The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday October 18th 2004
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OFFSHORE: There wasn't much to crow about this week (especially as far as weekend anglers were concerned) with the Northerlies steadily increasing in strength as the week progressed. The offshore reefs, in fact, were a no go by Friday morning and Saturday's Southerly change brought no relief, with the winds remaining in the 25 to 30 knot range.
Most anglers stuck to the more local reefs this week and North Reef was one of the more popular destinations, producing Cobia, Pearl Perch, Sweetlip and, as you can see by the photo below, some quality Snapper. Danny 'Bonefish' Adams, who many of you will recognise from his days as a Davo's 'staffer', struck perfect weather there on Tuesday morning and made the most of the opportunity. His standout from a two hour session was the 7.1kg 'Knobby' he's pictured with. He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano Thunnus threadline reel loaded with 20lb line and 30lb trace. His bait? Pilchard on a 2x6/0 floater. Closer in; Sunshine Reef was the spot for Squire, Moses Perch, Sweetlip and Cobia as was Hancock's Shoal, with the added bonus of Mowong, Reef Shark and Stripeys. But it was Sunshine Reef that yielded this week's top weight fish; a 24.5kg Cobia or Black Kingfish, which John Fairburn, right, did very well to hold upright for the camera. John, visiting Noosa from Canberra, boated this thumper specimen while out there on a Cougar Too charter on Thursday. He was kitted out with a Shimano Viper rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 8kg line. The bait that did the deed? Yakka fillet on a 6/0 hook.
Snapper
Cobia or Black Kingfish
ONSHORE: With the Northerlies still very much the dominant force many North Shore surf anglers found that 'weed' clear areas were more prevalent in the stretch from the Cherry Venture to Double Island Point. Dart, Tailor, Bream and Whiting were all on the active list in that area while up around the 'D.I' rocks, Squire and the odd Snapper were an added bonus. Over on the East coast stretch; North Sunshine Beach (in the shelter of the rocks) was an option for Bream, Whiting and Chopper Tailor, Marcus Beach produced mostly Whiting and South Peregian Beach yielded Chopper Tailor at night.
Trevally and Bream
In the river, although the weed and winds were an issue, Flathead, Whiting (and to a lesser extent, Bream) were worth targeting on the run-out in the deeper drop-offs down around the river mouth, in Weyba Creek and up at Harbourtown, where Tailor and Trevally were also on the bite. And it was at Harbourtown on Saturday night that local angler Robert Pettinger (above left) boated the 1kg 'Trev' he's pictured with. Robert, armed with a light Alvey 650 combo, tempted this fish with an unweighted Prawn on a 1/0 Mustad hook. Apart from that; Flathead and Whiting were on the active list around the top of Lake Cooroibah and between the lakes (where Mangrove Jack were also on the go), Trevally and Tailor were again an after dark option in the Woods Bays and, as you see by the photo above right, Bream were in good numbers in the Noosa Waters canals. Young Chris Lacey has been catching and releasing them all week but caught this particular (600gm) 'Yellowfin' in his crab pot this morning. Chris released it straight after this quick-pic. On the freshwater scene, the upper Noosa River around Harry's Hut had Bass (to 38cm) chasing surface poppers, the Lake MacDonald Bass responded well to gold and blue spinnerbaits and Rev Headed soft plastics at 'Three Ways' and 'Fry's Run' while the Borumba Dam Saratoga were going for Heddon Zara Spooks and Rapala Skitterpops in the Kingham and Yabba Arms.


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