The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at 9pm Monday 19th January 2004


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OFFSHORE: Most of this week's fishing was pretty much confined to the first three days when light to moderate variable Northerlies held sway. From Friday onwards, unfortunately, the outer reefs were no place for the faint hearted as the wind strength cranked up over the 25 knot mark. One brief window of opportunity presented itself yesterday morning, however, Spotted and Spanish Mackerelwith TGO conditions in 'The Bay' and on the inner reefs ahead of a late morning swing to moderate to strong (20 to 30 knot) South Easterlies. Under the circumstances, and in view of the forecasts, most blue water anglers made the best of whatever opportunities came their way, although few considered any long distance destinations. Squire, Maori Cod and Parrot Fish were common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, Chardon's Reef produced Cobia, Honeycomb Cod and Estuary Cod and North Reef yielded Trevally, Sweetlip, Cobia, Moses Perch and, as you can see by the photo above right, Spotted Mackerel. Gary Smith, visiting Noosa from Geelong in Victoria, tempted this 4kg specimen with a Pilchard floater while out there on a half day Cougar Too charter. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano 6500 Baitrunner reel loaded with 8kg line. Closer in; Arkwright Shoal was the spot for Snapper, Pearl Perch and Estuary Cod while at Sunshine Reef the bonus species were Coral Trout, Snapper, Spotted Mackerel and Spanish Mackerel. Local angler Peter Sargeson (above) was one of a number of anglers who got into the 'Spaniards' out on Sunshine during the week, although at 9.2kg his fish would have been one of the top weights. Peter was armed with an Abu 7000C O/H combo loaded with 20lb line. His bait? A whole Davo's Pilchard on 3x5/0 ganged hooks. In Laguna Bay, the murk from the river run-off slowed things down considerably with most of the action coming from the Mackerel Tuna boils not too far out from the Noosa River mouth bar and over on Little Hall's Reef.

ONSHORE: Under the influence of the predominantly Northerly winds, the upper North Shore was once again infested with the dreaded 'Weed'. Fortunately, the stretch from the First Cutting to the river mouth was less affected and gave surf anglers a bit of hope, producing Chopper Tailor, the odd thumper Trevally, Flathead and some quality Bream. Over on the East side, Castaways Beach was perhaps the standout, yielding Chopper Tailor (to 1kg) plus quality Dart and Whiting.
Flathead and Butterfish or Queensland Dory
In the river, Whiting were the profile species in the lower estuary and in the Noosaville stretch, which is where, on Thursday morning, Brisbane angler Neil Pollock (above left) boated this catch. Neil was using a Shakespeare Ugly Stik and an Alvey 500 reel loaded with 6lb line and 4lb trace. His bait was live Yabby on a No.4 longshank hook and his top weights were the two 420gm specimens he's pictured with. Tarpon were another species on the active list in the inner Woods Bay (along with the odd Tailor and Trevally) and up around Harbourtown where Flathead were also on the bite. Apart from that, Trevally were on the prowl up around the Tewantin Ski Run and, along with Mangrove Jacks, between the lakes. And young Brisbane angler Denny Lagos (above right) came up with a relatively rare catch down at the river mouth on Wednesday when his live Prawn bait attracted the attention of the 1.1kg Butterfish, or Queensland Dory, he's posing with. On the freshwater scene, the Everglades had Bass chasing surface poppers and spinnerbaits.

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