Daryl McPhee

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Daryl McPhee last won the day on November 14 2017

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About Daryl McPhee

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  • Suburb
    Jacobs Well
  • City
    Gold Coast
  • State
    Queensland
  • Country
    Australia
  • Post Code
    4208
  • About Me
    Just an average fisher.
  • Occupation
    Environmental Scientist

Fishing

  • Fishing Types
    Estuary and Coastal Fishing
  • Fish You Target
    Whiting
  • Lure Types Used
    Bait

Boating

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    Yes
  • Boat Type
    Motor Boat
  1. south queensland Peregian Beach

    Dart have been a key target species for AFCA clubs in south-east Queensland since the late 80s at least. The spawning season is protracted and centred around the summer months (Oct to Apr). Fish most likely spawn more than once during the spawning size and their ovaries are asymmetrical. They are fast growing and on average reach 36 to 37 cm in three years and this is the size at first maturity. They are opportunistic feeders and eat small baitfish, small pippies on the northern beaches of Moreton Island, and terrestrial insects when the wind turns to the west. They do not migrate but larger fish can range large distances with a number of tag recoveries occurring over 200 km from release site.
  2. south queensland Peregian Beach

    Back in the day I did my PhD on dart and tagged over 4,500. I'd like to think that I can still find the odd one or two in good conditions when I need to. Great story Angus. The servo prawns had a good covering of freezer burn and looked like they may have been caught in 2008, which was a fine vintage for the humble servo prawn.
  3. south queensland Peregian Beach

    I spent time up at Peregian Beach over Christmas. It is not an area that I have fished before, but with some good weather the surf beckoned. The dart proved thick and easy to spot in the water, with plenty of the larger fish out wider. Servo prawns produced plenty of action, no need for any fancy bait or flash lure. Max caught plenty of fish on both days, mostly legal fish with the largest about 40 cm. This was his first surf fishing effort and it produced overall about 50 legal fish over the couple of short sessions. We only kept a couple to eat fresh.
  4. Noosa Oyster Reefs

    No worries mate. You can certainly use it as part of any submission you make and the book itself has some information on the extent of the oyster reefs in Moreton Bay during the late 1800s.
  5. Noosa Oyster Reefs

    The book is Environmental History and Ecology of Moreton Bay. http://www.publish.csiro.au/book/7676/
  6. Noosa Oyster Reefs

    Happy to help. Here is a bit more info from my recent book. The need to restore oyster beds is now becoming widely acknowledged, as is the role these beds play in a functioning, healthy coastal ecosystems. Oyster beds have been successfully restored in a number of locations, including the Great Wicomico River (West Virginia, USA) (Schulte et al., 2009), and numerous sites in the Gulf of Mexico (La Peyre et al., 2014). However, not all restoration efforts have been successful, due to ongoing disease issues, ongoing impacts from continued harvesting, the presence of harmful algae, the scale of restoration efforts; and poor monitoring, planning and implementation all contributing to failures (Mann and Powell, 2007; Schulte et al., 2009). Lessons, though, can be drawn from both restoration success stories and failures when designing and implementing oyster reef restoration in Moreton Bay. Restored oyster beds can contribute substantially to the removal of nutrients from the water column (Cerco et al., 2007; Gedan et al., 2014) and, thus, significantly augment other efforts aimed at reducing the nutrient load entering Moreton Bay. They can also result in enhanced fisheries production (Grabowski et al., 2007) as well as enhanced fish diversity (Pierson and Eggleston, 2014). Where oyster reef restoration has been implemented, it has enjoyed substantial local community support and there is no reason why this would not also occur in Moreton Bay. There is substantial scope to involve the community in restoration efforts and similar to “Seagrass Watch”, an “Oyster Watch” program could be developed that assesses easy to measure parameters directly related to restoration success in Moreton Bay. Oyster reef restoration in Moreton Bay should focus on the “ecosystem services” that such beds cover, and not be focussed on restoring large-scale wild oyster harvesting. These ecosystems services include supporting fisheries production, biodiversity and water quality improvement. For meaningfully improving water quality, the density of oysters is a critical parameter and it is not necessarily a simple one to calculate (Richards and Chaloupka, 2015). While various oyster diseases are prevalent in Moreton Bay, hatchery reared disease-resistant Sydney rock oysters are available to alleviate concern for one of the main diseases (QX disease) and, therefore, should be considered for use in oyster reef restoration in Moreton Bay. With appropriate planning, trialling, monitoring and adaptive management, oyster reef restoration in Moreton Bay can be achieved. The restoration of oyster beds, however, should not be seen as an alternative to also conducting other health and restoration efforts, such as reducing sediment and nutrient flow from erosion in upper catchments. Further, any restored beds should not be the subject of oyster harvesting. To the contrary, the success of oyster restoration efforts will be greatly enhanced if improvements designed to reduce erosion in upper catchments occurs, and the impacts from stormwater run-off in highly urbanised areas are improved.
  7. south queensland Nerang River

