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    Well, my wife and I finally decided that it was time to unleash our 2 and a bit year old tyro George today and thus the 4 of us went fishign for the first time in the boat. True to form George had us on edge prior to leaving home when he refused, for a fair while, to try on his lifejacket, to the point that I/we decided that we'd better take both cars in case things don't progress past the boat ramp phase (I even quickly went and loaded the bigger esky with ice and threw in the mackerel trolling rod in case this eventuated as plan B would have seen my 5yr old Liam and I pressing on to Wello Pt to try for more mackerel ....... ). Anyway, George behaved, we had a great day on the water in amazingly still conditions, caught a 50cm flattie trolling on the way out (I let Liam reel it in and he did a great job), we pumped some yabbies and the boys caught soldier crabs, then we anchored up and fished for over an hour (longer than I thought we'd last). Unfortunately the timing wasn't great as the tide had just finished flowing out and it seemed to take an eternity to start flowing back in, but when it did we caught enough little bream and tarwhine to keep us amused and my wife caught a 29ish cm whiting which was added to the esky. We put the undersized fish into an icecream container so George could release them which he loved. So a good result all round and I'm already looking forward to the next outing. Won't be long til we have a bigger boat (hopefully within 2 years) and are venturing further into the bay trolling for mackerel and catching billions of winter whiting
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    Headed offshore with Kelvin and Dylan on Wednesday the bay was like glass but outside was a bit lumpy only because it was right on the nose once out at our grounds it was easy going. The snapper were a bit slow 1st up but soon enough they started to bight harder, Dylan landed a nice fish going 68cm and we all got a few solid fish. There were whales every where we turned some breaching right out of the water others tail slapping for ages then as we were moving between fishing marks 2 whales popped up right in front of us and if i hadnt pulled off the throttle and come off the plane we would have hit these giant speed bumps. In the end we got our bag of good snapper then we headed to boat rock to try for a few different fish we had 2 strikes on floating baits with 1 being a mack tuna and the other an unstoppable. After a couple of moses perch were landed and Kelvins red emperor we headed for home knocking over a few cold beers we filleted the days catch.
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    Took my 5yr old son Liam out for a fish from Wello Pt yesterday - dropped his 2yr old brother off at Daycare without him suspecting we were up to something and after getting the gear/boat ready, leaving, returning home to get Liam's lifejacket ........ we were at the ramp around 10:30am to GLORIOUS conditions. Put 4 pots in with the hope of some sandies for our efforts using some moses perch and snapper frames from the previous days offshore trip with Mark. Had read that there were some school mackerel around east of Wello Pt/Green Island so rigged a paravane up and started trolling. Nothing for a while and then we spotted a few birds sitting on the water so headed towards them whilst I explained to Liam the theory aorund while they'd be sitting there seemingly minding their own business. Sure enough, within a minute of going past them we had our first bent rod (Liam's job was to watch it while I watched the sounder and later the handheld GPS) and then a 58cm school mackerel in the boat. Grabbed Liam's little knife out of his new tacklebox and went to cut the fish's throat and bu99er me if the knife wasn't alot sharper than I'd expected - poor fish was almost headless ...... Spirits were high and we proceeded to pick up three more, all around the same size, but doing laps of this area and got joined by firstly a mum dolphin and her baby/young one, and later a large pod of them which thrilled Liam. As I started to wonder how many we could possibly catch (an unusual thought pattern for me .....) the next few laps were fruitless and I couldn't find anything on the sounder and Liam was keen to get to Green Island to try for some squid and reef fish so we pulled the paravane in and off we went. Tried a quick drift for a squid for no result and then anchored up just as the predicted northerly wind kicked in which made things difficult unpleasant so with time running out we stayed for a bit whilst Liam reeled in 5 fish in short time - three trumpeter, a small tarwhine and some little purple/black frilly looking creature. Took our time heading with the waves back to Wello Pt to collect our pots and got two creepers and a few throwbacks and home we went to go and pick his brother George up to reveal our little secret ....... won't be long before he works out that he wasn't there ..... Hopefully get out a couple of times next week to have another crack at them.
