The Noosa  Fishing Report


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As at Monday 3rd June 2002

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OFFSHORE: Regardless of the rather 'lumpy' conditions experienced out wide midweek, with mostly light to moderate variable Southerlies prevailing, every day was pretty much classified as fishable right through until Saturday afternoon.
From Sunday onwards, however, it was a good opportunity to wash the boat or clean out the tackle box as moderate, then very strong, (25 to 40 knot) South Easterlies hammered the coastline, quickly pushing the swell well up over the 3m mark. Squire, Parrot Fish, Maori Cod, Pearl Perch and Moses Perch were common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, Southern Double Island Point produced Snapper as did North Reef with the added bonus of Sweetlip. Apart from that, at the Coffee Rocks the extras were Spotted Mackerel and Graceful Whaler Shark while closer to home; Sunshine Reef yielded a few quality Sweetlip.
Snapper
Sweetlip

Sydney visitor Matt Frederick, above right, nailed his biggest ever reef fish when he boated this 6kg Sweetlip on a half day Cougar One charter to North Reef on Tuesday morning. Matt, in Noosa on his honeymoon, vowed to put the photo on the front cover of their wedding photo album as a reminder of a great holiday! On Friday morning at Double Island Point Cougar One skipper Sam 'Slammer' Ladd, above left, was demonstrating how to get the best out of the Alvey 725C offshore combo when his Pilchard bait was monstered by the 5.75kg (cleaned) 'Knobby' he's holding. The Penn Mariner rod he was testing performed like a charm, and when this fish came over the side, a very impressed group of anglers couldn't wait to get their lines in the water. Incidentally it was also Sam's birthday so many happy returns mate!

ONSHORE: There were no reports of standout catches on the surf beaches this week. Sunshine Beach produced a variety of species such as Dart, Whiting, Bream and Chopper Tailor, as did the North Shore with the added bonus of TailorFlathead. In the river there was plenty of activity from the Tailor in the lower estuary with 'Choppers' on the bite in the Frying Pan and down at the mouth in the morning and in even better numbers and quality (along with average size 600gm-800gm Trevally) in the Woods Bays both morning and afternoon. In fact local angler Andrew Grabham, right, came up with this week's standout when he boated this excellent 3.24kg 'Greenback' in the outer Woods Bay yesterday afternoon. Andrew was using a River2Sea 'Bubble Popper', a lure which half of Noosa's anglers are now skimming the waters with because of its popularity with the local Trevally and Tailor population. He was kitted out with a Daiwa Heartland rod and a Daiwa Regal-X 2000 reel loaded with 10lb braid and 20lb Berkley 'Vanish' leader. Apart from that; Flathead and Bream were active down around the river mouth (together with Whiting), in the Woods Bays, around Munna and Culgoa Points (along with small Trevally and 'Chipper' Tailor), in Weyba Creek and up around Harbourtown at Tewantin where Trevally also made a splash. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were going for spinnerbaits and C-Lures 'Borer' extra-deep divers with mid-afternoon providing most of the action.

Footnote: We'll post an update on the 'Noosa Family Fishing Classic' by 9pm on Saturday and Sunday night (the 8th and 9th of June) and on our weekly fishing report by 9pm Monday 10th of June. The full 'Roundup', with all the details, plus photos of the winners, their catches and their stories will be uploaded before 9pm, Tuesday the 11th June 2002.

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