As at Monday November 1st 2004
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|OFFSHORE: Well, what can we say. Another week of fresh to strong (20 to 25 knot) winds with the South Easterlies, this time, being the dominant force. The good news? The first and last days of the week (when the winds eased to 10 to 15 knot variable Easterlies) were at least fishable. The offshore brigade, as you can imagine, certainly made the most of whatever opportunities presented themselves although North Reef was, once again, as far as anyone cared to venture.|
those who made the effort (and there were certainly plenty of eager starters)
came back with Parrot Fish, Maori Cod, Sweetlip, Squire, Moses Perch and,
as you can see by the photo below left, Cobia or Black Kingfish.
Chris Knapping (Melbourne) and Jason Elmer (Tasmania) landed these 9kg and 10kg specimens while out on a 3/4 day Cougar Too charter to North Reef this morning. Closer to home, Sunshine Reef produced Pearl Perch, Shark, Mowong and Parrot Fish while at Castaways Reef the catch was Squire, Sweetlip, Moses Perch, Parrot Fish and, as per the photo above right, Snapper. Local angler Lloyd Dumas was out there last Tuesday on a Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club outing when he boated one of the standouts of the afternoon/night Cougar Too charter; a 4.5kg 'Knobby'. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825 reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline. Apart from that, Laguna Bay had Mackerel Tuna on the boil not far out from the river mouth, in the middle of the bay and around the Shark nets, plus a few Dart and Tailor near the point breaks of the National Park coves and, when fishable, just off the headland.
ONSHORE: The North Shore surf beach stretch was pretty much deserted this week with the blustery conditions and the 'weed' presence defeating the patience of even the most dedicated surf anglers. So... with the brisk South Easterlies predominating, the relative shelter of Granite Bay and Dolphin Point were attractive options (despite a few weed patches), producing Dart, Whiting, Tailor, Bream and Squire while a few adventurous souls picked up the odd Tailor and Dart around the Fairy Pools and Hell's Gate. Further South, when conditions permitted, Sunshine Beach yielded Whiting, as did Sunrise Beach but with the added bonus of Bream and Dart, while at Marcus Beach the catch was Tailor (to 2kg) and Dart. In the river, Flathead and Whiting were worth targeting in between the 'weed' patches down around the river mouth while Trevally and (to a lesser extent) Tailor were going for surface poppers in the Woods Bays and the Munna Point stretch. Whiting were on the bite in the lower Weyba Creek area and below the Tewantin ferry, while Mangrove Jacks were still on the prowl in the stretch between the lakes. Apart from that, Trevally were sporadically on the boil around hole '19' in Weyba Creek and, as you can see by the photo on the right, in the Noosa Waters canals. Local angler Mitch Clark targeted a boil with a Storm 'Chug Bug' surface popper around noon on Tuesday morning and was rewarded with the 1.25kg specimen he's pictured with. Mitch was armed with a Silstar rod and a Daiwa Caprice 1500 reel loaded with 10lb Fireline. The freshwater scene was pretty much a non-event this week.