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    Well I didn't get a chance to write up 2 reports from last week so I figured I should get onto that seeing as I had a few good trips. On Monday morning I took my girlfriend out for a fish at the dam for her first fish ever. She'd never caught a fish before so as long as we got a few it would be a successful day! I made sure we had a few shrimp for this trip and luckily my pots that I'd thrown in a few days earlier had enough shrimp for a few hours fishing. On the way down the dam we picked up a few little bass trolling with her first one being a quality bass. After arriving at the first spot we started cooking up some bacon, eggs and hash browns (elaborate I know haha) with a few fish coming in here and there. As I was concentrating on getting some rods into the water and cooking up some food I didn't even realise that the spot lock had been bumped off and we were now in the middle of the dam. Well this turned out to be the luckiest thing that happened all day with fish being stacked on the sounder right from the bottom to the top. I think it took me close to an hour to eat one sanga seeing as the fish were so thick! This shot isn't even close to how many there were This was her PB bass for the day and she also managed a tagged bass too. And this pretty much sums up our day We finished up with around 50 bass which wasn't a bad effort for someone who has never been fishing before! She's already said that she wants to come back out again so clearly she had a good first fish. On Wednesday I was back out again but this time for a solo session. The fishing initially didn't seem quite as good however I was picking them up here and there, both trolling and jigging. I was keen to try a few new methods seeing as I was by myself so after catching one trolling close to the bank I decided to stop and have a cast. I was using a "wiggle wart" that I got from the bass pro shops and on my first cast I got a nice bass near a dead tree. I ended up getting a few bass like this which was a lot of fun. After having some fun casting I went off trolling again looking for a few bass. At about 12pm I saw a couple of bass on the sounder so dropped down a Nories jig, and seconds after doing that I hooked up to a nice bass, with the sounder beginning to get covered in fish. This made for a fun hour or so and I finished the day with 84 bass and 3 tagged ones. All in all it was a fun few trips with plenty of fish coming aboard. James
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    Hatched a plan with two mates(Cheech & Chong) to join Cheech and Chong charters chasing Black Bream... However after seeing the weather forecast, plans where changed for an offshore trip aboard Mary K. There was a blow Saturday morning that was slowing down at noon. Plan was to fish spot x,y,z. Crossing Wide Bay Bar at low tide, 3pm, returning at 8/9amish the next day. Saturday morning at 7am I picked Cheech up and we made our way to Chongs place at Maryborough. MaryK in tow we headed for the ramp. We were at the bar by 3pm and headed out to spot x, 20ks from the bar. We anchored in 56mtrs of water and burley'd up when I remebered too... The afternoon session was pretty good, loosing lots of good fish and landing plenty of Snapper. Stand out was a 60+ Snapper I caught float lining. After the tide change things slowed, so we cruised to spot y. Scored(?) two MIL and again lost plenty to Sharks and other misfortunes. Sun was well down by this point, so we persisted at Spot Y for a few more hours. The whales... It was at this spot we herd our first whales breach at night. It is a truly different expereince. At times when they jumped their white bodies lit up under the full moon. We also saw a blue swimmer crab, swimming on the surface in 50+mtrs and over 20ks from shore. 8pm we decided to head to Spot Z. Spot Z was quiet at first and after re anchoring in 55mtrs a few times, we decided to drift. We had one of the best sessions from 11pm to 12:30pm with nearly every drop resulting in a fish. The Snapper were in plague legal proprtions and were quickly becoming annoying being already bagged. At 2am we made the call to head back to Spot Y for the morning bite. We fished this spot from 2am until 6amish. Chong then called in a mystery spot he had, Spot W. Here had promise, I got a big Spangled. Then we found the Pearlies. We caught at least 30 between the 3 of us. Only one was legal. Rest ranged from 30 - 34. A blowfly moved in on our drift line. We decided to play nice and just keep doing our drifts. We delayed our depature until 9am trying to pick up some legal Pearlies . Last drop with all bait nearly gone, we did a drop with two lines with all remaining bait on 8/0s. The super baits were deployed... First line got smashed, but it went straight into reef. Second line then got smashed. After a short fight Chong brought up a respectfully sized Tuskie. Crossed bar at 9 and stopped inside to log off with VMR Tincan Bay. Back to Chongs for a few coldies before the haul back to Brissy. Was a really enjoyable expereince being on Cheech and Chong charters. Will be back real soon.
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    Had the pleasure of firstly meeting and then fishing with @youngy yesterday. Met at Wayne's place (nice location!!), hopped in the boat and we were on our way south to the Nerang River. Was my first time fishing one of the Gold Coast rivers and was certainly a unique experience anchoring up with houses on both sides of us. Wayne gave me a quick rundown on the system used with the long rods out the back and smaller spin rods out the side and also how much worm to use (my first time fishing with worms) and away we went. First spot was unfruitful so off to another location and this time two nice whiting (around 34cm - nice big fat buggers) came in on Wayne's side of the boat. Then the bream found us, so it was time to move .... this continued a theme for the day and now I understand why whiting fishermen find bream so frustrating - although when Wayne pulled in a nice fat 35cm model I was happy for him to add it to the esky for me (a bit more worthwhile then the just legal ones). I was telling Wayne how I've recently had it noted to me by two seperate fishermen that I've got a bad technique when retrieving line with a spin reel (touching the line with my finger) so I concentrated on getting that right today - pretty sure it's because I grew up using Alvey's as a kid. Ironically, I was a bit rusty with the finer points of using Wayne's Alvey setup (these day's I basically always use spin reels ...) and lets just say one of his reels has a bit less line on it (sorry mate!) after I twice cast and the line got all twisted up (winding it too high/wide on the spool and/or not tight enough). I also took a while to nail the technique when hooking a fish with the 10ft 6inch rod - I wasn't holding the line or spool at first but got that sorted after a while. Our last two spots produced some more whiting for us (including some for me) with plenty more bream including a couple more big fat ones. I unfortunately snapped off a grunter when going to lift it into the water and also a decent whiting (seemed to be getting little knots in my leader during the day - I'm blaming that anyway .....) which was annoying. We ended up with 8 whiting with the biggest going 34cm and 3 bream around 33-35cm. So I'm popular with the family again!! Big thanks to Wayne for inviting me down, teaching me heaps and just being a great bloke to spend a day on the water with. I was glad you didn't have to dig the worms for this trip - I'd like to come down and help some time as it would be another good skill to learn/have. I was telling Wayne just before I left in the arvo that my wife was enquriing whether I've met 'this bloke' before and I said no. Wayne said he gets the same from his wife over the years of taking fishermen out with him. I've felt like I've known him for years through fishing forums and reading his BNB articles so it was good to finally meet him and spend time on the water talking fishing, sport, politics (not in much depth ) and marvelling at the stupidity of the young blokes hooning around in their tinnies (and apparently their behaviour wasn't as bad as it can be .....). Hope to do it all again sometime.
