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      Found 305 results

      1. I've tried to check if I am allowed to use opera house traps in the Brisbane River and now I am confused. The only mention of opera-house style traps I've found on the fisheries department's website is on this page from May 2016 about fresh water traps. It reads as follows (with the relevant part bolded and highlighted in red): The page with salt/tidal water rules and regulations does not mention traps at all. So I am very confused. Does that mean that opera-house style traps are only allowed in fresh water impoundments listed and is not allowed in tidal waters at all? Or does it meant that I am allowed to use opera-house style traps in tidal waters without restriction but if I do want to use it in freshwater there are some restrictions? I am new to angling and am constantly wondering if any of my activities are allowed or will get me in trouble. Is there a rule book I can order somewhere that outlines everything I might need to know at a high level? I understand if ALL the rules with their details were printed in a book it would be thicker than the bible but it should not be too hard to publish a 20 page pamphlet that outlines the basics with directions on where to learn the specifics.
      2. Newbie To Bayside - Moreton Bay

        Hi all, is anyone willing to introduce me to Moreton Bay fishing spots? Ive just bought my first boat and would like some advice to get going, fishing and crabbing around the bay. Im based in Wynnum and have bought a cruise craft now rider.
      3. First Time In Australia

        Hi from The Netherlands! I will be traveling from Sydney to Cairns in July and August this year. We are planning to go by van along the coast to the north. I am known with most angling techniques, freshwater mainly and some saltwater from the beach. I was hoping you guys could help me in the right direction on angling at the east-coast. I was thinking about the gear, bait, locations and of course the possible permits I might need. Some extra tips or hints are also very welcome of course! Thanks in advance! Dutch-angler
      4. Mooloolaba Rock Wall Fishing

        Hey guys me and a mate of mine were thinking of fishing off the Mooloolaba Spit wall. Have fished there a few times but caught nothing more than whiting and eagle Ray's. We were thinking of targeting sharks or some mackerel but am wondering what your ideas or tips for fishing the area would be as we would like to have a better idea before heading out. What bait, rig, technique, spot or time to go would be amazing. We would be able to move around a little bit of fishing at the trawler jetty is more productive. Any help would be amazing. P.s I'm new to the forums so if I have done anything wrong just let me know. Cheers, Kyle
      5. Dynabait!!!!

        Hi all, Has anyone tried that Dynabait, the dehydrated stuff. Was going to get some squid/sandworms for whiting/bream in the shallows. Would like any info from anyone who's had a go at it. Gary
      6. Hi, I was talking to Sam from PNG trip and he told me he targets Bull Sharks in and around Vic Point and it got me thinking. Many of my friends from Melbourn catch and eat sharks and say they love them to eat. They are a large fish to catch, seem to be plentiful and if they eat well whats not to like? I was wondering; Why don't we eat more sharks? Where is the best place to catch them (we don't get many at Green Island)? What is the best bait? What works well as a rig and what line class? What sharks taste the best? I have had some gummy sharks that we got at Amity. One was delicious but the next one was really strongly metallic flavoured? Also are little ones better to eat? Male v Female? I will have a look at the restrictions on size and species before I go but am really keen to do this. Thanks Robbie
      7. Hi there, i moved upto Qld 2 years ago and I find that onshore fishing is quite lacking of catching dinner! I have tried Jacobs creek, Redland bay and port of Brisbane but no luck. I use blue bait & squid and was wondering if anyone can help a girl out as it's becoming a lost love of mine as it's not as fun as it used to be. I'm located south of Brisbane but am happy to travel up north or down the coast of needed be. thanks!
      8. Gold Coast Seaway

