The Noosa Fishing Report
As at Monday 25th November 2002
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OFFSHORE: Another week of magnificent yet dry weather gave anglers of all ages the perfect opportunity to wet a line and soak up some rays at the same time. The majority of the week was dominated by light to moderate variable Northerly winds, which hovered around a very comfortable 10 to 15 Knots. Slightly stronger afternoon sea breezes, apart from chopping the seas, were of little deterrent to offshore boaties. What little swell there was started at around 1m then then abated to half a metre as the week progressed, which kept small boat owners happy, judging by the very full boat ramp opposite Davo's Bait and Tackle.

Squire, Pearl Perch and Maori Cod were common to the visited reefs. In addition, for those anglers prepared to travel, the Sweetlip and Maori CodBarwon Banks yielded Spangled Emperor, Red Throat Emperor, Coral Trout, Coronation Trout and Moses Perch. A little closer to home, North Reef was again a popular spot, producing Snapper, Cobia, Red Emperor, Sweetlip, Rosy Jobfish, Scarlet Sea Perch and Parrot Fish while Chardon's was another of the most regularly visited reefs, yielding Mahi Mahi, Estuary Cod, Sweetlip, Parrot Fish and Moses Perch. In between North and Chardon's reefs, Massoud's Reef produced well and the photos on the right are prime examples of the standouts. Gary Broad (near right) from Bribie Island boated this 5kg Grassy Sweetlip while there on a Cougar One charter last Wednesday morning. Gary was well kitted out with a Shimano TLD 25 and a matching custom rod. And Brisbane angler Harvey Walsh (far right) was out on Massoud's Reef with Noosa Blue Water Charters on Saturday when he landed his standout for the day; this solid Maori Cod, which weighed in at 5.5kg. Harvey was using a Penn Powerstick rod and Alvey 725C reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline. Oh, and last but not least, for those anglers only wanting a short run, Hall's Reef was the spot for the odd quality Snapper and a few mixed reefies.

ONSHORE: Despite the current weed infestation, local coastal beaches were still a great place to spend some time especially if you love to catch Whiting, Dart and Chopper Tailor. The most productive coastal beach during the week was Tea Leaf Trevally and Yellowfin BreamPeregian, with Dart, Whiting and Bream during the day and the Choppers at night on Pillies. Yet again the Noosa River has been the most popular spot to spend some time chasing all variety of aquatic species. Starting at the lowest point of the river we have had reports of quality Flathead and Whiting around the Frying Pan and River Mouth. Flathead have been falling over themselves to grab a lure, with two top local products the Rios Prawn and C-lures Jack Snack being the best of the bunch. Whiting on the other hand have been on the chew early in the morning and throughout the day, and have had a special liking for a juicy Worm or kicking Prawn. Small hooks and light sinkers have been the best way to land a quality feed of these tasty little speedsters. Local larrikin Glen Brownrigg (above left) has been producing the goods on the Trevally by landing solid fish up to the 2kg mark. Glen has found that fishing bright coloured soft plastics on the bottom on light spin gear is the best way to hook into these turbocharged terrors. The Trevally have also been sniffing around the Munna Point area and have been more than happy to launch an attack on a well presented fly. Moving on up river Tewantin, has been the place to be for a mixed bag, which includes Trevally, Flathead, as well as the occasional night time Tailor. Apart from that there has also been the occasional quality Bream in Weyba Creek as young local angler Haydn Weir (above right) found to his delight around lunchtime on Saturday. Haydn tempted this 0.670kg fish with a Garfish fillet on a No.1 hook. He was armed with a Shimano Taipan rod and matching Shimano 2000 reel loaded with 6kg line. Tewantin has also been worth a look for a big night time Mud Crab. Borumba has still been the pick of the freshwater dams with Saratoga up to 70cm being caught on a regular basis. Spinnerbaits have been the most productive lure there with the bright and colourful models working best.


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