The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday 21st April 2003

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OFFSHORE: The window of opportunity for offshore anglers was small indeed this week with all the action occurring in the first day or so when the South Easterlies were still quite mild. In fact it was pretty much all over bar the shouting by lunchtime on Wednesday as the winds cranked up over the 25 knot mark and stayed there for the duration. With seas and swell up in the 3m range by Thursday there really wasn't very much for the bluewater boys to do apart from catch up on a few household chores or go wet a line in the estuary.
Squire, Parrot Fish, Sweetlip and Pearl Perch were all common to the visited Reefs. In addition, North Reef was the top Cobia and Tomato Codperformer, producing Northern Bluefin (Longtail) Tuna, Red Emperor, school Shark, Scarlet Sea Perch, Maori Cod, Hussar, Trevally, Tailor, Yellowfin Tuna, Mackerel Tuna, Spangled Emperor and, as you can see by the photo near right, quality Cobia or Black Kingfish. Gavin MacRae from Newcastle in New South Wales boated this thumper 20kg specimen while out on North Reef on a half day Cougar Too charter on Tuesday morning. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre custom rod and an Alvey 725C reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline. Apart from the common species already mentioned, Chardon's Reef yielded Honeycomb Cod and, as per the photo far right, Tomato Cod. Rebecca Gray from Forest Hill in Victoria was in Noosa on her honeymoon and capped off a great week by boating this very colourful 1.5kg fish on Tuesday morning's Cougar One charter. She too was armed with a Wilson/Alvey offshore combo. Closer in, Sunshine Reef had a bit of Spanish Mackerel activity as did (to a lesser extent) Laguna Bay with the added bonus of Longtail and Striped Tuna feeding on very small baitfish, and consequently responding very well to flies. On Tuesday morning, 'Saltwater Fly Fishers' club member Carlo Morgan and Davo's staffer Mick Williamson caught and released 15 'Stripeys' between them (to 4kg) on fly gear, using small olive 'Surf Candy' flies.

ONSHORE: The coastal beaches were pretty much a write-off
most of the week with the strong surf action making life difficult for anglers. The river, fortunately, was a good fall back option for most anglers with Bream and Flathead leading Whitingthe way in the bread and butter stakes. Best results for those chasing these two species came from the ski run up at Tewantin (where the odd Trevally and Mangrove Jack also made a splash), the stretch from the Tewantin boat ramp to Harbourtown (along with Tailor and Trevally), the back of Noosa Sound (which also produced Whiting, Mangrove Jack, Trevally and Giant Herring) and down towards the river mouth and the Frying Pan where Tailor and Whiting were on the bite. And it was in the Frying Pan that the Zahn boys (father Tony and the two chips-off) spent yesterday afternoon drifting live Worms. Although the action wasn't frantic they boated a Mullet, a large Garfish and the 490gm Whiting they're posing with. Their outfit was a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 6" reel loaded with 4kg line. Apart from that there were a few Mangrove Jacks and good quality Bream on the go at night around the Munna Point Bridge while in the Noosa Waters canals, the 'Jacks' (and the odd Trevally) found trolled gold C-Lures 'Jack Snacks' hard to resist. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass responded well to spinnerbaits in the morning, as did Saratoga in the Yabba arm of Borumba Dam.

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