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    She looks very pretty. Arived today. I'm going to give him a hand on Saturday to re wire and sort it out. It looks like its gonna be a cracker. Keen to spend more time out at the group and even do some 1770 runs! It's not mine but It's good to have a mate with a boat this nice!
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    Was a chilly morning out at the dam yesterday, trolling was very slow and the jigging wasnt much better. I think the bass are getting used to the blades we are using as I would have heaps of fish on the sounder but they had lock jaw. I got up to 32 trolling and jigging from 6am til 10am, then I wanted to head for home so decided to put a shrimp down to see if they realy were not hungry and got 20 in a row, Just goes to show they are not silly, they know fresh is best. Dino
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    Hello fellow fishers, Finally got the chance to go for a quick fish over the weekend with the misses. Nothing really exciting but managed alot of small squire, a tuskfish and some sort of ray. Still having trouble finding anything worth keeping out in the bay. Loved being out on the water thou and defently looking to get more active. In saying that if anyone is keen for a fish wednesday day/ afternoon or anytime thursday im not working and more then keen.( if the weathers looking good).Happy to be a decky and share costs or for someone to come out on my boat. Regards Chris
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    oMy son Brock had the day off work and hit me up for a fish offshore so we headed out early through south passage bar the fishing was slow early on with zero current even fishing with pea sinkers in fairly deep water was not getting the runs on the board. We worked hard till we found a patch of snapper and a couple fo snaps over 50cm hit the deck Brock also was geting a few pearlies just under size but never found any bigger models. We moved down to the rock and found fish chewing and started to have some fun on good hard fighting fish we also scored some very coloufull fish like goat fish of all sorts of colours, coral cod and a chinaman fish. We both hooked some good snapper that fight so much harder in the shallows and started to really fill the box it took a while to find the right combination of rigs to and in to them we got. An old fishing mate told me a long time ago if your not catching fish change your rigs, sinker size and baits till you crack em and how true he has been all those years ago. We found the best bait for the day was fresh bonito followed closely by half pilchard, the trevally we in big schools and they kept us busy pulling hard inbetween the snapper bite, Brock also got a nice tusky that pulled hard another colour for the day. The best snapper went 65cm at the rock and i was surprised to see a good fish like that up close where I fish he gave me plenty of curry before I got him away from the bottom. There was also some moses perch mixed in and plenty of dart just harrasing our baits they were so aggressive today it was fun all morning then we called it quits when the bait ran out. The weather was awesome all day to make an excellent day out on the water with my boy we could do 40km/hr offshore with out a bump, the bay was like glass both ways and i didn't slow down for the bar it was non existant. Back home we filleted the catch while we downed a few cold brews Brock an fillet now very well i guess he must of watched me enough over the years i just get pissed when he outfishes me and rubs it in. Here is tally at the end
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    I fished the Toorbul Monthly Fishing Comp with 2 of my kids this morning. I had a bit of a sleep in and hit the water around 6:30. Fished around Hussey Ck in the Passage and really struggled to find fish. My son got 2 legal bream and 2 whiting and my daughter caught a mixed bag of undersize fish. The kids had enough at 9, so took them back to the ramp and headed out solo. First cast and i pick up a little bream. As i pulled him out of the mangroves he gets smashed by a brown shape which knocks him out of the water. It took me a few seconds to realise it was flatty. I stopped the retrieve and the flathead came back and smashed the bream again. It was a nervous few minutes as i tried to get the flathead who was only attached by the bream in its mouth to the boat. Somehow it didn't let go and I was able to net both of them. Picked up another legal bream and it was time to head to the weigh-in. Suprisingly not much was weighed in
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    Took grandaughters out for fish yesterday. I was going to chase a few flatties but decided to let them have some fun with whiting. Headed over to old compass bouy area. Very hard to find, girls getting bored. Then the 6 yr old got her first fish by herself. Well her face lit up. We ended up with 35. They had a ball.
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    Headed out offshore with Brad (stradiebrad) in his boat the bay was flat and so was the bar cruising out to the reef we kept an eye out for whales but we saw none till we had started fishing they were everywhere as the sun got higher in the sky. Fishing was slow early and we kept looking for the right dfift then on 1 run Brad scored his 1st ever pearl perch and a stonker at that going 52cm i also got a nice snapper of 55cm on the same drift. The bite slowed again after a few more small snapper were landed so we moved south and instantly found plenty of moses perch the bite was getting hectic with snapper trevally and even a red emperor bending our rods. Then the kingies showed up this is where it got crazy they were hitting hard and ripping line off the reels we boated a dozen or more and lost nearly as much they were following each other up as we reeled in their mate 1 even had a go at the sinker hanging just in the water beside the boat. The snapper bite was also increasing and we could not stop catching trevally which pull so hard for their size Brad and i were exhausted in the end and decided to leave them biting and head for home. It was 1 of the most hectic fishing trips ever for me with never a rest or slow period once it started the weather was again perfect for the run home and after a 45 minute trip we were back on the ramp. Here is the end result and thanks for the invite Brad it was just wicked.
