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  1. 11 points


    Howdy ladies My previous post hunting for Murray cod hints didn't shine a light on anything for me so brother, father, and myself planned to shoot down to Northern NSW to try our luck at finding some green fellas. Getting the Friday off work helped with the 6 hr drive and by the time we arrived we couldn't find a chance to wet a line as all the waterholes in the immediate vicinity were covered with weed. Not looking good Saturday morning we slept in probably too long and weren't fishing until 8am. 3k walk to the first waterhole and gee she looked a treat. Clear water, no weed, lots of snags and boulders everywhere. and no bloody fish! On Saturday we covered nearly 12k's in some pretty hairy country. Up and down escarpments, through gorges, jumping from boulders to others which in hindsight wasn't the best idea considering how far we were from help. We retired at 3pm with no fish, no bumps, no morale left Decided to dry our luck in a separate arm of the river on dusk but again, ultra-clear water (6m+ visbility), with no run and no fish. Sunday morning was our last chance so we woke up to a warm 2 degrees Celsius and were fishing by 5:45am. First Pool. No Fish. Big walk to next pool. Second Pool. No fish. Another big walk to next pool. Dead goat in the river bed. Last Pool. FISH. Finally, as we reached the last corner of the last fishable pool before we had to make the trek back to packup and be home in time for the footy, we got lucky. I say we because while I was the only one to actually catch a fish, it was a team effort and we all deserved to see one of the critters. He took a liking to a red spinnerbait, slow rolled just over the top of the visible weeds on the bottom. Honestly felt like I was in a dream when I hooked up. I just kept saying "YES, YES, YES, I'M ON, YES". Got the little fella to the bank in time for some happy snaps, then off he went to go back to sleep. I lay down and took it in. We understand that the fact there was so much weed, no run, no water movement at all, and such low water levels probably put the cod into a hibernation of sorts. We plan to go back as soon as the river has had a good flush and the dirty water has cleared up. Thanks for reading apologies for the lack of photos
  2. 11 points
    Drop Bear

