The Noosa  Fishing Report



As at Monday 2nd December 2002

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OFFSHORE: The variable Northerly weather pattern continued for the majority of the week with morning sessions again offering the best opportunities. While the brisk afternoon North Easterly sea breezes tended to chop the waters, it was of Coronation Troutlittle concern for those anglers who were on their way home around about that time. Squire, Pearl Perch and Parrot Fish were common to all the visited reefs. In addition, quite a few blue water anglers took advantage of favourable conditions by heading out to 'The Banks' during the week. All those who went the extra distance were well rewarded with quality bags of the aforementioned species with Snapper as the bonus. Chardon's Reef produced quality Moses Perch and Maori Cod, while North Reef had Moses Perch, Scarlet Sea Perch and School Mackerel on the bite. Sunshine Reef has been the spot for those who love chasing Cobia, with fish up to 12kg being landed by excited anglers. Coral Trout are one of Queenslands most popular species for both their magnificent colours and fantastic table qualities. The fish on the right is just one of the many variations provided by this species. Paul Dingle of Maleny landed this spectacular 5kg Coronation Trout while fishing the Barwon Banks with Noosa Blue Water Charters. Paul was using a Gary Howard rod which was matched to a Penn 330GTI reel loaded with 40lb line.

ONSHORE:
Local coastal beaches Peregian and Marcus have been the favourite spot for local beach anglers, especially those who prefer to wet a line during daylight hours. These two beaches have been hot spots for Whiting and Dart with Southern Saratogathe occasional Tarwhine thrown in for good measure. Summer is definitely here as can be attested to by the short afternoon down pours and thundery weather. The magnificent Noosa River is a treasure trove of species during the summer months with Mangrove Jacks sitting firmly at the top of most anglers' hit list'. Jacks have started to make the occasional appearance with the best results coming from the area between the lakes right down to Tewantin. Night time is prime 'Jack Attack' time with live baits such as Herring and Biddies the best choice. Flathead are another common summer species and don't mind snacking on a bait, lure or fly. The Flathead can be found on the topside of Lake Cooroibah as well as in the lower reaches around Goat Island and the lower end of Weyba Creek. The bottom half of the run out tide generally concentrates the 'Flatties' in areas of deeper water. The humble Whiting have been another regular feature in the creels of estuary anglers over the week. Live Prawns and live Worms are the deadly bait and should see keen anglers hooking into an elbow slapper or two. Bream usually slow down during the summer months, but those in the Noosa River obviously didn't get the memo. Bream up to 650gm have been taken at night and early morning around Tewantin and Culgoa point. Fresh strip baits such as Mullet and live Worms have proven too tempting for many of the local Bream population. Borumba Dam has still been the pick of the freshwater spots, as can be seen by the above right photo. Here we have regular visitor to Noosa, 'Mighty' Mal McCully with a prime example of a Borumba Saratoga. Mal tempted this 69cm acrobat with a Bassman Trifecta spinnerbait, and fought it to the net on his Ian Miller Pro Barra, which is matched to a Shimano Calcutta TE 200. Low water levels at Borumba Dam now mean that it is 4wd country only due to the poor condition of the boat ramp. Don't forget that the upper extremities of the Noosa River are also prime Bass fishing country and this area generally fires well at this time of year. Small flies, minnows and soft plastics will usually entice the Noosa Bass population into striking.


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