The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday 24th March 2003


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OFFSHORE: While moderate to fresh (20 knot+) South South Easterlies and 2m seas got the week off to a slow start there was a rapid improvement by Thursday morning when the winds swung to the North and dropped back below the 15 knot mark. In fact, with the swell in most cases comfortably under the 0.5m line, some days could have easily been classified TGO's if it hadn't been for the chop created by the (at times) brisk afternoon North Easterly seas breezes.
Black Marlin
Squire, Parrot Fish, Pearl Perch and Moses Perch were common to most of the reefs. In addition, the Barwon Banks produced Trevally and Cobia, as did Chardon's 'Wide' with the addition of Amberjack, Samson Fish, and Hussar. Closer in, North Reef was the spot for Spotted Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Mowong, Tailor and Mackerel Tuna while at Chardon's Reef the bonus catch was Snapper, Amberjack, Gold Spot Wrasse, Bonito, Hussar, Rosy Jobfish and as you can see by the photo above, the odd Black Marlin. Brisbane angler Greg Bishop (right) caught and released this 100lb (estimated) specimen while on a full day Cougar Too charter there on Saturday. He was using a live Yakka as his draw card and was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 25lb Pioneer Flexline. Apart from that, Sunshine Reef yielded Sweetlip, Mowong and Maori Cod and close-in saw plenty of pelagic action with Spanish Mackerel, Northern Bluefin Tuna and Mackerel Tuna hammering the bait schools. In Laguna Bay there was plenty of activity from the 'The Bar' out with Northern Bluefin Tuna, Mackerel Tuna and Spanish Mackerel all on the bite.

Caution: The Noosa Bar is currently badly silted and wave action, especially around low tide, extends quite a distance from the river mouth into the bay. Since Thursday afternoon five boats have come to grief attempting to cross; two were extensively damaged and one person injured seriously enough to require hospital attention. Please check with the Noosa Coast Guard before attempting to cross (exit or entry) and avoid doing so less than two hours either side of low tide.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches continued to reward those who made the effort with Castaways Beach on the East side providing some good catches of Dart and quality Whiting while Sunshine and Sunrise beaches produced some good Mangrove Jack and Yellowfin Breamsize Bream. And it was at Sunrise Beach, in fact, that local angler Luke Hutchison (far right) landed the 0.71kg specimen he's pictured with. Luke tempted this fella with a fresh Prawn on a No.4 longshank hook on Friday afternoon. He was armed with an Alvey beach combo loaded with 15lb line. The Laguna Bay coves also saw a bit of activity with Jewfish on the bite off the rocks out towards the headland and Whiting, Bream and Flathead coming in from Tea Tree Bay. On the North Shore; Whiting and Dart were well spread while the better Tailor (to 2kg) and Bream were to be found South of the First Cutting. In the river, the bread and butter species (Flathead, Whiting and Bream) were most active in the lower reaches with Noosa Sound (including Munna Point), the Woods Point and the river mouth all producing quite well. Apart from that, Trevally were still very much on the go around Munna Bridge around dawn and there was a bit of Mangrove Jack action around the Woods Spit which, incidentally, was where shore based angler Ben Little (above left) nailed his 1.65kg fish around 1am on Thursday morning. Ben was using a Jarvis Walker threadline combo, 12lb line and a Herring for bait. On the freshwater scene, Borumba Dam had the odd Saratoga and Bass responding to well cast spinnerbaits.

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