As at Monday 8th August 2005
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Although Friday and Saturday, with 25 knot Southerlies
predominating, were pretty much write-offs as far as the offshore brigade
were concerned, the brief blustery conditions were really only a blip
in an otherwise quite productive week on the reefs here at Noosa. Light
to moderate variable winds dominated the rest of the week and although
conditions were at times cool out on the water, the fish were certainly
there for the taking. Chardon's Reef fished well, producing Squire,
Snapper, Pearl Perch, Teraglin Jewfish, Parrot Fish, Shiny Mackerel
and Moses Perch while over on North Reef (as you can see by the photo
on the right) the catch was mostly Snapper. Local lad Billy Kneale was
very pleased with himself (and why not) when he weighed this 6.5kg 'Knobby'
in at Davo's after
spending a productive Sunday morning out there with, we assume, at least
one big person at the helm. Billy was armed with a Daiwa rod and a Mitchell
threadline reel loaded with 50lb braid and 45lb mono trace. His bait
was Yakka fillet on a 6/0 hook. Closer to home, Sunshine Reef yielded
Squire, Snapper, Parrot Fish and Pearl Perch while in-close (near Lion
Rock around Alexandria Bay) there were a few Mackerel Tuna on the prowl.
Laguna Bay was also worth considering with the odd Northern Bluefin
Tuna and Cobia active on Hall's Reef earlier in the week, Tailor schooling
in numbers out from the Boiling Pot and, as per the photo on the right,
the odd Snapper on the bite out around Jew Shoal. Local 'Yak' angler
Shannon Crockford hooked up with this 4.2kg specimen on Sunday morning
while out on 'The Shoal' paddle trolling a whole Pilchard on ganged
3/0 hooks behind his Perception Swing
'Angler' fishing kayak. He was kitted out with an Abu 6000
combo loaded with 20lb braid and 40lb monofilament trace.