The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday 16th September 2002
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OFFSHORE: The calm before the storm was an appropriate way to describe the beginning of the offshore week with Cobia or Black KingfishTuesday's absolutely sensational TGO conditions blown away the next morning by the arrival of moderate to strong 25 to 30 knot South Easterlies. Fortunately these blustery winds eased just in time for the weekend although a 1.5m swell was the best it ever got, with a bit of chop thrown in to make things interesting. Still, the bottom line was that more than half the week was fishable which wasn't a bad outcome, although under the circumstances the closer reefs got most of the attention. Sunshine Reef was first port of call for many anglers, producing Squire, Snapper, Northern Bluefin Tuna and Pearl Perch. Those aforementioned species were also on the bite at North Reef with the welcome addition of Parrot Fish, Mackerel Tuna, Teraglin Jewfish, Scarlet Sea Perch, Moses Perch, Maori Cod and, as you can see by the photo on the right, quality Cobia. Local angler John Brady found himself with a real fight on his hands when he hooked this 25kg Black Kingfish at North Reef last Tuesday morning. After a 55 minute battle he and his wife Marj, who are both in their seventies, then had to use their anchor rope to lasso the fish's tail after they found that they'd neglected to pack the gaff! John was using an Ugly Stik, a Daiwa Sealine reel, 15kg line and Slimy Mackerel fillet on 3x6/0 gangs.

ONSHORE: As far as the beaches were concerned there wasn't a lot to boast about (apart from Whiting and Bream) with likely holes or gutters scarce and weed making life difficult for those anglers who persevered. In the river, Whiting really made their presence felt this week, coming on the bite throughout the system. The most productive spots (along with the odd Bream and Flathead) were the river mouth, the Woods Bays, Noosa Sound (which saw a bit of tentative Mangrove Jack action), Munna Point (together with 'Chipper' Tailor and Trevally) and up around Tewantin. The real producer, however, was Lake Cooroibah where these great little fish were in almost plague proportions chasing live baits such as Yabbies, Blood Worms, Beach Worms and Prawns. Interestingly enough it was the kids who scored better than most in the Whiting stakes this week. Young Maria Baylon, below left, weighed in her 250gm and 300gm prizes on Wednesday afternoon after a session with Blood Worms down at Munna Point. And Rodney Marshall, below centre, had a blinder at Lake Cooroibah on Saturday, as you can see by the 200-320 gram fish he's pictured with. He was using a Shimano spin combo, 4lb line and live Yabby for bait.
Whiting
Another young angler who was in the thick of it at Lake Cooroibah was Darcy Kross, above right, who weighed in these 200gm and 300gm specimens yesterday. Darcy was kitted out with a Jarvis Walker threadline combo loaded with 6lb line. His bait? Live Beach Worms on a No.4 longshank. On the freshwater scene the Lake MacDonald Bass responded well to Spinnerbaits and Beetlespins cast around the weed beds and C-Lures 'Borer' extra deeps in the deeper channels.

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