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As at Monday 9th June 2003

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OFFSHORE: With the bulk of the week dominated by light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) West North Westerlies (and similar strength afternoon North Easterly sea breezes), calm conditions prevailed on the outer reefs until halfway through the weekend when, on Sunday morning, fresh to strong (20 to 25 knot) South Easterlies slammed shut the offshore gate. Coral TroutWith such mild conditions prevailing on all but the last two days, anglers in all manner of boats crossed the bar and headed for the local reefs. Those lucky enough to get time off midweek found that Squire, Parrot Fish, Pearl Perch and Moses Perch were on the bite wherever they dropped the pick, particularly on Chardon's 'Wide', while out on The Barwon Banks the bonus species was Snapper. Closer in, North Reef was the spot for Maori Cod, Tailor, Northern Bluefin Tuna, Spotted Mackerel and Bonito, Arkwright Shoal yielded Red Emperor and Sweetlip while Sunshine Reef was an excellent option for Wahoo, Sweetlip, Mowong, Spanish Mackerel, Coral Trout and Snapper. Mark Lucas (right) from Christchurch, New Zealand, boated this nice 4.2kg 'Trout' while out there on a half day Cougar Too charter on Thursday. He was using a Wilson SureCatch Blue Stinger rod, an Alvey 725C reel, 30lb Pioneer Flexline and a half Yellowtail Pike as bait. And 'Noosa Yak Fishing Club' member Craig 'Hindsight' Hinds (below) got an unexpected bonus when he took a breather from trolling a whole Garfish on a Davo's Spaniard Special troll rig on Saturday morning. While he gulped a bit of water and rested up for a few minutes before moving on again, his slowly sinking bait was monstered by the 4kg Snapper he's pictured with. Craig was armed with a Wilson 8-12kg Live Fibre rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 25lb Platinum line and 55lb trace. Apart from that, there were still a few Spanish Mackerel on the bite in outer Laguna Bay and Mackerel Tuna on the boil not far out from Granite Bay where the Garfish were schooling.
Snapper ONSHORE: With little or no surf action most of the week there weren't a lot of good gutters to target. Despite that, most of the coastal surf beaches yielded pretty reasonable catches of Dart, Whiting and Bream during the daylight hours and a few Tailor and night, with Castaways Beach and the stretch South of the First Cutting to the river mouth on the North Tailor and TrevallyShore being the standouts. The National Park headland was another option for land based anglers with Jewfish and Tailor the prime targets. In the river, Flathead were on the bite as far up as Lake Cooroibah, at Harbourtown, Tewantin (as were Bream), along the Gympie Terrace stretch (which also produced a few quality Bream) and in the Woods Bays where Trevally and, as you can see by the photo near right, Tailor were on the go. Local angler Rodney Marshall landed this 1.7kg specimen trolling a Rapala 'Grey Ghost' lure late on on Tuesday afternoon. He was armed with a Daiwa ProCaster rod and a Daiwa Samurai reel loaded with 2kg line. Flathead were also taken down around the Frying Pan and the river mouth (along with Tailor, Whiting, and Bream) while Tailor and Trevally were active around Munna Bridge and the back of Noosa Sound, which was where Melbourne angler Andrew Kay (above right) boated the 1.6kg 'Golden' he's pictured with. Andrew tempted this fish with a fresh Prawn on a No.4 longshank hook just before noon on Friday. He was using a Jarvis Walker spin combo. Out at Lake MacDonald there were a few Bass chasing bibless Minnow lures while at Borumba Dam the Saratoga responded well to flies and beetlespins and the Bass favoured gold spinnerbaits.


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