The Noosa  Fishing Report




As at Monday 17th March 2003



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OFFSHORE: The first half of the week was pretty much a write-off as far as the outside reefs were concerned with 20+ knot South Easterlies and a 2m+ outside swell effectively limiting activity to Laguna Bay. From Friday onwards, however, Scarlet Sea Perchconditions gradually improved, going from marginal to quite fishable as the week wound to a close. Squire and Parrot Fish were common to the visited reefs. In addition, for those with a sense of adventure, the Barwon Banks produced Amberjack, Pearl Perch, Maori Cod and Rosy Jobfish. A little closer to home, North Reef was the most popular and productive destination, yielding Sweetlip, Cobia, Red Emperor, Maori Cod, Moses Perch, Hussar, Trevally, Pearl Perch, Moses Perch, Mackerel Tuna, Tailor (crikey!) ) and, as you can see by the photos on the right, quality Scarlet Sea Perch. Russell Farley (near right) from Bribie Island joined a full day Cougar Too charter to North Reef yesterday and to his delight boated the standout, the 12.73kg 'Scarlet' he's pictured with. And another happy angler on the same charter was Coolum angler Rod Petersen (far right) who came a very respectable second with the 8.64kg 'Scarlet' he's holding up for the camera. Both anglers were kitted out with Wilson Live Fibre rods and Alvey 725C reels loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline. There was a bit of action not far from home base, of course, with Sunshine Reef turning out to be a pretty good option for Cobia, Coral Trout and Sweetlip while Laguna Bay had plenty of Mackerel Tuna and Bonito boils to keep anglers interested plus a bit of Spanish Mackerel activity for those who were trolling the deeper levels with whole Pilchard baits.

ONSHORE: Noosa's coastal surf beaches fired up a bit this week with Whiting and Dart making their presence felt at Marcus Beach and Peregian Beach, where quality Tailor to 2.6kg were on the bite at night. With good Tailor tides later in Mangrove Jack and Whitingthe week the river mouth groyne saw its fair share of activity, while the stretch from the First Cutting to the river mouth on the North Shore also produced Chopper Tailor, plus quality Bream, Dart and Flathead. In the river there was plenty of action down around the mouth with Whiting, Flathead, Bream, Chopper Tailor and Trevally all chasing a feed. Further up, the Munna Bridge area was another hot spot, producing the same spread of species just mentioned (minus the Tailor) and, mostly on live baits, a few Mangrove Jacks. Apart from that the ski runs at Tewantin also got a bit of Mangrove Jack attention, as local angler Mark Arnall (above left) found on Tuesday morning. Mark boated the 1.2kg specimen he's pictured with trolling a Tilsan Minnow lure. He was armed with a G-Loomis rod and a Shimano Calcutta 200XT reel loaded with 20lb Superbraid and 16lb mono leader. And young Jared McCafferty (above right) did well for himself yesterday morning when he boated this 400gm Whiting down at the river mouth. Jared was using a Jarvis Walker junior combo loaded with 4kg line. His bait? Live Yabby. On the freshwater scene, Lake MacDonald produced Saratoga on C-Lures 'Borers' plus a few small Bass on soft plastics.

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