The Noosa  Fishing Report



As at Monday 23rd December 2002

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Wilson SureCatch and Live Fibre

OFFSHORE: There were no complaints from the offshore brigade this week as the variable Easterlies (North and South) hovered in the benevolent 10 to 15 knot range. Every day was certainly classified as fishable although mornings were again the best option for those looking for the calmer conditions. Squire and Pearl Perch were the common species boated at all of the reefs. In addition, for those with the larger fuel tanks, Double Island Point produced Red Emperor, Scarlet Sea Perch and Spanish MackerelMoses Perch, Parrot Fish, Sweetlip, Maori Cod and Mowong. A little closer to home base; North Reef yielded Estuary Cod and Moses Perch, as did Chardon's Reef with the added bonus of Parrot Fish, Mackerel Tuna, Rosy Jobfish, Yellowtail Kingfish, Gold Spot Wrasse, Maori Cod and, as you can see by the photo near right, Scarlet Sea Perch. Peter Newland, from South Australia, boated this quality 10kg 'Large-Mouthed Nannygai', his biggest fish ever, while on a charter to Chardon's on 'Cougar Too' last Tuesday morning. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 625 reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline. Apart from that there was also a bit of action closer in with Bonito not far out from the middle groyne on Main Beach, Snapper, Long Toms and Spotted Mackerel in the general vicinity of Jew Shoal and around the corner at Sunshine Reef; more Spotted Mackerel and as per the photo above right, Spanish Mackerel. Nine year old Chris Lacey came up with our website's first 'Spaniard' weigh-in of the season when, last Friday, he boated the 10kg specimen he's pictured with. Chris tempted this quality fish by trolling a whole Bonito on a 4x10/0 lead-head rig, custom designed by his Whitingfather Greg, proprietor of Davo's Bait and Tackle. He was well armed with a Sabre rod and a Shimano TLD30 reel loaded with 50lb braid and 80lb mono trace.

ONSHORE:
Well it looks like we can stick our necks out and report that 'The Weed' infestation is finally over and things seem to be returning to normal on our coastal beaches. Even better news is that there were a few 'Greenback' Tailor (3kg+) coming in from the upper North Shore beach gutters. On the East side, Marcus Beach produced some quality Whiting, as did Sunshine Beach, with Dart and Bream being welcome extras. In the river, which also seems to be finally clear of 'Weed', Whiting and Flathead were the main target for those anglers working the lower estuary and up around Harbourtown at Tewantin. Young Brisbane visitor Sabine Mills, right, weighed in her 300gm Whiting after a session down at the river mouth last Sunday and as you can see she was very pleased with her result. Sabine was using a Jarvis Walker spin combo loaded with 8lb line. Her bait? Live Worm on a No.4 longshank hook. There were also a few 'Chipper' and Chopper Tailor responding to poppers and small slugs around the Frying Pan while the Culgoa Point, Munna Bridge area saw some Trevally and a bit of Mangrove Jack action. Trevally were also on the bite at Harbourtown (as were Bream) while the stretch between the lakes continued to be another option for those anglers chasing the 'Jacks'. On the freshwater scene, all the action seemed to be at Borumba Dam with Bass and Yellowbelly happily chasing green C-Lures 'Borer' extra deep divers while the Saratoga favoured white/purple spinnerbaits.



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