The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday 10th November 2003

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OFFSHORE: With a short spaced, rolling swell hovering consistently in the 1.5m to 1.8m range, the week would be best described as 'rather lumpy... but fishable'. Moderate to fresh variable Easterlies were the dominant force and motion sickness tablets were the most commonly requested items at the local pharmacies. Having said that, there were still plenty of keen blue water anglers prepared to tolerate the joggly conditions, and the rewards were definitely there for those who made the effort with Squire, Parrot Fish and Pearl Perch common to the visited reefs.
In addition, in close, there were a few baitfish schools boiling near the surface in Laguna Bay (although there were no pelagics of any size working under them) while around the corner on Sunshine Reef the catch was mostly Cobia, Mowong, Tailor, Stripeys, Red Emperor, Sweetlip and Hussar. Further out, Chardon's Reef produced Moses Perch and Tailor, as did North Reef with the added bonus of Sweetlip, Teraglin Jewfish and quality Snapper; a good example of which Brisbane angler George Savage (right) is pictured with. George boated this 4kg specimen while out there on a half day Cougar One charter on Thursday morning. Out 'Wide' (for those with cast iron stomachs, bigger boats and/or larger fuel tanks) the Barwon Banks yielded a variety of species with the standouts being Sweetlip, Maori Cod, Coral Bream, Orange Rock Cod, Amberjack and more quality Snapper.
Snapper
Snapper

Kevin Francis, from Auckland, New Zealand (above left) who was at 'The Banks' aboard Cougar Too on Friday, tempted this 5kg 'Knobby' with a Pilchard floater. He was using a McGill rod, a Shimano Thunnus reel and 10kg line. Apart from that, Double Island Point produced Red Emperor, Moses Perch, Spangled Emperor, Maori Cod and... more Snapper!

ONSHORE: With the North Shore surf gutters pretty much clogged with the 'Weed', reports were few and far between. The waters around Teewah, in fact, were the only producers of note, yielding small Dart and Whiting and quality Tarwhine

The two groynes on Main Beach fired up a bit this week, producing Tailor, juvenile Cobia and small school Mackerel while out off the National Park headland most of the activity was from Jewfish, small Yellowtail Kingfish and school Mackerel. Further down the coast the standouts were Castaways Beach (Dart, Flathead and small Whiting) and Marcus Beach where Tailor to 1.5kg were on the bite during the afternoon. In the river, Trevally were on the active list this week with large schools of 1kg to 1.2kg fish on the boil in the Woods Bays (along with Tailor), around the back of the Sound (together with Bream) and in the Munna Point stretch where Bream (1kg+) were also on the bite. Flathead and Whiting (and to a lesser extent, Bream) were on the chew up at Lake Cooroibah, around Tewantin and in the Frying Pan.
Trevally
Flathead
And it was in the Frying Pan that eight year old Melbourne lass Rachel Walker (above right) boated this 1.45kg Flathead on Tuesday morning. Rachel tempted this 'lucky Lizard' (pictured being released back into the river across from Davo's) with a Whiting fillet on a 1/0 hook. She was armed with a Tica rod and a Daiwa 2500 Regal-Z reel loaded with 6lb line. Another young gun who weighed in a trophy fish was local lad Jordon Harrison (above left) who, drifting a live Prawn on a No.4 TruTurn hook around Munna Point on Friday, came up trumps when this 1.15kg Trevally took the bait. We assume he got a little bit of 'big person' help but as Jordon wasn't particularly forthcoming with that info we didn't pursue it. His outfit, by the way, was a Shimano 1000 threadline combo loaded with 2kg line and 4kg trace. Apart from that, the stretch between the lakes produced Tarpon on small soft plastics and the odd Mangrove Jack on live fish baits while the lower section of Weyba Creek was a good option for quality Whiting. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were most active in the morning sessions with beetlespins, whizbangers and spinnerbaits continuing to work equally well, while up at Imbil, Borumba Dam was a tad quiet with smaller than average Bass the rule rather than the exception.

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