The Noosa  Fishing Report



As at Monday 1st December 2003

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Wilson SureCatch and Live Fibre

OFFSHORE: Well, that was a pretty ordinary week to say the least. The offshore reefs were definitely no place for the faint hearted (or anybody with a modicum of common sense) earlier in the week with moderate to strong South Easterlies, 2.5m seas and a 2m outside swell prevailing right through until Saturday afternoon. Fortunately the situation from that point on improved quite quickly as the swell dropped away under the influence of a more benign 10 to 15 knot North Easterly change. Those who were able to get offshore over the last few days found that Squire and Pearl Perch were common to the outer reefs. In addition, Sunshine Reef was the spot for Coral Trout, Sweetlip and Parrot Fish.
Pearl Perch and Snapper A little further out, North Reef produced quite a wide variety of reef species with the standouts being Red Emperor, Maori Cod, Teraglin Jewfish, Scarlet Sea Perch, Honeycomb Cod, Tailor and as you can see by the photo above left, quality Pearl Perch. Allan Griffiths from Pittsworth (Qld.) boated this 3.5kg specimen while out there on Cougar One yesterday morning. And with a full day scheduled, Cougar Too went a little further yesterday and dropped the pick out wide of Chardon's Reef where the extras were Maori Cod and (as per the photo above right) Snapper. Pio Porfiri, from Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast, tempted these 3kg and 4.5kg 'Knobbys' with Pilchard/Squid combos, and as you see, was more than happy with his catch. Both anglers were using Wilson Live Fibre rods and Alvey 725C reels loaded with 30lb line. Apart from that, the Barwon Banks yielded Snapper, Amberjack, Yellowtail Kingfish, Goatfish and Parrot Fish while those anglers who worked in the relative shelter of Laguna Bay reported the occasional Snapper, plus Bonito and school Mackerel, which were found hammering the numerous large baitfish schools from first light on. There were some bigger fish beneath them if the tales of bust-offs and sporadic serious eruptions on the surface were anything to go by.

ONSHORE: The exposed surf beaches were pretty much a no go zone for most of the week so many beach anglers simply gave it a miss. Those keen for a feed, however, made a bee line for the calmer conditions in Laguna Bay where Tailor (to 2kg) were on the bite around first light at the groynes on Main Beach and Yellowtail Kingfish and Jewfish were active around the bay side of the National Park headland. In the river, Trevally were in good numbers and size with the hot spots for these feisty critters being around the Tewantin ferry, Harbourtown (along with Bream and Mangrove Jack), the Woods Bays and as in the case of the 1.25kg fish below; Munna Bridge. Local angler Andrew Batten did well to land this fish this morning as he was only lightly armed with a 6ft 'Microlight' rod/Abu reel combo loaded with 6lb line. His lure? The ever popular River2Sea Bubble Popper.
Trevally
Flathead
Flathead, Whiting and Bream were more responsive to live baits this week with the better results coming from Lake Cooroibah, Weyba Creek and down at the river mouth, which is where local angler Gary Turner (above right), using a live Biddy as bait, caught and (after a quick pic) released this thumper 4.5kg 'Big Mumma' Lizard yesterday morning. Gary and his mate Keith Gravett (who's assistance was very much required when it came to boating this fish) did well considering their outfit was a Jarvis Walker threadline combo loaded with 6lb line. The Pelican in the background, by the way, was simply 'dreamin'. Apart from that the Gympie Terrace stretch accounted for the odd Bream and Javelin Fish. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald and Borumba Dam Bass were going for for beetle spins and spinnerbaits.

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