        Hi guys, has anybody fished the gold coast seaway / the spit and if so, what fish am I to find there? What is an all round good setup to use? Thanks, Danny
      9. Hi guys, Pete and I have been experimenting with some different berley combos recently. I thought I would give a description of what we have found working, and ask for other peoples berley recipes or secrets. Have found that chook pellets or BCF berley pellets soaked overnight in tuna oil has seen some decent results. Tried several times 2 hours prior to high tide and 2 after at Fishermans Island point. Brings on the garfish in 1000's and after a while you see the numbers of juvenile snapper ramp up. Eventually some larger snapper and bream come around for a sniff of what's going on. Pike, a ray or two, small moses perch at this time of year, a wobbegong and a few shovelnose, keep you entertained for a while. We generally only take a couple of bream or snapper for the dinner table (generally around 40cm but only a few over the day). A couple of unidentified reef fish and believe it or not, a mud crab that hooked it's pincer on a size 5 hook!?! This was all in one session. We have found that dropping a sealed bucket (taped securely) with holes punched in it over the bow with a rope works nicely. Gets the berley on the bottom, and the current drags the trail under the boat. We give the bucket a shake every 20 minutes to keep it dispensing. Have heard of the frozen berley but never used it? Anyone tried? A mate in Noosa drops his berley to the bottom with a river stone inside a brown paper bag that slowly disintergrates. Seems to work nicely if you have some decent water depth (20 - 30m too long for a rope). Not sure that the bay is deep enough for this method - more suited to bottom fishing around some structure. We have a berley bin on the back of the stern between engines, but sound that the bottom berley method seems to work better than top dropping. Never had much impact within the river - probably due to the massive current. Our boat is too big to drift or use an electric (or atleast we are not confident enough to tackle the channel traffic without engines running). Any one got any tips or tricks? Adam
      10. Anyone tried this, if so what species did you get if any?
      11. Pilchards For Bream

        Hello All Quick question: Does anyone use pilchards (IQF ones) for bream and get success on them? Reason being they seem like a handy accessible bait as every tackle shop I know of sells them and I could cut them up into chunks for a smelly bite-sized snack. Any info would be appreciated as always
      12. chicken gut as bait?

        Hello. I have a couple questions about using chicken gut as bait for bream. 1. does this bait work and how would I rig it 2. how much does this bait stink, I read that after an hour in the sun it turns foul and gets the gagging reflex going (not that I would leave any of my baits in the sun) 3. is it better than prawns or flesh baits thanks
      13. Crayfish bait

        What has everyone used for bait in cray traps? Last trip to wivenhoe I used fruit and prawns and got nothing, might try chicken and some mullet this time. But yeah what has everyone had luck with? Thanks
      14. pillies

        its most likly been asked before but where would you get good pillies from,somewhere on the southside would be great thanks brad
      15. Anyone use burley blocks?

        Hey team, I'm hiring a boat from Bribie this weekend for the day and we are going to be using a few frozen lumps of burley for a change. does anyone regularly use burley? do you find it improves your catch rate? any recipes or tips you feel like sharing? currently our batch contains mullet, pillies, bread, tuna oil, sand and chicken pellets to bulk it up. We are hoping to stir some interest from tuna, mackerel and possibly even some sharks Cheers, Chris
      16. Brined garlic for bait

