The Noosa  Fishing Report



As at 9pm Monday 3rd February 2003

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OFFSHORE: It was pretty much a green light for those anglers able to get time off earlier in the week as from Tuesday through until Saturday morning the offshore scene was blessed with light to moderate East North Easterlies and a swell that had trouble breaching the 0.75m mark. Even Saturday (regardless of the strong wind warning issued for lunchtime onwards) turned out to be eminently fishable, although only a small number of boaties were brave enough to ignore the weather bureau's dire predictions of strong winds and big swells. From Saturday night onwards, however, the peripheral effects of cyclone 'Benny' showed themselves with 30 to 40 knot South Easterlies, some very much needed rain and a 3m+ outside swell. Squire, Sweetlip, Maori Cod and Parrot Fish were common to all of the visited reefs. In addition to that, Chardon's Reef produced Southern Fusilier, Coral Cod, Cobia, Pearl Perch and quality Coronation Trout.
Sweetlip
Spanish Mackerel
North Reef was another popular destination with the bonus species being Snapper, Moses Perch, Pearl Perch, Trevally, Yellowlip Butterfly Bream, Cobia, Tailor, Spotted Mackerel and, as you can see by the photo above right, Spanish Mackerel. Melbourne angler Pino Italiano boated this 7.3kg 'Spaniard' on Thursday morning while out there on a Cougar Too charter. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 725C reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline. The following day Sylvia Owen from Vancouver, Canada (above left) joined a half day charter to North Reef on Cougar One where her standouts were a 3kg Cobia and the 4kg Sweetlip she's pictured with. She was kitted out with a Gary Howard/Alvey combo. Closer in, Sunshine Reef was still very much in favour, yielding Snapper and Spotted Mackerel while back in 'The Bay' there were huge schools of juvenile Spotties chasing the small baitfish (and themselves being targeted by the bigger pelagics) plus Snapper and a few Spanish Mackerel chasing trolled Pilchards near Jew Shoal.

ONSHORE: Prior to Sunday the coastal beaches were a great option with Whiting, Dart and Chopper Tailor in good numbers (if not size) from the river mouth to Double Island Point on the North Shore. On the East side, Castaways Australian BassBeach was the spot for a feed of Whiting, as was Marcus Beach with the bonus of a few Dart. In the river, Flathead and Whiting were well spread throughout the system. Trevally were very much on the active list with the hot spots being the bottom of the Frying Pan, the snags around the Woods Point, The Woods Bays, Munna Point (together with the odd Mangrove Jack), lower Weyba Creek and up at Harbourtown, which also saw a bit of Mangrove Jack action. Apart from that there were a few Jacks on the bite up between the lakes and still some Chopper Tailor action down at the river mouth. On the fresh water scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass responded well to Spinnerbaits and Beetlespins early in the morning. Another favoured destination for some of our local Bass anglers is the not too distant Somerset Dam and that was where Davo's junior staffer Ryan Murnane (above right) spent last Tuesday morning getting a few valuable pointers from senior staffer Mark Pertot. Between them the two anglers caught and released roughly forty fish, the 2kg specimen that Ryan's holding being a good example of the top weights. Ryan was using a Daiwa Heartland-Z rod and a Team Daiwa 1500 spin reel loaded with 8lb line. The lure that got most of the action was an electric blue/green Slider Grub on a 3/8oz Jighead.
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