The Noosa  Fishing Report



As at Monday 29th December 2003

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Wilson SureCatch and Live Fibre
OFFSHORE: Those offshore anglers who made a point of hitting the local reefs around first light got the best of it this week with the morning sessions dominated by mostly benign, light to moderate variable Northerly winds. Afternoons were a different matter, however, as blustery moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot) North Easterly sea breezes chopped up the waters and (more often than not) made life a tad unpleasant, even for the die-hards. The offshore week, in fact, came to a grinding halt yesterday lunchtime when the South Easterly swing picked up momentum (marked officially around noon by a strong wind warning), pushing the seas, on top of a 2m South Easterly swell, up over the 1.8m mark by the end of the day. The closer reefs were the most popular destinations this week with North Reef producing Squire, Snapper, Parrot Fish, Moses Perch and Scarlet Sea Perch.
Scarlet Sea Perch
Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish
Chardon's Reef yielded pretty much the same species as mentioned for North Reef but had the added bonus of Teraglin Jewfish, Pearl Perch and, as you can by the photo above right, Mahi Mahi. Craig Davis boated this 5kg 'Dolphin Fish' on Saturday morning while out there on a 3/4 day charter aboard Cougar One. He was armed with a Shimano Triton Beastmaster rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 25lb line. And three days prior, again at Chardon's and again on Cougar One, Sydney angler James Howes (above left) came up with this very nice 4kg+ Scarlet Sea Perch. James was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 725C reel loaded with 35lb line. Closer in, Sunshine Reef was the spot for Coral Trout, Hall's Reef produced Sweetlip and Mowong, Spanish Mackerel were on the prowl North East of Jew Shoal while Granite Bay and the Shark nets were good options for school Mackerel and Mackerel Tuna.

ONSHORE: After a couple of weeks break, the 'Weed' was once again a problem on the coastal beaches. The North BreamShore was probably the worst affected and most surf anglers who made the ferry crossing pretty much gave it a miss after a few frustrating attempts at casting a bait. Fortunately, to balance the scales, the middle groyne on Main Beach produced some good Tailor, Trevally and the odd Tarpon, while on the East side; Marcus Beach was the spot for Whiting and Dart, as was Peregian Beach where Chopper Tailor were also on the bite. In the river, with a lot of boat activity stirring up the waters, the catches were well spread. Whiting and Bream were in good numbers if not size with best spots being the Frying Pan, the sand flats opposite Munna Beach, the Gympie Terrace stretch and up around Harbourtown, which is where Davo's staffer Michael Geary (right) caught (and later released) the 710gm specimen he's pictured with. Michael tempted this nice Yellowfin with a well placed 3" Power Bait around 7am on Wednesday morning. He was using a Daiwa Procyon 4-12lb rod and a Daiwa Kastor 1500 reel loaded with 6lb Fireline and 6lb Berkley 'Vanish' leader. Flathead were best targeted in the lower estuary with best spots down at the river mouth (along with Chopper Tailor) and Weyba Creek, where Mangrove Jacks were quite active. Apart from that, Trevally and Tailor (plus the odd Tarpon) were still hammering the bait schools in the Woods Bays and the Prawn schools in Noosa Waters, while at Munna Bridge there were Tailor (to 2kg) and Mangrove Jacks going for soft plastics. The only other area of note was between the lakes where Mangrove Jacks and Bream were the target species.

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