The Noosa Fishing Report
As at Monday 13th October 2003
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OFFSHORE: Although moderate to strong (20 to 30 knot) South Easterlies closed the offshore gate for the last two days of the week, it was all systems go prior to that, with light to moderate variable (Northerly and Southerly) winds and only a nominal swell. The more settled conditions were experienced during the morning sessions with blustery afternoon North Easterly sea breezes occasionally making things a tad uncomfortable.

Squire, Pearl Perch and Parrot Fish were (as usual) common to the visited reefs. In addition, Chardon's 'Wide' was a viable target most of the week with Snapper, Red Emperor, Scarlet Sea Perch and Yellowtail Kingfish the added bonus. Back in on Chardon's 'Close', the extras were Moses Perch, school Shark and as you can see by the photo below right, Cobia or Black Kingfish. Melbourne visitor Kate Andison boated this 9kg specimen while out there on a half day Cougar One charter on Friday. She was kitted out with a Gary Howard custom rod and an Alvey 725C reel loaded with 35lb line.
Coral Trout and Cobia North Reef was, once again, a very popular destination, yielding Mackerel Tuna, Cobia, Teraglin Jewfish, Tailor, Sweetlip, Moses Perch, Snapper, Bonito, Maori Cod and, as in the photo above left, Coral Trout. Colin Meumann, from Bodalla in New South Wales, tempted this 3.5kg 'Trout' with a Pilchard/Squid combo while on a 3/4 day Cougar Too charter to 'North' on Friday. He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 725C reel loaded with 30lb line. Closer to home, the Whales were the main event on Sunshine Reef and Jew Shoal while the odd Cobia was active at Hall's Reef

ONSHORE: Whiting were once again the most prolific species working the coastal surf beaches this week. On the East side, North Sunshine and Castaways beaches were the standouts with Bream and Flathead, plus small Tailor and Dart Whiting and Flatheadalso on the bite. On the North Shore there were a few small Chopper Tailor taken from the surf gutters North of Teewah, otherwise, it was mostly Whiting, as young Daniel McCorley (near right) from Kin Kin found when he wet a line there yesterday. It may have been a tad blustery but that didn't put Daniel (or the Whiting) off as you can see. Daniel tempted this 500gm specimen using a Davo's Beach Worm on a No.4 longshank hook. He was armed with a Penn threadline combo loaded with 4kg line. In the river, Flathead and Whiting continued to keep anglers gainfully occupied with best returns coming from down around the mouth, Weyba Creek, the stretch from Harbourtown to the Tewantin ferry (which also produced Trevally, Bream and Mangrove Jack) and the bottom of Lake Cooroibah. Speaking of Flathead; Tom Lunn and his father (above right) boated this 2.7kg 'Big Mumma Lizard' in Weyba Creek on Saturday afternoon and after a quick pic opposite Davo's, released her back into the system. Their outfit was a Shimano 2000 threadline combo loaded with 4kg line and 12 kg trace. Their bait? Fresh Prawn on a 2/0 Mustad hook. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were going for live Shrimp at dusk while at Lake Borumba the Bass and Saratoga (while somewhat quieter) still responded to beetle spins and spinnerbaits.

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