    Bbbbrrrrrr Pb

    Now if you are after a rod swishing, lure loosing, bank bashing, dog walking, wallet wacking sort of day on the fresh don't go with @rayke1938 he is not your man. He doesn't use the latest $120 imported Japanese lures and I am yet to engage him in a conversation as to his favorite colour of paddle tailed grubs or favourite brand of braided line. He doesn't spend hundreds of dollars flying around the bay endlessly throwing micro jigs at toooona fish but... while rayke1938 may not be the best friend a tackle shop has ever had, he is the undisputed master of catching fish. I am yet to know his equal which is why a little bit of pee came out when I read a PM offering me a decky spot at the stunning North Pine Dam. Rake uses improbable materials like Frisbees, empty soft drink bottles and gutter guards to make the best shrimp traps you could every see. They are perfect in every way. He uses one rig all day and catches more fish than anyone in the boat. He is a gentleman and cuts his line off when there is a tangle. AVE the Bass king. The night before, I went and bought some wide gap hooks from my local (Water-tower Bait & Tackle - Manly). Back at home I made up a little freshwater kit and as I walked past the alvey I have put up on the wall I thought... lets keep this old school... well to a point. I went and grabbed my trusty 4inch Alvey and strapped it onto the old Nordic Stage. Apparently the previous decky looked closer at what the temperature was going to be better than I did and pulled the pin. I got to the Yellow gate quite early and sat in the car while I had a coffee in the pitch moonless darkness but very soon my solitude was broken when lights appeared on the lonely tree lined road and @rayke1938 and Rick appeared out of the gloom. I got out to help rig up the boat... it was cold... but well #worthit. There wasn't much wind around so it was comfortable enough. @Dinodadog arrived hot on Raykes heels so I was thrilled to meet him for the first time. It is funny how you feel like you know people on this forum yet have never shaken their hand. Gladly this has now changed for Dinodadog. I was on gate duty and by the time I locked it, parked up and wobbled down to the water the boat was in. I think my feet warmed up in the water as I held the boat. With a quick burst of reverse from the powerful electric we were off. Shivering in the boat with a bit of a westerly that disturbed the sheltered glassy waters I had a warm sense of delight as this was my first fishing trip in over a month. I'm back. The butcher skills of my farrier must be high because it is starting to heal now. Sorry for the bad toe nails. We checked the Red Claw pots. Rick loves his Redclaw and was a super pro at sorting them out. They were massive... to me... I normally catch them at about the size of my thumb and we filled a bucket in no time at all. I was so excited for a red claw feast!! A few shrimp traps later and we headed to the first spot. It was only a few hundred meters from the boat ramp and I had not rigged up before we had arrived and Rayke got his first fish. I have ordered some rod armour as it seems like a great way for me to slow down the rod breakages. The fishing was as HOT as the wind was COLD. Fish after fish came into the boat. Mostly in the 25 to 35ish size. But then... I got a very gentle take. Lifting the rod and winding the 4'' alvey something solid screamed off. I thought it was gong to be a yellow belly as it took a lot of line. Playing out line on the Alvey was so fun. It did 3 really solid runs before I got some turns on it. Then again off it went. My Pb Yellow was 55cm and Bass was at 43cm. This felt bigger. After a while it tired a bit and I got it close to the surface. Silver sided and huge. With the elegance of a broken watermelon rolling down the hill I slipped the net under my absolute PB Bass. 46cm. Now I know that this is not huge and others can claim Bass at over 10cm longer than this one but I love this fish. Fat with roe and shoulders like Andre the Giant this wiiggly watery wonder made my day. It was such a healthy fish in perfect condition. A quick pic and back in the water to swim away. One day I hope it will grow to be the mythical 60cm Bass that may or may not exist. (Rayke told me he had never seen a 60cm on a brag mat) Sorry it is hard to see the size properly. The fish kept coming, one then another. I have to admit that before I had fished NPD I wondered if the cricket scores of fish that many reported were exaggerated. My PB on previous trips was about 80 by memory which I though was astounding. But soon this spot slowed and we cruised to greener pastures. Such a stunning place. Lake Sampsonvale is host to a vast array of aquatic birds including Black Swans, Darters, pied and black Cormorants, grebes, ducks and percy. The tree lined banks shelter countless feathered and other creatures hidden in the bush. The next spot was a dud but we headed over next to a bank and bang! straight on again. Fish after fish. I kept 2 stunning fish at around the 42cm mark for dinner. Fish after Fish after fish. I caught quite a few over 40cm. All too soon it was time and we had to head back to the ramp. Rick cleaned his Red Claw but I kept mine alive. Not sure why now. The final tally was 121 Bass 0 Forkies 0 Tandans 0 Yellow Belly. There was maybe 8 or so undersized fish. I didn't really count these. What a fantastic day. Fresh water is so nice to fish in. No need to flush reels or worry when water gets in tackle boxes. So thanks again Rayke for a top day. I hope I can do it again. Now to dinner! I cleaned the Bass down at Wynnum Creek where a nice bloke was very confused to see these strange looking Bream. The gulls and pelicans were very very happy to share the massive row sacks out of these fat fish. The bass I wrapped in foil with loads of ginger and spring onions with a good splash of soy sauce. Just bake in the oven for about 30 mins at 1750C. Stunning. Fresh water fish are so fantastic this way. No muddy taste at all just sweet juicy flaky white meat. Superb. Serve with white rice and salad and steamed vegies and Drink Chardonnay. The Red claw I briefly froze as Rick had said it makes it easier for the meat to come away from the shell. Then cleaned them and kept the biggest heads to eat the claw meat. Recipe; Cut 4 cloves of garlic 2 onions fry in butter. Add meat and quickly fry till about half cooked then remove Add half a bottle of white wine (drink other half) and some tomatoes. I used passata and some tinned chopped but you can use fresh ones. Reduce this until quite thick then add half a large bottle of cream and reduce some more. Add all the meat and claws back in and cook for about 2 mins. I had to boil the heads a little longer to get them to go Red. Serve on a bed of pasta with coriander and drink lots of Pinot.
  3. 11 points

