The Noosa  Fishing Report



As at Monday December 13th 2004

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OFFSHORE: As far as the offshore scene was concerned it was a patchy week to say the least. Variable Northerlies were the dominant wind pattern with (unfortunately) moderate to fresh (20 to 25 knot) stormy North Easterlies and a 2.5m swell being the rule rather than the exception. Realistically there weren't too many windows of opportunity to target the outside reefs with Thursday, yesterday and today the only real candidates for the 'fishable' classification. Having said that, when the chance presented itself there were certainly fish to be had with Squire, Parrot Fish, Pearl Perch and Moses Perch common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, the Barwon Banks produced Amberjack and Gold Spot Wrasse while up around Double Island Point the bonus species were Red Emperor, Mahi Mahi, Hussar, Amberjack and Snapper. Apart from that, Chardon's 'Wide' was the spot for catch and release juvenile Black Marlin while further in; 'The Hill' yielded Sweetlip, Bonito and Cobia and North Reef was a pretty good option for Scarlet Sea Perch, Red Emperor and, as you can see by the photo on the right, quality Snapper. Father and son team Guy and Jack Meakin, who were at North Reef yesterday on a 3/4 day Cougar Too charter, certainly hit the jackpot when this 5.7kg 'Knobby' monstered their Pilchard bait. The dynamic duo were part of a regular Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club outing and were kitted out with a Shakespeare Ugly Stik and a Penn 850 Spinfisher reel loaded with 25lb line. Closer to home base; Sunshine Reef produced mostly school and Spotted Mackerel, as did Jew Shoal in Laguna Bay but with the added bonus of Snapper. And it was at Jew Shoal around 9am this morning (top of the tide) that Brisbane brothers Hugh and Nicholas (below) got into some serious Spotted Mackerel action with the 2.3kg and 2.5kg specimens they're posing with being their standouts. With plenty of surface activity the lures that worked were cast metal slugs on wire traces. The lads were armed with an Abu O/H combo loaded with 10kg line. Snapper
Spotted Mackerel
ONSHORE: The coastal beaches were a bit exposed to the elements this week so there weren't that many reports to speak of. On the North Shore it was mostly Dart and on the East side it was Bream, Dart and Whiting with North Sunshine, Marcus and Castaways beaches providing the best (if you could call it that) returns. In the river, although there Saratogawas a bit of Tailor action (on surface poppers) in the Woods Bays most of the lower estuary activity was centred around the Munna Point Bridge area where live Biddies and Herring attracted school Jewfish and a few quality Trevally and live Yabbies and Prawns accounted for Whiting and Bream. In Weyba Creek the catch was Flathead and Trevally (at Weyba Hole) while Flathead were responding to drifted Whitebaits around Goat Island. Mangrove Jacks were worth targeting around the ski run at Tewantin and up between the lakes with live fish baits and gold C-Lures Jack Snacks working equally well. On the freshwater scene, most of the reports came from Borumba Dam where the resident Bass and Silver Perch, concentrated along the left bank of the main basin before the Borumba Arm, were chasing gold spinnerbaits. And the Saratoga were also on the prowl up there as young Jordan Garnsworthy (right) found to his delight on Thursday morning. Jordan was fishing the dam with his uncle (Martin Bowerman) and Davo's staffer and local freshwater guru Mark Pertot (pictured in the background). They were filming a segment for the Channel Seven Television program The Great South East and during the session Jordan caught and released two Saratoga, with the 70cm specimen he's pictured with tipping the scales at 3kg. He was armed with a G-Loomis rod and a Shimano Calais reel loaded with 10lb Superbraid and 14lb 'Vanish' leader. The lure that got best results? A gold TT Vortex spinnerbait.

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