    Yes. It was another good day and the kids are on fantastic form. Hopefully we can make it four out of four this weekend.
  8. south queensland Nerang River

    We made it three weekends in a row with a good solid feed of quality fish. Plenty of whiting, some nice tarwhine and a really solid grunter bream. Live yabbies and live worms did the trick as usual.
  9. south queensland Nerang River - Chevron Island & Mermaid Waters

    It was another good day. There are fish throughout the Nerang River system if you put some time into understanding it.
  10. After last weekend’s success, it was time to go fishing again. Our first spot was at Chevron Island. With the steep drop off and oyster covered rocks, it doesn’t really look like a go to spot for whiting, but it produces. It only took about 90 seconds for Eva to get the first whiting, a good fish of 30 cm. We got a few more whiting there and some legal bream and tarwhine to 30cm before we decided to head upstream to Mermaid Waters. Again, very quickly we got our first whiting before we got a couple of bream. One of the lines then took off out of the rod holder and started sliding down the beach, with a grunter bream of about 34 cm being the culprit. Things went quiet for awhile. Max started fishing for garfish and got a fan tail mullet of about 10 cm which I used for live bait, only to have it eaten by a pike eel. We then got a double hook up which turned out be another solid grunter and then a whiting. All in all, it was another fun day which produced a good feed of fish.
  11. south queensland Paradise Point & Chevron Island 29/10/17

    Thanks mate. It was a good feed.
  12. south queensland Paradise Point & Chevron Island 29/10/17

    There is indeed mate. I have pulled a few out of their myself.
  13. south queensland Paradise Point & Chevron Island 29/10/17

    At eight years of age he is now into his sixth year of serious fishing. It is the job of him and his younger sister to provide protein for the family.
  14. Hi all, With a weekend not dominated by rain, it was time to get out and have a serious fish for whiting. The first port of call was a location at Paradise Point. It generally holds plenty of fish, but it has plenty of run. This is not usually a bad thing, but at this spot nine times out of ten the run is full of weed. It didn't disappoint with more weed than a Friday night in Nimbin. Both Max and I got our PB of weed, and I got a pile that must of been about 3kg (wet weight) that took line in the current. There were a couple of whiting mixed in with the salad. Yabbies were the the best bait on this occassion. We followed up the morning session with a later afternoon trek to the Nerang River. Specifically to a spot at Chevron Island which I refer to as either the "Pancake Manor" due to the amount of stingrays present or the "Ant Farm" due to the high probability of being bitten by a variety of ant species. Often the best bite there is from a green ant. The stingrays didn't disappoint with a three out of the first four fish being stingrays and the other being a long finned catfish eel. Not a great start but persistence paid of with a good burst of whiting at dusk and into the evening. Cribb Island worms did the trick here. The best fish for the trip was only 33cm, but most were between 29 and 33cm. We ended up with a fair haul. The light got too poor to record any useable footage after awhile, but the highlight in my opinion is at the end of the video when a very excited Max deals with a double hook up of a 32 and 33cm fish. You sometimes hear that you can't catch fish land based in the Nerang, but that is not true. While public access to the foreshore is limited, there are still various locations to get a feed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTyqVLLTHDc
  15. While "summer" whiting can be caught year round on the Gold Coast, I start to focus on them from August onwards. As the day length gets longer, this stimulates the development of their gonads which requires them to feed more, hence making them easier to catch. Contrary to popular opinion, you can catch a feed of whiting during the day in the Nerang. I braved the 20+ knots of westerly on the weekend and went up the Nerang River where I still got third degree wind burn. We finished with a feed of okay sized whiting from 29 to 36 cm, so no trophy fish, but a solid kilo or so of fillets. One legal tarwhine and a few undersized bream were the only other fish caught.