The Noosa Fishing Report
As at Monday 11th November 2002
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OFFSHORE: The offshore week got off to a bumpy start with moderate to strong South Easterlies and a 2-3m swell prevailing, making Tuesday and Wednesday good days to catch up on the gardening or painting. A swing to light to moderate variable Northerlies from Thursday morning onwards, however, soon made up for the earlier blustery conditions and saw the swell quickly drop below the 1m mark. With most afternoons dominated by moderate to fresh North Easterly seabreezes, though, the majority of blue water anglers opted for the more benign early morning sessions where very light to moderate Nor' Nor' Westerlies held sway.
Squire, Moses Perch and Parrot Fish were common to all of the visited reefs. In addition, The Hards produced Snapper and Pearl Perch while closer to home; North Reef yielded a few Mackerel Tuna and Chardon's Reef was the spot for Red Emperor, Sweetlip, Bonito, Maori Cod, Estuary Cod, and as you can see by the photo below left, quality Pearl Perch. Trevor Davies from Peregian Beach nailed this 4kg 'Bull-Eye' while on a half day Cougar One trip to Chardon's Reef yesterday morning. He was kitted out with a Penn Power Stick and a D.A.M reel loaded with 30lb line.
Pearl Perch and young Harry Ladd with mum Rachael
Oh, and the wee fella dozing in his mother Rachael's arms (above right) is, of course, offshore charter skipper in the Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fishmaking; young Harry Ladd (son of Cougar One skipper Sam 'Slammer' Ladd) pictured here experiencing his first ever boat ride, the first of many I'm sure. Back to the fishing; Sunshine Reef was still a good option, especially for the smaller boats, with the bonus species being Sweetlip and, pictured on the right, Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish. Local angler Paul Grenfell boated the 6kg specimen he's posing with around 9am this morning using a whole Davo's Pilchard floater on 3x4/0 ganged hooks as his draw card. Paul was armed with an Ugly Stik and a Shimano 6500 Baitrunner reel loaded with 25lb line. The rest of his catch was Squire, Sweetlip and Moses Perch. Apart from that, a little further in, there were juvenile Sailfish and Marlin on the prowl not too far off the National Park headland.

ONSHORE: The North Shore remained the worst of the coastal beaches affected by 'the weed' this week with anglers struggling for a result under rather trying conditions. Nevertheless there was a feed to be had for those who persevered with the waters up around Teewah producing Whiting, Dart and 'Chipper' Tailor. On the East side, Squire, Sweetlip and Bream were taken off the rocks at Hell's Gate and Whiting were in good numbers on most of the beaches, although Marcus Beach produced the standouts with a few good quality Bream also on the bite. In the river, 'the weed' was still a problem down towards the mouth although a few Flathead were still boated in that area. The 'Lizards' were also active in lower Weyba Creek (as were Whiting) and up at Lake Cooroibah. The Gympie Terrace stretch yielded mostly Whiting and Bream while those chasing Trevally did best around the back of Noosa Sound in the morning or up at Harbourtown at night. On the freshwater scene, Kin Kin Creek had Tarpon chasing soft plastics and minnow lures, the Borumba Dam Saratoga went mostly for spinnerbaits and at Lake MacDonald all the Bass action (fly and beetlespins) was at first light.

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