The Noosa  Fishing Report

As at Monday January 31st 2005

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OFFSHORE: Well, it was a pretty short week as far as the offshore brigade were concerned with wet, 25 to 30 knot South Easterlies hammering the coastline until Friday afternoon. Along with the blustery winds came 3 metre seas and a 3 metre rolling swell which made the offshore scene a no go zone. Fortunately, a switch to light to moderate variable winds on Saturday morning brought calmer conditions, although the swell was still a major concern for bar crossings.
Red Emperor, Scarlet Sea Perch and Sweetlip
And with the swell still an issue, the outer reefs were basically off limits to all but the bigger boats, but those who were able to go the distance reported juvenile Black Marlin (catch and release) at Chardon's 'Wide', along with Mahi Mahi (Dolphin Fish) and Wahoo. Back on Chardon's 'Close' the catch was Squire, Pearl Perch, Rosy Jobfish, Yellowtail Kingfish, Parrot Fish and Moses Perch while across on North Reef the standouts were Pearl Perch, Parrot Fish, Squire, Railway Perch, Moses Perch, Teraglin Jewfish and, as you can see by the photo above left, Red Emperor and Scarlet Sea Perch. Ian Rose from Nambour celebrated his 65th birthday in style with a trip to North Reef aboard Cougar One today... happy birthday mate! The three quarter day charter was a present from his family and as you can tell by the smile on Ian's face, the trip was a winner. As was his due on this auspicious occasion, Ian boated the standouts; a 3.5kg 'Red' and a 2kg 'Scarlet'. Closer to home; Sunshine Reef produced Snapper, Parrot Fish, Pearl Perch, Squire, Northern Bluefin Tuna and, as per the photo above right, quality Sweetlip. Local angler Nathan Theuerkauf did well well on the reefies out there yesterday morning and stopped in at Davo's afterwards for a weight check and photo session. These two specimens tipped the scales at 3.1kg and 3.5kg, good fish in anyone's book. Nathan was armed with a Penn rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 10kg line and 80lb trace. His bait? Pilchard on a 5/0 Snapper rig.

ONSHORE: The surf beaches copped a pounding this week so reports were a bit thin on the ground. Having said that, Whiting being active at Marcus Beach, as they were at Sunrise Beach with the added bonus of Dart and Chopper Tailor.
Apart from that, there quality Tailor (to 3kg) chasing surface poppers just out from the rock groynes on Main Beach.
Mangrove Jack, Chopper Tailor, Flathead and Bream.
In the river, Flathead were this week's bread and butter species and were in good numbers down towards the river mouth (where Bream, Chopper Tailor and Whiting were also active), around the sand flats in the Woods Bays (along with Trevally and Bream) and near the yacht moorings in the inner bay where Mangrove Jacks and Whiting were also on the bite. Local angler John Mitchell (above left) was almost overwhelmed by the variety of fish on the bite there on Saturday night and is pictured here with part of his catch; a 2.4kg Mangrove Jack and a 900gm (cleaned) Chopper Tailor. He was armed with a Shakespeare Ugly Stik and a Shimano 3500 Baitrunner reel loaded with 15lb line and 35lb Trace. His bait? Live Prawn on 3/0 suicide hook. The Munna/Culgoa Point stretch was another 'Lizard' hot spot as Tewantin anglers Ben Treagus and Matt Yarrow (above right) discovered yesterday morning. The two fishing mates not only landed a number of Bream using live Worms but tempted these two (1kg and 2kg) Flathead trolling C-Lures 'Jack Snacks'. They were armed with Jarvis Walker spin combos loaded with 8lb line. Apart from that, Weyba Creek also produced a few 'Lizards' (and the odd Mangrove Jack) as did Lake Cooroibah and the stretch between the lakes, where Golden Trevally and Mangrove Jacks were also active. On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam Saratoga were responding to spinnerbaits opposite the boat ramp in the afternoon and chasing spinnerbaits and Jackals around the Eagles Nest where Bass were another target species. The Lake MacDonald Bass were happy to chase Jackals or spinnerbaits with 'Three Ways' working best.



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