The Noosa Fishing Report


As at Monday 3rd November 2003

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OFFSHORE:
With roughly half of the week dominated by moderate to strong (20 to 30 knot) Nor' Nor' Westerlies, 2 metre seas and the inevitable thunder and lightning show, it was pretty much a matter of take your chances whenever the opportunity presented itself. Fortunately, in amongst all the bluster, there were a few good days and those anglers in a position to respond to the calm (though relatively short lived) interludes found the results definitely worth the effort.

Squire, Pearl Perch and Parrot Fish were common to most of the reefs. In addition, for those with the bigger boats, the Barwon Banks was a pretty good option for Snapper, Coral Cod, Red Throat Emperor, Amberjack and Moses Perch.
Cobia or Black Kingfish
Chardon's Wide also produced Snapper and Amberjack plus Black-spot Pigfish and Goatfish, while out-wide on North Reef the extras were Teraglin Jewfish, Sweetlip, Maori Cod and as you can see by the photo above, quality Cobia. Visiting Noosa from Wallington in Victoria, Malcolm Smith (right in photo) and his good buddy Daryl Green booked on a full day Cougar One charter to 'North' on Friday. During a busy morning session Malcolm hooked this 24.5kg Black Kingfish but wisely called on Daryl to spell him during the rigorous half hour tussle. Their outfit was a Penn Mariner rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 35lb line. Close in on Chardon's and North the catch was mostly Maori Cod, Moses Perch and Tailor while back towards home, Sunshine Reef yielded Mackerel Tuna, Cobia and Sweetlip.

ONSHORE: The 'Weed' was very much in evidence on the North Shore (and Main Beach) this week and those anglers determined to get a feed had to grin and bear it. The stretch from the First Cutting to the river mouth produced Chopper Tailor, Dart and Whiting as did Castaways and Marcus beaches on the East side with the added bonus of Bream. In the river, regardless of the intrusion of the 'Weed', Flathead were by far the most prolific species this week and the top spots were up around Lake Cooroibah (together with Whiting), from Goat Island to Munna Beach (North shore side), Munna Point, Weyba Creek (where Whiting and Tarpon were also on the bite), the Woods Bays (which also had Trevally and Tailor going for surface poppers and live Prawns) plus down towards the river mouth where Whiting and Bream were an added bonus. Apart from that, Bream were on the bite from Harbourtown (and along the ski run) to Makepeace Island.
Barramundi
On the freshwater scene, Lake MacDonald produced Bass in early morning sessions with spinnerbaits, beetle-spins and whizbangers working well, while at Borumba Dam the Saratoga and Bass were responding to surface poppers in the early morning and evening around the Eagles Nest and the Yabba and Borumba Arms. And the photo above? Well, we're happy to report that quality Barramundi are alive and well and very much on the chew not much more than an hour's drive North of Noosa. The Lacey family (of Davo's fame) spent Friday at this impressive privately owned property and, with the assistance of local guide Dominic Fry, caught and released a dozen of these feisty fish ranging in size from 6kg to 10kg. Pictured is young Shannon Lacey with the 6kg (approx) specimen he caught casting and retrieving a red/rum Squidgie soft plastic. Shannon was armed with a G-Loomis 4-5kg baitcast rod and a Shimano Chronarch reel loaded with 14lb Fireline and 40lb Berkley 'Vanish' leader. The group also caught and released a host of Bass (and lost a good number of lures to plenty more unstoppable Barra) but that's another story. The hairy bloke in the right of the photo is Dominic Fry; lure maker extraordinaire and exclusive guide to this unique Barramundi fishery. If you're interested in trying your hand in a head-to-head with these powerful fish you can contact Dom on (07) 5447 7092 or email davosqld@ozemail.com.au


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