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Found 61 results

  1. Huffy26

    south queensland Twin Bridges

    Has anyone been out at twin bridges at all recently? Heading out there tomorrow at 4am for a flick in the yak. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!
  2. Little Grey Men

    south queensland Not That Windy

    I decided to walk the banks of North Pine dam due to the crazy wind the day before, I'm aching to hit the place in my kayak but getting blown across a large expanse of water doesn't thrill me. Of course the day was just perfect with very little wind...typical ! I got to see a lot of kayaks having fun and the bass and one beautifully coloured yella were certainly interested in taking lures. The stand out lure was a pumpkin curly tail grub on a beetlespin. Lot's of fish were playing in shallow and casting to rings on the surface were rewarded with fiesty bass. I found three odd looking eggs in the shallows which felt kind of rubbery. I'm guessing they were beyond their expiration date but I put them under some dry grass anyway. I really do love this place !
  3. rayke1938

    south queensland Npd 25/11/18

    Got a few this morning Perer was the tandan king. Cheers Ray
  4. Little Grey Men

    south queensland Spooky Bass

    I had a very early start in a system I fish about once a year. Lot's of portage and paddling across crystal clear pools and under electric fences to reach some bass holding water. With the huge amount of weed around jig spinners swum just on top of the greenery got the attention of a good number of small bass. Further up the creek the weed settled down and I could concentrate on fishing the bases of trees disappearing into the water. This has to be the best way to clear your head.
  5. Up to 3 decky spots avail tomorrow 5.30 start meet end adsetts rd whiteside or redland bay 4.20am. Should get a feed of redclaw at least 0403072325 Cheers Ray
  6. Headed out with mates for another fun day chasing bass. The temp was set at 39 and scorching , did not take long to find some bass. Glenn was first on the board with a cracker! He lead the way racking up a few in no time, Kain started to hit a few smaller ones and I was still on a donut lol A quick lure change and i hit a yella, I decided to put one of my lures on and it paid off instantly with a fat 50cm bass All up we landed 17 bass and 1 yella for the day, not bad considerin how hot it was.
  7. Little Grey Men

    south queensland A Cool Start

    The rain and wind around last night made for a cool start before the sun came up. Walking the banks of North Pine Dam tossing beetlespins, then heavy lures later on to search out a few more hiding deep. I reeled in six bass before getting hungry myself and sniffing around for a coffee shop.
  8. Zim man

    south queensland Maroon On Fire

    just a quick report, first in some years i think. Camped at pointro, last friday, we had maybe two other boats on the dam besides Den and Khoi. Sweresy was my decky. The conditions were awesome and it is a great place to fish and camp especially with the family or quick over nighter with mates. Maroon is chock full of tilapia, everywhere you went there were schools of large fish and a heap more on the beds. Had a few chase out lures but no hook ups. The bass and yellas were on the chew and hit pretty much whatever we threw at them. here are a few pics from the friday and sat morning sessions Most pics from Khoi, Den and Kris Lures used with most success was a Fish Arrow Jig Spin with damiki armor shad paddle tail plastic. Hardbodies i used Pontoon 21 preference shad and cablista jerkbaits. Kris used a maria as well Khoi and den threw spinnerbaits, Fish Arrow J Grubs and Damiki Armor Shad paddle tails. Campfire is still closed and is an example of what not to do. I will let the pics do the talking cheers Rob
  9. Bassnutter78

    northern nsw Toonumbar Dam

    Hi all I am planning a trip to toonumbar dam to chase some bass. I have never fished the place. I am wondering how itis fishing a swell as can I use my petrol outboard on the the dam or is it electric only? I also see u can camp near the dam. Can anyone tell me what the campsites are like? Regards Chris
  10. Left camera at home Bucket of redclaw 71 bass 1 tandan Cheers Ray
  11. rayke1938

