The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday 3rd March 2003


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OFFSHORE: Well the week started off on a wrong note last Tuesday with 25 knot+ East South Easterlies, a strong wind warning and a 2.5m+ swell the order of the day... and it never really got a great deal better. Even when the South Coral Trout and Red EmperorEasterlies dropped back on Saturday and early Sunday, the outside swell alone confined activity to Laguna Bay and unfortunately for those offshore anglers that made the effort, the results were pretty ordinary. So...apart from a few interesting Tuna boils in 'The Bay', we have absolutely nothing (zero, zilch) to report! Having said that, we can at least post a few very colourful pictures that didn't make it into last week's round-up. Near right we have Denis Limb from Peregian, posing with the 4kg Coral Trout he boated on a half day Cougar Too charter to Sunshine Reef last Wednesday week. Denis was armed with a Jarvis Walker International rod and a Penn 320GTi reel loaded with 20lb braid. And far right, Brisbane angler Dominic 'Mushy' Ametrano was understandably delighted when he landed this 5kg Red Emperor (again on Cougar Too) while fishing the reefs at Double Island Point last Friday week. 'Mushy' was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 20lb Pioneer Flexline.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a no go zone for most of the week and although conditions improved briefly
over the weekend, the angling fraternity were thin on the ground. With the river still flush with fresh water, the lower estuary from Tewantin down produced the best results. Top spots were the river mouth, which yielded Chopper Tailor and Bream (with top of the tide most productive), Noosa Sound where Tarpon, Trevally and Mangrove Jacks were on the bite, Munna Bridge and Culgoa Point (Trevally and Tailor), Harbourtown (Mangrove Jack and the odd quality Bream) and around Goat Island where, as per the photo below left, there were a few Bream and Flathead on the bite. Brody (left) and Jye McCafferty spent Saturday morning in that general area and using Prawns on No.4 longshank hooks, boated the 285gm Flathead and 685gm Bream their posing with. Their outfits were Jarvis Walker 'Diamond' series spin combos.
Flathead and Bream
There were also a few Flathead on the chew in Weyba Creek as young Ella Teaho, above right, found yesterday afternoon. Ella tempted this 1.1kg 'Lizard' with a Whitebait on the drift. On the freshwater scene, Lake MacDonald showed a bit of activity around dawn with the resident Bass chasing spinnerbaits and beetle-spins over the weed beds.

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