The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday 9th August 2004

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OFFSHORE: With moderate to strong West South Westerlies dominating the first half of the week, most offshore anglers took a bit of time out to clean and repair their boats and equipment in anticipation of a good weekend. And it certainly wasn't a bad call with light to moderate South Westerlies bringing with them cool, calm (at times TGO) conditions from Friday onwards. Squire, Parrot Fish, Moses Perch and Cobia (Black Kingfish) were the common catch at most of the reefs. In addition, for those prepared to go the distance, Double Island Point produced Amberjack and Yellowtail Kingfish while out on 'The Hards' the extras were Red Emperor and quality Snapper. Closer to home, Massoud's Reef was the spot for Maori Cod and Estuary Cod and at Chardon's Reef the bonus species were Northern Bluefin Tuna and Snapper.
Coral Trout
Cobia or Black Kingfish
As usual, North Reef was again a popular destination, rewarding the faithful with good catches of Sweetlip, Pearl Perch, Red Emperor, some thumper Snapper and, as you can see by the photo above right, most of the better quality Cobia. Vern Miller, from Ballarat in Victoria, was out there with four mates on a half day Cougar One charter on Saturday morning when he hooked onto this standout 22kg Black Kingfish. This wasn't, however, the highlight of Vern's day (well, at least we hope not) as he let slip the fact that he was getting married a few hours after they got back to shore. Vern assured all aboard that he and his mates would be showering and changing before the auspicious event. Goodonya mate! In-close, Victor Bailey's Reef was a good option for Spotted Mackerel and Pearl Perch, while Sunshine Reef yielded Sweetlip, Pearl Perch, Snapper and, as per the photo above left, some of this week's better quality Coral Trout. Tewantin angler Ian Broadfoot weighed this very nice 5.9kg specimen in at Davo's after a productive session at 'Sunshine' on Saturday morning. Ian's outfit of choice was an Ugly Stik and a Penn 330GTi reel loaded with 30lb line. His bait? Live Yakka on a 6/0 hook. Laguna Bay was fairly quiet with a few Bonito boils the only thing of note.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a bit of a mixed bag this week with good conditions on the North Shore partly negated by the continued presence of the netters. It wasn't a complete loss, however, with Bream and Tailor around the Luderick or Blackfish.Cherry Venture, the Camp Grounds and the First Cutting, where Dart were another target species. The National Park coves saw a bit of activity from Wolf Herring, Chopper Tailor and Bream on the go and rocks at Hell's Gate were an option for Jewfish or Mulloway. Further South, Castaways Beach was the standout spot with Chopper Tailor, Jewfish and quality Dart the main performers. In the river, Bream and Flathead were the bread and butter species in a relatively quiet week with best results coming from down around the river mouth (where Whiting and Chopper Tailor were also active), Weyba Creek (along with Whiting) plus Munna Point and Harbourtown, where Trevally, Chopper Tailor and Whiting were on the bite. Apart from that; the Woods Bays produced Trevally, Tailor and Flathead and the mouth of Lake Cooroibah was the spot for Trevally, Flathead and school Jewfish. Last but not least, the Luderick (as you can see by the photo above) finally came on the bite in numbers in the lower estuary on Saturday morning and father and son Blackfish aficionados John and Craig Cobb were there to greet them with No.12 hooks loaded with 'green weed'. The guys landed 10 fish in a session that lasted from dawn till midday and dropped twice that many in the process. They were armed with SnyderGlas 10ft rods and Alvey Blackfish reels loaded with 8kg line and 6lb trace under float.

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