The Noosa Fishing Report
As at Monday 21st October 2002
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OFFSHORE: Crossing the bar was pretty much a cake walk on many days this week with often only the smallest of ripples marking where the river ended and Laguna Bay began. These benign conditions were due to the predominantly very light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable Northerlies that dominated most morning sessions. Afternoons, of course, tended to be a bit lumpy when the fresh North Easterly seabreezes kicked in.

Squire, Moses Perch and Parrot Fish were common to all of the visited reefs and were pretty much the catch in-close at Sunshine Reef this week. In addition to those common species, North Reef produced Mackerel Tuna, Sweetlip, Northern Bluefin Tuna and Teraglin Jewfish while further out, the Barwon Banks yielded Snapper, Teraglin Jewfish and as you can see by the photos below; Amberjack and Pearl Perch. Grainger Mayfield, from Lorne in Victoria boated his 5kg 'AJ' while out there on Cougar One last Tuesday morning. He was using a Silstar Crystal Tip rod, a Penn 330GTi reel and 20lb line.
Amberjack and Pearl Perch
And in the photo above right, Brisbane anglers Reg Swain (left) and Martin Green were part of a 'Queensland Locksmiths' charter that hit the 'Banks' aboard Cougar One on Saturday. As you can see, Pearl Perch were very much on the bite that day and the 3.5kg and 4.5kg specimens the guys are holding were prime examples of the quality. Both anglers were kitted out with Gary Howard rods and Alvey 725C reels loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline.
ONSHORE: The 'Weed' was once again in evidence on the North Shore although it was largely confined to the area from the First Cutting to the river mouth. Fortunately there was some good water to be worked up around the Third Cutting and just North of Teewah where Chopper Tailor, quality Dart and the odd Whiting were the target species. Apart from that, Whiting were on the bite at Castaways Beach, as they were at Marcus Beach along with the bonus of Dart. In the river, although it was fairly quiet, Whiting and Flathead were the most active species and were best towards the mouth, in the Frying Pan (as were Tailor), Munna Point (together with Trevally, Tailor and Bream), Weyba Creek and up around Tewantin where Trevally were also on the chew. John's Landing, between the lakes, was the spot for Mangrove Jack
Yellowbelly Saratoga
On the freshwater scene, Lake MacDonald had Bass up to 2kg chasing spinnerbaits, while Borumba Dam fired up well with small Bass in relatively good numbers and as you see by the photos above, Yellowbelly and Saratoga very much in evidence. Davo's staffer Danny 'Bonefish' Adams, above left, scored the trifecta on Sunday morning when he caught and released a 1.9kg Saratoga, a 1.2kg Bass and the 1.3kg Yellowbelly he's pictured with. He was using a G-Loomis Crankbait 845 rod and a Shimano Calais reel loaded with 15lb Superbraid and 20lb Berkley 'Vanish' leader. The lure that tempted the Yellowbelly (and is still hanging out of its mouth in fact) was a green/orange Hot Lips Express. Danny's girlfriend Julie Hopson, above right, was right in the action with him on the same morning and working with a gold Fina spinnerbait, caught and released a 1kg Bass and the 2.3kg Saratoga in the photo. Julie was kitted out with a Daiwa ProCaster 'Light' rod and a Daiwa Regal 1500 Z threadline reel loaded with 6lb Fireline and 15lb Platypus leader.

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