The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday 1st March 2004


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OFFSHORE: The South Easterlies waxed and waned most of the week and although conditions could at best be described as patchy and lumpy, the one consistent factor was the outside swell, which hovered around the 2m mark until half way through the weekend. Sunday, which was pretty much a TGO, was by far the standout of the week with light variable Southerlies providing a brief respite ahead of today's late morning moderate-to-strong South Easterly blow. In a nutshell, it was a fairly ordinary week on the out-wide reefs with most boats staying in close. The shelter of Laguna Bay was a logical option with Mackerel Tuna well spread, Spotted Mackerel on the bite at Little Hall's Reef and as per the photo on the right, Spanish Mackerel around Jew Shoal. 'Yak' angler Bill 'Billybob' Watson got in before the South Easterly blow this morning and, trolling a Slimy Mackerel behind his Swing 'Angler' fishing kayak, nailed this 9kg Spaniard. He was using a Wilson 6kg-8kg Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TSS4 reel loaded with 30lb line. His troll rig was a Davo's 'Spaniard Special'
Spanish Mackerel
Spanish Mackerel

Sunshine Reef (along with Arkwright Shoal) was extremely popular and very productive and leading the species list were; Spanish Mackerel, Spotted Mackerel, School Mackerel, Snapper, Pearl Perch, Scarlet Sea Perch, Coral Trout, Parrot Fish, Maori Cod, Sweetlip and Red Throat Emperor... to name a few. Melbourne visitor Mark Grech (above left) came up with this week's top weight Spaniard when he boated this 12kg specimen during a half day Cougar Too charter there on Thursday. He was kitted out with a Silstar Crystal Tip rod and a Shimano TSS4 reel loaded with 8kg line. Apart from that, North Reef yielded the odd Spanish Mackerel while at Double Island Point the catch was Pearl Perch, Squire and Cobia.

ONSHORE:
The coastal surf beaches were pretty quiet with just average catches of Bream, Whiting and Dart featuring in Mangrove Jack and Trevallymost areas. Other than that, Jewfish were responding to strip baits around the National Park headland rocks and Castaways Beach was the spot if you were chasing Chopper Tailor. In the river, Bream and Flathead were well spread with the best results coming from the Frying Pan (where Whiting were also active), the mouth of Lake Cooroibah (again, along with Whiting) and up between the lakes where Trevally were on the bite. The Woods Bays continued to produce very well with Trevally, Tailor and Mangrove Jacks all on the active list. Surface poppers and soft plastics worked well there, as they did on the Trevally around the Munna Point Bridge at night. Live baits were another option as these young anglers (right) found in the Woods Bays on Thursday afternoon. Josh, Jada, Jack, Joski and Stella (one of them wandered off), with a bit of help from at least one adult, used live Biddies on a 2/0 hook to tempt the 1.5kg Mangrove Jack and 1kg Trevally they're pictured with. They all took turns to play the fish (or scream encouragement) and were armed with a Shakespeare Ugly Stik and a Shimano Baitrunner 3500 reel loaded with 12lb line. On the freshwater scene, the Bass turned it on for the Lake MacDonald Fishing Club's Members' Competition over the weekend with some quality fish caught and released around 'Fry's Run', 'Bass Bay' and 'Three Ways' . Overall winner was Chris Sweres and a great time was had by all.

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