The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday 26th April 2004

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OFFSHORE: Another week and another winner... which was a bit of a turn up for the books considering the rather indifferent weather we've had over the last few months. The winds pretty much came from all points of the compass as the week progressed but as they were predominantly 'very light to moderate', and with the swell gradually easing until it was only 0.5m by the end of the week, conditions were consistently very calm and very fishable. Squire, Parrot Fish, Moses Perch, Pearl Perch, Sweetlip and Spotted Mackerel were common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, for those with the larger fuel tanks, the Hards produced Hussar and Amberjack, as did the Barwon Banks with the added bonus of Snapper, Albacore and Mackerel Tuna. Closer in, North Reef was a popular destination with the extras being Coral Trout, Goat Fish, Mowong and as you can see by the accompanying two photos, Red Emperor and Scarlet Sea Perch. Sunrise Beach angler Dave Woithe (right) tempted this 4.2kg 'Government Bream' with a live Slimy Mackerel while there on a 3/4 day Cougar Too charter on Wednesday. Scarlet Sea Perch Red Emperor

And, using a Stripey fillet on a 5/0 hook as his draw card, Tewantin angler Steve Copping (above left) boated this quality 8kg 'Scarlet' at North Reef yesterday afternoon. Back towards home base, and within a couple of klicks of the shore, Trevallythere was still plenty of action with Hancock's Reef the spot for Mackerel Tuna, Mowong and Shark while Victor Bailey's yielded Mackerel Tuna, Spanish Mackerel and Shiny Mackerel, as did Sunshine Reef, with Northern Bluefin Tuna and Coral Trout the bonus species. The action in Laguna Bay, on the good days, was hot, hot, hot with Mackerel Tuna, Longtail Tuna and Spotted Mackerel again within 50 metres of the river mouth bar (and the groynes) and Spanish Mackerel out around the 'Shoal'.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were certainly worth considering this week with good Dart well spread on the North Shore and Chopper Tailor South of the First Cutting. Jewfish were a definite target species out around the National Park headland while further South; Sunshine Beach was the spot for Bream and Peregian Beach had quality Dart. In the river, Tailor and Trevally responded well to soft plastics and surface poppers down towards the mouth (where Whiting and Flathead were on the bite), the Frying Pan, the Woods Bays (where cast slugs also got results), in the Munna Point stretch and the lower part of Weyba Creek where Flathead were another worthwhile target. And it was at Munna Point Caravan Park that young Harrison Morden (above), from Killarney, Queensland, tempted this 1.6kg 'Golden' with a home made lure. Harrison was armed with a Shimano threadline outfit loaded with 4lb line. Apart from that, Mangrove Jacks were going for live baits at night between the lakes. On the freshwater scene, smallish Bass were on the go around the weed beds with the bigger fish operating in the open areas after dark. Saratoga were also very much on the active list with spinnerbaits and beetlespins working best.

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