The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday January 3rd 2005


Brought to you by... Daiwa

OFFSHORE: It was an excellent start to the New Year here in Noosa as far as the offshore brigade were concerned with light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) variable Northerlies dominating for most of the week. In fact, apart from a brief (two day) Southerly blow just before the weekend, it was all systems go with Squire, Pearl Perch and Parrot Fish common to all of the visited reefs. In addition, Chardon's Reef was the spot for Maori Cod, Estuary Cod and Hussar, as was Chardon's 'Wide, but with the added bonus of catch and release Marlin. North Reef produced Spotted and Spanish Mackerel, Red Throat Emperor, Yellowtail Kingfish and Tailor, Massoud's Reef yielded the common species already mentioned and The Coffee Rocks were a good option for Snapper, Moses Perch, Cobia and, as you can see by the photo below, quality Gold Band Snapper. Local angler Paul Grenfell boated this 8kg specimen while out there yesterday morning. He was armed with a Shimano TLD15 combo loaded with 30lb line and 60lb trace. His bait? Pilchard on a 6/0 Mustad hook. Sunshine and Hancock's reefs were also popular, especially for those with smaller boats, with the standouts there being Moses Perch, Estuary Cod, Stripeys, Mowong, and lots of Spanish Mackerel.
Gold Band Snapper

Spanish Mackerel
Laguna Bay was a little bit weed effected, especially around the inner cove points, but that didn't deter the Yellowfin Tuna, Bonito and Spanish Mackerel out on Jew Shoal. Local yak angler James 'Legend' Grant (above right) boated the 6.4kg Spaniard he's pictured with on Saturday morning while out there trolling a small Spaniard Special troll rig (loaded with a whole Pilchard) behind his Swing 'Angler kayak. His outfit was a G-Loomis 12-25lb rod and a Daiwa Certate reel loaded with 6kg braid to a 'Knotted Dog' leader. Apart from that there were a few Bonito and Mackerel Tuna boils near the shark nets and a couple of caught and released Striped Marlin; one on a trolled Lively Lures 'Blue Pilly' in the middle of the bay (earlier in the week) and one on a trolled Davo's Squid skirted Pilchard just out from the National Park headland.

ONSHORE: Apart from a clear area down towards the river mouth where there were quality Whiting to be had, the North Shore coastal stretch was again badly weed affected, as was Main Beach and the National Park cove points, although Tea Tree Bay at least produced quality Whiting. While the Southerly blew, however, the National Park headland was relatively clear and those anglers that took the chance found Trevally on the bite at the Fairy Pools and a few school and Spotted Mackerel (apparently) active off Hell's Gate. Further South; Sunshine Beach was the spot for Bream, Whiting and Dart while at Marcus Beach the catch was Whiting, quality Dart and Tailor (to 3.5kg).
Golden Trevally and Bream
In the river, the top end of the Frying Pan (which was quite weed clear and workable) produced Flathead while the Woods Point was worth a try for Trevally. Brisbane visitor Nicole Burnie (above left) landed this 4kg 'Golden' there on Wednesday morning and was understandably pleased with her result. She was armed with a Penn threadline combo loaded with 15lb line. Her bait? Live Herring on a 1/0 baitholder hook. In the inner Woods Bay there were Chopper Tailor going for trolled shallow divers, Munna Point Bridge was the spot for Trevally (on live fish baits) and Bream were in good numbers in Weyba Creek and the stretch between the lakes, where Mangrove Jacks were responding well to live fish baits. But it was at Weyba Bridge that Tewantin lass Monique Davies (above right) landed this 510gm 'Yellowfin' on Wednesday. She was armed with a Jarvis Walker 'Kiddies' Combo' and a fresh Prawn bait. Apart from that there were Whiting on the bite (live Yabbies) around Goat Island. On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam Bass were in good numbers and size in the Yabba Arm (where purple and green/yellow spinnerbaits worked well) while at Lake MacDonald their brethren were receptive to gold spinnerbaits at 'Three Ways' and 'Borer Creek', which was where Mary River Cod were also on the prowl.




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