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      1. Hopefully the heading isn't too misleading.. Scored my first toga land based at NPD this week, on a little Chartruese spinner-bait slow rolled/hopped along the bottom, she went 70cm tip to tail. The two fellas I was with both scored 40cm+ tilapia. We saw a kayak in the section of the dam which I thought was zero-access.. have the rules changed? Anyway, here's the photo
      2. south queensland I’m Back

        Hey guys. After a long break from fishing. I have finally picked up a rod again. It has been a while but I got there. I am still in pursuit of my all mighty bass. Hopefully sooner rather then later will get one. Cheers guys
      3. Finally managed to get some time free and decided to take my $50 canoe out for a spin last Sunday and again on Sunday afternoon just gone. Trip #1 Having never fished the area, we weren't sure exactly how to approach the fishing and started with some imitation TN60's which didn't attract any attention. The fair amount of water flow was pretty discouraging as the water was far from clear. I would say about half a meter's visibility. We pushed upstream as far as we could until the shallow rapids wouldn't allow any further progress. The current pushed us downstream fairly quickly which made the fishing hard and we were having to correct our position after nearly every cast. With no interest vibes and plastics in the first pool averaging a meter deep, we floated further back to the launch point to a deeper section. A decent laydown tree looked too good to ignore and with a cast to the back of the snag, I saw a bronze flash, my drag zzzzzzzzzipped, and my leader knot failed we switched to diving hardbodies which proceeded to land us 6 fish, all under 25cm, but all heaps of fun and a first for both of us in a canoe! (and a first bass on lure for Tika). Sun went down and with tummy rumbling we went home for tea. Trip #2 Although I was hungover from Saturday and Tika was feeling just as good, we couldn't waste the weekend after having to work most of Saturday (again). Canoe went back on the roof, quick stop to BCF to buy some jig spinners and top up my plastics supply and we were cooking with gas. Because I've not yet had time to add any extras to the canoe it's still a blank canvas but I've got fitout gear coming from ebay in the mail and a couple of hundred stickers to make it look the part. Water was still flowing over the causeway but at a much slower rate and the water was awesomely clear. Again we pushed as far as we could (however I was paddling with my thongs on my hands as I forgot the paddles lol). We both opted for Zman 3" Minnowz in mood ring on a 1/6th jighead equipped with a jigspinner on the front for flashiness and snag resistance. My third cast of the afternoon landed underneath a bottlebrush tree......... Twitch twitch, BANG! A good tussle on 6lb line & leader gave me a 36cm FL fishy. Needless to say was stoked. Two casts later on a shady snag only two meters from the first, another good fish!! Came in slightly smaller at 33cm and with some kind of lesion on his noggin. The bite went quiet for a while until tika landed a cute 25cm model from the same snag which I lost a fish on the previous week. Stoked again! We continued for another half an hour before heading off. Not bad for a two hour session on 30 minutes from home Tim
      4. G'day Fellow Fishers

        G'day all, I'm Don and I'm just getting back into fishing after a few years away from it. I have an old 4.85m Express with a fairly new Honda 60 on the back. In the past I mostly fished Moreton Bay and not too far offshore from the Gold and the Sunny Coasts. Since I got started again it has mostly been the bay. Nearly finished fitting out a 12ft punt with electric power so I can fish Hinze and NP dams. Cheers, Don.
      5. freshwater Tilapia

        From Fisheries Qld Facebook page.
      6. Bass recaptured after nearly 25 years - Fishing World.htm This little bloke's been around awhile. Anyone know how long they live. Cheers Gary
      7. south queensland Father's Day Tilapia

        Spent the morning with my parents for Father's Day and took the kids down to a local stream/pond for a fish as one of my brothers has pulled some good sized tilapia out of there at summer time. Saw quite a few when we rolled up then they retreated to hiding on the edge of the reeds. Eventually, after losing one, Liam caught a nice big one all by himself, put up a good fight!! Good way to christen his new BCF fishing shirt and capped off a great father's day as it is his biggest fish to date.
      8. south queensland NPD 6/8/17

