The Noosa Fishing Report


As at Monday November 22nd 2004

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OFFSHORE: Apart from this afternoon's strong-to-gale force (25 to 35 knot), wet South Easterly blow, it was a pretty reasonable week for the offshore brigade with most days dominated by light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) variable Northerlies.
As usual, the morning sessions certainly provided the better conditions, ahead of the chop created by the more blustery North Easterly afternoon sea breezes.

Squire, Snapper, Parrot Fish and Sweetlip were common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, Chardon's Reef (which was a popular destination) yielded Mahi Mahi (Dolphin Fish), Cobia, juvenile Black Marlin, Wahoo, Pearl Perch, Moses Perch and Teraglin Jewfish, while Massoud's Reef was the spot for Maori Cod (in numbers), Cobia and Estuary Cod.
Black Marlin North Reef was another good option, producing Pearl Perch, Moses Perch, Estuary Cod and, as you can see by the photo above, Black Marlin. Sydney angler Anthony Whiffen (right in photo) caught and released this 75lb (est.) specimen while out there on a 3/4 day Cougar Too charter on Wednesday. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 25lb line. The bait? Live Yakka. Closer to home, Sunshine Reef had School Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel (seen but not caught), Cobia, Tailor and Pearl Perch. In Laguna Bay, Jew Shoal was the spot for Pearl Perch, Moses Perch and, sighted but not caught; Cobia, Spotted Mackerel and Spanish Mackerel while Mackerel Tuna came on and off the boil around the shark nets. The cove points and bays were too weed infested to bother with.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a less than exciting option this week with the weed clogging the surf gutters from Double Island Point to Coolum. The only reports, in fact, were of Chopper Tailor, Squire and Yellowtail Kingfish at Hell's Gate, a few Chopper Tailor, Dart and Bream at Sunshine and Peregian beaches and Flathead at Marcus Beach.
Barramundi
In the river, The Woods Bays had Tailor on the bite after dark, Munna Point produced Whiting, Mangrove Jack and Trevally and Weyba Creek was worth considering for Trevally and Flathead. Further up river; the Gympie Terrace stretch yielded Bream and Whiting while the stretch between the lakes saw Flathead chasing trolled Jack Snacks and Mangrove Jacks going for C-Lures 'Barra Pros'. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were most active in 'Borer Creek'. Apart from that, the resident Barramundi at the Rainbow Villas Barra Park were hot to trot this week as local angler Craig 'Hindsight' Hinds (above) found to his delight on Friday. Craig was part of a group booking put together by Davo's Bait and Tackle with local fishing guide Dominic Fry. During the six hour session at this privately owned local 'Barra' haven Craig topped the leader board, hooking roughly 25 fish and landing and releasing five around the 10kg mark. He was armed with a Shogun 'Heavy' graphite rod and a Shimano Calcutta 200 reel loaded with 15lb Platypus Superbraid and 40lb monofilament trace. The lure that got all the attention? A Kokoda Big Eye Buff barbless soft plastic.

If you'd like to try your luck with these classic sports fish, just contact:
Dom Fry: (07) 5447 7092 or email him at clures@cooroy.cafeoz.net


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