The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday 9th December 2002

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OFFSHORE: Typical summer weather patterns were the norm for the week with most days starting out at a light 10 - 15 Snapperknots which then picked up to a brisk 15 - 20 knots in the afternoon. Combined with a small wind chop up to a metre conditions for the week meant that all variety of craft were able to sneak offshore for a quick morning session. Larger boats took extra advantage of the comfortable conditions and made the trek out to the Barwon Banks. The Banks were again living up to their reputation by yielding Snapper up to a massive 9 kg, Rosy Job Fish, Squire, Pearl Perch, Moses Perch and Parrot. Those who didn't travel quite as far from home found that North Reef was this weeks pick of the closer local reefs. North was the place to hook into a monster Cobia or two with fish up to a thumping 25kg being landed. One such angler who managed to land a solid Cobia was Lee Keegan (below left) from Brisbane, who after a long and torrid tussle managed to land this 12kg beauty. For those who prefer a feed of tasty reefies, North was the hot spot for, Snapper, Squire, Pearl Perch, Parrot, Maori Cod and Moses Perch. On our right we have a very happy Keith Olds, who landed this well conditioned 3.5kg Snapper on North Reef during the week. Keith was kitted out with an Alvey reel which was matched to a custom built Gary Howard rod, well done Keith!

Local coastal beaches have been reasonably quiet, with the most productive areas being the north end of Sunshine Beach as well as Castaways and Peregian. Early mornings have been the best time to soak a live worm for Whiting and Dart with the occasional Bream also getting in on the act. Hot dry weather has meant that fishermen from all walks of life have been crossing their fingers for a good spell of rain. Although the fishing is going quite well at the moment a good downpour would flush the river out, push the Prawns out of the lake and fill up the freshwater dams. Despite the lack of rain there are still plenty of our finned friends out there ready to Cobia and Flatheadchomp onto a lure, fly or bait. Anglers, who have been sneaking out at night with live baits and lures, have been well rewarded with quality Mangrove Jack up to 2.5kg. The prime Jack spots have been the body of water between the two lakes and the stretch of water between the ferry service and Tewantin. Live herring and Biddies have been the bait of choice while the aptly titled C-Lures Jack Snack has been the top lure. Flathead are still shuffling around the river and have started to spread their way further up stream towards Weyba Creek and the First Lake. Early morning lure sessions have been producing the best Flathead results, with the Rio's Gold Fleck Prawn proving to be absolutely deadly. Danny Rodger (above right) was very pleased with this quality Flathead he landed at Munna Point on a live Herring. Danny was using a Shimano Technium outfit which was loaded with 12lb line. Whiting as usual are another popular summer catch, and have been taken over the past week up to the 500gm mark. Whiting generally feed around the sand flats at dawn and during the day and will happily grab a live Prawn or live Worm. Kin Kin creek has been well worth a look for the avid fly or lure fisherman. Kin Kin has been producing solid Tarpon throughout the day, with the best results coming from casting into the bank side shadows. The native Noosa River Bass population have also started to fire up and have regularly been caught in the Noosa River arm on small deep divers and soft plastics. Lake MacDonald is still producing the occasional Bass for those who put in the effort, dusk and dawn are the prime times for Bass up to 48cm. Borumba Dam is also worth a look but low water levels mean that a 4wd is mandatory. Spinnerbaits and deep diving lures have been tempting solid Bass and Saratoga up to 70cm over the past couple of weeks. Don't forget that low water levels at Borumba also make navigation difficult so keep an eye out for those propellor munching snags. It is also important to note that you will need your stocked impoundment permit to fish these two lakes.



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