    south queensland NPD 23/9/18

    Back again with Colin,Hai and Mark for a good day. Picked up 14 bass within 100m of the ramp before heading to Kens spot and we ended up with 40 fish on the counter by 7am before we headed off to check our pots.Found that someone else with my name had checked my pots and rebaited them so it was not a complete disaster . Only reason I knew was that the dog pellets were a different size and were fresh but at least they had rebaited them and closed them up again. Headed downstrem and had another fish to finish up with 70 bass and still a reasonable haul of redclaw. CHeers Ray
  12. Three of us headed to the western arm this morning for the first time since May. We were very surprised to find that our shrimp traps were till there and what pots were still in the water had plenty of shrimp in them. Last time we were there the dam was at 100% and it has dropped to 92% ( About 6 feet) so some of the pots were on the bank and others were tangled in fallen trees . Broke 2 blades off the stern motor prop trying to get into the pots. Ended up with 36 bass with the largest at 42cm. The bass are a lot thinner than the fattys at NPD. Cheers Ray
  13. Still a bit cool first off but it soon warmed up and great to be in sun in shorts and shirt .After doing pots we headed downstream finding bass at most of the usual spots with the fish moving on after pulling around 6 from the school . We ended up near the tip of the island where the fish were a bit more consistent. Stew had a bit of fun managing 2 rods when he got a double hook up. Rick and myself were too buy laughing and giving advice to assist him. It was classed out all morning with just a slight breeze spring up at midday when we were heading back to the ramp. We ended up with 65 bass all well and truly legal size with plenty over 40cm. It was good to see quite a few new permit holders in their yaks having a go. Cheers Ray
  14. Luc53

    south queensland NPD Yesterday

    Went fishing on Friday for only 4 so in view of the windy weather and not much fishing time over the next week or so I decided to do another trip Saturday. Cleared the shrimp trap by 0830 (good haul of just over 30 ), cast lures for an hour or so without hits so headed down to the island. Picked up a couple on the way down and was trolling towards the big stump when the sounder lit up and had a double hookup. After releasing both bass, I put on the spot lock and proceeded to use up the shrimps. I also got a few on soft jigs dropping them down and just putting the rod in the holder. After the bait ran out got a few more on the troll before heading back. Running up Koala straight was slow going due to the wind and was off the water by 1430. Total for the day was 43 from palm sized to 49 cms.
  15. Luc53

