The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday 15th August 2005

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Sunrise in Laguna Bay
OFFSHORE:
The week got off to a great start with very light to moderate variable Westerlies creating quite calm and at times, almost TGO conditions, on the outside reefs. By Friday, however, cold, wet, moderate to fresh Southerlies moved in and, when they took on an Easterly aspect and cranked up a few notches, shut the offshore gate for most of the weekend. The associated 2m+ seas and swell were, fortunately, short lived and were but a memory by this morning.
Snapper Squire, Snapper and Parrot Fish were common to all of the reefs this week. In addition, The Hards (which proved to be difficult at times with strong currents running) also produced a few Cobia, as did the Barwon Banks but with the added bonus of Pearl Perch and Moses Perch. Carla Robertson (above left) from Hay in New South Wales joined a full day Cougar Too charter to 'The Banks' on Tuesday and, as you can see by the photos, it was a TGO (Total Glass Out). And to cap off a magnificent day on the water Carla boated this 3.5kg Snapper. She was kitted out with an Angler Azagaie rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 6kg line. Above right, on the same charter, Ben Hooper from Maleny (4kg Snapper) and Lloyd Glass from Papamoa, New Zealand (4.5kg Pearl Perch) also came up with quality catches. Their outfits were Wilson Live Fibre rods and Alvey 825C reels loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline. A little closer in, North Reef was the spot for Moses Perch, Maori Cod, Northern Bluefin Tuna, Cobia and Pearl Perch while at Chardon's Reef it was Teraglin Jewfish, Pearl Perch, Moses Perch and Cobia. Not far from home, Sunshine Reef yielded Maori Cod, Shiny Mackerel and Mowong. Laguna Bay was quiet with Tailor (sporadically) on the bite from the Boiling Pot to First Point.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were again worth a look with Tailor, Dart and Whiting South of the First Cutting and Breamup around (and North of) the old Cherry Venture site on the North Shore. There were also a few quality Bream on the bite over there as local angler Jim Davies (right) found when he wet a line on Teewah Beach on Tuesday. Jim, armed with a Wilson surf rod and an Alvey 700 reel loaded with 10lb line, used a Davo's Pilchard to attract the 1.2kg 'Yellowfin' he's pictured with. On the East side Bream were well spread and in good numbers. In addition to that, North Sunshine Beach produced Whiting, Dart and Flathead, Castaways Beach yielded Tailor (at night) and Dart while at Marcus Beach the extras were Whiting and Dart. In the river, Flathead were on the bite from the river mouth (along with Bream, Whiting and, at night, Tailor), in the Woods Bays (where Tailor and Trevally were also active), around the Munna Beach stretch (with Bream on the bite in the deeper water), Goat Island, the stretch from the Tewantin boat ramp to Harbourtown and at both ends of Lake Cooroibah where Whiting were also quite active. Apart from that, Bream and Tailor were the high profile species in Weyba Creek, Trevally (and the odd Queenfish) were on the chew around (and East of) the Munna Point Bridge and Tailor and Bream were worth targeting at the mouth of Lake Cooroibah. On the local freshwater scene, Tarpon were responding well to flys up in Kin Kin Creek.



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