As at Monday 8th March 2004
Well, it was 'batten down the hatches' time here in Noosa as we got a
taste of semi-cyclonic weather this week. Fortunately, unlike some areas
in South East Queensland, we were spared the full fury of the severe weather
conditions although the 40 to 50 knot South Easterly winds, heavy rain
and 4m+ seas and swell put a bit of a dampener on the fishing for a while.
By Sunday, however, it was all over bar the shouting, and those on the
water today, with it's light to moderate variable winds and a 1.2m swell,
would have been astonished at how quickly things turn around in these
parts. With only one day fishable and Laguna Bay very muddy, reports were
a bit sparse. North Reef, in fact, was the only producer of note; yielding
Squire, Moses and Pearl Perch, Maori Cod, Parrot Fish and, as you can
see by the accompanying photos, Snapper and Jewfish.
Visitor Gary Finn (above left) was out there this morning on a 3/4 day
Cougar Too charter and happily boated the
standout Snapper of the trip; a 5.5kg snodger. Gary was armed with a Wilson
Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 725C reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline.
And on the same charter, John Stevens from Brisbane (above right) came
up with the overall top weight fish of the day when he hooked the 8.5kg
Jewfish he's pictured with. John tempted this quality fish with a live
Yakka on a 5/0 hook. He, too, was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre
rod and an Alvey reel loaded with 30lb line.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a total wipeout most of the week as far as surf anglers were concerned, and although conditions had improved dramatically by Sunday morning, there weren't too many takers out there. In the river, earlier in the week before the rains, there was a bit of Mangrove Jack action up between the lakes, while down around the Tewantin ferry and the mouth of Lake Doonella, Trevally and Tailor were on the go. As the week progressed, however, the buildup of fresh water in the system eventually confined most activity to the lower estuary with the Woods Bays and the back of the Noosa Sound working best for Mangrove Jacks in the early morning, plus Flathead and quality Whiting during the day. Other areas of interest were the Munna Point Bridge where Trevally and quality Bream were working the pylons, the Frying Pan (for the odd thumper Whiting) and down near the river mouth where Mangrove Jacks were on the prowl. Tewantin angler Joel Vansleve (above left), using a Prawn as bait, boated this week's top weight 625gm Whiting during a session in the Frying Pan on Saturday night, but apart from this elbow slapper, had little else to report. And Jessica Cooper (above right) weighed this 2.2kg Mangrove Jack in at Davo's this morning after a productive session down around the river mouth last night. This fish responded to a live Herring on a 2/0 hook and the outfit that brought it in was a CarbonTech rod and an Okuma EPS30 reel loaded with 6lb line. The freshwater scene? There wasn't much action there, with the murk from the recent heavy rains pretty much shutting the action down in the short term.