The Noosa Fishing Report
As at Monday 5th July 2004
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OFFSHORE: What a pearler of a week! Light to (very) moderate winds; Westerly, Northerly and Southerly... it didn't much matter, since with hardly any swell, conditions offshore were pretty much as good as they get in this part of the world, at this time of the year. The only fly in the ointment was the piddlingly small morning tides which made life a tad difficult for those in larger boats who wanted to cross the Noosa bar early. Still, it was well worth the effort with plenty of variety and the added entertainment of migrating Whales tail thumping their way up the coast on their annual migration run. Squire, Moses Perch, Pearl Perch and Parrot Fish were common to the visited reefs. In addition, for those with money to burn or plenty of mates to share the fuel bill, Double Island Point produced Snapper and Maori Cod as did the Barwon Banks with the added bonus of Amberjack and Gold Spot Wrasse.
Scarlet Sea Perch
Jewfish or Mulloway
Closer in, Chardon's Reef was the spot for Cobia, Northern Bluefin (Longtail) Tuna and Trevally while over on North Reef the extras were Snapper, Red Emperor, Maori Cod, Northern Bluefin Tuna, Sweetlip and as you can see by the photo above left, Scarlet Sea Perch. Local angler, Barney, tempted this snodger 13kg specimen with a Pilchard bait while out there on a Cougar Too charter last Tuesday. He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano Torium reel loaded with 20lb line. Within cooee of land, Sunshine Reef turned it on for the faithful with Snapper and Spotted Mackerel the standouts. Further South, Arkwright Shoal was well worth a visit with Sweetlip, Cobia, Estuary Cod and Jewfish on the bite. Ray 'Chappo' Chapman, above right, boated this quality 15.5kg Mulloway while fishing the shoal on a 3/4 day Cougar Too charter on Saturday. He was kitted out with a Shimano Backbone rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 8kg line. Laguna Bay was relatively quiet although Wolf Herring, juvenile School Mackerel, Yellowtail Pike and Chopper Tailor were responding to trolled lures from Little Cove to Tea Tree Bay and out along the shark net line.

ONSHORE: With the netters still working the North Shore the Tailor were understandably conspicuous by their absence. There was still a feed to be had, however, with Flathead, Dart, Bream and Whiting on the bite from the Third Cutting up to Teewah. Apart from that, Garfish were the target species in the National Park coves while further down the coast, Marcus Beach was a good option for Dart and Tarwhine and Castaways Beach produced Bream, Tailor (to 2kg) and Dart.
Flathead, Bream and Trevally.
In the river, Flathead and Bream were well spread in the lower estuary with the best results coming from the river mouth, Weyba Creek and the Munna Point stretch (together with Tailor and Trevally) and up around Harbourtown where Trevally were also on the chew. And it was at Harbourtown that young Tewantin lad Luke Mann'Curry (above left) nailed the 1.2kg 'Lizard' he's posing with. Luke, armed with a Shimano threadline combo loaded with 6lb line, tempted this fish with a whole Whitebait on 3xNo.4 ganged hooks. The 600gm Bream above centre? That was boated down at the river mouth on Saturday afternoon by Nambour angler Jonathan Purcell. Jonathan was using a Shakespeare combo, 6lb line and live Herring on a baitholder hook. Trevally and Tailor were also active in the Woods Bays, the back of Noosa Sound, the Tewantin ski run and, in the case of Tailor, up around the mouth of Lake Cooroibah. It was the Woods Bays, incidentally, that produced the goods for Tewantin lad Ashley Flanders, above right. Ashley used a River2Sea 'Bubble Popper' to nail the 800gm Trevally he's pictured with. His outfit was an Abu spin combo loaded with 10lb line and 25lb trace. On the freshwater scene, the Bass at Lake MacDonald were a good troll target in the deeper waters directly out from the car park with C-Lures 'Borer' extra deep divers working best, while 'Ice Jigs' worked well on the schooled fish.




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