The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday 23rd September 2002
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OFFSHORE: Those anglers that got out over the bar in the first half of the week (when the light to moderate South Snapper and Spangled EmperorWesterlies dominated the seascape) probably got the best of it with Wednesday and Thursday being pretty much TGO's, especially in close. From Friday onwards, however, the moderate (sometimes fresh) North Westerlies ruffled the waters a little with early mornings the best option ahead of a fairly severe wind chop brought on by the fresh afternoon North Easterly sea breezes. Under the circumstances no one seemed particularly interested in venturing too far from home so (considering the returns from last week) Sunshine Reef was understandably a popular destination for the tinny brigade, yielding Squire, Snapper, Parrot Fish, Sweetlip and Mackerel Tuna. Top performer, though, was still North Reef which produced (apart from the species already mentioned) Moses Perch, Cobia, Northern Bluefin (Longtail) Tuna, Pearl Perch, Tailor, school Shark and Teraglin Jewfish. And local angler Lidia Kedderer, near right, is posing with a good example of the Snapper coming in from North Reef at the moment. Lidia boated this 4kg specimen on Thursday morning during a 3/4 day Cougar One charter. She was kitted out with a Gary Howard rod and an Alvey 725C reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline. On the same charter later in the day (at Sunshine Reef) Murray Sandilands, above right, was more than delighted to hook the quality 5kg+ Spangled Emperor he's pictured with. Murray, who had filled a last minute vacancy on the boat, was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano 6500 Baitrunner reel loaded with 8kg line.

ONSHORE: The East side surf beaches saw most of the action this week with Peregian Beach producing Whiting and Chopper Tailor, as did Castaways Beach, with the added bonus of Tarwhine, Bream and the odd Dart. In the river, Whiting (and to a lesser extent Flathead) were again the main target species with quality fish coming from the river Whiting and Trevallymouth, the Woods Bays, Munna Point (along with Trevally), Weyba Creek (which also saw the odd Jack attack), Tewantin (where Trevally were on the bite after dark) and up around Lake Cooroibah. Apart from that there were a few Tarpon and Chopper Tailor on the bite around the back of Noosa Sound while on the freshwater scene the Lake MacDonald Bass were mostly going for cast spinnerbaits. There were a few elbow slappers in the Whiting schools this week and Melbourne angler Simon Meaker (near right) landed one of the standouts, a 550gm snodger. Simon, fishing in Weyba Creek on Tuesday night, used a live Prawn on a No.4 longshank hook to tempt this specimen. He was kitted out with a Penn threadline combo loaded with 6lb line. And it's encouraging to see the Trevally numbers on the increase and as you can see by the 1.3kg fish that local angler Mark Arnall weighed in at Davo's on Sunday morning, their size is improving as well. Mark landed a number of these fellas up around Harbourtown late on Saturday night using live Herring on a 1/0 suicide hook as his main draw card. He was armed with a G-Loomis Crankbait 756 rod and a Shimano Calais reel loaded with 8kg braid and 40lb trace.


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