The Noosa  Fishing Report


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Jarvis Walker Australia
As at Monday 17th June 2002

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OFFSHORE: It was a great time to be offshore at Noosa this week with the swell finding difficulty in pushing up over the 0.5m mark under the influence of the benign, very light to moderate (5 to 10 knot) West South Westerlies. The only blip in an otherwise perfect week, in fact, came yesterday when a short lived swing to strong Northerlies made a trip offshore a rather ordinary experience. Otherwise, especially in the mornings, it was pretty much TGO conditions on most days with Squire, Pearl Perch, Cobia and Maori Cod common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, out wide, the Barwon Banks produced Parrot Fish, as did the Hards with the added bonus of Rosy Jobfish and Hussar. In close, Jew Shoal yielded Moses Perch, Squid and Sweetlip, at Sunshine Reef the catch was Coral Trout, Tailor, Estuary Cod, Spotted Mackerel, Parrot Fish and Sweetlip, Massoud's Reef had the odd Dolphin Fish and at North Reef the extras were Parrot Fish, Tailor, Red Emperor, Yellowlip Butterfly Bream, Mackerel Tuna, Snapper, Moses Perch, Cod and Sweetlip.
Cobia (Black Kingfish) and Mackerel Tuna
And it was at North Reef on Wednesday morning that local angler Peter Ferguson, above left, boated the 9kg Cobia or Black Kingfish that he's posing with. Peter, out on a Cougar One charter, was kitted out with a Gary Howard rod and an Alvey 725C reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline. Kiwi visitor Robert Jones, above right, was out with Noosa Blue Water Charters on Friday, again at North Reef, when he hooked up with the 6kg Mackerel Tuna he's posing with. Peter's outfit was a Penn Mariner rod and one of the new Alvey 825BC offshore lightweight graphite reels loaded with 30lb Flexline.

ONSHORE: There were very few complaints from the surf anglers this week with plenty of productive holes and gutters Flatheadhanging in there under the relatively calm conditions. Peregian Beach was one of the standouts this week with Flathead, Whiting and quality Dart on the bite during the day and tailor in good numbers at dawn and dusk. The rocks at North Sunshine Beach also saw a bit of action with Tailor and Bream the dominant species. Tailor, Dart and Bream were also on the chew on the North Shore with Teewah producing well. In the river, things were rather subdued earlier in the week on the tail end of the 'Fishing Classic' but, as expected, picked up towards the weekend. Interestingly enough, a number of anglers reported catching (at times accidentally jagging) the tightly packed Mullet (on anything from cast slugs, bib lures and bread flys) in the Frying Pan (along with small Chopper Tailor) and in the Woods Bays where Trevally, Bream, Tailor, and as you can see by the photo on the right; Flathead were also active. Local angler Mark Arnall was giving the new baitcast outfit he'd purchased from Davo's a bit of a workout on Sunday afternoon when his Tilsan Minnow lure was monstered by the 1.5kg 'Lizard' he's pictured with. Marks' outfit was a G-Loomis Crankbait rod and a Shimano Calais reel loaded with 20lb Fireline. Weyba Creek produced the odd flathead, as did the Munna Point, Culgoa Point stretch with the addition of Bream and 'Chipper' Tailor. Apart from that, the catch around Harbourtown at Tewantin was mostly Bream and on the freshwater scene; Lake MacDonald and Borumba Dam, although slow going, yielded Bass and Saratoga.


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