The Noosa Fishing Report


As at Monday 24th November 2003

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OFFSHORE: The week got off to a sensational start with light-to-moderate variable Northerlies and a 0.5m swell par for the course right up until (as the age old 'Murphy's Law' would have it) Friday when the wind strength pushed up into the moderate-to-strong bracket. Consequently, the resulting 1m seas and 2m+ swell pretty much crueled it for weekend boaties and today's moderate-to-fresh Southerly conditions, while still classified fishable, were not a great deal better.

As is the normal pattern for this time of the year, mornings were definitely best (ahead of the more blustery afternoon North Easterly sea breezes) and those that made the effort to cross the bar found Squire, Parrot Fish Pearl Perch and quality Snapper common to most of the visited reefs. The only 'out-wide' destination of any note was the Barwon Banks where Red Emperor, Gold Spot Wrasse and Maori Cod were the bonus species. Closer to home, North Reef certainly topped the list in the popularity stakes, producing Cobia, Moses Perch, Maori Cod, Tailor, Trevally, Honeycomb Cod, Hussar, Red Emperor and even the odd Sailfish. Apart from that, Sunshine Reef yielded the odd Coral Trout and Cobia.
Snapper and Pearl Perch
The Snapper were still in good numbers and size as Mark Stenning (above left), from Reading in England, found when he joined a Cougar Too charter to North Reef on Wednesday. Mark, armed with a Wilson Liive Fibre rod and a Shimano 6500 Baitrunner reel loaded with 8kg line, tempted this 4kg specimen with a Pilchard floater. And on the same trip, local angler Jason Medhurst (above right) brought in a couple of quality Pearl Perch (3.5kg and 3.8kg) using Pilchard/Squid combos. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825BCU reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline.

ONSHORE: Surf anglers working the North Shore beach gutters this week found the 'Weed' less of a problem around low tide and the areas around Teewah and the Cherry Venture the most productive; yielding Tailor, Whiting and Dart. Over on the East side, Sunrise Beach was the standout for Chopper Tailor while Castaways produced Dart and Peregian Beach was a pretty good option for Whiting. In the river, the 'Weed' made life difficult for anglers trolling or casting artificial baits (especially those rigged with trebles) but those who persevered still managed to get a result. Disregarding the degree of difficulty, Flathead were still pretty consistent with best results coming from down at the mouth (where Chopper Tailor were active at night), the Frying Pan, the Gympie Terrace stretch (which also saw a bit of Trevally activity) and up around Harbourtown. Apart from that, Trevally were active in the Woods Bays and the lower Weyba Creek area yielded Whiting.
Flathead and Mangrove Jack
And it was the Frying Pan that came up trumps for young Lachlan Kenman (above left) earlier in the week. Using live Herring on a 1/0 hook, Lachlan caught and released a number of small Flathead plus the 1.375kg 'keeper' he's pictured with. He was armed with a Shimano rod and an Abu 6300 reel loaded with 4kg line and 20lb trace. Last cab off the rank was Doug Hetherington (above right) from Moree in New South Wales. In Noosa for 'Schoolies' week, Doug got a real bonus at the Munna Point Bridge around lunchtime today when this 1.5kg Mangrove Jack monstered his live Worm bait. He was armed with a Jarvis Walker spin combo. On the freshwater scene, the Bass were chasing beetlespins early in the morning at Lake MacDonald while out at Borumba Dam they responded best to spinnerbaits around dawn and dusk.



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