The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at 9pm Monday 16th February 2004

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OFFSHORE: Hot, hot, hot!.That probably best describes the weather and the fishing this week as light to moderate (and very warm) Northerlies dominated until the weekend. The warmer weather very much appealed to the Spotted Mackerel which were in mega-numbers throughout Laguna Bay (at times within casting distance of the shore) and at all the local reefs. A shift to light to moderate variable Easterlies on Saturday morning did little to cool things down or dampen the action and Spotted Mackerel fillets were on the menu at most Noosa households before the weekend was over. Other species common to most of the visited reefs were Squire, Parrot Fish and Pearl Perch. In addition, Laguna Bay produced Mackerel Tuna and Bonito while (as per the photo below left) Sunshine Reef was the spot for Spanish Mackerel. Local girl Annie Flynn and two friends had a frenzied session out there early on Friday morning with all three anglers at one stage hooked up on Spotties. Annie's bonus fish, however, was the 6kg Spaniard she's pictures with, which she nailed using a whole Pilchard on 3x6/0 ganged hooks. Her outfit? A Penn 330GTi combo loaded with 30lb line and 80lb trace.
Spanish Mackerel and Yellowfin Tuna Spotted Mackerel
Further out, Chardon's Reef yielded Teraglin Jewfish, Moses Perch, Tailor, Shark and Northern Bluefin Tuna, as did North Reef with the added bonus of Scarlet Sea Perch, Cobia and as you can see by the photo above right, plenty of quality Spotted Mackerel. Local (and international) tennis star Evonne Goolagong-Cawley brushed aside any 'Friday the 13th' superstitions and put in a ripper performance when she boated these top weight 6kg+ Spotties while out there on a half day Cougar Too charter. She was kitted out with a Wilson Live fibre rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 8kg line. Last but not least, Double Island Point turned it on for the bigger boats, producing Cobia, Shark, Tailor, Spotted Mackerel and quality Yellowfin Tuna. Gordon Shepherd (above left), from Dalby, Queensland, had his work cut out for him on Saturday when this 16kg Yellowfin monstered his Pilchard floater while he was at 'D.I' on a full day Cougar One charter. Gordon was armed with a Triton Beastmaster rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 28lb line.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a top spot for the family and dedicated angler alike this week and judging by the 4x4 traffic, the North shore was a very popular weekend destination. While results were well spread, the standout stretch was from Teewah upwards with Bream, Whiting and Dart in good numbers. A bonus around Teewah were the Spotted Mackerel which were reported jumping on any cast whole baits with relish. A few quality Tarwhine were also on the bite as Bundaberg angler Douglas McLeod (below right) found last night. Doug, armed with an Angler rod and an Alvey 650B reel loaded with 6kg line, tempted these 1kg and 1.5kg specimens using Pippies on a 1/0 hook
Trevally and Tarwhine
Further South, Trevally and Whiting were in good numbers around the river mouth rock groyne while the rocks of the National Park headland and those North of Sunshine Beach offered a good casting platform to target the odd Spotted and Spanish Mackerel. Sunshine Beach was also a good option for Dart and Whiting (and the odd Tarwhine), as was Castaways Beach with the added bonus of Flathead and (early morning) Chopper Tailor. In the river, the Woods Bays were on fire with Trevally and Tailor in good numbers and Mangrove Jacks and Tarpon (on fly) a decided bonus. Flathead were another high profile species with the best results coming from up around Weyba Bridge, Munna Bridge (along with Trevally) and the Noosaville (Gympie Terrace) stretch. And it was the Munna Bridge area that produced the goods for local angler Tim Milat (above left) on Thursday. Tim was floating a live Herring on a 2/0 hook when this 1.9kg Trevally hit hard. He did very well, in fact, to land it considering his Daiwa Tri-Force rod/Samurai reel combo was only loaded with 4lb line and 8lb trace. On the freshwater scene, the area opposite the boat ramp at Borumba Dam had Bass and Yellowbelly chasing poppers and soft plastics while the Lake MacDonald Bass responded to spinnerbaits around the lily pads.
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