The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday 2nd August 2004

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OFFSHORE: Lumpy but fishable would best describe most of the offshore week with predominantly cool, moderate-to-fresh Southerlies prevailing most days. And, while there were no TGO's to gloat about, there were plenty of fish on offer for those who were happy to put up with a little discomfort. Squire, Parrot Fish, Pearl Perch, Moses Perch and plenty of Snapper were the common catch on most reefs. In addition, for those prepared to travel, Double Island Point, as per the photo below, had the bonus of Red Emperor.
Red Emperor
Snapper

Local angler Jason Andrews spent Saturday night at 'D.I' and on his way home, stopped in at Davo's for a quick weigh in and picture of this 4kg 'Government Bream' he caught. He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD15 reel loaded with 20lb line. His bait? Pilchard on a Snapper rig. Back towards home, North Reef produced Cobia and Goat Fish, Massoud's Reef yielded Amberjack, Northern Bluefin Tuna, Bananafish, Yellowtail Kingfish and Hussar, as did Chardon's Reef, but with the added bonus of Striped Marlin (catch and release), Maori Cod, and as you can see by the photo above right, plenty of Snapper. John Redel, visiting Noosa from Adelaide, got onto a patch of 'Knobbies' while out there on Saturday's full day Cougar Too charter and was very happy to pose with these 3kg and 3.5kg specimens. He was armed with a Silstar Crystal Tip rod and an Abu 7000 reel loaded with 20lb braid. Apart from that, Sunshine Reef was the spot for the common species mentioned earlier while the National Park coves, with plenty of bait fish in the area, weren't a bad option for Chopper Tailor, Wolf Herring and the odd wayward Northern Bluefin (Longtail) Tuna.

ONSHORE: There were no complaints from the surf angling fraternity this week with Dart, Whiting, Bream and Tailor well spread on the North shore. On the East side, Sunrise Beach produced Tailor (to 2kg), as did Castaways Beach but with Whiting and Trevallythe added bonus of Whiting and Dart. Peregian Beach was another performer with Greenback Tailor the standouts. In the river, Whiting (to 550gm) and Flathead were the bread and butter species with best results coming from the river mouth (where Tailor and Trevally were also on the bite), Weyba Creek (together with Bream), Munna Bridge (along with Trevally) and up around Harbourtown and the first ski run at Tewantin where Trevally were another target species. And it was Munna Bridge that young gun angler Rory Mangan-Smith (right) landed the 1.3kg 'Trev' and the 550gm Whiting he's pictured with. Rory tempted both of these fish with live Prawn baits on a No.6 Tru-Turn hook around 7am on Saturday morning. He was armed with a Silstar rod and a Shakespeare Sigma reel loaded with 2kg line to a 3kg trace. Apart from that, Chopper Tailor and Trevally were sporadically active in the Woods Bays. On the freshwater scene, there were some quality Bass on the prowl at Lake MacDonald with soft plastics working well around 'Borer Creek' and 'Three Ways'


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