The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday 5th August 2002

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OFFSHORE: The first few days of the week were fairly ordinary with moderate to fresh South South Easterlies pushing Snapper and Cobia or Black Kingfishthe swell up over the 2m mark and making life a tad uncomfortable for the offshore fraternity. From Friday onwards, however, it was pretty much plain sailing (although today was a bit on the blowy side) with the swell heading down towards the 1m mark as the wind strength eased and direction oscillated between South and North. Most boaties stuck to the closer reefs which was not a bad decision considering that those with a sense of adventure or bigger vessels found the results out-wide sporadic at best. Having said that, Double Island Point (when it fired) yielded Red Emperor, Sweetlip, Honeycomb Cod and quality Pearlies in numbers and at the Barwon Banks the bonus species was Moses Perch. Back towards home base, Sunshine Reef was a spot well worth trying for quality Snapper while North Reef continued to reward the faithful with Maori Cod, Mackerel Tuna, and as you can see by the photos on the right, quality Snapper and Cobia. Rob Millard (near right), from Derrinallum in Victoria, scored a personal best when he boated the 8.5kg 'Knobby' he's pictured with. Rob came up with his trophy fish on a half day Cougar One trip to North Reef on Friday morning. He was kitted out with a Gary Howard rod and an Alvey 725C reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline. His bait? Yakka flesh on 2x5/0 gangs. And on an afternoon half day charter on the same day, Tewantin angler Jos Hickey, far right, also scored a personal best when he managed to get the 23kg Cobia (Black Kingfish) he's posing with to the side of the boat after a gutsy 40 minute tussle. He was similarly kitted out with a Gary Howard rod and an Alvey 725C reel loaded with 30lb Flexline.
ONSHORE: The coastal beaches continued to disappoint with likely holes and gutters few and far between. The best of the bunch were; Peregian Beach where Whiting, Chopper Tailor and quality Bream were on the bite, Sunshine Beach Mary River Codwhich yielded Whiting and Dart, and the middle groyne on Main Beach which saw a bit of Chopper Tailor activity. The river was relatively quiet with Bream and Whiting down in numbers but very much up in quality. Best spots for these two bread and butter species were down at the river mouth (where Flathead, Chopper Tailor and Luderick were also on the bite), Tewantin (together with Flathead) and up at Lake Cooroibah. Apart from that, the Frying Pan produced the odd Chopper Tailor, the Woods Bays yielded Bream, Flathead and Trevally and Weyba Creek wasn't a bad spot for some good size Whiting. On the freshwater scene it was all on at Lake MacDonald with school Bass going for chrome C-Lures extra deep divers while Kokoda spinnerbaits worked well on those individual fish hanging around weed and structure. Mary River Cod were also on the bite with Davo's staffer Mark Pertot, right, catching and releasing a standout 6kg (70cm) specimen using a 3/8oz Renosky spinnerbait. Mark was at the lake on Tuesday afternoon and apart from this excellent fish, caught and released two nice Bass. He was using a G-Loomis Crankbait 845 rod, a Shimano Calais reel, 15lb Bionic Braid and 20lb Siglon leader.

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