    Fishing The Passage 17/6/18

    With the final day of the Suburbs of Origin coinciding the June Monthly Comp for the Toorbul Fishing Club I was able to get out to a wet a line. A cold start to the morning meant it was hard to get out of bed, but we got to the boat ramp around 6:15am to find a lot of the sand banks already exposed (low at 9:30am). We skipped across a few sand bars in the low light and had to lift the motor on a few more but we got down to Hussey Ck without any dramas. We fished a drop off from 0.9m to 2.1m and the fish were biting straight away. We didn't catch an undersized fish in the first three hours, which was a pleasant surprise from the undersized pickers that are normally around. we picked up all our fish in this one spot other than a few flathead we got in some ripples about 50m away in the entrance to Hussey Ck. All were caught on live yabbies. Off to the weigh in and my son won his junior section, I won 'B' Grade and also got the heaviest 3 species. Ended up with $70 cash and also won the meat tray in the raffles. More importantly I was able to add a couple of upgrades to Northside's Tally and help them in their dominant round one win. One productive day! If anyone on the northside is looking for a good family focused fishing club the Toorbul Club is always looking for members. More info can be found on their Facebook page. Finally a pic of 2 of the 3 snapper weighed in. All caught in the lower end of the passage. @Drop Bear might be a sign that the oyster beds are already working.
  4. 11 points

    Sunrise Saratoga

  5. 10 points

    Foggy Start To Snappy Snapper

    The bay was like pea soup with a thick blanket of fog as we left the ramp after reaching the rainbow channel it cleared and it was a good run to the bar so calm on the bay it was quite eerie. After we crossed the bar we headed to the livie grounds and the bar dissapeared as the fog moved over it but we stayed ahead of it the rest of the morning we ran over to the rock after getting only 4 yakkas. We started drifting 1st up and both 1st drops were smashed and line peeled off the reels with both Alan and i having trouble getting the bail arms over on the spinning reels my fish felt big with wicked head shakes eached time it stopped peeling line. Alan had a bigger fish on and could not turn its head it peeled line only stopping to shake its head then tear off again but it found a sharp edge on the reef. My fish gave its best to not leave the bottom but i finally got a few winds on the reel eventually gaining line and closing the distance back to the boat the fish came in to view and the colour red was called Alan did the net work and we put a good snapper in the boat. We kept the drifts going and i hooked another good fish putting another snapper in the box around the 60cm mark things looked good The snapper slowed after a couple more were landed so the decision to anchor and berley up brought on some more fish we were also able to drop some livies down. The current was moving well past the rock and this had the fish still in the mood. The yakkas got monstered and these brutes were having none of seeing the surface they soon reefed us every time. The snapper were qaulity with 2 fish around 45cm another 3 snapper around 50cm 1 just under 60cm and the 72cm model. The current stopped and so did the fish so we headed home to fillet some fish and drink some beer the run home was as flat as the run out topping off a perfect day out.
  6. 9 points
    Old Scaley

    Offshore Saturday

    I know that not everyone had a great day out yesterday, but I have to say that I had a sensational day offshore with @tugger and his son Brock. I was so happy that Mark had offered me a spot for the day that even if we caught nothing it was going to be a good day. like a good deckie, I got to Mark’s place early (4.30am) and we met up with @straddiebrad and @demarc at the ramp. Nice to meet you Brad, and to see Julian again. The armada set off across the Bay in the dark, arriving at a very calm Bay right on first light. We all slipped out into the ocean and headed to the bait ground to get a few livies. With livies gathered, Brad and Julian headed north to the 33s while Mark headed over to some new ground, let’s call it Mark’s mark. Mark had a few bust offs on monsters of the deep at his new spot but the current was making things hard. So, off we went to check in with the boys at the 33s. Fishing was patchy but we did put a few snaps and a couple of pearlies in the box. We persevered for a while then Mark decided we should head to Tugger Rock. Good call. We anchored up and got a steady stream of trevallies that fought above their weight class and some pan size snaps. Close to knock off time, Mark made another good call to have a drift through that area. Tugger and son had some big hits and landed a few good snapper while my mojo ran out and I couldn't lose a bait. Once we had our bag of snapper, it was home time after about 11 hours on the water. The boys were very kind with the distribution of the catch and I have been busy today filleting and bagging some delicious morsels. Pearl perch tonight - yum! Not too many photos sorry. Here is the catch Here is Mark hooked up (again) Also saw heaps of whales, some were very close but disappeared as soon as I got the camera loaded. Thanks again Mark. It was a top day out and I learnt heaps.
  7. 8 points
    one for Northside bahahahahaha
  8. 8 points

