The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday September 13th 2004
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OFFSHORE: It was a bit of a mixed bag this week with the winds swinging back and forth between variable Northerlies and variable Southerlies. Apart from Thursday and today, however (when the winds were in the moderate to strong category), every day was fishable and those anglers who ventured out found Squire, Parrot Fish, Pearl Perch and Moses Perch common to most of the reefs. In addition, when conditions permitted, a trip 'out wide' to The Hards produced Snapper, Maori Cod and Hussar. Closer in, Chardon's Reef was the spot for Cobia, Gold Spot Wrasse, Maori Cod, Northern Bluefin (Longtail) Tuna and Black Marlin (released) while at Massoud's Reef the extras were Sweetlip, Cobia and Northern Bluefin Tuna. North Reef was another good option, yielding Cobia, and as you can see by the accompanying photos, quality Snapper.
Snapper
Snapper
Gary Steel (above right) from Brisbane boated the 4kg 'Knobby' he's pictured with while out there on a full day Cougar Too charter on Friday. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD15 reel loaded with 8kg line. And local angler Paul Grenfell (above left) had a ball out on North Reef on Saturday, boating Pearl Perch, Cobia, Parrot Fish and Snapper, the 7kg specimen he's posing with being the standout. Paul was armed with a Shimano TLD15 combo loaded with 30lb line and 50lb trace. His bait was Pilchard on a 5/0 Mustad hook. Sunshine Reef was a safe bet for the smaller boats with Snapper the bonus species, while off the National Park headland it was Bonito and, in good numbers; Dart and off the outer Laguna Bay coves; Tailor, Queenfish and Trevally, all going for trolled shallow divers.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were fairly subdued this week with a bit of weed showing up on the upper North Shore as a result of the Northerlies. Having said that, there were still fish to be taken for those who persevered with FlatheadBream and Dart around the 2nd and 3rd Cuttings and North of the Shire boundary, where Chopper Tailor were also on the bite at dawn and dusk. On the East side, Dart and Whiting were active on most beaches while Bream were an added bonus at Peregian. In the river, Flathead and Bream were well spread (though not in mega numbers) around the river mouth (together with Whiting), the Frying Pan, Noosa Harbour and the mouth of Lake Cooroibah where Trevally and Tailor were also on the bite around dawn and dusk. Aaron Campbell (right) from Lake Cooroibah christened his Davo's 'Special' Jarvis Walker 'Fish Hunter' threadline combo last Monday when he landed this 1kg 'Lizard' near Harbourtown. Aaron used a well jigged Squidgy soft plastic to attract this healthy specimen. Apart from that there was a notable increase in the amount of Mangrove Jack activity between the lakes, Bream on the chew in Noosa Sound and the odd Trevally going for trolled 'Gold Bombers' around the Munna Bridge stretch. On the freshwater scene, Lake MacDonald showed a bit more life with the odd quality Bass going for spinnerbaits and reports of Mary River Cod tempted by trolled C-Lures deep diving 'Borers'.

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