The Noosa Fishing Report
As at Monday 7th July 2003
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OFFSHORE: The offshore week got off to a pretty good start with light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) West South Westerlies the dominant force and reasonably calm conditions the inevitable result. Unfortunately, as the weekend approached, a swing to moderate to fresh (20 to 25 knot) South Easterlies spoilt the party somewhat, bringing with it rough seas and a 3m outside swell. This essentially limited further offshore excursions to the very close-in reefs and Laguna Bay until late Sunday afternoon when the winds dropped below the 10 knot mark. Still, it was a pretty productive week for the bluewater brigade with Squire, Snapper, Parrot Fish and Pearl Perch the common species taken at most of the reefs. In addition, 'The Hards' produced Moses Perch and Hussar while a little closer in; Chardon's Reef was the spot for Scarlet Sea Perch, Northern Bluefin (Longtail) Tuna, Trevally and as you can see by the photo on the right, Cobia or Black Kingfish. Local angler Allen Claridge boated this 13kg specimen while out there on a half day Cougar One charter on Thursday. He was armed with a Daiwa Sealine O/H combo.
Snapper
Cobia or Black Kingfish
North Reef continued to reward the faithful with good catches of Moses Perch, Red Emperor, Sweetlip, Northern Bluefin Tuna and Maori Cod. Snapper, of course, were also on the bite as Tasmanian visitor Rachel Watchorn (above left) found when she hooked the 4.3kg fish she's posing with on Tuesday's half day Cougar Too charter. She was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 725C reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline. Apart from that, Sunshine Reef was good for average size reefies while, as the week drew to a close, the Longtails came on the boil close in at Laguna Bay.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were rather subdued this week although most anglers who made the effort were happy for a feed of Whiting or Dart which, fortunately, were in reasonable numbers up and down the coastline. The National Park headland yielded a few Bream, Whiting and Jewfish but the standout performance came from the middle rock groyne at Main Beach where, as you can see by the photo on the right, the Northern Bluefin (Longtail) Tuna turned it on for a small number of astonished Tailor fisho's half an hour after dawn yesterday morning. And while most had their terminal tackle busted off by these powerful pelagics, local angler Hamish Dods fought heroically for nearly an hour and a half before, almost exhausted, he managed (with the help of a fellow angler) to land this 10.5kg Longtail. Hamish, casting and retrieving metal slug lures, was armed with an Ugly Stik and a Penn 9500SS Spinfisher reel loaded with 10kg line and a wire trace. In the river, with the holidays now in full swing, Whiting, Bream and Flathead were reported on the bite from Lakes Cooroibah and Weyba to the river mouth. The Woods Bays, in particular, worked well for the Bream and Whiting and on Saturday afternoon young Chris Lacey and Dan Pertot (below) had a ball catching them on Garfish fillets. The duo boated about twenty 400gm and 500gm fish and kept half a dozen for the frying pan. The Luderick continued to school around the river mouth car park rocks (along with Tailor) while other Tailor hot spots (together with Trevally) were the Woods Bays and Munna Bridge. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass responded well in the afternoons to Rev Heads and Pink Slider Grub soft plastics.
Bream and Whiting
Northern Bluefin or Longtail Tuna

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