    south queensland NPD 20180823

    Great day at NPD today. On the water and traps cleared by 0900 then trolling to the island. Picked up a few trolling down then found a good school near the island. Spot lock cetainly comes in handy Ended up with 52 (including 10 on the troll), no undersized most around 45 cms, all fat sassy and full of fight. Interestingly, after being hooked up, most headed towards the far marker. As we used up the last shrimps, the school dispersed and the bite died down. We had a quick troll towards the far marked and as we had no takers headed back towards the ramp picking up a few more on the troll and were homeward bound by 1540.
  16. Breeezzzing morning. Don't tell @rayke1938 but when he said that I should meet him at Chandler my brain thought the Boondall... I don't know why. Perhaps it was just that Boondall is on the way and Chandler isn't for me. Well whatever. So as soon as I realised my mistake I gave him a call and told him I'd meet him at the gate. This meant I was super early so instead of camping out in the cold at the loneliest place on the planet, the PRFMA gate, I did a bit of an explore around Bullocky Point. Its a great little picnic area. I think it would make a great day fishing from the bank and having a bbq. After a bit of a cruse around the lonely pre dawn picnic areas I made it back to the gate. The moon was up but small. It was cool but as there was no wind it was bear-able. Ray and Rick turned up and the tripple R crew prepped the boat and waited for the 6am kick off siren. There was a cute little Drop Bear in the tree waiting for us that we made out in the light mist that sat on the water. We picked up the Red Claw pots. They were all really full and we soon had a big bucket full of them. Rick is the master Red Claw machine. No sooner than they arrived in the boat they are dispatched and cleaned. He has this awesome technique where after killing them he pulls the middle tail fin out and the poop shoot comes with it. Very easy and clean. Cracking tip this one. It was cold. My hands didn't work properly and it made it really hard to do the cable ties up. We tried a few places and although the fishing was a little slow for Ray's usual standards the quality was great... well not for me... Ray and Rick pulled in crackers while I was catching a few small versions. Rick's rod doubled over with line screaming off. He expertly feathered the spool so the fish could not bust him off in the snags. Thumping runs Rick soon had the fish under control and he called for the net. A stonking 50cm Bass landed on the deck. A real beauty. We all got a few photos and let this beautiful silver armored fish slip back into the cool deep green waters. I love seeing good fish come on board no matter who catches them on the boat but... My PB Bass is 46cm and a 50cm is firmly placed on the Bucket List. So not to take anything away from Rick's cracker I wanted to have a little tantrum. We moved a few times and Ray caught a few nice fish but them he was onto a gooden. The played it without fuss but line was stripping off the reel. Rayke slipped the net under another 50cm Bass. Stunning with huge shoulders and a full belly. The familiar routine of a great fish we took some photos and off she went... A great fish... but where was mine! I really was being out fished today. I had probably caught about half the number of fish that Ray and Rick had caught. I had a similar rig, same bait so I had to put it down to luck... I was not going to admit skill... There was a fair bit of activity around the place today. They were burning off over the hill and a brave helicopter was checking out the high tension power lines. I was using my favourite 4" Alvie. It was my grandfathers reel. I had 8lb line on it. I love using Alvies for this sort of fishing. I caught a few 30+ cm bass and it is really fun to have the challenge of playing out line by hand. No drag and no one to blame for a lost fish than yourself. Old meats new. The rod is a nice Nordic stage. The last move was back to the floats across from the Eagle Tree. The tree has a huge nest in it but no sign of its occupants. It really is huge and must be a massive undertaking to have built it. The spot lock was playing up a bit and at the floats there are a lot of snags so we all lost a little gear to them. Something changed. Perhaps just how chance and luck works but I was smashing them here. No sooner did I drop the shrimp to the bottom than I fealt the tell tale flick flick of the shrimp trying to run before a bump and pull. Quick lift to set the hook and on. This was great fun. I battled good 40cm+ fish playing out line by palming the spool. I think I caught 6 or so fish in quick sucsession. the hoodoo had lifted. Very happy with myself I put down another shrimp. Flick Flick BOOOOMMMM a huge take. Line screamed off and the fish headed away. I needed to apply extra pressure as it was so snaggy here but not so much that the light line would pop. We use a one hook Paternoster rig. I bought some nice little sinkers for the bottom and #2/0 wide gape hooks. The live shrimp are pinned just below the tale. I used a fairly simple figure 8 knot to make the loop in the Paternoster and was worried that this less than pro rig would weaken the line. Thump thump thump down low. This was a good fish. Slow heavy bumps rather than fast darting runs. Surly it was my time to shine. I saw colour but this handsome aquatic beast was not done yet and it charged back down out of sight. the spool fizzed in my hand and I feathered it lighter now that it was away from the worst of the snags. This was its last big run. It circled around with strong but weakening thumps of its broad sturdy tail but soon came in reach of the net. It was huge. I couldn't call it as a Bucket list fish yet... It wasn't a 55cm one. It only had to beat 46cm to be a PB and I was pretty sure it would do that but would it make the 50????? I glided the fish across the glassy surface to the waiting net and lifted it into the boat with a bit of a Woop! Was it???? I got the bogar grips and holding the belly and wetting the ruler lay it on the truth maker... So close... was it? I really had to adjust it so the mouth was right on the 0 and the tail was right on the..... 50!!!!!! Boom yeah Smashed it. It only Just made it with about 2mm to spare but it was, undeniably a 50. Bucket list Tick A few quick photos with it held out a little bit to make it look bigger and back she went to grow some more. Ahhhhh Done. I kept a couple of Bass for dinner. they were about the 42cm mark. We were having some friends over and I was keen to do the Yabbies and the Bass. Ray headed back to the ramp only to stop off at a mate of his and donate a few shrimp so they could catch a few fish as they had not had much luck with bibbed lures or blades. Back at the ramp and the Koala was still in the tree waiting for us. A sexy girl bear even if not a drop bear.... Sorry Mrs Drop Bear but she was quite a stunner. Ray and Rick let me take all the Red Claw as they said they had enough. There was so much. I am amazingly privileged to have gotten them. I payed Ray a small Decky Fee and headed home. What a great day. Thanks so much @rayke1938 and Rick... Sorry I lost that bit of paper you gave me... PM me please with your details and I will send all the photos through. So... To dinner!!!!! Yabby pasta and steamed Bass!! Recepies were; Yabby Pasta Ingredients 2 fine chopped onions 2 full bulbs of garlic (not cloves but 2 of the whole bulb) 2 chillis Good splash of olive oil Huge amount of butter. Big bag of Pasta So clean the meat out from the shell (Rick pro tip is to freeze the tails first as it loosens the meat. Works a treat thanks Rick) I fried the shells in some oil in a big pot then half covered with water and stirred until they were cooked. This makes a nice stock. I saute the onions and garlic in a splash of oil Add the bug meat and lightly cook untill just under done. Remove the meat and add a big glug of white wine and the shell stock. Reduce this until it is about half gone. Add a massive dob of butter and when melted and cooked down a little put the meat back in and stir around. Mix through the pasta and serve. I like to put some chopped chilies and chopped parsley on the top. Looks great. Drink this with a large glass of Granite Belt Pinot Gris. Steamed Bass I have put this recipe up before but its pretty simple. I just scale and gut the fish Put large slices in the fish Put huge amount of fresh ginger and shallots on top with a good glug of soy sauce. Wrap it in foil and cook until you can smell the sweet fish wafting from the oven. Drink this with a Clair Valley Riesling. Thanks
  17. rayke1938

