As at Monday 3rd May 2004
It was another great week in Noosa (and it's nice to be able to say that
three weeks in a row) if you ignore Wednesday's and Thursday's rainy,
although still reasonably fishable, conditions. Light to moderate (10
to 15 knot) variable Westerlies were the dominant winds and with the seas
and swell steadily abating as the week progressed, the weekend was an
Squire, Parrot Fish, Sweetlip, Moses Perch and Spotted Mackerel were common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, Double Island Point produced all the aforementioned, plus Hussar, while closer in at North Reef the extras were Mackerel Tuna, Pearl Perch and Bonito.
Sunshine Reef was
popular, yielding School Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Hussar, Spangled
Emperor and as you can see by the photo above left, Coral Trout (in
numbers). Anthony Russell from Burpengary, Queensland, boated this 4.5kg
specimen while out there last Monday on a 3/4 day Cougar
Too charter. He was armed with a Penn Mariner rod and a Penn
320GTi reel loaded with 30lb braid. But it was Laguna Bay that captured
most of the attention once again as the Spotted Mackerel (and Mack Tuna)
schools went into an even more frantic feeding frenzy than last week.
The strip from the river mouth bar to Little Hall's Reef saw most of
this frenzied activity with shoulder room only on many days. Cast metal
slugs were the most common lures in use but realistically the Spotties
were attacking anything shiny moving in the water. Apart from that there
were Spaniards out around Jew Shoal and the odd Cobia at Hall's Reef.
Tewantin angler Allen Myers (above right) hooked onto this 17kg Black
Kingfish out on Hall's yesterday morning and did well considering his
Penn 330GTi combo was loaded with 20lb Platinum line. His bait? A whole
Davo's Pilchard on 3x5/0 ganged hooks.