The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at 9pm Monday 27th January 2003


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OFFSHORE: All in all it wasn't a bad week for the offshore brigade with Friday and Saturday (when 25 to 30 knot South Easterlies and a 2.5m swell prevailed) the only days that could be classified unfishable. For the rest of the time we were favoured by predominantly light to moderate variable Northerlies and reasonably calm conditions (especially during the Spanish Mackerelmorning sessions), a situation which most boaties took full advantage of. Squire, Moses Perch, Pearl Perch and Parrot Fish were common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, for those with bigger boats (or fuel tanks), the Barwon Banks produced Amberjack, Red Throat Emperor and Snapper while at Double Island Point the bonus catch was Cobia, Snapper, Amberjack and Maori Cod. Closer to home, Chardon's Reef yielded Maori Cod and Cobia, North Reef was the spot for Sweetlip, Maori Cod and Spotted Mackerel, while at 'The Hill' the catch was Coral Trout and, as you can see by the photo above, Spanish Mackerel. Local angler Dion Forbes boated this 5kg 'Spaniard' using a live Yakka as his draw card. Dion, who was on a full day 'Cougar Too' trip out there on Thursday, was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 25lb Pioneer Flexline. And even though a lot of anglers targeted Sunshine Reef for Mackerel there weren't many boated. In many cases, however, a few good mixed catches of reef fish were more than adequate compensation. In Laguna Bay the Spanish Mackerel action picked up marginally towards the end of the week while Hall's Reef had the added bonus of Sweetlip, a good example of which you can see in the photo below right. Brisbane girl Jesse Modini was fishing 'Hall's' with her father on Wednesday when her Squid bait tempted the 2.7kg fish she's posing with. She was using a Shimano O/H combo.

ONSHORE: Being the long weekend the North Shore was inundated with 4x4's and surf anglers and with so many lines Whiting and Sweetlipin the water the results were understandably wide spread. Whiting and Chopper Tailor, and to a lesser extent; Tarwhine, small Dart and Flathead were the bread and butter catch from the river mouth to Double Island Point, while on the East side it was mostly Whiting. In the river, the situation was similar with anglers in numbers on the shoreline and in boats of every shape and size. Flathead and Whiting were again the predominant catch with best results coming from the river mouth and Munna Point (along with Tailor and Trevally), Weyba Creek (which also had Trevally on the bite), the stretch from Harbourtown to the Tewantin ferry (where Trevally, Tailor and the odd Mangrove Jack were active) and the mouth of Lake Cooroibah. Apart from that, the Trevally were in good numbers under the bait schools in the Woods Bays (although they were playing hard to get) and the Lake MacDonald Bass responded well to trolled C-Lure 'Borer' extra deep diving lures. And while there weren't many elbow slapping Whiting weighed in during the week, they were still in numbers, so the kids had a great time. As you can see by the photo above left, young visitor Callum Kowalski (Brisbane) was absolutely over the moon when he weighed in his first keeper, a 260gm specimen, last Monday afternoon. Callum got his result fishing from the river bank up at Tewantin armed with an Alvey combo loaded with 4kg line. His bait was a live Yabby on a No.6 hook.

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