The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday August 30th 2004

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OFFSHORE: Well, it was all systems go this week as the offshore brigade took full advantage of the warm weather and the light-to-very moderate variable Northerlies that dominated the scene until Saturday morning. The increase in wind strength from that point on, incidentally, did little more than chop up the waters and make life a tad uncomfortable for the smaller boats. All in all it was an excellent week offshore here at Noosa with Squire, Parrot Fish, Snapper, Cobia and Moses Perch common to most of the reefs. In addition, for those with a yearn to travel, the Barwon Banks produced Amberjack, Yellowtail Kingfish, Gold Spot Wrasse, Southern Fusilier, Hussar and as you can see by the photo below, Spangled Emperor. Paul Armitage from the Gold Coast boated this 4.4kg specimen while out there on a Cougar One charter on Friday.
Spangled Emperor
Cobia or Black Kingfish
Also out wide, 'The Hards' was the spot for Red Emperor, Pearl Perch and Bonito while closer in; North Reef yielded Teraglin Jewfish, Northern Bluefin Tuna and Sweetlip, as did Chardon's Reef but with the added bonus of Pearl Perch, Yellowlip Butterfly Bream, Maori Cod, Gold Spot Wrasse, Yellowtail Kingfish and Hussar. Sunshine Reef was another good option, certainly for the smaller boats, rewarding those who made the effort with catches of Yellowfin Tuna, Sweetlip, Mowong, Mackerel Tuna and Shiny Mackerel. As mentioned earlier, Cobia were in numbers on most of the reefs as local angler Greg Worth (above right) found when the half day Cougar Too charter he was on dropped the pick at Sunshine on Wednesday afternoon. Greg, armed with an Ugly Stik and a Penn 850 Spinfisher reel loaded with 10kg line, tempted this 17kg 'Black Kingfish' with a half Pilchard on a 5/0 hook. Laguna Bay was fairly subdued with Tailor chasing trolled shallow divers off the outer point breaks and juvenile School Mackerel in close at first light.

ONSHORE:
The coastal surf beaches were well worth a shot this week with Tailor (to 3kg) on the bite in the stretch above Chopper Tailor and FlatheadTeewah on the North Shore. The National Park headland was another Tailor hot spot with Choppers (to 1.2kg) and Bream a bonus. Further South, Sunrise Beach produced Tailor (to 2kg) at night and Marcus Beach yielded Dart and Whiting. And it was around the National Park headland that young local angler Sebastian Lee (near right) landed the 900gm Chopper he's pictured with yesterday morning. Sebastian tempted this fish with a Squid bait on a 1/0 hook He was armed with a Jarvis Walker threadline combo loaded with 4kg line. In the river, with the high water clarity still an issue, things were pretty quiet. Having said that, Flathead and Tailor were the highest profile species this week with best results coming from the river mouth and Munna Point (along with the odd Bream and Whiting), the Woods Bays, up around Tewantin and along the Gympie Terrace stretch, which is where Peregian Beach angler Marilyn Eberle (above right) landed the 800gm 'Lizard' she's posing with. Marilyn was fishing from one of the tennis court jetties using a 4kg handline and Mullet fillet on a No.4 longshank hook for bait. Apart from that there was a bit of Mangrove Jack action around the Noosa Waters lock and Whiting on the bite at the Ferry crossing. The freshwater scene was again quiet.

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