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    We both enjoyed the full days fishing on Monday starting at 4.30am and back at the ramp 5.30pm. The Sunday afternoon was just bait collecting in preparation for Mondays real trip. Thanks for all the food you bought Luke the bacon & egg rolls, iced coffee, chocolate and chips. It went down a treat. Here's some photos from the day. Luke's first time capture of a Juvenile Red Emperor & PB. Star Gazer. Pesky snapper, squire. Another PB. My PB Tuskie. Luke's blew me away Another PB. The arm stretcher we were looking for at 95cm it was a hard battle won by Luke. I was stretched myself after hooking a big fish that took a full yaka, unfortunately it wore through the 80lb leader. A brilliant day out with great company. It is so enjoyable to experience people achieving PB's together. Learning more every trip regarding the sounds settings etc. The spot we fished was a new one that I found last time out. Always be looking at your sounder when you are moving around to find less pressured spots. The conditions were what we were hoping for, absolutely magic. Could have stayed another night and done it all again. The trip home was at 50kmph and seeing the sunset over the glass house mountains just ended the day perfectly.
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    Only having one 15kg bag between us limited what gear I could take with me to the Whitsundays, so I opted for a 3-5kg travel rod matched to a Shimano Sahara 2500 loaded with 10lb braid and 16lb leader. Threw in a few bags of soft plastics, hard bodies and I was ready to fish. We flew into Proserpine then transferred to Airlie Beach for one night. Then we had a boat transfer to Long Island the next day departing from Shute Harbour. For anyone who has been to the Whitsundays, you will know how awesome of a place it really is. For those who haven’t been id highly recommend going! If not for the fishing then for the pure relaxed lifestyle they live up there. You can still see some cyclone damage, but they have done a great job to get back on their feet again. Second morning on the island, e managed a load of small tuskies on bait land based, then on the last afternoon we really had our hot fishing session. We had tried a few other times trolling some hard bodies behind a kayak for no luck, but on the last afternoon I tied on a ZMan 4inch Streakz in glow white…the poor lure got hammered time after time. We headed out the front of our resort in a two man kayak to try the edge of the reef area. For my fiancé, it was her first fish on a soft plastic which was pretty special catching a wire net cod. I managed another tuskie and a flounder before I nailed a new species… As I slowed hopped the SP over some coral clusters I felt a small tug, so I set the hook to find it was a small critter, but when it reached the top of the water…I was yahooing pretty loudly. My first ever coral trout…though it was only a baby, I was absolutely stoked. Few happy snaps then back in the drink. As then sun started to set, we made the call to head back in... but before we did I said to Lauren “just one more cast” lobbed it out, and started the retrieve. About 5 m from the yak it got hammered, the poor little 3-5 rogue BCF special travel rod loaded up and the fight was on. I knew that with only 16lb leader, I had to get it out of the coral fast. I cranked it off the bottom as fast as I could, I knew it was a decent size as I could feel its weight the whole fight to the surface…I couldn’t believe my eyes! She measured 39cm…my first LEGAL trout. If I thought I was happy before, now I was ecstatic! The only downer on the after was the fact that the measuring ruler I had didn’t have QLD coral trout size on it, so rather than potentially taking an undersized fish, I let it swim away to freedom (I know, it’s a cardinal sin to release a legal coral trout) but given I wasn’t sure of its size, I didn’t want to risk it. I was just happy to be fishing in such a beautiful location, catching such stunning fish. Just goes to show, that “one last cast” could potentially land your most prized fish to date, you just never know!! Oh yeah and the resort we stayed at (Palm Bay Resort at Long Island) was awesome. Secluded, quiet, picturesque and relaxing to say the least. It’s a fully self-catered resort (all food must be organised, prepped and cooked by ourselves) at a big communal kitchen. They did have a little store to buy food from at the resort, but we just loaded up with food from woollies at Airlie beach before we went there. This style of resort isn’t for everyone, but we loved every minute of it. Cracking sunsets, cabins on the beach, bush walks with breath taking views, whales, turtles, eagles, goannas and some amazing fish just to name some of the highlights. 10/10 holiday!
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    Hi all Thought i would add a few pics of my new boat. Pick her up tomorrow . Cant wait to get on the water . Its been 20 weeks. Cheers Josh <><
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    Hi all, Went redclawing on the dam, pretty rough the wind was blowing a bit, was pretty choppy going across the middle. Only got 11 for overnight soak, but good enough for a chew. Plenty of terrorists around, must of been up to 10 boats in the morning, hit something under the water, 40 feet deep, so assumed it was a floating log, damaged prop a bit. Anyhow it keeps one out of the pub, and it's always good out on the water. Cheers Gary. DECKIE SORTING POTS Burdekin dam from lookout Redclaw 19-2017
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    The old man sent me these today. Jealous!! Biggest was 70cm and all above average.