    Brass Monkey Morning

    Took the next door neighbor out for a quick session this morning.Had the pleasure of meeting Dropbear at the gate, he was joining Ray. We had to move several times to find bass, where there is normally the odd bass sitting on the bottom all the way down the dam it was bare as a babies b b b bottom.We finally found a few near the island then a heap more in the main straight. No whoppers most were just legal. Dino
  9. 7 points
    Here you go @timtam_. Have since removed the 'Fat Dog' name ....... Hoping to change the all-round white light this weekend (is currently only a very short one in the back right corner) so I can do some pre-dawn and/or arvo/evening sessions over the upcoming holidays.
  10. 7 points

    Stabi V Surtees V Glass

    I'd suggest you make a list of what you really want out of a boat, and what you are and are/aren't willing to forgo. Take into account things like how wet you are willing to get, etc. Based on what I've heard you say so far regarding the comfort required and also where you are likely to use it (across the bay and occasionally offshore) I suspect you'd be better off with a cabin style boat. I've never been in a side console but imagine you'd get reasonably wet coming across the bay in the type of chop you're likely to come across (unless you only go out on perfect days of course .....). Before leaping into a new boat (and style of boat), I'd be organising a ride in these different styles so you've got a good, accurate opinion of what they'll be like to own/drive.
  11. 7 points
    Got to admit I love fishing with light gear in 4-5m of crystal clear water with almost no wind and the sun shining! That was my Sunday in the Northern Bay...oh yeah and plenty of winter whiting to throw into the mix On the water by 6 at Scarborough thanks to a mate joining ... makes using my auto hitch worth the $500! Wanted to see if we could get into some Snapper on the north reef with the SW and outgoing tide. Plenty of boats already anchored up with lines heading towards the Tripod Beacon so opted for a couple of drifts across the shallows between the reef and Redcliffe. Not much luck so anchored and and started a pilchard trail...10 mins later Bream everywhere! Couple of keepers (just) but threw them back for another day. Was getting past 8 and thought we might try the measured mile but decided to drop into Redcliffe first to get a coffee and B&E bad boy - very civilised must say pulling up to the beach and getting breaky Started to head east to the beacons but could see it was going to get a bit bumpy and this late in the year most probably meant we would be bobbing around for not a lot. Thought about the wind and pretty confident there was going to be whiting headed north for cockle banks and do some light line fishing and just chilling out... Plenty of boats around and the bay really turned on one of those days that makes it so awesome! Heaps of whiting around ... just drifted south to north...so much fun on 2-4kg kit just love it! Was using squid strips and cured worms (shop bought) and everything got smashed including lots of lizards...got smoked a couple of times - brings a massive grin to my dial every time on this light stuff! Only took about 10 home between but could have bagged out if we wanted to. Might hit it next week too as whiting is always welcome by the kids in my house!
  12. 7 points
    Launched the kayak in the pine river on Sunday morning hoping to track down some flatties or even a jewie if I was lucky enough. No Jew turned up but I managed a couple of flathead on soft plastics which kept me happy. I landed 2 and lost another next to the kayak with the biggest going 44cm. The wind picked up at about 9:30 so I called it quits and went home after that. By the time I got home the wind was blowing an absolute gale! Lucky I called time when I did or paddling back to my launch spot would have been fun Gear: Sedona 2500, Nordic Stage Favourite, Zman Minnowz in electric chicken First time I’ve used my old gopro hero2 in a while as well. The sounds quality on those things are terrible!
  13. 7 points

    Trailer Repair Recommendations

    I have been to R & M Trailers and was comfortable with their knowledge and set up. Seem to know what they are doing so I’ll drop it in there on Thursday to get it done. The down side is I won't have a boat for 4-5 weeks. It’s a long spell not being on the water for me, all up 8-9 weeks. It's a pity because this is the time of the year I look for Longtail up and down Bribie and headout wide for reefies. As long as it comes back right, I can do other things in the means time.
  14. 7 points
    An upgrade for team Norths whiting and bream bream @ 32cm whiting @ 36cm
  15. 6 points

    Slow Morning On The Pine!

