The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday 22nd August 2005

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Pearl Perch and SnapperOFFSHORE: All in all it was a pretty satisfactory week for the offshore brigade with very light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) West/South Westerlies setting the scene for predominantly calm conditions. Having said that, a 20 to 25 knot South Easterly blow did rough up the seascape somewhat on Wednesday and Thursday, but apart from that it was all systems go for the bluewater boys. Squire, Snapper, Moses Perch and Parrot Fish were all common to the visited reefs, although as we entered the full moon phase on the weekend, the afternoons fished better. A trip to Double Island Point was certainly worth considering if you had a big enough boat (and fuel tank) with Spangled Emperor, Cobia and Maori Cod all very much on the bite. A little closer to home, Massoud's Reef yielded Teraglin Jewfish, as did North Reef but with the added bonus of Sweetlip, Amberjack and Bonito while over on Chardon's Reef the extras were Cobia, Sweetlip, Teraglin Jewfish and, as you can see by the photo top right, Pearl Perch. Rohan Allen from Brisbane was on a half day Cougar One charter to Chardon's yesterday morning when he boated this 3.5kg specimen using a Pilchard bait as his draw card. He was kitted out with a Gary Howard rod and and Alvey 825C reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline. Sunshine Reef was the only other real performer this week although the standouts were from the common species mentioned earlier. Peter Woolfe (right) from Melbourne boated the 5.5kg Snapper he's pictured with while out there on a three quarter day Cougar Too charter last Monday. He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 25lb line. His bait? The ever faithful Pilchard. Laguna Bay was again very quiet with the odd (small) Snapper taken out around the 'Shoal'.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a good family holiday option for most of the week with the lower North Shore, from the 3rd Cutting to the river mouth, producing Bream, Whiting and Tailor. Tailor and Yellowtail Kingfish featured around the Fairy Pools/Hell's Gate stretch of the National Park headland while further South, Marcus Beach was the spot for Whiting and Dart and Castaways Beach yielded Tailor and Dart.
Whiting
In the river, Bream and Whiting were the high profile species with best results coming from down at the river mouth, the Frying Pan, the Woods Bays (along with Flathead, Tailor and Trevally) and Munna Point, where Flathead were also on the bite. Brisbane siblings Eliza and Jack Cabassi (above) did well on the Whiting in the Frying Pan and the outer Woods Bay from Thursday through to Saturday using Squid and live Yabbies to attract a number of Whiting to 525g. Their outfits were 'Alvey Junior Combos'. Apart from that, Flathead were active around Tewantin and Lake Cootharaba. On the freshwater scene, there were a few quality Bass chasing spinnerbaits around 'Three Ways' at Lake MacDonald
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