The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday November 8th 2004

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OFFSHORE: It was a pretty good result for the offshore brigade this week with light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable Northerlies the dominant force. The first half of the week, in fact, had a couple of near TGO mornings before a rising Easterly swell and choppy seas spoiled the party from Friday onwards. Still, apart from the minor inconvenience of sloppy conditions in the latter half of the week and the usual blustery afternoon North Easterly sea breezes, every day was fishable.

Squire, Parrot Fish, Sweetlip and Moses Perch were common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, for those with big boats and matching fuel tanks; Double Island Point was the spot for Red Emperor, Black Marlin (released), Mowong, Shark, Frying Pan Snapper, Gold Band Snapper and, as you see by the photo below, ordinary Snapper. Not that there was anything hum drum about this 6kg 'Knobby' as far as Dugald McIntyre was concerned. This was Dugald's first ever Snapper and he boated this quality fish while on a full day Cougar One charter to 'D.I' on Friday. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded with 30lb Pioneer Flexline. Chardon's 'Wide' was another option for those prepared to travel, with Snapper, Pearl Perch and Maori Cod the bonus species. Closer to home; North Reef produced Mahi Mahi and Cobia, Chardon's 'Close' yielded Snapper and at Sunshine Reef the extras were Cobia, School Mackerel, Tailor and, as per the photo on the right, Mahi Mahi. Brisbane angler Jeff Gay boated this 8kg 'Dolphin Fish' while out there on a half day Cougar Too charter on Wednesday. He was armed with a Wilson Texalium rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 10kg line.
Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish

Laguna Bay still had plenty of 'weed' suspended in the upper levels although it was worse around Granite Bay and off the headland. Earlier in the week there were Mackerel Tuna and the odd Longtail Tuna between the drum lines and Dolphin Point, Wolf Herring near the Boiling Pot and some quality (to 3kg) Greenback Tailor not far out from First Point.

ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a bit of a dead loss this week although there were a few Greenback Tailor in amongst the weed patches up around the top end of Teewah Beach on the North Shore. The groynes on Main Beach also hosted a bit of Tailor activity earlier in the week with a few thumpers in amongst the 'Chippers' (juveniles). In the river, there were some quality Flathead taken on drifted Whitebaits and jigged soft plastics down around the mouth although the weed situation was still testing the patience of many anglers. Weed free areas in the lower system were; the Woods Bays (where Tailor were sporadically active), the Munna Point stretch (Trevally) and lower Weyba Creek which produced Flathead, quality Whiting and Trevally. Apart from that there were Trevally boils in the T-Boats to Munna Beach stretch in the late afternoon, Mangrove Jacks and Flathead around Harbourtown, Trevally at the first ski run, Flathead responding to well jigged soft plastics in Lake Cooroibah and Mangrove Jacks on the bite from John's Landing to Lake Cootharaba
Stessl Family Bass Challenge
On the freshwater scene there was plenty of action at Lake MacDonald over the weekend with the running of the annual Toby Brown Cowbell Cup. The lake well and truly came to life during the two day event with several hundred Bass caught and released. For a third year in a row the Lake MacDonald Freshwater Fishing Association held off the Yandina Fishing Club. And mucho congratulations to Davo's senior staffer Mark Pertot (above) for winning the Stessl Family Bass Challenge series, the final of which was held at Somerset Dam over the weekend. During this exhaustive six event series which kicked off in January this year, Mark muscled his way to the top of the competition ladder and held on to the leading position despite fierce competition from runner up (and good fishing buddy) Darryl Dimmick (Noosa) and third place holder Carl Jocumsen (Toowoomba). So hard fought was this competition, in fact, that on the final tally there was only 20cm (half a fish) separating the top two anglers. For his efforts Mark walked away with a Stessl 'Bass Boss' boat package (pictured above left) valued at $30,000. The lure that won the day? A T.T. Vortex Purple Glimmer spinnerbait.




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