The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday September 27th 2004
Brought to you by... Castlemaine Perkins XXXX
OFFSHORE: Apart from Tuesday's moderate to strong (20 to 25 knot) South Easterlies, every day was a winner this week with light to moderate variable Northerlies the dominant force. The morning sessions, of course, were the best option ahead of the choppier conditions created by the blustery (15 to 20 knot) afternoon North Easterly sea breezes.
Snapper
Squire, Snapper, Pearl Perch and Parrot Fish were common to all of the visited reefs. In addition, the Southern end of Double Island Point produced Cobia and Northern Bluefin Tuna, as did North Reef with the added bonus of Sweetlip, Coral Trout and Mackerel Tuna. A little further South, Chardon's Reef was another good option for Cobia and Northern Bluefins with Maori Cod, Moses Perch, Amberjack and Yellowtail Kingfish making the journey even more worth while. Snapper, however, were in good numbers and of excellent quality this week as the Davies family (above) found when they joined a Cougar Too charter to Chardon's on Thursday. Rod, Anna and Jack, visiting Noosa from Melbourne hit the jackpot when, one after the other, they boated these very nice 6.5kg, 7.5kg and 8kg 'Knobbys'. Further in, Sunshine Reef produced (apart from the common species mentioned earlier) Sweetlip and Mowong while the waters off the National Park headland saw Dart (shallow divers), Yellowtail Kingfish, Squire and Trevally (deep divers) eager for a feed not long after first light. In Laguna Bay there were a few Tailor chasing trolled shallow divers off the cove points and Bonito sporadically boiling not far out from the river mouth bar and out towards Jew Shoal as the week drew to a close.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were rather quiet this week with the only solid reports coming from the East side. Castaways Beach was certainly the standout there with Tailor, Dart, Whiting and quality Bream all on the active list. Also worth a look were the rocks off the Southern end of Alexandria Bay as Perception Yak Angler James Grant (below right) found this morning. James was trolling a C-Lures 'Borer' deep diving lure just off Lion Rock when the 3.82kg Golden Trevally he's pictured with slammed his rig. James did well to boat this fish as he was lightly armed with a Shakespeare Synergy rod and a Shimano 2500 Symetre threadline reel loaded with 3kg Berkley Fireline and 6kg Flurocarbon trace.
Flathead and Trevally
In the river, Flathead and Whiting were in good numbers down towards the river mouth, in the Frying Pan and in Weyba Creek. Munna Point was another 'Lizard' hot spot as Carly Bird (above left), from Torquay in Victoria, found around 6am on Tuesday. Carly tempted this 1.8kg specimen with a well retrieved pink, deep diving 'minnow' lure. Apart from that, Trevally (to 2.2kg) were responding well to Storm 'Chug Bug' surface poppers, live Prawns and Yabbies in the Woods Bays, Noosa Harbour produced Bream and Tailor, while the stretch between the lakes was still the best option for Mangrove Jacks. On the freshwater scene, Lake MacDonald yielded a few quality Bass and the odd Mary River Cod.

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