The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday 7th April 2003

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OFFSHORE: With moderate to fresh (and at times, strong) 20+ knot South South Easterlies, 2m+ seas and a 2m-3m outside swell dominating the offshore scene this week there weren't too many windows of opportunity open to the bluewater brigade. In fact, Wednesday's and Thursday's relatively mild conditions (when the winds dropped below the 15 knot mark) offered the only real chance of targeting any reefs outside of those in 'The Bay'. Unfortunately, for those who made the effort, the returns were pretty ordinary to say the least.
Squire, Parrot Fish and Moses Perch were common to the visited reefs. In addition, Chardon's Reef produced Mowong Spanish Mackerel and Coral Troutand Mackerel Tuna, while North Reef was probably the better option, yielding Sweetlip, Tailor, Trevally, Bonito and Stripeys. Apart from that, Laguna Bay was somewhat subdued, with a little bit of Bonito, Longtail and Mackerel Tuna activity around Hall's Reef, near the shark nets and out towards Granite Bay. Sunshine Reef was also pretty quiet this week, a far cry from the previous Saturday which was when local angler Mark Jacobs, right, boated the two excellent fish he's posing with; a 9.5kg Spanish Mackerel and a 5.5kg Coral Trout. We didn't have room for this photo (and a number of others) in last week's report so here it is now. In a very productive morning session, Mark, armed with a custom rig of unknown origin, tempted both of these quality fish with a whole Pilchard on 6/0 gangs.

ONSHORE: Most of the coastal beach action was centred around the North Shore this week with the odd quality (to 3.9kg) Greenback Tailor coming from the surf gutters up towards Double Island Point. Whiting and Chopper Tailor were Bream and Trevallywell spread (though not in great numbers) while the stretch from Teewah to the river mouth produced the better Dart, Flathead and Bream. The shelter of the National Park coves proved popular with anglers, with Whiting and Bream quite active from First Point to Winch Cove and Jewfish on the bite at night out towards Granite Bay. In the river, Flathead, Whiting and Bream were on the bite in the Frying Pan, down towards the mouth and in the Woods Bays (along with the odd Trevally and Chopper Tailor). The two bridges (Munna and Sheraton) had Trevally, Chopper Tailor, Bream and Mangrove Jack on offer while in Weyba Creek the catch was mostly Flathead. The Gympie Terrace jetties from William Street to the Yacht Club saw a bit of Bream action and that's where young Alex Janson, near right, boated the 1.05kg specimen he's pictured with. Alex nailed this thumper Yellowfin around the boat ramp jetties last Monday night using a live Herring as his draw card. Apart from that, Trevally and Flathead were chasing flies and soft plastics up around the Noosa Waters canal entrance and around Harbourtown. Davo's staffer Michael Geary, above right, used an Atomic 'Paddle Tail' Grub to good effect on Thursday morning just down from Harbourtown, catching, then after a quick pic, releasing this 1kg (approx) Trevally. He was kitted out with a Daiwa 2kg-4kg rod and a Daiwa Samurai reel loaded with 4lb Fireline and 10kg Berkley 'Vanish' leader. On the fresh water scene, Lake MacDonald made anglers work very, very hard for a result with Bass hookups few and far between.

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