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    Went for a crack this arvo northern Broadwater , caught a few flathead and tailor on dark. Water allot clearer today, cheers
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    took my brother and his wife out too day off straddie scraped together a few for a feeed most were caught east of the bar,great day on the water.
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    Left clontarf at 6.30, and headed to river reef, between clontaf and tanga. Bit rough early with that sw wind. Didnt know what i was going to find. Mate got bricked after 5 mins, then nothing more. Tried measured mile but nothing. So when u dont catch anything, cant go home without a fish. Headed to couple marks i have near compass adj bouy for a feed of winteries. Didnt let us down. Got 60 in about 90 mins. Headed back in glass conditions sitting on 4500 rpm doing a steady 50 kph., until i hit the otter rock beacon in bramble bay. Went from glass to at least 15 kn westerley, choppy , white water everywhere. Thought i had just gone through a time zone, it was unreal. Was going to chase a few flatties but just to rough. Home to clean boat and fillet fish. Took grandkids down to boat ramp with 60 frames and they fed the pelicans. They loved it. A top day cheers greg
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    Gave myself a birthday present and went fishing for a change. Found out my shower proof jacket is only showerproof for about 30 minutes but as the fish were hungry i did not notice how wet i was until we knocked off and i shivered all the way back to the ramp where fortunately i had a change of clothes in the car. We had a hot bite ending up with 69 bass and 1 yella. Graham was pleased with his 48cm bass. Only caught the one tagged fish today. It was tagged only 10 days ago Back again for another go tomorrow. Cheers Ray
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    Headed out to the Outer Gneering early Monday morning. My deckie pulled out due to work commitments around !0pm, too late to call around to find another one so i decided to do a solo run. The bar was flat even with a bit of swell coming over the stilted up river mouth. Got out to the gneerings and it was pretty sloppy. Did a couple of drifts. A couple of undersize reef fish and a PB whiptail . After finding a good mark with fish on the sounder i anchored up and started a berley trail. The trail started to work and i got bricked on lighter gear. No more mucking around so the big gear came out. Drop to the bottom, one jig up and i was getting smashed. Unfortunately, i was pulling the hooks or still getting bricked on the bottom. The bite only lasted for around 15mins, probably because i forgot to keep the berley trail going while trying to get the fish the surface. Coming back to the river mouth the dredge was working the point cartwright wall of the bar with buoys running through the deep side. Had to navigate breaking waves, a SUP boarder, kayaker and the dredge. A little bit to much excitement for the end of a trip . Though about taking a pic of the narrow gap, but after surfing a wave and the motor touching the sand i though better of it. Ended up with two tuskies, which wasn't too bad for a couple of hours. The big brutes have got me hooked and keen to get back out there soon! Sorry about the lack and bad quality of the pics.
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    Having left my phone on silent from the previous nights Nomad tackle information gathering, I nearly missed @Luvit's text for an overnighter out of Mooloolaba. Lucky as Wayne had a "feeling" it was going to be a productive session. We headed out from the marina to slightly stronger winds than predicted and immediately looked for live baits for the next day. It was a bit hit and miss with many other undersized species being thrown back in. After cruising around for a few hours we headed out a bit for more undersized cod and the like. On dusk we headed back to out the front of the Mooloolaba esplanade to anchor for the night. Wayne heated up ravioli for two whilst I downed a few tins and then a little fish for lives before turning in. We got a few hours sleep and were up and at them just before first light. Wayne will add to this post as the next several hours are a blur to me. As usual Wayne the fishing machine juggled 3 to 4 rods with livies, plastics, micros and various dead baits. ( I did the same but one at a time) A few tuskies were boated and put on ice or thrown back, as were the snapper (a 55cm PB for me). Lots of missed setting of the hooks were kepping us entertained/frustrated until my rod buckled over with a good fish ! After a decent fight a 95cm Amberjack was netted and a first for me. Wayne pulled in another decent Snapper and then close to a PB Tuskie As Wayne was sending up his drone I hooked up a good fish until half way up it was sharked which was a first for me offshore and it felt like an upgrade on my previous snapper. I had to quickly dehook the snapper head and help Wayne with the landing of the drone and after some tense moments it was safely in his hand ! One more epic fight with what I thought may have been another Amberjack turned out to be a monster Tuskie at 65cm ! With a full esky and the sun going down, we reluctantly called it a day for the hour long trip back in. It was a great day. Photos to come......
