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As at Monday 24th May 2004

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OFFSHORE: With light to moderate variable Westerlies a dominant influence earlier in the week there was ample opportunity for the bluewater brigade to wet a line; especially if they were retired, self employed, unemployed or lucky enough to be on holiday here in Noosa. Unfortunately, the forecast moderate to fresh (20 to 25 knot) South Easterlies kicked in just in time to spoil the party for many weekend anglers, although those who braved the rather marginal conditions did quite well under the circumstances. Squire, Parrot Fish, Sweetlip and Moses Perch were common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, Chardon's Reef produced Scarlet Sea Perch, Pearl Perch, Maori Cod, Estuary Cod, Hussar, Spotted Mackerel, School Shark and as you can see by the photo on the right, quite a few Spanish Mackerel. Ben Battelly from Brisbane boated these very nice 8kg and 8.5kg specimens on Saturday morning while out there on a 3/4 day Cougar Too charter.
Yellowfin Tuna
Spanish Mackerel

North Reef was quieter than usual but still managed to reward the faithful with catches of Cobia (Black Kingfish), Northern Bluefin Tuna and, as per the photo above left, Yellowfin Tuna. Alex Richardson, also from Brisbane, did well there on Mangrove JackFriday morning (again on Cougar Too) with the 12.5kg Yellowfin he's pictured with being his standout from the half day charter. Both anglers were armed with Wilson Live Fibre rods and Shimano TLD20 reels loaded with 30lb line. Apart from that, Massoud's Reef was the spot for Maori Cod, Snapper, Mackerel Tuna, Scarlet Sea Perch and Spanish Mackerel while at Sunshine Reef the bonus species were Spotted Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel and Spangled Emperor.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches continued to produce quite well with Dart, Whiting and Chopper Tailor the standouts on the North Shore and Whiting and Garfish on the bite around the National Park headland rocks and coves. Further South, Castaways Beach yielded Chopper Tailor at dusk. In the river, Bream were well spread throughout the system while Flathead were best targeted around Weyba Creek and down towards the river mouth where Whiting were an added bonus. The Tailor and Trevally action ran hot and cold at Munna Point and in the Woods Bays where, as you can see by the photo on the right, the odd quality Mangrove Jack was also on the prowl. Davo's staffer Michael Geary tempted this 49cm (2.4kg) 'Dog Bream' around 6am yesterday morning while systematically working the surface with a Storm 'Chug Bug' popper. He was armed with a G-Loomis Crankbait rod and a Shimano Chronarch reel loaded with 8lb Superbraid and 20lb Mason leader. On the freshwater scene, Lake MacDonald yielded the odd Yellowbelly and Saratoga but most of the action was from the Bass which were schooled up on the edges of the weed beds, around 'Three Ways', 'Fry's Run' and at the end of 'Gerry's Run'. Soft plastics on Rev Heads, Rattl'n Traps, spinnerbaits and trolled gold chrome extra deep C-Lures Borers worked best.


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