As at Monday 30th September 2002
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Well, it was a blustery week with predominantly moderate to fresh variable
Northerlies chopping up the waters.
Regardless of the conditions, however, today (when yesterday's Southerly
swing cranked up a notch, breached the 25 knot barrier and pushed the
swell up around the 2m mark) was the only day classified unfishable. As
for the rest of the week; choppy or not, there were plenty of takers for
a run to the offshore reefs with Squire and Parrot Fish the common species
landed. In addition (for those with the bigger boats) the Barwon Banks
produced Green Jobfish, Gold Spot Wrasse, Trevally and Red Emperor. Closer
to home North Reef was once again the primo spot, yielding Mackerel Tuna,
Moses Perch, Snapper, Northern Bluefin Tuna, Pearl Perch, Maori Cod, Sweetlip,
school Shark, Teraglin Jewfish and quality Cobia. Sunshine Reef wasn't
a bad option either, especially for the smaller boats, with the bonus
species being Sweetlip, Maori Cod and as you can see by the photo above
right, quality Coral Trout. Local angler Reg Bird boated this 6.5kg beauty
on an 80lb handline not long after he dropped the pick out on Sunshine
Wide last Wednesday morning, and does he look pleased with himself or
what? He was using a whole Davo's Pilchard
on 3x5/0 ganged hooks as his bait.
And what about the bloke on the right? Yesterday morning 'Fishing Noosa' webmaster Bill 'Billybob' Watson christened his new fishing craft; a Perception 'Swing' kayak that he recently fitted out to suit our lake, estuary and offshore fishing conditions. Trolling about 1km offshore out in Laguna Bay just after first light, Bill came up trumps in the first half hour when the 8.09kg Mackerel Tuna he's pictured with monstered his Reidys B52 lure. The fish peeled line and towed him about for over 15 minutes before giving up the ghost. Bill was armed with a Wilson 6kg-8kg Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TSS4 threadline reel loaded with 20lb Platinum line and 40lb leader.
ONSHORE: The North Shore beaches were still a bit weed effected so it was all down to the East side this week. Best reports were of Bream and Whiting at Peregian Beach and Flathead and quality Dart at Marcus Beach. In the river, Whiting and Flathead were the mainstay with the better quality fish coming from down at the river mouth, the Frying Pan, the Woods Bays and the back of the Sound (along with Trevally and Tarpon), Munna Point (which also yielded Trevally and Chopper Tailor) and Weyba Creek. Further upstream Tewantin was another good option (together with Trevally), as was Lake Cooroibah where the odd Mangrove Jack was on the prowl. On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass continued to oblige with some quality specimens chasing spinnerbaits, C-Lures extra deep diving 'Borers' and as per the photo on the right, Tilsan shallow Minnows. Kitted out with a Daiwa Heartland rod, a Daiwa Capricorn reel, 4lb Fireline and 8lb Fluorocarbon trace, local angler Shae Gargan caught and released this 43cm fish (and two others) during a relaxing session yesterday afternoon.