The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday 16th August 2004

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OFFSHORE: Well, the weekend warriors were out of luck this time around with all the fishable weather happening in the first half of the week under the benign influence of light to moderate variable Westerlies. Unfortunately, by Friday Cobia and Northern Bluefin Tunaafternoon the honeymoon was over as the winds cranked up a notch or two and breached the 25 knot barrier by Saturday morning. Still, for those with the opportunity and inclination; Squire, Moses Perch and Parrot Fish were on the bite at most of the reefs on the fishable days. In addition, for those with the bigger boats, the Barwon Banks were worth a go for Snapper, Amberjack, Pearl Perch and Gold Spot Wrasse. A little closer to home, Chardon's Reef produced Northern Bluefin Tuna, Cobia, Estuary Cod and Pearl Perch, as did North Reef with the added bonus of Coral Trout, Sweetlip, Maori Cod and Hussar. In fact it was on the inner edge of North Reef that local angler Aiden Cerlinezza (left in the top photo) boated this thumper 32.5kg Cobia on Thursday. Aiden, who was on a half day Cougar Too charter, was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline. And from the same trip, Paul Brinkman from Brisbane (right) is pictured with his top weight of the day; an 18kg Northern Bluefin Tuna. Paul was armed with an Angler Azagale rod and an Okuma Epix reel loaded with 8kg line. In both cases, Slimy Mackerel were the baits that attracted all the attention. Apart from that, at Massoud's Reef the extras were Estuary Cod, Northern Bluefin Tuna and Pearl Perch while at Sunshine Reef the bonus species were Red Emperor, Northern Bluefin Tuna, Maori Cod and Sweetlip.
ONSHORE: There wasn't a lot to be said for the coastal surf beach action this week with most anglers having to work hard to get a feed. On the North Shore, the area just South of the Cherry Venture had the best gutters and produced quite well for Chopper Tailor while around the camp ground, Flathead were a worthwhile target. On the East side, Castaways Beach was the standout with Dart, Bream and Tailor on the bite in modest numbers. In the river, Flathead The new generation of 'yakkers'.were the highest profile bread and butter species with best results coming from down around the mouth, Munna Point, Goat Island (where some thumper 70cm+ females were caught and released) and up around Harbourtown. In all those aforementioned spots; Bream, Whiting and Tailor were also taken, although not in significant numbers. Apart from that; there were a few Trevally and Tailor on the bite in the Woods Bays, Yellowtail Pike were in good numbers and were chasing small Minnow lures near the DPI station at Munna Beach, and Luderick were active around the Snags in the Frying Pan and 'Spot X'. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were quiet most of the week and made themselves even scarcer when the local Perception Yak Anglers' Club had a get together out there on Sunday. With the South Westerly in the 25 to 30 knot range, the more exposed, deeper waters were hard work so the team fell back on plan B; sausage sangers, beer, wine and plenty of tall stories. The kids all had a ball, as you can see.
Perception Yak Anglers, young and old.


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