As at Monday October 25th 2004
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Hot, blustery, moderate
to fresh variable Northerlies really made life difficult for offshore
anglers this week. The outside reefs, in fact, were best only visited
by those with good sea legs and strong stomachs as the wind driven 1.5m
to 2m Northerly swell and seas roughed up the ocean. To add insult to
injury, the already ordinary conditions only got worse, just in time for
the weekend, as the wind strength increased and a strong wind warning
was issued for Saturday. Having said that, there were still a few fishable
days in amongst the generally messy conditions but, understandably, most
anglers didn't venture too far from home. North Reef was perhaps the 'widest'
destination this week and, when fishable, this ever popular reef produced
Maori Cod, Pearl Perch, Squire, Cobia, Snapper, Moses Perch and Parrot
Fish. Closer in, where most of the smaller boats tended to drop the pick;
Victor Bailey's Reef was a good option for Snapper, Pearl Perch, Moses
Perch and Parrot Fish while at Sunshine Reef the catch was mostly Pearl
Perch and Sweetlip. And, for the first time in many years, we don't have
a photo of someone's trophy fish that relates specifically to this week's
fishing. So... we'll make do with one that we
didn't have room for in last week's report. Glen Blackney, right, was
out at Sunshine Reef on a half day Cougar Too
charter last Thursday week when the Cobia really fired up.
Using a Yakka fillet on a 6/0 hook as his draw card, Glen hooked and boated
the 14.5kg specimen he's pictured with. He was kitted out with a Shimano
Viper rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 8kg line.
ONSHORE: The North Shore, from the Cherry Venture up, was once again relatively weed free, producing Bream and Dart in reasonable numbers. Further up around Double Island Point the catch was Squire, Tailor and Jewfish. Main Beach, which took the full brunt of the Northerlies was a total waste of time, ending up completely inundated with thick clumps of weed. On the East side, Whiting were the target species in the shelter of the rocks at North Sunshine Beach and Tailor were on the bite at South Peregian and Coolum beaches. And it was yesterday morning at North Sunshine Beach that local angler Jess Cooper (below left) tempted the 295gm Whiting she's posing with. Jess was using an Outermark Quadrant 30 threadline combo loaded with 6lb line. Her bait? Live Davo's Beach Worms on a No.4 longshank hook.
In the river, the weed made things difficult, especially on the incoming tide with the stretch from the river mouth to Lake Cooroibah quite badly affected. Having said that, there was still results to be had for the patient angler with Flathead and Whiting down around the river mouth plus Trevally and Mangrove Jack near the Noosa Waters canal entrance and up around Harbourtown. Further upriver, Lake Cooroibah was the spot for Trevally and Flathead and the stretch between the lakes continued to yield Mangrove Jacks. The Woods Bays and the Munna Point area were pretty much weed free for some reason and accounted for (sporadically) good numbers of Trevally and (to a lesser extent) Chopper Tailor. Ashley Redpath (above right), visiting Noosa from Geelong in Victoria, hooked this 1.25kg Trevally while jigging a 65mm 'Silver Fox' Squidgy Wriggler around Munna Point at first light on Tuesday morning. He was armed with a 7'2" Ian Miller rod and a Shimano Sahara 2000 reel loaded with 6lb Berkley Fireline. Apart from that, Weyba Creek was the spot for the odd Flathead. On the freshwater scene, Bass were chasing surface poppers at Harry's Hut and at Lake MacDonald they were responding quite well to spinnerbaits around Fry's Run and Toga Bend and to trolled C-Lures 'Borer' extra deep divers from the Bubble Trail to Bass Bay. At Borumba Dam there were Saratoga to be taken on surface lures in the Yabba arm.