The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday 9th September 2002
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OFFSHORE: Under the influence of 5 to 15 knot (predominantly) variable Northerlies, the relatively moderate swell Snapper and Maori Coddropped even further as the week progressed and by Friday was down to roughly the 0.5m mark. The worst case scenario that offshore boaties had to contend with, in fact, was the occasional lumpy afternoon chop when the North Easterly sea breezes kicked in. Needless to say, every day was considered eminently fishable with Squire, Pearl Perch and Moses Perch common to most of the reefs. In addition, Sunshine Reef was a good 'in-close' option, producing Coral Trout, Sweetlip and Barramundi Cod. A little 'wider', Chardon's Reef was given a bit of a workout with Scarlet Sea Perch, Cobia, Mackerel Tuna and Parrot Fish the bonus species. Last but not least, North Reef continued as the top performer with Snapper, Scarlet Sea Perch, Mackerel Tuna, Sweetlip, Parrot Fish, Graceful Whaler Sharks, Maori Cod and Northern Bluefin (Longtail) Tuna all very much on the bite. And it was at North Reef on Thursday morning that Gold Coast angler Clive Gotlieb (above left) boated the 4kg 'Knobby' he's posing with. Clive was part of a group that chartered Cougar One for a full day, as was Ian Robinson (above right) who nailed this 5kg+ Maori Cod half an hour after Clive's fish came over the side. Both were using Wilson Live Fibre rods and Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reels loaded with 20lb Pioneer Flexline.

ONSHORE: Apart from producing Bream and Whiting, the coastal beaches were morbidly quiet with no standouts worth mentioning. In the river, quality Whiting and Bream and, to a lesser extent, Flathead, continued to reward those who cared to cast in a line with the better fish coming from down at the mouth and the Frying Pan), the Woods Bays and the Burnett River SalmonMunna/Culgoa Point area (which also yielded the odd quality Trevally), and the stretch from Harbourtown to the Tewantin Ferry where, as you can see by the photo on the right, Burnett River Salmon were also on the bite. Few anglers whose baits are hit by these steam trains actually get to see what it was that made short work of their tackle and just looking at the tail of this impressive 11.85kg fish it's not hard to see why. Tewantin angler Norm Marshall kept his cool, however, when his live Winter Whiting on a No.2 stinger rig was hit hard after only two minutes in the water on Tuesday morning. And he did very well to come up with this result after a twenty minute tussle considering his 6ft Shakespeare rod/Abu 6500 reel combo was only loaded with 8lb line to a 25lb trace. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass responded well to a wide variety of artificial baits this week with Slider Grubs, Jig Spins, Spinnerbaits (which also tempted the odd Mary River Cod), C-Lures 'Borer' extra deep divers and 'Pink Thing' flies all sharing the limelight. At Borumba Dam; Spinnerbaits and 'Pink Thing' flies were the order of the day with Saratoga to 60cm caught and released.

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