The Noosa  Fishing Report


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As at Monday June 5, 2006

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OFFSHORE: The effects of the south westerlies really started to bite this week with early morning temperatures hovering around the zero mark. This made for a slow start for some of the offshore brigade although a surprising number of hardy souls persevered with the chilly conditions to make the most of the light winds at that time of the day. The first half of the week, in fact, was quite idyllic although (as you'd expect) the light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) winds blew up into the 20 to 25 knot region just in time to make life uncomfortable for the weekend warriors. Still, there wasn't a day that could be classified as unfishable and those who ventured out found Parrot Fish and Moses Perch were common to most locations.
Red Emperor and Scarlet Sea Perch Scarlet Sea Perch
In addition to the common species mentioned, Chardon's 'Wide' produced Pearl Perch, as did the Barwon Banks but with the added bonus of Squire, Snapper and Amberjack. Closer in, North Reef and The Coffees yielded Sweetlip and Trevally while at 'The Hill' the extras were Hussar, Mowong, Estuary Cod, Sweetlip and, as you can see by the photos above, Red Emperor and Scarlet Sea Perch. Peter Dow (above left) from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales boated the 4kg Red Emperor and 4kg Scarlet Sea Perch he's posing with while out there on a full day Cougar One charter on Saturday. And on the same charter, Brisbane angler Lea Meadows (above right) also boated a 4kg Scarlet Sea Perch. Both anglers were kitted out with Wilson Live Fibre rods and Alvey 825C reels loaded with 35lb line. Not far from shore, Arkwright Shoal was the spot for Sweetlip and Squire, at Sunshine Reef it was Cobia and Squire and in Laguna Bay there were Northern Bluefin Tuna around Little Hall's Reef and, later in the week, out from the river mouth and around the shark nets.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches ran hot and cold this week as the beach gutters came and went but there was certainly enough action to keep even the die-hards happy. There seemed to be plenty of activity on the North Shore with Flathead on the bite down towards the river mouth and Dart, Tailor, Bream and Whiting from the First Cutting to Teewah. BreamOn top of that, the waters around Freshwater produced some quality Tailor (to 4kg), Jewfish and a few Bream and Whiting, while Chopper Tailor were the profile species in the waters opposite the Cherry Venture. Across the other side of the bay, Whiting and Garfish were in numbers in the Granite Bay/Winch Cove area. Further south; North Sunshine Beach was the spot for quality Bream, as was Sunrise Beach but with the extra bonus of Bream and Flathead. In the river, Bream were in good numbers throughout the system although the best results came from the Gympie Terrace jetties (where Tailor and Whiting were also active), Munna Beach, Weyba Creek (along with Flathead and Whiting) and in the Woods Bays where Tailor and Trevally were still responding to surface poppers and cast metal slugs. And it was around 6.30am on Saturday morning on the Noosa Parade stretch of the Woods Bays that local angler Dan McKennariey (above) tempted the 900gm specimen he's pictured with. He was using a Penn spin combo loaded with 8lb line. His bait? Live Beach Worm on a No.4 longshank hook. Apart from that, live baits worked particularly well on the Flathead from Munna Beach to the river mouth and on the Tailor up around the Noosa Harbour Marine Village. On the freshwater scene, it was all down to Lake MacDonald with the Bass responding well to Jackals around 'Three Ways' and to soft plastics along the Botanical Gardens reach. The Saratoga, as you would expect, were very much in evidence in 'Toga Bay' where beetlespins got more than their fair share of the attention.

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