The Noosa Fishing Report
As at Monday 14th October 2002
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OFFSHORE: It wasn't the most exciting week out on the reefs by any stretch of the imagination with predominantly moderate to fresh East South Easterlies (with the odd Northerly thrown in) making things rather uncomfortable for the offshore brigade. Still, the first half of the week was certainly fishable, if a tad lumpy, ahead of (unfortunately) a shutdown over the weekend as the seas and swell finally breached the 1.8m mark.
There were still plenty of anglers prepared to put their their sea legs to the test this week and those who took the punt found Squire, Parrot Fish and Pearl Perch the common catch at Massoud's Reef, as they were at North and Chardon's Reef along with Northern Bluefin Tuna, Moses Perch, Teraglin Jewfish, Mackerel Tuna, Shark and, as you can see by the photo on the right, quality Cobia. Local angler Darryn Kemp boated this 17kg 'Black Kingfish' last Monday and had to work hard to bring it in as it was foul hooked in the side; not the best scenario. He was kitted out with an Angler rod and a Penn 45GLS reel loaded with 40lb line to a whole Yakka on a 4/0 double. And the 7.2kg Coral Trout that Sydney angler Tim Chalmers, below, is posing with, equaled Cougar One's weight record for that species. Tim nailed this thumper at North Reef last Monday using a live Yakka as his draw card.
Coral Trout
Cobia or Black Kingfish
ONSHORE: Apart from a few Chopper Tailor on the bite of the middle groyne at Main Beach at the beginning of the week there was nothing much to report from the coastal beaches; hardly surprising under the circumstances. In the river, with most of the holiday traffic gone, things returned to a more subdued level. With the weed being stirred up and pushed into Saratogathe mouth, the Frying Pan proved the best option in the lower estuary, producing mostly 'Chipper' and a few Chopper Tailor on lures, flies and trolled baits and some quality Whiting on live Prawns. Further in, the Woods Bays yielded smallish Trevally and the odd Whiting while the better quality Trev's came from the Munna Bridge area, along with Flathead. Flathead were also on the bite up around Goat Island, near Harbourtown at Tewantin (which also had a bit of Trevally action at night) and up in Lake Cooroibah where trolled C-Lures got best results. Apart from that there was the odd school Jewfish to be tempted with soft plastics near the mouth of Lake Cooroibah, Whiting near the channel markers at the top of the lake, Mangrove Jacks on dusk between the lakes, and Tarpon on fly at Kin Kin Creek. Around the impoundments; the Lake MacDonald Bass were found mostly in the deeper channels chasing soft plastics and C-Lures 'Borer' extra deeps while Borumba Dam fired well producing Yellowbelly, small Bass and, as per the photo above right, Saratoga. Davo's staffer Shannon Watson spent time there on Tuesday, catching and releasing one Yellowbelly, six Bass and the thumper 70cm (3.5kg-4kg) Saratoga he's pictured with. Shannon was using a G-Loomis Crankbait 756 rod and a Shimano Calais reel loaded with 20lb Superbraid and 20lb Siglon leader. The lure that did the damage was a Terminator 'Titanium' spinnerbait.

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