The Noosa Fishing Report
As at Monday 6th October 2003
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OFFSHORE: With moderate to strong (20 to 30 knot) variable Northerlies and 2m seas dominant, the first half of the week was pretty much a write-off as far as the outside reefs were concerned. The situation improved somewhat from Friday onwards as the winds eased and swung to the South, although conditions were still 'lumpy'. Overall, mornings were best and, under the circumstances, the close-in reefs the wisest choice.
Whale watching continued to be a bonus for those boaties who got out over the bar and as you can see by the photo below, these gentle giants were happy to have an audience. This photo was taken from Cougar One on their way back from North Reef on Friday. The big fella put on an aerial display that had the passengers and crew calling for an encore.
Humpback Whale
Squire, Pearl Perch and Parrot Fish were the common species taken on most of the reefs. In addition, for those taking advantage of the early morning calm before the blow on many days, Laguna Bay was an easy option, especially since Pearl Perch , Snapper and Amberjack.the relatively benign outer bay/Jew Shoal area produced the odd Cobia, Northern Bluefin Tuna, Snapper and Sweetlip. Further out, North Reef yielded Snapper, Tailor, Northern Bluefin Tuna and Mackerel Tuna as did Chardon's Reef, with the added bonus of Goat Fish and Southern Fusilier. As mentioned, the Pearlies were on the bite at most locations this week and Russell Erickson, near right, happily had his pic taken with the 3.5kg specimen he boated while on a half day Cougar One charter to North Reef on Friday morning. He was kitted out with a Gary Howard rod and an Alvey 725C reel loaded with 35lb line. And when conditions permitted, those bigger boats that could tackle Chardons 'Wide' were rewarded with (apart from the common species already mentioned) Yellowtail Kingfish, and as you can see by the photo above right, Snapper and Amberjack. George Starky, visiting Noosa from Wollongong in New South Wales, couldn't believe his luck when he nailed these two fish (3kg and 4.5kg) in a double hookup while out there on a full day Cougar Too charter yesterday morning. He was kitted out with a Wilson LIve Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline.

ONSHORE: Whiting were the highest profile species on the coastal surf beaches this week and while they were well spread, the East side beaches were the standouts. Sunshine and Sunrise beaches worked well for these excellent table Whiting and Mangrove Jackfish (together with Bream) while Peregian Beach had a bit of Chopper Tailor activity around dusk and Castaways Beach was the best spot for Dart. In the river, Whiting and Flathead were in pretty good numbers with top spots being the river mouth, the Frying Pan, Noosa Sound and Munna Point (along with Trevally), Weyba Creek and up around Tewantin where the odd Trevally and Mangrove Jack made their presence felt. And it was in Weyba Creek on Monday that young Brisbane angler Andrew Minton, near right, landed the 280gm Whiting he's pictured with. Andrew tempted this fish with a live Davo's Sand Worm on a No.6 longshank hook. He was armed with a Silstar rod and a Wilson SureCatch spin reel loaded with 8lb line. And last Sunday night, David McDonald (far right), visiting from Toowoomba, hit paydirt when his Mullet flesh bait attracted the attention of the 0.9kg Mangrove Jack he's posing with. David, armed with a Shimano threadline combo loaded with 6lb Fireline, boated this specimen along the North Shore river stretch. On the freshwater scene, Borumba Dam had Bass and the odd Saratoga chasing beetle spins and slider grubs in the Yabba Arm and near the Eagles Nest.
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