish in the 5kg to 7kg range. See photo further down.
Maori Cod and Pearl Perch
Trekka 2 did back to backs charters to the bottom of North Reef on Saturday. Local angler Sam Troxell (above) is pictured with a Maori cod and pearl perch that he boated on the morning charter. While Mayuran and Thuvaaraga Suthersan from Sydney (below) were more than happy with the quality pearl perch and snapper they boated on the afternoon trip. They were leaving the next day so the local fish shop cooked a few selected fillets up for them on the spot.
Pearl Perch and Snapper
Across on Chardon's Reef the standouts were gold spot cod, snapper, moses perch, venus tusk fish and Maori cod. William Lacherdis from Sydney (below) is pictured with a handsome 10kg (est) gold spot that he boated at Chardon's Reef on Saturday morning. He was on a Cougar One charter at the time.
Gold Spot Cod
And from the same three quarter day charter we have (below, far right) Bun Han from Caloundra with a nice Maori cod that was so fresh it was still kicking.
Cobia Sweetlip, Pearl Perch and Maori Cod Maori Cod
As happens sometimes, we ran out of room, so the three small photos above are light-boxed. Click on any of them to view the full size photos and details.
Sunshine Reef was another good option, especially for the smaller boats. On the capture list were snapper to 3.5kg, grass sweetlip, Maori cod, venus tusk fish, moses perch, striped sea perch and bonito. Cougar One spotted a small window of opportunity on Thursday morning and scheduled a half day charter out that way. It was still a bit lumpy, but certainly fishable. Above we have Scott MacDonnell from Roma, Queensland with a couple of snapper from that trip.
Grass Sweetlip
On Sunday, conditions on Sunshine Reef were so good that Cougar One skipper Gary Baker said he didn't want to come home. They eventually pulled the pick but as you can see by the photo above it was a glorious day. Local girls Arlie Mitchell and Bethany Stevenson had a wonderful time on the water and were very pleased to be Sunday's poster girls with these two quality grass sweetlip. In Laguna Bay, Jew Shoal was the spot for snapper and grass sweetlip.

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