As at Monday August 23rd 2004
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Although dominated by moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot) variable Westerlies,
the first half of the week was still fishable, if perhaps a tad lumpy...
and that was the bad news. From Friday onwards, conditions just got better
as the winds moderated and took on a South East/North East pattern with
a bit of early morning South Westerly thrown in to flatten the swell.
All in all, it was a good week offshore around Noosa with Squire, Snapper
and Parrot Fish common to most of the reefs. In addition, for those with
deep pockets and bigger fuel tanks, Double Island Point was the spot for
Amberjack, Teraglin Jewfish, Yellowtail Kingfish and Gold Spot Wrasse.
Closer to home, North Reef produced Northern Bluefin Tuna, Pearl Perch,
Sweetlip, Moses Perch and Cobia, as did Chardon's Reef, but with the added
bonus of Teraglin Jewfish. North Reef, however, was alive with Black 'Kingies'
as the week drew to a close and local girl Jade Gesell (near right) was
out there today when they went ballistic. Jade was on a half day Cougar
One charter and boated this 12kg specimen in a frenzied morning
session which saw her school group leave them biting. She was armed with
a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825 offshore reel loaded with 35lb
line. Also worth a mention, 'The Hill' yielded Scarlet Sea Perch, Sweetlip,
Northern Bluefin Tuna and Moses Perch while at the 'Coffee Rocks' the
bonus species was Sweetlip. Apart from that, and within easy sight of
land, Mackerel Tuna were on the boil at Sunshine Reef, Alexandria Bay,
Jew Shoal, the 'Drum Lines' and Granite Bay as the week drew to a close.
Chopper Tailor were another profile species on the bite with the National
Park Point breaks from the 'Boiling Pot' to the 'Fairy Pools' and out
to 'Hell's Gate' producing plenty of 0.8kg to 1kg fish on trolled shallow
divers. And it was the Hell's Gate/Alexandria Bay stretch that Perception
Yak Angler Rae McCarthy (above right) made a spectacular 'first
blood' debut yesterday morning. Rae was out there trolling a shallow diving
'minnow' (with her better half James) on their 'Synchro'
tandem and in a two hour session, boated four Tailor (to 1kg), a 1.3kg
Mackerel Tuna and a 500gm Dart. Rae was using a Shakespeare Synergy rod
and a Shimano Symetre reel loaded with 3kg Fireline.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were pretty quiet this week although Whiting, Bream and Dart were still worth targeting on the North Shore. The National Park headland rocks were a safe option for Tailor (to 2kg) while further South, Marcus Beach produced Whiting and quality Tarwhine and Castaways Beach yielded Chopper Tailor and Bream. In the river, with a high level of water clarity, those anglers who worked the 'dawn till dusk' shift got the best results. Whiting were the high profile species with best returns coming from down at the river mouth and Munna Point (along with Bream and Flathead) and Weyba Creek. The elbow slappers, however, came mostly from down at the river mouth, as local angler John Mitchell (right) found on Saturday morning. John tempted this 550gm specimen with a live prawn on a No.2 hook. He was kitted out with a Penn Power Stick and an Daiwa Samurai threadline reel loaded with 6lb line. Apart from that, there were Tailor on the bite at night up around Harbourtown (where Bream and Flathead were also on the chew) and in the inner Woods Bay. The freshwater scene, no matter how hard the local experts worked the waters of Lake MacDonald, was a nonevent.