    Hit the water early on Saturday morning hoping to find a few bream. And much like tuggers snapper trip, it was a foggy start to the day. Ended up being a super slow trip with a few lost fish. I had swapped trebles on a few lures to crappy eBay ones I had laying around....what a mistake that turned out to be! I lost 3 fish to no hook ups...very frustrating! Lesson learned though Finished with one 25.5cm bream a pike... it was just one of those “one fish for a thousand cast days” guess you can’t win em all. At least it wasn’t a donut trip. Plus I put a fish on the board for the northsiders!
  16. 6 points
    72cm snapper for the southsiders image:30311
  17. 6 points
    Ok, I will kick it off. 55cm Flathead for the southsiders.
  18. 6 points

    Hard 2 Remain Keen

    Cast my arms off from 3pm till 5pm waiting for a few bass to appear. Its hard to remain keen in this situation.Ran into Joe and had a bit of a chat, this helped to pass a bit of the time. Then no sooner were they on they were off again.I was determined to get one on the new gangbangar G2 before I went home. Dino
  19. 6 points
    I'm a random guy. This is my 6th year owning her, my longest for a boat. If it doesn't sell for what I have in mind, I'll keep her, no worries there as it's an absoulte weapon. ☺
  20. 6 points

    Offshore Saturday

    nice going guys good haul of fish, we ended up with 3 pearlies 4 snapper a moses and 2 ajs,there were a heap of just legal perlies too but we threw them back.
  21. 6 points

    Offshore Saturday

    We didn't get that big knobby we were after maybe later in the season a few might visit me. Will be targeting those ledges again soon we found those snapper late in the day on.
  22. 6 points
    Old Scaley

    Offshore Saturday

    Pearl perch poached in lemon butter last night - spectacular! Snapper in panko crumbs tonight. Gave a couple of fillets to my mum and cryovacced another 4 meals. You can never eat too much fish in my house.
  23. 6 points
    Well, turns out I planned my weekend the wrong way around (report cards Saturday and fishing Sunday) - thought with it having some westerly in it that the bay might be OK but boy was it messy out there today. Stopped and turned around when I got to the Hope Banks (and probably shouldn't have gone that far) and saw a yacht with a broken mast (two other yachts assisting so hope everything panned out OK - they seem to have managed to pull down the sails and mast and I'm assuming they had back up motors. Tried anchoring at Green in the hopes the bream/squire might be on the chew but nothing apart from the same bite offs I had there a few months ago. And had a rod (NS Favourite I think - grrrr!!!) bounce out of a rod holder and into the drink - grrrr!!! On the plus side I got some good practice for offshore bar crossings (in the bay ......) and have total faith in my boat, it handles bad conditions well. And I'm also pleased with how quickly I've gotten used to driving it - felt in control which was good in very average conditions. I digress however ..... I think us Southsider's may as well congratulate the winner's of Round 1. They may need to make up a victory song ........ Well done Northsiders - dominant victory.
  24. 5 points

    Trailer Repair Recommendations

    Looking forward to it being finished. August to me is the worst month of the year for fishing but, l will be going anyway. The family and l have a trip planned for late September for 4 weeks to Cape York so I’ll squeeze in little bit of bank fishing. Once back it will time start offshore fishing again. Always something to look forward to.
  25. 5 points

    Offshore Saturday

    With the weather prediction not spot on we got a bit wet without my clears I have the boat booked in for a new Bimini and clears as the old top is torn. Apart from that the fish finally got interested in our bait and we did put together a nice box of snapper and pearlies. Hope you enjoyed the trip Steve thanks for the company did you have any fish yet we had fresh snapper for dinner and it was delicious.