The Noosa  Fishing Report


As at Monday 31st March 2003


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OFFSHORE: Light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) South Easterlies (with afternoon North Easterly sea breezes) dominated for most of the week and with the swell going from modest to almost non existent as the month wound to a close (the weekend, in fact was pretty much a TGO), it was all systems go for the offshore fraternity. Squire and Parrot Fish were Snapper and Pearl Perchcommon to the visited reefs. In addition, for those with the larger fuel tanks, Chardon's 'Wide' produced Samson Fish, Maori Cod, Moses Perch and, as you can see by the photo on the near right, Pearl Perch. Kelvin Woodrow from Wanuran on the Sunshine Coast boated these two beauties (4kg and 5kg) while out there on a full day Cougar One charter yesterday. He was kitted out with a Silstar Crystal Tip rod and an Alvey 725C reel loaded with 20lb braid. A little closer in, North Reef was a good option for the odd Sailfish catch and release, plus Snapper, Sweetlip, Spangled Emperor, Bonito, Scarlet Sea Perch, Maori Cod, Moses Perch, Red Emperor and quality Yellowfin Tuna while at Chardon's Reef proper the bonus catch was Amberjack, Rosy Jobfish, and Snapper, a good example of which you can see in the photo far right. Mooloolaba angler Cam Reid was a very happy man when he boated these 4kg twins on a full day Cougar One charter there on Friday. He was armed with a Silstar Crystal Tip rod and a Shimano Thunnus reel loaded with 10kg line. Sunshine Reef really fired this week with Wahoo, Spotted and Spanish Mackerel, Mackerel Tuna, and Coral Trout all on the prowl. And Laguna Bay didn't disappoint either, producing Longtail Tuna, Bonito, Mackerel Tuna and Spanish Mackerel with some impressive boils throughout the bay and within 200 metres of the Noosa Bar.

ONSHORE: Just about everybody made the most of the great weather conditions this week and those who targeted the coastal surf beaches were well rewarded. On the North Shore; Flathead and small Dart, plus quality Whiting and Bream, were well spread and Chopper Tailor were in good numbers from the First Cutting to the river mouth. The Laguna Bay Mangrove Jack and Breamcoves played host to large schools of thumper Garfish while Marcus Beach yielded quality Bream as did Sunshine Beach with the added bonus of Whiting and Dart. In the river, Bream (and to a lesser extent Whiting and Flathead) were up in numbers and size with the lower estuary, towards the top of the tide, getting best results. Chopper Tailor and Trevally were the other species that made the active list with hot spots being down at the river mouth , the Woods Bays and Munna Point, which also saw a bit of Mangrove Jack action. And that's where Davo's staffer Michael Geary (above left) nailed the 1.545kg specimen he's pictured with on Thursday morning. Michael tempted this fish by jigging a soft plastic Atomic Grub lure. He was armed with a Daiwa Procyon rod and a Daiwa Samurai reel loaded with 4lb Fireline and 10lb Vanish leader. Using fresh whole Prawn as his draw card young local lad Brodie McCafferty (above right) caught a number of thumper Bream around Munna Point on Saturday but boated the top weight (1kg) specimen he's pictured with opposite Davo's Bait and Tackle just on dusk. He was using a Jarvis Walker spin combo.

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