The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday 19th August 2002

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OFFSHORE: The moderate to fresh South South Easterlies certainly put their stamp on the week, at times pushing the swell up over the 2.5m mark. Regardless of the lumpy conditions, however, Friday and Saturday were the only days classified unfishable and those prepared to put up with the less than ideal conditions on the 'better' days reaped the Parrot Fishrewards. Squire, Parrot Fish and Pearl Perch were common to the visited reefs. In addition, Jew Shoal yielded the odd Snapper, as did Sunshine Reef with the added bonus of Hussar and Moses Perch. Other performers were Massoud's Reef; which had Northern Bluefin (Longtail) Tuna and Mackerel Tuna on the bite, and the Barwon Banks where the extras were Snapper, Gold Spot Wrasse, Spangled Emperor, Maori Cod and Moses Perch. And while Parrot Fish were common to all the reefs, the 5.5kg specimen that Noosa Blue Water Charters regular 'Big Bill' Haack, right, is posing with was without a doubt the standout. Bill boated this quality fish at the Barwon Banks on Wednesday morning using a Squid and Pilchard combo as his draw card. He was kitted out with a Penn Power Stick and an Okuma overhead reel loaded with 30lb line. The Nambour RSL Fishing Club booked Cougar One for a full day charter yesterday and were in no way deterred by the rather joggly conditions. As you can see by the photos below, there were a few quality fish taken, with the club's President, Des Tuckerman (below left) nailing one of the standouts; a 4kg 'Blue Maori' or 'Cattle Dog' Cod. Des was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano 6500 Baitrunner reel loaded with 20lb Pioneer Flexline. And using the same rigs, Judith Parker (below centre) and Tania Hayes (below right) both boated quality Snapper in the 4kg bracket.
Purple Cod, 'Cattle Dog' Cod or Blue Maori Cod Snapper Snapper
ONSHORE: The East side coastal beaches were pretty much a no-man's land this week with the rolling swell and blustery South South Easterlies making life more than a little uncomfortable for surf anglers. What little action there was came for the middle groyne on Main Beach (where a few Chopper Tailor and Bream were on the chew) and South of the First Cutting on the North Shore where Flathead, Whiting and quality Bream made up the bulk of the catch. In the river, things were rather quiet, with Whiting the predominant catch. The best spots to nail a few of these quality table fish were in the stretch from Munna Beach to the river mouth (along with Flathead), Weyba Creek and up around the Noosa Yacht Club. Apart from that, Trevally made the odd appearance in the Woods Bay, 'Chipper' Tailor were on the bite at Culgoa Point and on the freshwater scene; the Lake MacDonald Bass were hitting flies and lures around the weed beds.


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