The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at 9pm Monday 5th January 2004


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OFFSHORE: Well, it wasn't exactly a boomer start to the New Year. As the week progressed the South Easterlies went from moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knots) to strong (20 to 30 knots) and squally. With 2 metre seas and an East North East swell peaking around 3 metres on the weekend, most boaties, naturally, spent their time mowing lawns and catching up with a bit of maintenance. A few adventurous souls tackled Sunshine Reef but there wasn't a lot of returns for their efforts with the bulk of the hard fought for catch being Parrot Fish and Spotted Mackerel earlier in the week and today, when conditions improved; Yellowfin Tuna. The relative shelter of Laguna Bay was the only other viable option with Mackerel Tuna on metal slug lures the target species and Little Hall's Reef the best producer. With few boats venturing beyond 'The Bay' there Snapperwere no offshore photos this week (Crikey! Blowed if I can remember the last time that happened!) so we'll go with a couple that missed out being included in last weeks report because, ah well... we won't go into that. Keen angler Kristy Hinze (far right) was out on North Reef last Wednesday week enjoying a well earned break from super-modelling assignments when she and brother Russell (near right) got onto a school of quality Snapper. Kristy's 'Knobby' was the standout of the day, weighing in at very healthy 7.3kg, while Russell's fish was a respectable 5.9kg. Both anglers were armed with Penn rods and Alvey 825BC graphite reels loaded with 30lb braid and 30lb mono leader. Their baits were half Pilchard on 2x6/0 hooks.

Snapper
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were pretty much a no go zone due to the blustery conditions so anglers chasing a feed looked no further than the shelter of Laguna bay where Tailor were still an option at the middle groyne on Main Jewfish or MullowayBeach. The lee-side of the National Park headland was another spot worth considering with Jewfish responding well to Squid baits, as local angler Steve Dawson found on New Year's Eve. Steve tempted this 10kg Mulloway with a whole Squid on 3x4/0 ganged hooks. He was armed with a 14ft surf rod and a Penn 9500 threadline reel loaded with 30lb line and 55lb trace. In the river, the standout species award this week went to the Mangrove Jacks which were of excellent quality and on the bite throughout the system. Best spots to nail one of these red terrors were the Woods Bays (together with Trevally), the Noosa Waters canals and the canal entrance opposite the Noosa Yacht Club, Harbourtown and between the lakes where Tarpon were going for live Prawns. Apart from that; the river mouth was a good spot to target Flathead, Bream and Whiting, as was upper Weyba Creek. Lake Cooroibah yielded a few 'Lizards' on trolled lures such as C-Lures 'Jack Snacks' and Munna Bridge was the spot for the odd thumper Trevally. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass responded to trolled extra deep divers, and in the shallows; spinnerbaits and beetlespins. At Borumba Dam the bays and the Eagles Nest produced Saratoga and Bass on spinnerbaits and beetlespins.
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