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    Good morning, Well with a lot going on at the moment it has been ages since I got out for a recreational flick. With that in mind, and an acquiescing Mrs I jumped at the deckie spot offer Steve Wilkes ( @Sports) offered for Sunday to try out the new Sports Tuition boat. This boat has been surveyed and made ready to be a light tackle estuary/bay charter boat specialising in fishing around the Pin but open to any suitable locations by request. It is a lovely rig. Anyway we headed off to Wello reef armed with light gear and plastics to try and piece together a few squire. Squire were not hard to find with over 20 boated but most seemed to fall into that 31-32cm category with a couple smaller. With fish like this coming in every minute or so with a few decent bream thrown in we were kept occupied and interested and always holding out that the bigger one would come. Note in one of the pictures a little school mackerel. There were a few of these around with 2 landed and a couple of snip offs. As the morning progressed it turned into a magic day getting glassier and glassier but with family duties to attend we pulled the pin at 10am. Awesome to get out. I think I will continue to aim to make this quick morning sessions work for me. Angus
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    Well I picked the boat up after installing a faulty replacement trim solenoid and headed straight to the Mourilyan harbour for a couple of hours after work drifting for anything. Boat started first hit all electronics working great radio and sounder but no UHF. Figured all good won't be going far. So went along a route with sounder picked up some good readings then went back to drift across it. After a few hits went to go back again but no power to motor. I checked terminals and everything electronic was working but no power to motor. Was nearing 5pm by this time and and I had 2kms to row a 4.7 half cabin glass boat against the tide. Thankfully two old guys in a home made timber looking punt with a 2hp honda towed me back to ramp. I thanked them with a case of Great Northern that was in the car. It was a wire up under gun rail that had broken in 3 places. AAARRGGHHH All fixed heading out tomorrow now.
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    G'day all, just sharing a little clip of our crew fishing Cape York. Cheers
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    Went to NPD in the rain this morning with Hai, Jason and Jasons older daughter Heidi. Heidi was able to borrow Phoebe's treasured blue rod. It was a bit wet first off but the fish did not mind even though Jason had to endure some continuous advice about the power of the legendary blue rod from Heidi before he finally caught a fish by the time the counter reached a total of 20 fish.on the counter. Heidi was chuffed to have her own individual counter. Be interesting next time Jason is in town as we will have both Phoebe and Heidi on board. Jason may have to buy another blue rod. Ended up a beautiful glassed out morning with a total of 47 bass and 2 yellas on the counter, Cheers Ray
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    Doing my neighbourly duty yesterday I took Bruce out for a fish.He hasnt been out with me for nearly 2 years. He managed to have himself a great morning fish wise, pitty about the weather. We saw the sun trying to force its way out of the clouds when we first started off and then it was rain rain rain until we got back to the ramp. We picked a few up trolling down the dam, then stopped for a quick bait fish where I picked up a nice 50cm model bass, a nice yellow and about 20 more bass,before being joined by Ray. Then we continued trolling down the dam picking a bass here and there, another bait fishing session for Bruce and finished up with me teaching Bruce the fine arts of jigging. By this time the wet had worked its way through the many layers of clothing to the back and crack and it got chilly, time to head home.Managed nearly 90 bass and one yella. Dino
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    Evaders were the bass I had to keep chasing them, lost ark was due to the fact that I nearly went down with the ship. Someone in their wisdom tampered with the bung on my tinnie as it was half unwound. I was sitting there jigging away when the carpet started getting very soggy, I looked down and the water was up level with the false floor, lucky I wasnt far from shore, so I gunned it to the bank and found the problem while hooking up the bilge pump at the same time. Anyway although the bass were giving me the run around I still managed to get 68 on lures. I found they had a liking for one of my recent purchased plastics. Trolling and jigging were the winners once again. Taking the neighbour out friday if its not raining for a bait session. Dino
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    On Wednesday morning the weather was looking prime so I took out one of my best mates who's never caught a bass before. I figured a nice glassy day would be ideal for a beginner... He was pretty keen which was great and on the way down the dam we picked up a few trolling - most were pretty small but for someone who has never caught a bass before I guess they must have seemed huge hahaha. After picking up a few trolling I looked down at the sounder and it was lit up! Well that seemed promising so we stopped there and picked up a few on ice jigs and nories wasabi spoons which are honestly the best . Yeah they weren't big but they kept circling around gobbling up the lures so they made for a fun half hour or so! After a while they moved off though so we headed to some shrimp grounds as I had a few that I'd collected from a few of my pots overnight. Straight away we were into some bass and quickly finished off all of the shrimp. Although we only got 30 or so bass he still had a great day and is keen to come back again (maybe it was actually the bacon and egg sangas that are making him want to come back ). However my day didn't end so well, with this making an otherwise cheap trip quite expensive . That's my 5th flat in the space of a year now! After having that fun little session on Wednesday morning my whole family headed out for a fish yesterday afternoon because again it was predicted to be glassy and warm. The day started well picking up a 47cm trolling in the first 5 or so minutes and then a few more good fish on the way down the dam. It was good to finally increase in size as most of the ones I'd been catching have been very small and embarrassing hahaha. Pretty much the same as the other day, we found a nice little school on the way down the dam and proceeded to catch a few jigging. They were only very small though so I'm hoping a few schools of bigger bass come into our area soon (or maybe they are and I just need to find them ). I just realised I barely took any photos of these bass but they all looked pretty similar - small with either a nories wasabi spoon or Damiki ice jig hanging out of their mouth. For a short arvo session we managed 42 bass so it was a great end to a perfect day. (Also for some reason my photos look kinda blurry but when you click on them they are fine?) James
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    A late report. With the weather so nice on Monday decision was made Sunday night to head out to Murphy's at first light. Sounded around for a while to find very little. You can always count on whiptails and triggerfish to remove your bait. We lost the sounder for about an hour (which I have now read is a common problem with Lowrance if left on auto depth) so we were fishing blind and continuing to struggle. Moved over to the Mooloolaba Blinker to find a lot of bait but unfortunately nothing chasing them. About 9:30 the tide started to run, the ocean went to glass and we had a steady flow of fish coming over the side. A legal Tuskfish and a range of juvenile reef fish. Still very new to offshore fishing so a few PB's amongst them including a red emperor.
