The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at 9pm Monday 13th January 2003


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OFFSHORE: Well, there was only a couple of days respite from the blustery South Easterlies (at the start of the week) and then the winds returned, stronger and more pervasive than ever. In fact from Thursday lunchtime onwards we had SWeetlip and Coral Troutnothing but strong wind warnings (20 to 30 knots) and a 2.5m to 3m outside swell which, as you can imagine, was a major deterrent to anyone considering a trip to the more exposed reefs. Ironically, although Laguna Bay was relatively calm throughout most of the week, the Mackerel were conspicuous by their absence. However, during the very brief interlude between blows, those anglers that had the time made the most of it and for their troubles found that Squire, Sweetlip and Moses Perch were common to all of the outside reefs. In addition, Double Island Point produced Frying Pan Snapper, Pearl Perch and quality Rosy Jobfish, Chardon's Reef yielded Bonito, Pearl Perch, Snapper, Trevally and Amberjack, while at North Reef the bonus species were Spotted Mackerel, Parrot Fish, Tailor and Trevally. Sunshine Reef was very popular (both for its proximity and productivity) and although the Spaniards made themselves scarce, their absence was more than compensated for by good catches of Maori Cod, Spotted Mackerel, Mowong, Parrot Fish and as you can see by the photo above right, Coral Trout. Local angler Owen Woodford boated this colourful 4.5kg specimen while at Sunshine Reef on Thursday morning using a 55lb handline with a Mullet fillet on 2x6/0 hooks. His mate Peter is pictured here with a his standout for the day; a 3kg Sweetlip. He was using an Ugly Stik and a Penn Senator reel.

ONSHORE: With conditions on the East side beaches rather inhospitable, most surf anglers looking for a feed headed for the North Shore where the stretch from the First Cutting to the river mouth produced Dart, Whiting and Chopper Tailor. In the river, Flathead and Whiting were still in reasonably good numbers and the better spots for these bread and butter species was the stretch from Munna Beach to the river mouth, where Trevally and (from dusk) Chopper Tailor were on the chew, Weyba Creek, the Culgoa Point/Munna Point area (which yielded this week's better quality Trevally at first light) and the Tewantin stretch from the mouth of Lake Doonella (where the odd Mangrove Jack made a splash) to the ferry.
Broad-Barred Mackerel and Mangrove Jack Apart from that there were 'Lizards' on the bite at the mouth of Lake Cooroibah (along with a few school Jewfish) and, as you can see by the photo (above left), school Mackerel (once again) in the Woods Bays. Sydney angler Michael Webster christened his new Shimano Cardiff reel that he'd bought from Davo's only hours earlier when he landed this 1.95kg 'Broad-Barred' or 'Grey' Mackerel on Tuesday. He was casting a 14gm metal slice lure on 10kg Fireline, using a Shimano Calcutta 50TX rod. Last but not least (for the river), there was a bit of Mangrove Jack activity between the lakes and the 2.5kg Mangrove Jack that local angler John 'Johnno' Welsby is holding (above right) is a prime example of this much sought after sport fish. 'Johnno' boated this quality 'Jack' near John's Landing bang on first light on Thursday morning. He was using a Shakespeare threadline combo loaded with 20lb line and Garfish fillet on a No.1 hook. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were responding best to spinnerbaits in the morning while Borumba Dam, with critically low water levels, remains very much a question mark as far as boat launching at the ramp is concerned.
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