The Noosa Fishing Report
As at Monday October 4th 2004
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OFFSHORE: It was another good week on the offshore scene around Noosa with warm, light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) West North Westerlies dominating the morning sessions. Friday, in fact, was the only 'no-go' when the wind strength pushed briefly through the 25 knot barrier. As usual, mornings were best, ahead of the less than ideal conditions brought on by the more blustery afternoon North Easterly sea breezes.

Squire, Parrot Fish and Sweetlip were the main catch at Massoud's Reef and were common to most of the other reefs.
Snapper
In addition, 'The Hill' produced Northern Bluefin Tuna, as did 'The Coffee Rocks' but with the added bonus of Snapper, Yellowfin Tuna, Cobia (Black Kingfish), Maori Cod and Moses Perch. At North Reef the extras were Northern Bluefin Tuna and Cobia while closer in: Arkwright Shoal was the spot for school Mackerel and Cobia and Sunshine Reef yielded Moses Perch, Estuary Cod, Bonito, Cobia, Pearl Perch, Mowong and, as you can see by the photo above, plenty of Snapper. The Gilpin and Williams boys, all Noosa locals, had an absolute ball on a 3/4 day Cougar Too charter to Sunshine Reef last Tuesday and these very nice 2kg to 5kg Snapper were a good example of the catch. Apart from that there were a few Dart going for trolled Halco Twisties not far from Hell's Gate and juvenile school Mackerel on the bite near the Shark nets.

ONSHORE: The extended run of variable Northerlies brought the dreaded 'Weed' onto the North Shore beaches in time to cause a certain amount of inconvenience to weekend anglers. The Northern section of Teewah Beach on the North Shore was quite badly affected, unfortunately, so anglers looking for a feed got best results from Teewah to the river mouth.
Mangrove Jack
On the East side (which was relatively 'Weed' free) North Sunshine Beach produced Chopper Tailor and Marcus Beach yielded Dart and Whiting. In the river, despite a certain amount of 'Weed' in the lower reaches, Flathead, Bream and quality Whiting were on the bite down at the river mouth. Weyba Creek was another option for these bread and butter species with Trevally and Queenfish an added bonus. The Woods Bays fired better this week with Trevally in numbers and the odd Mangrove Jack the main attraction. Further up, Tailor and Flathead were active around Harbourtown at Tewantin, Flathead and Whiting were an item up at Lake Cooroibah and Mangrove Jack, as per the photo above, were very much on the go between the lakes. Andrew Collins and Jason Miller tempted these 1.7kg and 2kg fish last night using live Bony Bream baits on 3/0 hooks. They were armed with Daiwa rods and Abu 6000 reels loaded with 20lb line and 40lb trace. On the freshwater scene, Lake MacDonald was very quiet and Borumba Dam was as dead as the proverbial door nail.


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