The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday October 11th 2004
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OFFSHORE: Warm North Westerlies were a dominant feature in this week's weather pattern with the typically blustery, moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot) afternoon North Easterly sea breezes encouraging anglers to head for home not long after the lunchtime gong. Sunday's swing to the South East saw only a slight improvement in conditions and although most days were classified fishable, there were no TGO's amongst them.
Squire, Snapper, Parrot fish and Moses Perch were common to most of the visited reefs. In addition, for those prepared to go the distance, Double Island Point was the spot for Red Emperor, Cobia, Hussar, Maori Cod and Pearl Perch. Back towards home, North Reef produced Northern Bluefin Tuna and Pearl Perch, as did 'The Coffee Rocks', with the added bonus of Sweetlip and Cobia. But it was the ever consistent North Reef that produced the goods for local angler Josh 'Yogi' Dewit (below) when he dropped the pick there on Saturday morning. Using whole Squid on a 6/0 hook, 'Yogi' boated this 5.5kg 'Knobby' just before lunchtime and dropped a similar one at the side of the boat before reluctantly calling it a day due to increasingly lumpy conditions. He was using a Shimano Backbone rod and a Shimano TLD25 reel loaded with 25lb line and 40lb trace.
'The Hill' also fired quite well, yielding Maori Cod, Bonito and Northern Bluefin Tuna while over on Chardon's Reef the extras were Pearl Perch, and as you can see by the photo above right, more quality Snapper. John Stuart (above right) from Dingo in country Queensland, came up with these nice 4kg and 5kg specimens while on a full day Cougar Too charter to Chardon's 'Wide' on Thursday. John was kitted out with a Shimano Taipan rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 6500 reel loaded with 8kg line. Apart from that, Sunshine Reef was an option for the common species already mentioned, as was Victor Bailey's Reef but with Sweetlip also on the active list. Laguna Bay was quite badly 'weed' affected.

ONSHORE: With the North Westerlies still very much part of the scene the 'weed' was again a problem for surf anglers on the North Shore and Main Beach. Having said that, there were still a few clear areas to wet a line and those anglers Bream and Flatheadwho persevered on Teewah Beach were rewarded with reasonable quality Dart, Bream and Whiting, with the stretch from the camping ground to the top end giving best returns. The inner cove points of the National Park were also worth a shot for Bream as local angler 'Fred' (near right) found on Tuesday morning. Fred landed the 800gm Yellowfin (and a Flounder) while fishing from the rocks near the Boiling Pot. He was armed with a small threadline surf outfit of unknown origin and his bait was Pippie on a No.6 hook. In the river, the lower estuary down around the mouth was another area that was weed congested although anglers found the run-out at least workable and relatively clear. When fishable, that area returned Yellowtail Pike, Flathead, Bream and Whiting. Bream and Flathead were also on the go down the back stretch of Noosa Sound and around Munna Point, which is where six year old Daniel Joller (above right), from Winston Hills in New South Wales, landed his 1.6kg 'Lizard' last Monday. Daniel tempted this nice 'keeper' with a Davo's Prawn on a No.6 longshank hook. He was armed with a Jarvis Walker threadline combo loaded with 4kg line. The Woods Bays (inner and outer) were a pretty good option for Trevally around and after dusk with Storm 'Chug Bugs' getting plenty of attention. Apart from that, the top end of Lake Cooroibah had Flathead (in numbers) chasing soft plastics on the run-out tide while in the stretch between the lakes; Trevally and Whiting responded well to live Prawn baits. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were a little more responsive than last week with best results coming from working spinnerbaits and beetlespins around the weed beds in 'Three Ways' and 'Bass Bay' and from trolling deep divers along the 'Bubble Trail'.



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