The Noosa Fishing Report
As at Monday 12th July 2004
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Sunrise off Noosa
OFFSHORE: The week got off to a pretty good start with the first couple of days dominated by very light to moderate (5 Snapperto 15 knot) South South Westerlies and a 0.5m swell. The cool calm conditions didn't last, however, as the winds moved up into (then over) the 20 knot bracket on Thursday before swinging around to the South East and driving the swell up over the 2.5m mark. Despite the lumpy conditions, though, there still wasn't a day that could be truly classified unfishable and those hardy souls that persevered found Squire, Snapper, Parrot Fish, Sweetlip and Moses Perch were on the bite at most of the reefs. In addition, Chardon's Reef was well worth the effort, producing Cobia, Northern Bluefin Tuna, Maori Cod, Estuary Cod, Spotted Mackerel and Purple Tusk Fish while at North Reef it was pretty much the same with the addition of Teraglin Jewfish, Scarlet Sea Perch and Shiny Mackerel. Snapper, however, were certainly the high profile species this week as Melbourne angler Matt Imlach (right) found when he joined a full day Cougar Too charter to North Reef on Tuesday. Matt boated a number of reefies and a Yellowfin Tuna during the course of the day but these two 6kg 'Knobbys' were the highlight of his trip. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825 reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline. Massoud's Reef rates a mention this week, yielding the common species already listed and the added bonus of Scarlet Sea Perch, while closer to home, Castaways Reef was the spot for Cobia, Northern Bluefin Tuna and Yellowlip Butterfly Bream and at Sunshine Reef it was Mowong and Coral Trout. Last but not least, the Northern end of Alexandria Bay and the National Park headland produced Squire and Chopper Tailor on trolled C-Lures extra deep 'Borers' and the Laguna Bay coves from Tea Tree Bay to Little Cove had schools of Yellowtail Pike and Wolf Herring chasing trolled and cast shallow divers.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a mixed bag this week. On the North Shore the stretch from the First Cutting to the river mouth was the standout, producing Tailor, Dart and Bream. Further South, Peregian Beach yielded Tailor, as did Sunrise and Castaways beaches (at night) but with the added bonus of quality Bream and Dart.
Trevally and Bream
In the river, Flathead and Bream were the bread and butter species this week with best results coming from down around the river mouth (where drifted Whitebait worked well on the 'Lizards' and Chopper Tailor were on the bite at night), Noosa Sound, Weyba Creek and Harbourtown which also produced Yellowtail Pike and, as you can see by the photo above left, the odd quality Trevally. Chris Horwood from Doonan tempted this 2kg 'Trev' while jigging a bright yellow Squidgy around the pylons last Tuesday. He was armed with an Abu combo loaded with 4kg line. And there were a few nice Bream on the bite around the back of Noosa Sound as local angler Stephen Hardman (above right) found yesterday morning. Stephen put a few live Prawns on a No.4 TruTurn hook to good use and was happy, later in the day, to pose with his standout 700gm Yellowfin. Stephen's outfit was a Daiwa rod and a Shimano 1010 threadline reel loaded with 2kg Schneider Line and 3kg Schneider leader. Apart from that the Woods Bays hosted Trevally and the better quality Tailor and the snags half a kilometre up from the river mouth car park saw a bit of Luderick action. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were found to be schooling up on the deep side of 'Weed Point and in Bass Bay.

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