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Light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) North Westerlies and a swell that hovered
between the 0.5m to 0.75m mark on most days pretty much meant a full week
of eminently fishable weather offshore at Noosa. As usual the morning
sessions had the calmer conditions with a couple of early ones classed
as well and truly 'TGO'. Squire. Parrot Fish and Pearl Perch were the
species common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, North Reef produced
Snapper, Mowong, Moses Perch, Scorpion Cod and Sweetlip while Chardon's
Reef yielded Teraglin Jewfish, Maori Cod and Moses Perch. Closer in, the
Sunshine Reef/Hancock's Reef/Arkwright Shoal area was a good option for
Yellowtail Kingfish, Spotted Mackerel, Maori Cod, Mowong and, as you can
see by the photo below, Spanish Mackerel. Tarquin Dinsdale, visiting Noosa
from London, boated this 9.5kg 'Spaniard' while out there on a 3/4 day
Cougar Too charter on Saturday. He
was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TSS4 reel loaded
with 8kg line. Laguna Bay was on fire with Bonito, Mackerel Tuna, Northern
Bluefin (Longtail) Tuna and Spotted Mackerel on the bite from within 100
metres of the river mouth bar, while out at Hall's Reef and Jew Shoal
there was the bonus of Yellowfin Tuna and Spanish Mackerel.
| The run-off murk
from the recent rains slowed the Spaniards down in the bay a little towards
the end of January but once the waters cleared they were back with a vengeance,
as was Fishing Noosa webmaster Bill 'Billybob' Watson, above
right. Yesterday his persistence was rewarded when the 8kg specimen he's
pictured with jumped the Slimy Mackerel he was trolling behind his his
Perception Swing 'Angler' fishing kayak.
Bill was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre 6kg to 8kg rod and a Shimano TSS4
reel loaded with 30lb Platinum line. His troll rig was the ever faithful
Davo's 'Spaniard Special'.
ONSHORE: Conditions on the coastal surf beaches were pretty good this week although, apart from a few Chopper Tailor around Teewah, reports from the North Shore were a bit thin on the ground. Dart and Whiting made up the bulk of the catch on all beaches with the added bonus of Spotted Mackerel, Mackerel Tuna and Chopper Tailor within easy casting distance of the middle groyne on Main Beach and the rocks just South of Alexandria Bay. In the river, the fresh from the recent rains slowed activity somewhat so the top of the tide was the best option for most species. There wasn't much to speak of in the way of standouts with Bream, Whiting, Flathead and the odd Chopper Tailor reported down around the river mouth plus Tailor and Trevally in the Woods Bays and around the Sheraton Bridge. Bream were still quite active along the Gympie Terrace stretch while another Chopper Tailor target area was up around Harbourtown as young Cooroy angler Russell Millar (above right) found yesterday morning. Russell tempted this 600gm specimen with a Frogmouth Pilchard bait. He was armed with a Shakespeare Ugly Stik and and Abu reel loaded with 6lb line and trace. And the Flathead in the photo above left? That was a nice catch and release by local angler Steve Smith. Steve used a live Winter Whiting to attract this 3kg+ 'Lizard' and after a quick pic opposite Davo's, released her back into the river. Apart from that, there were a few Mangrove Jacks responding to gold deep diving lures up between the lakes. On the freshwater scene, 'Three Ways' at Lake MacDonald was this week's Bass hot spot with beetlespins the preferred option, while at Borumba Dam, the top of the Kingham Arm worked well for Silver Perch, Saratoga and Bass. Spinnerbaits and beetlespins were the lures that worked best there.
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