The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday 12th August 2002

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OFFSHORE: Apart from Thursday and Friday when 20 knot South Easterlies and a 2m swell effectively ruled out any offshore activity, it was business as usual for the bluewater brigade. Mornings were the best option, though, with the Snapperafternoon sessions turning a little choppy at times. Squire, Pearl Perch, Snapper, Moses Perch and Sweetlip were common to the visited reefs. In addition to the previously mentioned species; Double Island Point produced Maori Cod and the Barwon Banks had Parrot Fish and Mackerel Tuna as a bonus. Closer to home, North Reef continued as top scorer, yielding Northern Bluefin Tuna, Cobia, Teraglin Jewfish, Parrot Fish and Maori Cod while at Massouds Reef the extras were Mackerel Tuna, Northern Bluefin Tuna and Parrot Fish. Sunshine Reef (although it didn't account for any standouts) rewarded the faithful with respectable catches of mixed reef fish. Noosa Blue Water Charters had another busy week even though the timing of the very small low tides ruled out half day trips in many cases. Not that it was a problem, though, as twelve year old Gympie lad Cameron Cassar (near right) found on Saturday. Cameron was on a three quarter day group charter to North Reef when he hooked on to the 3kg Snapper he's pictured with. And shortly afterwards Wayne Plate (far right), one of the bigger boys in the group, boated the standout of the day; a 7.5kg 'Knobby'. Both anglers were kitted out with Wilson Live Fibre rods and Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reels loaded with 20lb Pioneer Flexline. Their baits? Pilchards and Squid.

Golden TrevallyONSHORE: There wasn't a lot of joy for the beach boys this week with the most interesting reports being of a few Dart at Sunrise Beach and the odd Bream and Whiting in amongst the weed on the North Shore. In the river, Bream (and to a slightly lesser extent, Whiting) were the most prolific species although with the clear water, dawn and dusk produced the better quality fish. Best spots for these bread and butter species were from Munna Beach to the river mouth (where Flathead and Luderick were also on the bite), the outer Woods Bay (along with the odd Trevally), Weyba Creek, plus up around the Tewantin ferry and at Lake Cooroibah (with Flathead the bonus). On the freshwater scene, Kin Kin Creek had Tarpon on the bite while at good old Lake MacDonald the Bass were favouring spinnerbaits, Slider Grubs and Beetle Spins. And how about the 2.5kg standout Golden Trevally that young Tewantin angler Emma Monley, right, weighed in at Davo's on Saturday morning? She and her father Tony spend a lot of productive time flyfishing in the lower estuary and as you can see, it sure pays off. Emma, armed with a Gillies 7wt fly combo loaded with medium sink line, got her result using a Clouser Minnow fly.


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