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    Blxxdy hell, new computer, what a nightmare, went from windows 7 to windows 10. Wife has torn out all her hair and wont speak to me. Had to go to the doc first up yesterday, gave me a ok on the nose and an appointment in 4 weeks to have the bottom lip done ow ow ow. So had a late start to the fishing with the neighbour, fishing from 11am to 4.30 pm. Picked up a few trolling, then spent a lot of time jigging for a few more and finished up letting the neighbour do a bit of bait fishing, while I was casting and jigging back to the boat, I have found that the suspended bass like a sideway fast jig of the rod, which is a lot faster than just winding the reel fast. Dino
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    An extremely well written article By Dino on the PRFMA website. This is well worth while reading by any fresh water fishing person and could apply to your local. Have a look at the PRFMA website there is a wealth of info available there. CHeers Ray 2017 FISHING UPDATES FOR NORTH PINE DAM By Dennis Pearce Since the previous articles on the basics of fishing from a boat and land based fishing there has been quite a few changes, mainly about the lures used these days. First let me say that a lot of the lures being used are old ones that have had a facelift and new colours and now sell at inflated pieces. If you mentioned to a non-fisherperson that you caught your bass on gangbangers, maggots, spoons and crazy deeps they would think that you were the one that was crazy. Fish don’t seem to care what the lures are called or how much you paid for it. You can catch plenty of fish on a $5 lure. (Or much to my wife’s disgust, don’t be afraid to get into the partners nail polish and reinvent a few of the ones you have.) Everyone has their favourites, it’s what gives you confidence that counts. Oh, and it helps if you are catching fish with your favourites. A few years ago, no lures were over $15 and now we have them over $40. For every expensive lure, there is usually a cheaper spin off. Some of the lures that appear to be working out at NPD are doing so because of changes in the structure. Before the droughts a few years back we used to have plenty of weed beds along the edges and some of these went a long way out into the water. As the water went down so did the weed edges. This caused the edge bite to die down quite a bit but we were lucky because the fish just moved out to deeper water. We have had to make a few changes ourselves to the way we fish. Shallow and Deep Trolling This was always an option when the bass schooled up in deeper water or shallow trolling over the top or close to the bushes that grew up along the edges when the water was low. By the time you have travelled the first few 100 meters you should be able to see what depth the fish are sitting at and choose a lure that is going to be in their face or just above them. Jigging This has always been around also but has become very popular again with a few revisited and a few new lures Blades There are more colours and some new shapes. These are a go to lure when the fish are sitting down deep out of reach of trolling lures. Weight depends on how deep you are fishing and how quickly you can get back to the strike zone. ¼ or ½ ounce are okay. Spoons Also back in vogue with some new colours and shapes and a bigger price tag Tailspinners These have also taken on a new profile with different sorts of blades on the tail. All of the above can jigged vertically off the bottom or hopped and slow retrieved after casting out away from the boat. Small Minnow Lures Are used along the edges and there are a lot of different varieties on the market. Jointed Minnow Spinners Have made a comeback on the market, smaller ones being used for bass and yellows and the larger ones for cod. Vibes. Hard and Soft These are still working well along with the new ones on the market. Ice Jigs Can be jigged off the bottom in deep water using a high or low lifting action. Surface Action This has been a bit slow over the past couple of years, due to the lack of lilies or weed edges. There are still bass, yellows and togas hiding in amongst the tobacco bush on the edges. Sub Surface Spinnerbaits, chatter baits, small hard bodies cast to the edges amongst the tobacco bush is still finding a few fish. Fly Fishing Recent catches on fly gives encouragement to the fly fisherpersons that fish NPD. Summary At the time of writing, July 2017 there have been some terrific catches coming out at the dam. These are due to most of the elements aligning, wind, rain, temperature of water, barometer, sunny or overcast conditions etc. Successful stocking by PRFMA is a prime reason. A good sounder is essential to find the bait schools that the larger fish are chasing. To get good results you still need to be dedicated and open to new ideas. Golden perch, Mary River Cod, Saratoga and Silver Perch are residents all the time. So good luck and hope you find a few. If you want a couple for a feed go for it but remember the quota rules and only take YOUR limit. Release fish carefully and quickly.
