The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday 22nd December 2003

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OFFSHORE: Moderate to strong (20 to 25 knot) South Easterlies and seas around the two metre mark saw most offshore anglers catch up with a bit of maintenance earlier in the week in anticipation of Friday's (initially) light to moderate North Westerly change. That was the green light they were all waiting for and while conditions (at times) tended to be still pretty lumpy, the latter part of the week was certainly fishable. Considering the traditional North Easterly afternoon sea breezes were in the 15 to 20 knot range, the less blustery morning sessions were understandably the most popular with Squire, Parrot Fish and Moses Perch common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, when conditions permitted, the Barwon Banks produced Amberjack, Snapper, Pearl Perch, Maori Cod, Honeycomb Cod and Hussar while on Chardon's 'Wide' the extras were Snapper, Pearl Perch, Cobia and, as you can see by the photo on the right, Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish. Adelaide visitor Jon Riddell boated this 9kg fish while out there on a full day Cougar Too charter yesterday. He was kitted out with a Shakespeare Ugly Stik and an Abu 7000 reel loaded with 20lb braid.
Spanish Mackerel
Mahi Mahi or Dophin Fish
A little closer in, North Reef rewarded the faithful, yielding Scarlet Sea Perch, Sweetlip, Tailor, Trevally, Maori Cod, Mahi Mahi, Snapper, and Spotted Mackerel. Better still, only a few kilometres offshore, Victor Bailey's Reef was the spot for Coral Trout, Castaways Reef produced Sweetlip, Tailor and Scarlet Sea Perch and the bonus species on Sunshine Reef were Snapper and Spanish Mackerel. With the pelagic season off to a bit of a spluttery start, Davo's Bait and Tackle proprietor Greg 'Gunner' Lacey (above left) boated the top weight 'Spaniard' so far this season when he weighed in this 12kg specimen yesterday morning. Armed with a Sabre 15-24kg rod and a Shimano TLD50 reel loaded with 24kg line, Greg tempted this fella at high tide by trolling a whole Garfish on a Davo's Spaniard Special rig. While there were birds working the bait schools in Laguna Bay, apart from small Mackerel Tuna, there was nothing of any note beneath them .

ONSHORE: There wasn't a lot of activity on the coastal surf beaches this week. On the North Shore; Chopper Tailor, Whiting and Tarwhine were the standout species with the stretch North of Teewah yielding the best results. The Main Beach side of the river mouth groyne was still working quite well for Chopper Tailor around dawn and dusk while over on the East side, Marcus Beach was the only real producer of note with Whiting and small Dart the predominant catch.
Whiting and Mangrove Jack
In the river, Whiting and Flathead were very much the bread and butter species with the river mouth, the Frying Pan, the Munna Point stretch, Weyba Creek and Harbourtown all posting results. And it was in the Frying Pan area that Brisbane angler Fiona O'Flaherty (above left) boated the 575gm Whiting she's pictured with. Armed with a Jarvis Walker threadline combo she'd just purchased from Davo's, Fiona tempted this fish with a live Yabby on a No.4 longshank hook. Trevally, incidentally, were still in very good numbers and of excellent quality (to 3.5kg) and the Woods Bays (where Chopper Tailor and Tarpon were also active) continued to offer the best prospects. Soft plastics, surface poppers and metal slug lures all worked well and early morning and evening were the prime times. The stretch between the lakes also produced a few top weight Trev's on trolled C-Lures 'Jack Snacks'. Apart from that there some quality Bream taken from up around the Tewantin ferry and along the Gympie Terrace jetty stretch, and the odd Mangrove Jack was on the chew down in Noosa Sound, which was where local angler Jason Miller (above right) boated his 1.25kg 'Dog Bream' around dusk last night. Jason, well armed with a Daiwa ProCaster rod and an Abu 6000 reel loaded with 20lb line and 40lb trace, used a live Herring on a 1/0 longshank hook as his draw card. On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam Saratoga were active in 'The Bays' while the Lake MacDonald Bass were best targeted around 'Weed Point' and the 'Bubble Trail'




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