The Noosa Fishing Report
As at Monday 27th October 2003
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OFFSHORE: Well, the last week of the month got off to an excellent start with very-light to moderate variable Westerlies setting the scene for some very fishable conditions on the outside reefs. It was a relatively short lived scenario, however, as Friday's swing to moderate-to-fresh (then to strong) Nor' Nor Westerlies created some serious chop. In fact, with seas easily topping the 3m mark on Sunday, even the diehards took a break.
There were even a few afternoon storms, lightning, heavy rain, and hail to add a bit of spice to the weekend weather scene. And today? It was as if it never happened, with light-to-moderate variable Easterlies and a nominal swell welcoming those optimistic (and correctly so) boaties that ignored the weather bureau's forecast of continuing strong winds (finally retracted at 4am this morning). Squire, Parrot Fish and Pearl Perch were common to all of the visited reefs. In addition, out wide, the Barwon Banks produced Snapper, Gold Spot Wrasse and Yellowtail Kingfish. Still very popular; North Reef once again rewarded the faithful with good catches of Sweetlip, Snapper, Mackerel Tuna, Maori Cod and as you can see by the accompanying photos, Cobia and Yellowfin Tuna. Damian D'Odorico (right), visiting Noosa from Melbourne, was very happy to hook up with the 8kg Yellowfin he's posing with. Damian boated this specimen while out on 'North' on a 3/4 day Cougar Too charter on Wednesday. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 25lb line. And the day before, another happy Cougar Too customer, Travis Romagnoli (below), boated this quality 25kg Cobia, again on 'North'. Closer to home, Sunshine Reef and Hancock's Shoal were the spots for Moses Perch, Red Emperor, Parrot Fish, Cobia and Sweetlip.
Cobia or Black Kingfish
Yellowfin Tuna
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a bit of a mixed bag this week with the upper North Shore badly affected by the dreaded 'Weed'. Having said that, the Third Cutting was less impacted than most (especially earlier in the week), Tailor and Flatheadyielding Tailor to 2kg for those anglers prepared to put in the time. For those with lighter gear and plenty of patience, Whiting were another option with fish to 600gm weighed in at Davo's over the weekend. In the river, Flathead, Bream and Whiting were in quite good numbers if not size with best results coming from the river mouth, the Frying Pan, the Munna Point stretch, Lake Cooroibah and as per the photo far right, Weyba Creek. Nathan Boys, from just up the line at Cooroy, used a Squidgy soft plastic to good effect there yesterday afternoon and the 800gm 'Lizard' he's pictured with is the result. He was armed with a Jarvis Walker 'Red Devil' threadline combo loaded with 10lb line. Apart from that there were a few quality Tailor (2kg+) on the bite around the Munna Point Bridge and the odd Greenback (and Trevally) on the prowl in the Woods Bays as you can see by the photo above left. Local angler Amanda Disney came in to Davo's with the undisputed top weight of the week after a night session in the 'Bays' on Wednesday. Amanda tempted this 3.5kg (cleaned) Greenback with a Frogmouth Pilchard on a No.2 longshank hook. On the freshwater scene the only reports to hand were of Bass in the Everglades chasing spinnerbaits and soft plastics.


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