The Noosa Fishing Report
As at Monday 26th July 2004
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OFFSHORE: The weekend warriors were in luck this time around with the blustery (25 to 30 knot) South Easterlies running out of steam by Friday afternoon. The 2m+ swell also dropped away pretty quickly as the winds abated and by Sunday it was down to a very comfortable 0.5 metres. Needless to say it was all on for young and old (in all manner of craft) from Saturday morning onwards with Squire, Parrot Fish, Moses Perch, Pearl Perch and plenty of quality Snapper common to most of the visited reefs. For those with the bigger boats and bigger fuel tanks, Double Island Point was worth the effort with Cobia and Amberjack the bonus species and, as you can see by the photo on the right, 'Knobbies' in numbers. Noosa Blue Water Charters regular Cameron Reid from Gympie boated these 5kg and 6kg Snapper at 'D.I' while on yesterday's full day Cougar Too charter. He was well armed with a Silstar Power Tip Rod and a Shimano Thunnus reel loaded with 8kg line.
Maori Cod
Snapper

Closer to home, North Reef produced Northern Bluefin Tuna, Teraglin Jewfish, Estuary Cod, Hussar, Coral Trout, Cobia, Sweetlip and Bonito while at Chardon's Reef the extras were Cobia, Hussar and as per the photo above left, Maori Cod. Glen Cruickshank, also from Gympie, was out there on a 3/4 day Cougar One charter when he boated this 4kg 'Bro'. He was armed with a Gary Howard rod and an Alvey 725 reel loaded with 35lb line. Apart from that, the Laguna Bay coves from First Point to Granite Bay yielded Wolf Herring, Yellowtail Pike, Chopper Tailor and Squire on trolled shallow divers.

ONSHORE: The North Shore beach gutters produced some thumper (3kg to 4kg) Greenback Tailor this week with the Lake MacDonald Bass'Canyons', North of the Shire boundary, yielding most of the bigger fish. As an added bonus, however, Whiting, Bream and quality Dart were on the bite from Teewah down to the river mouth. Further down the coast, Castaways Beach was the other standout with Chopper Tailor the target species. In the river, Whiting were again in good numbers and size with the elbow slappers coming from down towards the mouth (where Bream and Flathead were also active), Weyba Creek (together with Flathead, Bream and Tailor), Goat Island (where Flathead were also on the go) and the mouth of Lake Cooroibah which also yielded Bream and Flathead. Apart from that, other options for Flathead and Bream were Harbourtown and the sand flats opposite Munna Beach, while in the Woods Bays Trevally, Tailor and Bream were the target species. On the freshwater scene, all the action was at Lake MacDonald where the annual Lake MacDonald Bass Electric Competition was held over the weekend. Although the resident Bass were a bit reluctant to join into the spirit of this strictly catch and release event, the winning fish would have been hard to beat under the best of circumstances. Buderim angler Ashley Holznagel, right, was surprised to find he'd taken out the top spot in the competition when he weighed in his two top weights around 1pm yesterday. At a combined weight of 4.25kg (2.4kg and 1.85kg), though, it was definitely no contest with runner up Jono Bain having to work hard for his 1.11kg fish. Ashely's win was a crowd favourite considering his boat was a tiny 2.45 metre Quintrex Traveller that he quietly paddled (see on right in photo below) into 'Borer Creek' where he found the prize winning fish. Ashley was armed with a Wilson SureCatch rod and a Shimano Sedona threadline reel loaded with 10lb Daiwa 'Samurai Green' line. His lure was a 'Gary Glitter' Squidgy soft plastic on a 1/4oz jig head.

Lake MacDonald Bass Electric Competition 2004

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