As at Monday December 27th 2004
Merry Christmas to you all and welcome to the last report for 2004.
And what a way to end the year! Light to moderate variable Northerlies
pretty much dominated the sea scape this week and, with little or no
swell to contend with, it was a green light for the blue water boys.
Mornings were best, ahead of the chop created by the more blustery afternoon
(stormy) North Easterly sea breezes, but whatever the time of day there
were certainly plenty of fish to go round. Squire, Pearl Perch and Parrot
Fish were common to most of the reefs. In addition, Chardon's Reef produced
Amberjack, Mahi Mahi, Maori Cod and the odd catch and release Marlin
and Massoud's Reef was the spot for a few Snapper. Most of the action,
however, was closer to home with Arkwright Shoal yielding Moses Perch,
Mowong and, as you can see by the photo below, Snapper. Colin Ashton
from Cooroy boated this 3.8kg specimen while out there on a 3/4 day
Cougar Too charter on Tuesday. He
was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded
with 30lb Pioneer Flexline.
was a popular destination with Sweetlip and Snapper on the bite plus Spotted
and Spanish Mackerel in excellent numbers. Last but not least, Laguna
Bay fired well with the odd Spanish Mackerel (to 12kg) at Hall's Reef
and plenty of Spotties and Spaniards (along with Bonito, Mackerel Tuna
and the odd Yellowfin Tuna) at Jew Shoal. And that was
where Fishing Noosa webmaster Bill 'Billybob' Watson (above
right) picked up the 6kg Spaniard he's pictured with around 7am this morning.
Bill was field testing a Minn Kota electric trolling motor fit-out on
his Swing 'Angler' kayak when this feisty
fish took a fancy to the 'Spaniard Special' troll rig he
had out behind, 'just in case'. He was armed with a 6kg-8kg Wilson Live
Fibre rod and a Shimano TSS4 reel loaded with 25lb Platinum line. His
troll bait? Whole Pilchard. And Thursday morning young Hugh Moriarty (right)
fought and won his battle with the 4.6kg Spaniard he's posing with. We
couldn't get much more info out of the young fella in reference to his
rod, reel, line and terminal tackle but he was pretty sure his troll bait
was a whole Pilchard.
ONSHORE: We've had no reports from the coastal surf beaches this week so will have to assume (at this stage) that the weed, with the Northerlies in full swing, was again a problem. In the river, Flathead were active down at the river mouth (where Whiting were in good numbers if not size), around the top end of the Frying Pan, Weyba Creek and up at Lake Cooroibah. Apart from that there were a few school Jewfish on the bite in the Woods Bays (along with Trevally, Bream and Tailor) and the back of Noosa Sound. In Weyba Creek the catch was mostly Bream and the stretch between the lakes produced a few Mangrove Jack. We're still waiting for reports on the freshwater scene so please bear with us.