The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday January 17th 2005

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Yellowfin Tuna and SweetlipOFFSHORE: The week started off on a pretty ordinary note and got worse long before it got better with moderate to strong (20 to 30 knot) South Easterly winds, three metre seas and a three metre swell hammering the coastline until Saturday afternoon. The weekend, in fact, was generally expected to be a total (gale force) blowout as Tropical cyclone Kerry passed along the South East Queensland coast. Fortunately, however, these dire predictions came to naught and by Sunday morning, with light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) South Westerly winds prevailing, Laguna Bay was almost like a mill pond.
And that's how the week ended, with all who were in a position to, scrambling for their offshore gear and heading out over the Noosa Bar to make up for lost time. Of course, being a little bit storm shy by now, most boaties stayed close to home and Sunshine Reef was understandably one of the more popular destinations; producing maori cod, parrot fish, striped sea perch, mackerel tuna, bonito and as you can see by the photo on the right, yellowfin tuna and sweetlip. Young Nick Pekin, visiting Noosa from Victoria, was out there today with his father Ed and local angler Phil Creek when they trolled though a school of yellowfins in the 5kg range. Earlier they'd boated sweetlip (to 2.2kg), parrot fish, mackerel tuna and bonito but after a frantic session on the yellowfins, and a full esky, left the fish biting. Nick was armed with a Penn Power Stik and a Penn 5600 Live Liner threadline reel loaded with 20lb braid. His troll rig was a Davo's Spaniard Special topped off with a whole pilchard bait. Laguna Bay was certainly worth a go over the last couple of days with yellowfin tuna, bonito and (seen but not caught) spotted mackerel boiling around Little Hall's Reef. Apart from that; out on Jew Shoal there were plenty of mackerel tuna and bonito boils to keep the sports anglers happy plus dart chasing trolled slugs off Hell's Gate, the Fairy Pools and just out from Dolphin Point.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a bit of a write-off most of the week with dumping surf and strong 'in your face' winds making life very difficult for surf anglers. Even when conditions moderated over the weekend, reports were rather patchy and the only info we have at this point is of dart and chopper tailor on the bite off the river mouth groyne on Main Beach, and over on the East side; Sunshine Beach producing whiting and Sunrise Beach yielding bream.
Whiting, mangrove jack and javelin fish.
In the river, flathead and whiting were on the bite off the sand flats just inside the river mouth, in the Woods Bays (along with tailor, mangrove jack, javelin fish and trevally), Weyba Creek (together with bream, tailor and trevally) and up around Tewantin where mangrove Jacks were also active. And, as you can see by the photos above, the Woods Bays were definitely a good option, as Alexis Wallace-Chilton (above left), visiting Noosa from Townsville, found on Wednesday morning. Alexis outfished her dad and grandad on the day and is pictured here with her top weight (390gm) whiting. She was armed with a Jarvis Walker threadline combo loaded with 8lb line. Her bait? Davo's frozen prawns on a No.4 hook. Tom and Helen Ray (above right) found the Woods Bays to be particularly productive on Saturday morning when their live blue sprat baits were monstered by the 2.1kg mangrove jack and 2.7kg javelin fish (grunter bream) they're posing with. They were using a custom rod and an Alvey 650 reel loaded with 20lb line and a wire trace. Apart from that, there some quality mangrove jacks taken on live fish baits in the snags just down from the Woods Point. On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam Bass and Saratoga were chasing spinnerbaits around the Eagles Nest and the Kingham Arm while at Lake MacDonald most of the Bass action (on spinnerbaits) was at 'Three ways' and along the 'Bubble Trail'.


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