The Noosa Fishing Report
As at Monday 20th October 2003
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OFFSHORE: It was a forgettable week for the offshore brigade (and the weather bureau) with the forecast 10 to 15 knot variable Easterlies consistently 10 knots stronger than expected. Thursday and Friday were the standouts, with light winds and little swell, but apart from those bonus days, it was a rough ride outside, with seas and swell in the 2.5m to 3.5m range. The Noosa Bar, to cap it all off, was no place for the faint hearted.
SnapperSquire and Pearl Perch were the species common to all reefs this week. In addition, when conditions permitted, the Barwon Banks yielded Moses Perch, Red Emperor, and as you can see by the photo near right; Snapper. Bojan Aleksic, visiting Noosa from Canberra, boated this 3kg+ specimen while out there on Cougar Too on Friday. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 10kg line. A little closer to home, Chardon's Reef produced Parrot Fish and Moses Perch, as did North Reef, with the added bonus of Cobia, Bonito, Sweetlip, Snapper, Mackerel Tuna and Mowong. Within a few kilometres of the coast the migrating Humpback Whales continued to put on a show on Sunshine Reef and in Laguna Bay with one mother and calf coming within 100 metres of the Noosa Bar. Apart from that there was some baitfish activity and a few Tuna boils in the outer Bay with the odd Snapper on the bite as well. Bill 'Billybob' Watson (right) 'boated' this 3.59kg specimen about 750 metres out from Granite Bay on Thursday morning. Bill was trolling a Garfish behind his Perception Swing 'Angler' kayak. His outfit was an 8kg-12kg Wilson Live Fibre rod, a Shimano Calcutta 700 reel and 30lb Platinum line. His troll rig was a Davo's 'Spaniard Special'. Snapper
WhitingONSHORE: The Tailor were a bit more active on the coastal surf beaches this week with Peregian Beach (where Dart were also on the bite) and the National Park headland the standouts on the East side. On the North Shore most of the action (Tailor, Dart, Flathead and Whiting) came from up around 'Freshwater' and off the rocks at Double Island Point. In the river, Whiting and Flathead were again the top performers with the better quality fish coming from up at Lake Cooroibah, the Tewantin stretch from the ferry to Goat Island (along with Tailor and Trevally), Weyba Creek, Munna Point (where the odd Chopper Tailor made a splash) and down around the Frying Pan. And the Frying Pan was where these two young guns both got their fish. Tewantin lad Trent Richardson (above left) boated the 375gm Whiting he's posing with on Saturday night using a live Beach Worm on a No.4 longshank hook. He was armed with a Shimano spin combo loaded with 8lb line. And yesterday morning Tom Chaplin (right) tempted this 1.2kg Flathead with a brown/orange Producer lure. Tom was kitted out with a Jarvis Walker spin combo. Apart from that, the Mangrove Jack action was mostly up between the lakes, Bream were on the bite around the Gympie Terrace jetties, Trevally and Bream were chasing live Prawns in Noosa Sound and there were 'Chipper' Tailor on the boil in the outer Woods Bay. On the freshwater scene, Bass were chasing soft plastics in the everglades from campsites three to eight while at Borumba Dam the Bass were found around the timber at the junction of the Yabba and Kingham Arms. Flathead


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