    south queensland NPD 15/8/18

    Was a bit foggy first thing with visibility down to around 20 feet so navigation by gps for first hour till we could see the sun. Even percy was lost and did not show up until 8am. Usual haul of redclaw was shared by Hai and Jason. Hai scored a 49cm yella and 54 bass between the 4 of us with the wind chasing us home around midday. Cheers Ray Do not forget permits for this fantastic fishery now available on line. Applications may be made on line - Refer our Web Site http://www.prfma.com.au Click on the Boating Access Scheme link on our home page. Your existing access key will work up to and including Friday 31/08/2018 Everyone who purchases a Permit prior to 30/11/2018 will go into a draw to win 15 Spinmad Tail Spinner Lures. The winner will be drawn at our Monthly Meeting Tuesday 11/12/2018 at 8 pm. The Winner will be notified by telephone. Our thanks go to SpinMad for there generous support. Details of SpinMad's product range can be found on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/spinmadaustralialures/ and mention Bob to obtain a discount
  18. rayke1938

    south queensland NPD 12/8/18

    Started off nice and calm but the westerly roared in around 8am but we just kept on fishing. 54 bass but Mark Masters still unable to jag his first 50cm bass with 2 just under at 49.5. Once again unable to tag many bass with only 2 under 35cm. Mark Thompson and Chris shared the redclaw. Cheers Ray
  19. Luc53

    south queensland NPD 20180719

    Great weather on NPD today. Brother and I had a leisurly start this morning with a 0930 launch. Very quiet heading down to the island with the sounder screen remaining empty till we got down to the fig tree. As we headed towards marker 3 the sounder showed small numbers of bass holding near the drop offs and between 5 to 10 meteres deep. Over the next hour or so trolling over the same beat we landed 12 bass including 3 double hookhups. All double hookups occured after one of us hooked up and the other was retrieving his lure. Best bass was 50 cm fork lenght caught by my brother. I must be a great guide to keep him scoring 50s bass. Off the water at 1600.
  20. rayke1938

    south queensland Into Em NPD 25/7/18

    Well not really but much better than last few trips. Usual feed of redclaw then the bass search was on. Found them in 3 spots with the fish moving on fairly quickly at the first 2 but we did a lot better at the tip of the island moving between 25 and 60 feet of water. Final tallyn53 bass with only 2 under 30cm. I was the tandan king with the only fish over 50cm caught. Cheers Ray
  21. rayke1938

    south queensland NPD 29/7/18

    Another great day at NPD with great weather and some really good fish.things got a bit ugly later on when it warmed up and all the spindly white legs were exposed. Cheers Ray
  22. Luc53

    south queensland NPD 20180723

    Another leisurley start at 0945. Was planning to explore upstream casting lures hopefully for a toga. The log in book showed Noel had launched earlier so I phoned him for an update. Turns out he went upstream had hadn't caught any, so I decided to head downstream. I lure cast my way down Koala Straight for no action. Went to clear my shrimp trap but it looked like a share farmer got there first . I hightailed down to the fig tree (got there around 1235) and as the sounder showed some arches, put out 2 lures and got a double strike within a few minutes. I kept trolling back and forth in the same area until around 1400 for 19 bass with 10 to 12 double hookups. The double hookups were a mixed blessing as I dropped a number of fish while dealing with one before getting round to the other. Best fish was a fat 475 mm. All fish were caught using the 2 green deepdivers shown.
  23. Drop Bear

    south queensland 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.
  24. rayke1938

    south queensland Npd 15/6/18

    Short post. 4 of us. Usual 20 litres of redclaw. Fishing a bit slow 1 yella 84 bass 4 forkies Cheers Ray