The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday 28th April 2003

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OFFSHORE: Well, another week of 25 to 30 knot East South Easterlies (marked by a series of strong wind warnings) plus 2.5m to 3m seas and swells sure put a damper on the last week of the Easter holidays as far as the offshore brigade were concerned. Unfortunately, even today's sudden reversal brought about by a swing to a much more benign, light (10 knot) South East/North East wind pattern was too little too late for the vast majority of anglers, many of whom were already back at their jobs, dreaming of the ones that well and truly got away.
With no one venturing over the bar the only reports were of sightings (from land) of healthy Tuna boils within the relative shelter of Laguna Bay, especially near the Shark nets opposite the National Park car park, and out from Sunshine and Castaways beaches as conditions moderated towards the end the week.

ONSHORE:
Apart from the out-of-reach Tuna boils already mentioned, the coastal surf beaches were pretty much a non Whiting and Javelin Fish (Grunter Bream)event with whatever action there was coming from Chopper Tailor on the river mouth section of the North Shore and in the general area of the river mouth groyne at Main Beach. In the river, Whiting and Flathead were once again the most prolific species with some excellent quality fish coming from down towards the mouth and the Frying Pan (along with Trevally and Bream), the Woods Bays (where Trevally and Chopper Tailor were responding well to floated live Prawns and fast retrieved Halco Twistys) and up around Harbourtown which also yielded Mangrove Jack and Trevally at night. The Gympie Terrace stretch of the river was another Whiting hot spot and that was where Brisbane visitor Marie Crittall, near right, landed the 550gm specimen she's posing with. She was armed with an Abu threadline combo loaded with 6lb line. Her bait? A live Yabby on a No.6 longshank hook. And, as usual, the fresh water in the system flushed out a few Javelin Fish although the 2.1kg fish jointly held by young Jye and Jared McCafferty (above right) was an absolute ripper. They were drifting the WhitingTewantin ski run on Tuesday with older brother Brodie and their father Steve, who incidentally, boated this quality Grunter Bream using a fresh Davo's Prawn on a 1/0 hook. His outfit was a Jarvis Walker threadline combo loaded with 6kg line. As you can see by the photo on the right, there were a number of thumper Whiting landed this week and the 550gm that locals Scott (and young Jordan) Jenkins are pictured with is a good example. Our dynamic duo tempted this fish with a fresh Prawn on a No.4 TruTurn hook in the Woods Bays on Saturday. They were armed with a Shimano threadline combo loaded with 2kg line and 6kg trace. Apart from that (and despite the fresh in the upper system) Flathead were in numbers up at Lake Cooroibah, while at Munna Bridge the Mangrove Jacks were a standout species after dark. On the freshwater scene, most of the action was at Borumba Dam with Bass chasing spinnerbaits in the area near the Eagles Nest and Saratoga going mostly for unweighted soft plastics in the upper reaches of the Yabba arm.

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