The Noosa Fishing Report
As at Monday 1st July 2002
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Sunset off Noosa
OFFSHORE: All in all it was pretty good week for the offshore brigade with light to moderate variable Southerlies dominating, and while the odd day turned out to be a tad lumpy when the winds freshened, all were considered eminently fishable until yesterday's 25 knot Southerlies and associated 3m+ swell called a brief halt to proceedings. With the temperatures dropping a few degrees it was ugg boots and beanie weather, certainly around dawn and dusk, but disregarding that minor inconvenience; it was a good start to the school holidays with Squire, Parrot Fish and Moses Perch common to most of the reefs. In addition, Chardon's Reef produced Pearl Perch and Teraglin Jewfish while North Reef was a good spot to nail a few Snapper, Maori Cod, Sweetlip, Pearl Perch, Northern Bluefin Tuna, Hussar and as you can see by the photo on the right, Cobia or Black Kingfish. Mark Thorne from Ireland (currently staying in Brisbane) boated this 8kg specimen on a Cougar One trip to North Reef on Friday morning. He was kitted out with a Penn Mariner Plus rod and one of the new Alvey offshore 825BC-V graphite reels that have very much impressed all of the crew. Oh, it's Mark's birthday today so many happy returns mate, I'm sure we'll see you back in Noosa in the not too distant future. Closer in, Sunshine Reef continued to fire well, yielding Snapper, Maori Cod, school Sharks, Red Emperor and Sweetlip.

ONSHORE: There weren't too many likely holes or gutters to attract the Tailor or their baitfish prey this week so not surprisingly the bulk of the surf activity came from Whiting, Bream, Flathead and quality Dart.
Cobia or Black Kingfish
The North Shore fired best with the Third Cutting and the waters around Teewah the standouts. On the East side, the National Park headland and Alexandria Bay produced Chopper Tailor, Castaways Beach yielded the better size Dart while Peregian Beach had the bonus of the odd Jewfish. In the river, Flathead were very much up in numbers and well Flathead and Blackfish or Luderickspread from the Frying Pan (which had 'Chipper' Tailor, and a few schools of quality 1kg to 2k+ Squid chasing Squid Jigs towards the end of week) and the mouth (where Chopper Tailor, Whiting, Bream and Luderick were also on the bite), Noosa Sound and the Woods Bays (along with Tailor, Trevally, Bream and Whiting), Munna and Culgoa Points (where Trevally and Tailor came on the chew at first light), around Harbourtown (together with Whiting) and up at Lake Cooroibah which is where young Tom Lunn, near right, boated the 900gm specimen that his dad is pictured releasing. Tom was armed with a Shimano Taipan rod and a Shimano 2000 reel loaded with 3.6kg Platinum line and 20lb mono trace. His bait was a live Yabby on a No.1 longshank. And John 'Cobby' Cobb, above right, weighed in the season's first Luderick or Blackfish on Friday after a successful session at the river mouth car park rocks. Cobby, armed with a SnyderGlas rod and an Alvey Blackfish reel loaded with 12lb line and a 6lb trace under float, landed three fish (to 900gm) using Davo's 'Weed' on a 542 hook. Apart from that there was a bit of activity from the Mangrove Jacks in Noosa Waters and in the back of the Sound while on the freshwater scene it was all on at Lake MacDonald with Bass chasing spinnerbaits and Slidergrubs.

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