The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday 2nd September 2002
Brought to you by... Castlemaine Perkins XXXX
OFFSHORE: It took a couple of days for last week's 2.5m swell to drop below the 1.5m mark but from Thursday onwards it was pretty much a green light at the bar. Friday and Saturday were the standouts, incidentally, when a swing to light to moderate Northerlies flattened the seas to almost TGO level. All in all it wasn't a bad week for the offshore brigade with Squire, Pearl Perch and Parrot Fish common to the visited reefs. In addition, for those prepared to travel, the Barwon Banks produced Snapper, Green Jobfish and Red Throat Emperor. Most anglers, however, hedged their bets and targeted the closer reefs with North Reef being extremely well patronised. Fortunately a large number (and variety) of fish had the same idea and this resulted in (apart from the common species already mentioned) some good catches of Snapper, Maori Cod, Estuary Cod, Sweetlip, Northern Bluefin (Longtail) Tuna, Moses Perch, Bonito, Scarlet Sea Perch, Cobia, Mackerel Tuna, Red Emperor, Tailor and Trevally (blimey!). Brisbane angler Chris Cresswell (above left) and three other fishing buddies booked out Cougar One on Friday and came back from a full day at North Reef with an excellent cross section of the species mentioned, although the 3kg Scarlet Sea Perch that Chris is posing with was one of the more colourful. Chris was armed with a Gary Howard rod and the latest Alvey 825BC-V graphite reel loaded with 30lb line. And although the Northerlies picked up in strength yesterday and stirred up a few whitecaps, Bob Crane, above right, still had great time on a half day Cougar One charter to North Reef. Bob was trying out one of Cougar One's new Okuma Coronado baitfeeder threadline reels loaded with 10kg line and had absolutely no trouble getting this 3.5kg Snapper to the side of the boat. His rod was a Wilson Live Fibre and his bait was a Squid/Pilchard combo.

ONSHORE: The coastal beaches were again a bit of a disappointment with the only reports of note being of Bream and Whiting at Sunshine Beach and Whiting and Dart on the North Shore. In the river, Flathead, Bream and Whiting were active down at the mouth, in the Frying Pan (where small Trevally and Tailor were chasing trolled C-Lures 'Small Frys'), the Woods Bays (along with the odd Trevally), Munna Point and up around Tewantin. And it was in the Frying Pan that local lad Wesley Quider, below left, boated this 2.5kg 'Lizard' on Sunday morning. Wesley was armed with a Shimano baitcaster combo, 8lb line and live Winter Whiting on a 4/0 suicide hook. Knowing that any Flathead much above 2kg is a breeding female, Wesley came straight into Davo's for a quick weigh-in before releasing this big girl back into the river. For his effort to preserve our valuable fish stocks he was given a free Rio's Prawn lure courtesy of Davo's Bait and Tackle and Rio's Lures. This offer is available to any angler who wants to do the same, so get with the program!
Flathead and Saratoga
On the freshwater scene, Lake MacDonald had Bass chasing spinnerbaits, Slider Grubs with jig spins and (as were the Mary River Cod) C-Lures extra deep 'Borer' lures. At Borumba Dam there were a few Bass responding to bib lures while the Saratoga were more interested in cast spinnerbaits as Davo's staffer Mark Pertot, above right, found last Tuesday afternoon. Mark used a purple/gold 3/8oz Producer 'Tandem Blade' to good effect, dropping two fish and releasing two others, with the 60cm (approx 2kg) specimen he's pictured with being a good example. Mark was well kitted out with a G-Loomis CBR 845 rod and a Shimano Calais reel loaded with 15lb Bionic Braid and 20lb Berkley 'Vanish' leader.

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