The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday 12th April 2004

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OFFSHORE: The moderate to fresh South Easterly blow continued on from last week, unfortunately, and with the seas and swell up around the 2m mark, made the outside reefs an unpleasant experience, even for the die-hards. As a result, Laguna Bay was the only option for most boaties until Sunday when the winds dropped below the 15 knot mark. When fishable, North Reef produced Spotted Mackerel and Pearl Perch while at Sunshine Reef the catch was Squire, Sweetlip, Moses Perch, Painted or Coral CrayfishTrevally, Parrot Fish, Shiny and Spotted Mackerel, Mowong, Mackerel Tuna and as you can see by the photo on the far right, Northern Bluefin Tuna. Sixteen year old Tim Davis from West Moreland, New Hampshire, USA had a ball out there yesterday morning on Cougar Too with the 10.5kg 'Longtail' he's pictured with being the standout fish of the trip. He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 8kg line. And Tim's mother Cindy (near right) got an unexpected bonus when the 5lb Painted or Coral Crayfish in the photo got tangled in her line while trying to steal her bait.
Northern Bluefin or Longtail Tuna
As you can imagine, it made a terrific (and delicious) centrepiece of that night's seafood platter. Apart from that, Victor Bailey's Reef was on fire this afternoon with plenty of Snapper on offer, while Mackerel Tuna and Spotted Mackerel were in good numbers and very active North of the headland and around the drum lines South of Jew Shoal.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches picked up as the week progressed with Whiting and Dart well spread on the North Shore from the First Cutting upwards. Apart from that, the groynes on Main Beach were an option for Chopper Tailor, the National Park headland rocks had Spotted Mackerel in close and quality Whiting were on the bite at Sunshine Beach.
Flathead and Golden Trevally
In the river, quality Flathead were the high profile species this week with best returns coming from down at the river mouth (along with Bream, Whiting and Chopper Tailor), the Frying Pan (where Chopper Tailor, Trevally and Bream were also active) and the Munna Point/Bridge stretch which was another good option for Trevally and Bream. Trevally were also on the bite at Harbourtown at Tewantin and around the back of Noosa Sound (together with Bream and small Queenfish) while Mangrove Jacks were in good numbers and size around the ski run. Young Brisbane angler Mathew Sholz (above left) had a hot session on the 'Lizards' in the Frying Pan on Wednesday afternoon, catching and releasing two fish to 65cm, two Tailor at 35cm and the thumper 80cm 'Big Mumma' Flathead he's pictured releasing back into the river. Mathew was only lightly armed with a Daiwa 2-6lb Pro-Caster rod and and Abu 501 reel loaded with 4lb braid. His bait? Frogmouth Pilchards. Another happy angler was local girl Wendy McGregor (above right) who took out the Davo's 'Fish of the Week' prize with the 1.3kg Golden Trevally she's posing with. Wendy landed this fish at Munna Point on Friday using a fresh Prawn on a No.4 longshank hook as her draw card. She was armed with a Jarvis Walker threadline combo loaded with 6lb line. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were most active at the Botanical Gardens, 'Three Ways' and near the dam wall with Power Baits, spinnerbaits and beetle-spins working well, while local club member Paul O'Hare caught and released a 6kg Mary River Cod trolling a gold chrome Borer Extra Deep from his canoe in the main basin. Lake Borumba was quiet with the Saratoga making anglers work hard for any sort of a result.

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