The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday 10th March 2003



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OFFSHORE: With the week dominated by predominantly moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot+) East South Easterlies, a 1.8m to 2.2m outside swell and 2m+ seas, there was very little incentive for the bluewater brigade to check out the reef systems. In fact, even when conditions improved briefly on Thursday morning and again today, very few boaties took Trevally and Mangrove Jackadvantage of the opportunity to cross the bar, limited as they were to the relative shelter of Laguna Bay. As at close of play tonight there were no reports of any pelagic encounters; Tuna, Mackerel or otherwise, so all in all it was a disappointing week.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were once again a no go zone most of the week with the prevailing winds making life extremely difficult for those brave souls determined to wet a line. Apart from Chopper Tailor coming from the river mouth groyne on Main Beach at dawn, the only other reports of any note came today with Bream, small Dart and Whiting (in good numbers) on the North Shore. The estuary system has always been a good back up during blustery conditions and needless to say, that's where nearly all the action was. Whiting and Flathead were on the bite from Tewantin to the river mouth but it was the Trevally that gave anglers a reason to get out of bed before daybreak. These feisty fish were feeding deep (below the fresh) down around the Frying Pan, The Woods Bays, the back of Noosa Sound and at Munna Bridge, with trolled C-Lures 'Small Frys' and jigged (deep) soft plastics getting all the attention. Top weight of the week went to Davo's junior staffer Ryan Murnane (top right) with the 2.6kg 'Golden' he's pictured with. Ryan, jigging a Slider Grub 'Tennessee' Shad soft plastic, boated this quality fish near the Woods Point yesterday morning and after a quick photo shoot at Davo's, released it back into the river opposite the shop. He was armed with a Daiwa Heartland rod and a Daiwa Capricorn 1500 reel loaded with 6lb Fireline and 10lb Berkley 'Vanish' leader. Apart from that there were a few Mangrove Jacks on the bite at Harbourtown and the ski run at Tewantin and also up at Lake Cooroibah, which is where local angler Grant Gibson (above) boated his 1.25kg fish around lunchtime on Friday. Grant was using a Shimano/Daiwa threadline combo. His bait? A live Biddy. Finally, on the freshwater scene, things were on the improve at Borumba Dam with Bass and Saratoga chasing cast spinnerbaits.


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