The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at 9pm Monday 24th February 2003


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OFFSHORE: Well, it was a great week on the water in spite of the official weather forecast that predicted a 15 to 20 knot South Easterly change on Thursday, and every day after, until they finally (thank you, thank you) got it right today. Most Sweetlip and Parrot Fishboaties ignored the erroneous predictions, however, and capitalised on the continuing light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) variable Northerlies and predominantly modest swell. Squire, Parrot Fish and Moses Perch were common to the outside reefs. In addition, for those prepared to go the distance, Double Island Point produced Pearl Perch, Frying Pan Snapper, Red Emperor and the odd Marlin hookup. A little closer to home base, Chardon's Reef yielded Pearl Perch, as did North Reef with the added bonus of Mackerel Tuna, Hussar, Red Emperor, Estuary Cod, Maori Cod, Trevally and as you can see by the photo near right, quality Sweetlip. Local angler Russell Jeffs boated this 4kg specimen while out there yesterday morning on Cougar One. He was kitted out with a Silstar Crystal Tip rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline. And on the same charter, Troy Hughes (above right) from Cambooya, Queensland, came up with a 4.5kg Parrot Fish. He was armed with a Gary Howard rod and an Alvey 725C reel loaded with 30lb line. Apart from that, Sunshine Reef was the spot for Coral Trout and Mowong while Laguna Bay produced Spanish and small Spotted Mackerel, plus later in the week; Bonito, Mackerel Tuna, small Cobia and the first of the Northern Bluefin (Longtail) Tuna.

ONSHORE: Apart from Bream, Whiting and plenty of juvenile Dart, there was nothing much to report from the coastal surf beaches this week, although the National Park bays showed a bit of activity with Jewfish in numbers on the bite in and around Granite Bay. In the river, Flathead were in excellent numbers down at the mouth, along with the odd Bream, Tailor and Whiting. Trevally were a little sporadic this week, coming on the boil at various times in the Woods Bays (where Chopper Tailor, Bream and the odd Mangrove Jack made a showing) and in the Munna Point/Culgoa Point area. There was also some hectic Mangrove Jack activity (together with Whiting and Bream) up around Harbourtown, Tewantin.
Australian Bass
On the freshwater scene, Lake MacDonald was quiet with small Bass chasing spinnerbaits and C-Lures 'Borer' deep divers. A little further afield, Somerset Dam was very much on the boil with Bass in excellent size and numbers. Davo's staffer Mark Pertot (above left) and fishing buddy Mal Favager (above right) spent a hectic half day there last Tuesday during which they caught and released roughly 40 Bass, average size 44cm. Mark's standout was the 53cm (3kg) fish he's pictured with while Mal's top weights were a couple of 2kg (48cm) specimens. They were using G-Loomis 2kg-4kg rods, Team Daiwa spin reels, 6lb Fireline and 14lb 'Vanish' leader. Their lures? Junebug Slider Grubs on 3/8oz jig heads.
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