The Noosa Fishing Report
As at Monday 29th July 2002
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OFFSHORE: This week's predominantly light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) variable Southerlies (with 10 to 15 knot afternoon North Easterly seabreezes later on in the week) were, on the face of it, good news for the offshore brigade.
An associated 1.5m to 2m swell, however, turned out to be the norm rather than the exception, so conditions offshore certainly couldn't be described as anywhere near 'TGO'. Regardless of the chop and swell, though, there wasn't a day that could be classed as unfishable with Squire, Pearl Perch and Parrot Fish common to the visited reefs. In addition, the Barwon Banks produced Snapper, Red Emperor, Yellowtail Kingfish, a number of Sailfish and Marlin sightings, and as you can see by the photo on the right, quality Amberjack. Local angler Charles Priest (proprietor of Noosa Village Jewellers) came up with a personal best when he boated the 24kg fish he's pictured with. Charles was on a full day Cougar One charter to the Barwon Banks last Tuesday (part of a Noosa Rotary Club annual outing) when this thumper monstered his live Trevally bait. He was kitted out with a Shimano Backbone rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 25lb Platypus 'Pink' line. North Reef drew a lot of attention based on recent results and certainly didn't disappoint, yielding good catches of Maori Cod, Teraglin Jewfish, Sweetlip, Moses Perch and Longtail (Northern Bluefin) Tuna. Closer to home, the Longtails were also active in 'The Bay' and at Sunshine Reef where, as you can see by the photo below, Coral Trout and Snapper were also on the bite. Father and son Peter (3.5kg Trout) and Josh Murphy (4.5kg Snapper), from Tewantin, boated these fish on a half day Cougar One excursion to Sunshine on Saturday afternoon. The trip was Josh's birthday present.
Coral Trout and Snapper
Amberjack
ONSHORE: Although conditions on the coastal beaches looked fine at first glance, a lot of weed and Jellyfish in the water limited activity quite drastically, so apart from a few Dart and Whiting on the North Shore there wasn't much to report. In the river, Whiting, Bream and Flathead were active at the river mouth (along with Chopper Tailor and Luderick), Jewfish and Whitingin the Woods Bays (where Trevally and Chopper Tailor were up in numbers but down in size) and at Munna Point. They were also on the bite around the Tewantin stretch from Harbourtown (along with Trevally and large schools of Yellowtail Pike) to the ferry and further up river in (and at the mouth of) Lake Cooroibah. Apart from that, Mangrove Jack made the odd splash around the back of the Sound and school Jewfish, as per the photo near right, were on the chew up at the second ski run at Tewantin. Local angler Ryan Willcox boated this 2.2kg specimen on Friday afternoon using Squid on a No.4 longshank hook as his draw card. Ryan was kitted out with a Shimano threadline combo loaded with 4kg line. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were actively pursuing C-Lures 'Borer' extra-deep divers and, around the weeds; spinnerbaits and Slider Grubs. The photo above right? Kawana angler Steve Dahl weighed four quality 500gm Whiting in at Davo's after a session in Weyba Creek last Monday afternoon. He was a smidge too late for last week's report so here he is now. Steve was using a Jarvis Walker rod, a Shimano Aerocast reel, 2kg line and live Prawns on a No.4 longshank hook.

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