The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at 9pm Monday 23rd February 2004

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OFFSHORE: After briefly giving way to Tuesday's blustery South Easterly, the hot Northerlies returned with a vengeance, bringing with them steadily climbing temperatures that peaked, over the weekend, at 41 degrees Celsius. As they did last week, the pelagics responded enthusiastically to the scorching conditions (the water temps reached 28 degrees Celsius), hammering trolled and floated baits and a range of cast and trolled lures. In Laguna Bay, Jew Shoal yielded the odd Spanish Mackerel, as did Little Hall's and Big Hall's reefs (and the stretch in between) with Bonito, Mackerel Tuna, Spotted Mackerel and (on the right) Northern Bluefin Tuna an added bonus. Caboolture angler Karen Firkin boated this nice 16kg 'Longtail' on Little Hall's Reef on Saturday morning while trolling a whole Squid skirted Pilchard on 3x5/0 ganged hooks. Her outfit was a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Penn 330GTi reel loaded with 20lb line and 40lb trace. Around the corner, Sunshine Reef was worth a look for Spotted & Spanish Mackerel and Coral Trout, while at Chardon's Reef the catch was Pearl & Moses Perch, Maori Cod, Coral Bream, Honeycomb Cod, Squire, Teraglin Jewfish and Scarlet Sea Perch.
Spanish Mackerel
Northern Bluefin or Longtail Tuna
North Reef was another good 'local' option, rewarding the faithful by producing Sweetlip, Parrot Fish, Spotted Mackerel, Shiny Mackerel, Pearl Perch, Mackerel Tuna, Maori Cod, Moses Perch, Wahoo and as per the photo above left, plenty of quality Spanish Mackerel. Local girl Natalie Hudson joined a half day Cougar Too charter to North Reef last Thursday and was over the moon when her Pilchard floater was monstered by the 9kg 'Spaniard' she's posing with. She was kitted out with a Wilson Live fibre rod and a Shimano 6500 Baitrunner reel loaded with 8kg line. Apart from that, for those prepared to travel, Double Island Point was the spot for Parrot Fish and plenty of Pearl Perch and Spotted Mackerel.

ONSHORE: The 'weed' was back on the coastal surf beaches again this week with the North Shore and Main Beach the worst effected areas. Regardless, there was still a bit of activity to satisfy the avid angler with Dart and Tarwhine (and to a lesser extent Whiting) viable targets on Teewah Beach, plus Jewfish up around the Noosa/Cooloola boundary. Over on the East side, Sunshine Beach produced Whiting, as did Marcus Beach, with the added bonus of Dart and Bream.
Mangrove Jack and Tarpon
In the river, Bream and Flathead were quite well spread, with the top spots being down around the mouth (together with Whiting), the Frying Pan (where the odd Golden Trevally was on the bite), Weyba Creek and the Gympie Terrace stretch. The Woods Bays, however, continued to be the top performer with Trevally and Tailor still in good numbers, while in amongst them the Mangrove Jacks were making the most of any opportunity that came their way. Local angler Rob Blackmore (above left) is currently working on a Noosa Sound waterfront renovation that overlooks the 'Bays' and during his lunch break on Tuesday decided to try his luck jigging a Squidgy soft plastic. Well, as you can see by the 2.3kg 'Jack' he's posing with, his luck was running very hot indeed. Rob was armed with a Shimano 1500 Baitrunner combo loaded with 8lb line. And on Friday, again in the Woods Bays, local angler Tom Ingram (above right) was working the boils when his Tsunami 3" 'Paddle-Tail' soft plastic was slammed by the 1.6kg Tarpon he's pictured with. Tom's outfit was a Shimano backbone rod and a Shimano Calyx reel loaded with 20lb line. On the freshwater scene, with the activity slowing somewhat as the temperatures rose, the Lake MacDonald Bass were best targeted around the 'Bubble Trail'
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