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    What more can I say. Fantastic Place Fantastic Fishing Fantastic Weather Fantastic Company. It all came together yesterday with perfect weather and whilst we did not catch any trophy fish there were plenty of hard fighting lo 40s to keep us busy. Picked up one that Dino had tagged 2 years ago that has grown 20mm which is a great growth rate for a larger fish. Photos tell it all. Cheers Ray
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    Another good day with Graham and Don .It was a bit cool to start off but soon warmed up to a beaut day being glass out conditions until around 11am. We moved a few times as the fish slowed down and ended up with 72 bass and 2 yellas with both yellas and a few bass taken home by Graham and Don. The fish seem to be sitting on most dropoffs and even if you only see one on the sounder as soon as you drop a live shrimp they soon arrive Cheers Ray
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    It was a funny sort of day out at NPD yesterday. I headed off trolling and had 14 bass and 2 lost lures in the first half hour, I was trolling over the top of underwater scrub and some bushes were a bit higher than others. It then took me from 6am to 9am to get my tally up to 40 trolling and jigging. I was about to start trolling home when I had a hookup, when I looked at the sounder it was chockers, fish from bottom to top. Tally increased to 86 over the next 2 hours or so, jigging, jigging and jigging some more, I was even doing a bit of a jig myself. Dino
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    The weather is looking good on Monday for an offshore trip. Same plan as last time, head out Sunday afternoon spend the night on the boat in close. Then early Monday cruise out in good conditions to the Banks. @Luke Landrunner is keen to christen his new rod & reel combo. Let's hope we can do it with a trophy fish for him. If anyone else is out there Monday give us a call and we can stay in touch.
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    I just cant believe my luck, my last two sessions have been great. I am finding bass in spots that havnt held fish for years. Trolled up 16 on the way down the dam. Then jigged up several, trolled again and then back into another school jigging. Similar pattern to the day before, I vertical jigged and when the sounder was bare, I would cast out about 30 metres and hop the blade back to the boat.My knees were caving in from standing up but the pain was worth it.I earned a couple of days off, its as hard as going to work. Dino
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    Can you edit this please, so it is all dark blue instead of Green & Yellow?
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    I was lazy and the bass were lazy also, I had to move around quite a bit to stay on their tail.There was a few fatter bass around which put up a bit of a fight, which created a bit of fun.Trolling and jigging were the winners again on lures. I pulled 2 shrimp pots but never got a chance to use any.Boating permit time starts again soon (august ) and I have my $110 saved already. Such a awesome fishery in the suburbs of Brisbane. Dino
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    Stop being soft Wayne. There is plenty of accessories like these that you can wear to bed or snuggle up with in case you get hit by a whale.
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    Hey all Lure and Fly Show on again this weekend at the Ipswich Showgrounds. The Brisbane Fly Fishing Club will have a stand so come along and give us your best sledge. http://lureshow.com.au/ Cheers Norm
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    Had a really enjoyable day at NPD this morning . A little fog on the way up but it ended a lovely day with little wind until just before we left. Had two fantastic deckies ( Gary and his mate John who is visiting us from his home state of Minnesota) John was very impressed with the number of fish and their size and fighting ability. He underestimated how well a good bass can go and smashed one of Garys rods. John had the gun seat and could not stop pulling in bass whilst Gary looked on in envy. The bass were a better quality than yesterday with plenty over 40cm landed. Final score was 69 bass and one yella plus 2 tandans. John and Gary have made a very generous donation to the PRFMA to purchase fingerlings in appreciation for the trip. THANKS FELLAS. John is heading back home on Tuesday so bon voyage and hope you have fond memories of your stay in Australia. Cheers Ray
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    I was a decky for the morning with Glen in his everything red boat. It was quite chilly when we hit the water and took a couple of hours to warm up. Bass must of been a bit cold also as the troll downstream was a bit slow. However when we reached the bottom area the bass had got hungry and the jigging was great,spoons and blades were the most popular lures and in between a few were caught trolling, managed 57 bass all up, schools were hard to find, so had to settle for lone fish moving about. Dino
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    Not my first Wayne (grew up in CQ so Dad's boat got used up around Mackay ) although haven't caught many and from memory my PB is around 58cm (just legal). This one was 50cm and gave me a good workout on 20lb spin gear - new it was a 'small' red when I saw the colour pattern but got suprised that it wasn't that 'small' as it got to the surface. Gave it a measure to be certain .... Great day out Mark - they certainly weren't chewing their heads off and most floatlined baits made it to the bottom before fish found them but thankfully there were a few decent sized ones and we got our bag by 10:30am. Oh and @tugger - I noticed you change rods at one stage and the line on it looked a bit different .......... What was that green stuff on it ... it looked remarkably like br@!d .......... Hooking a snap and bonito on the one floatline rig was cool (I'll have to buy some more snapper flasher rigs). Shame we didn't get a look at whatever smashed the whole bonito on my Tyrnos - had some power to it!!! Think I left my jar of sinkers in your boat - will grab them next time.
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    Hey, Been playing with some weather forecasting software on my lappy(since it's been so bloody windy!). Plus it's always been an interest to understand how Seabreeze and other folk actually do it. I don't have access to local swell and wave data as our government charges 2k a year for this data. Weird as other governments provide this information for free. Along with free Vector based charts... Thanks AUS!!!! If you think this is handy, I can also put up the 10 day forecasts for Agnes and any other areas requested. Around the GBR I can get wave height, but not current direction due to lack of data. Here are some 10 day out forecasts. Point Lookout/Southern Bay Cape Moreton/Northern Bay Caloundra Wide
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    Sorry, no experience down that way. Like any new area just explore and fish at optimum times around tide changes and dawn and dusk to give you the best chance of landing a fish. Visit the local tackle shop and let them guide you where to go and buy some tackle off them to thank them for their information.