        I saw some in our pantry and wondered how good a bait they would be. They look like Pipi's and I know garlic send fish into a feeding frenzy. I will upload a photo. Yours ofFISHally Me
      17. Taken from Fishing World email newsletter Jelly prawns 18 Jun 2015 By Ben Diggles JELLY prawns are one of the critical building blocks at the lower end of the foodchain in our tropical and sub-tropical estuaries. They are also a favourite food item for many species of iconic tropical sportfish such as barramundi, threadfin salmon and tarpon to name but a few. But what exactly is a jelly prawn? Contrary to the belief of some fishos, jelly prawns are not juveniles of larger prawn species, they are instead a particular type of small krill-like shrimp from the family Sergestidae that don’t grow any larger than 4cm. Despite their small size, members of this group are considered an important food source for people throughout south-east Asia, where they are captured using fine mesh nets and used for the manufacture of shrimp paste. Indeed, there are records stretching back nearly 2000 years of Chinese capturing “Fun" (small shrimps) for food. There are several species within the family, including deep water genera (Sergestes and Sergia) that occur worldwide down to around 1800 metres in depth, but most fishos would be more familiar with the shallow water species of Acetes and Sicyonella found over mud flats and in estuaries throughout the tropical and subtropical Indo Pacific region. All jelly prawns can be distinguished from juveniles of the larger penaeid prawns by the fact that penaeids have a very prominent serrated (and sharp!) rostrum extending out between the eye stalks. In contrast, the rostrum of jelly prawns is either absent, or very small and does not extend past the eyestalks. Jelly prawns also have a number of small red spots near the tail, and relatively long, slender krill-like swimming legs. In Australia, the species of jelly prawn found in estuaries and inshore waters throughout the northern half of the country is Acetes sibogae australis. This species grows to a maximum size of around 35mm and has been recorded throughout the NT and down the east coast south to around Sydney, and in WA down the west coast to at least the Swan River in Perth. Like other shallow water species of jelly prawns, A. sibogae australis can be extremely common at certain times of the year, swimming in large swarms near the surface over shallow mud flats or muddy bottom substrates. In estuaries these swarms tend to concentrate in the shade near river banks or other structures like rocks and jetties in both saltwater and brackish water up to the limit of tidal influence. Analysis of the gut contents of jelly prawns have found they feed mainly on small zooplankton as well as phytoplankton (algae) and they possibly derive nutrition even from microbes attached to sediments. These virtually unlimited food sources help explain the massive abundance of jelly prawns when environmental conditions suit them. The massive rate of predation of jelly prawns by almost every type of predatory fish also suggests their life history is based around what biologists call a “R – selection strategyâ€, which is thought to be an adaptation to living in unstable environments. R-selected species tend to be small, produce many offspring, mature early and have a short life expectancy. They also are species that tend to have very high natural mortality rates and large fluctuations in their population size. Like most shrimp, jelly prawns have a rapid life cycle growing from eggs to adults and spawn again within their first year. Indeed, a study in Townsville found there were at least three cohorts of jelly prawns per year in any given site, suggesting that they can complete their life cycle within four months, and may only live for around six months. “Tagging†of jelly prawns by dunking them in a dye found that individual prawns in areas without much current flow moved very little (less than 20 metres) in any given day. Peak densities of jelly prawns occurred a week or two after spawning events, with numbers of prawns gradually reducing in the following weeks and months as predators took their toll. Then, around four months later, another peak in jelly prawn numbers was observed as a new cohort of smaller prawns emerged from the plankton. These large fluctuations in jelly prawn numbers are ecologically significant and can be important for anglers fishing our tropical estuaries for the following reasons. When jelly prawns are abundant, many sportfish species will switch prey and feed on them to the virtual exclusion of anything else. This can make fishing difficult, and frustrating at times, unless you can accurately replicate the small size and appearance of the jelly prawns with your lure or bait.
      18. Bait 'Fresh' Mullet $1.99kg

        Drakes IGAs` have 'fresh' whole mullet for $1.99kg. stock up on fillets for fishing and/or crab pot bait
      19. Quality Bait Shops - Bribie

        Hello Is there any good and reliable bait shops on bribie island road or on bribie island. i was thinking about going to gateway bait 'n' tackle but not sure about it. I am asking this question since the carsendine shop has closed and they sold the bait i needed (salted bonito, beachworms, and fresh mullet) and i go fishing at woorim a lot + i have no experience on catching my on bait but i want to learn that later.
      20. Interesting Burley Method

        On the TA Fishing show i just saw a really cool way of burleying fishing into and area. The presenter put his chunk of burley out in the fishing location at the lowest point in the tide, under a rock or in a hole. Then as the tide rises the water covers the burley which inturn attracts a load of fish. Obviously worked in places with strong tidal action and almost exclusively for landbased or shallow water fishing. Might try it. What are your thoughts?
      21. My lady tells me that our family are coming from near and a bit far, for an extra long w/end tribal gathering at Maroochydore next week, most of them are not into lures (or servo prawns ) so my cast nets will (hopefully) take care of getting herring, poddy mullet etc . Now to put the yabby pump to use…. I have not fished the Maroochy since before the 2 major floodings in recent years, so I`m guessing the old yabby banks, around Petrie &Eudlo creek mouths and the flats opposite the Cod Hole, may have been covered and/or scoured out, and new areas established. Any info on where to find them will be greatly appreciated. TIA
      22. Does Anyone know where I can get my hands on some good quality WA pilchards in Brisbane or close by , Preferably individually frozen Cheers Sam
      23. Looking at trying to catch a feed of prawns with some scoop nets and waterproof lights with the rest of the family but I've never tried it before nor would I know where to go , if anyone has any good tips or spots it would really be appreciated even if you wanna pm me as I get that people don't want to give away there most productive spots Cheers Sam
      24. Cast netting for prawns

        Hi guys just looking for some info on good land based places to throw a cast net for prawns besides breakfast creek/newstead park pontoon as this gets way too overcrowded pls pm me if u don't want this getting out to too many people lol Cheers guys
      25. Just after some spots where I can catch livies guaranteed on the Gold Coast, I have a castnetting and boat to go get them just after some spots cheers guys