        Went to NPD this morning with Hai and his uncle Long after doing our shrimp traps we tried some of our usual spots for what looked like a dismal day to match the weather.. Took us nearly 2 hours to boat 8 .fish before we headed downstream and the first place we pulled up at Long was on straight away and then it was fish after fish till 11am when we knocked off to relocate the shrimp traps to have them handy to get to ready for the tagging days on Friday and Saturday. Final tally was 75 bass we could have caught a lot more as Hai and Long spent a lot of time videoing and sending to their mates. Been a while since I have sat on a school of fish that did not move off. Cheers Ray
      9. We thought that we were being smart organising a young bloke to be a decky for us this morning. Only thing he must have gone on the ran- tan last night as we got a phone call at 5 to 6 saying sorry I just woke up. So myself with new shoulder, Rick with his new knee and Graham with his worn out back all said we are here and will manage. We were relying on the decky to assist with the launch as one of the rollers on the trailer had disintegrated and the keel was sitting on the trailer i just tied a longer painter on to the bow and jerk launched.We took a bit of water over the stern but not even enough for the bilge pump to pick up. Took a while to do the shrimp traps but we managed thanks to Graham. Graham was rewarded with a 50cm bass which put a smile on his face and eased his back pain. We had a fun day with 46 bass boated with the majority being over 40cm which made all the pain and suffering worthwhile. I changed the faulty roller when we returned to the ramp so the trailer is all good for a return. trip on sunday. Cheers Ray
      10. south queensland NPD 1/8/17

        Graham had a big day today with 3 bass over 50cm. His best bass went 55cm and at one stage he had a double hook up comprising a 51 cm bass ad the other one went 49.5cm. Total score was a meager 60 bass but the quality was excellent. Cheers Ray
      11. Schmick Canoe At Hinze

        Went to the western arm this morning with Mark and his dad. Fishing was ordinary with us only finding 8 scattered bass in the murky water. Rick told me about his sure fire secret spot but it still remains a secret because I could not find it so if you find a home brew lid nailed to a tree you have found it. The highlight of the day was chatting to Craig who was setting out for a paddle in his exquisite canoe that took him 9 months to create Even the paddle is a work of art. He even went as far as to hand weave the cane in the seats. Absolutely fantastic to see the results of a true craftsman. It is his first attempt and he did it in his spare time after work built out of strips of western red cedar. It is getting plenty ofuse as heis just back from trout fishing in the lakes down the snowy. Cheers Ray
      12. south queensland NPD 28/7/17

        Went to NPD with Hai and Rick. Our excuse was to see how Ricks new knee stood up to the rigors of bass fishing. Pleased to report that it stood up very well and we also caught 70 a bycatch of the knee test. Cheers Ray
      13. We had a good entertaining day at NPD. There were plenty of fish but the highlight was the pelican championship battle. Percy seems attracted to my boat and more so when we have a fish on the tether . Not only does he circle the boat eyeing off the fish on the tether he spends most of his time seeing off any other pelican that has the temerity to approach within 100 feet of the boat. Well today he had 3 upsurpers to contend with and it was on for young and old. The battle went on for at least 10 minuites and only broke up when we moved and percy and his entourage followed us. There was no more fighting but percy just spent all his time keeping all the other pelicans away from us. We ended up with 69 bass and one yella. I caught 4 tagged bass and Don caught one. 3 of the bass that I caught were from previous tagging days. Once again no trophy bass with best going 45cm but plenty in high 30s and low 40s. Back again on Friday. Cheers Ray
      14. NPD 24/7/17 Lures Reign Supreme.

        After being trounced by a couple of the lure fishos you have to wonder. On the way back to the ramp we were told by another fisho that he had caught over 40 bass and every one was over 40 cm and then when we got back to the ramp we found that Dino had also cleaned up on quality fish. We may have has the numbers with 51 bass and a yella but wellover half of the bass were under 30cm and the largest was only 43cm. It was all Chrises fault Mark and I had 20 odd fish on the counter to Chrises donut when he produced a BANANA . After a spirited conversation about what no bananas means and several bananas being consigned overboard he actually started to catch a few fish. Mark had a bit of fun bringing up a quite large eel that was released. Worse day we have had on the dam for a long time but I blame it on the bananas Cheers Ray
      15. Decky Spot NPD Gone

        Decky spot avail sunday 6am start fishing for bass with live shrimp. BYO tucker no bananas. Dam is fishing very well for bass and the occasional yella. 0403072325 if interested. Cheers Ray
      16. NPD 21/7/17

        There was a bit more wind than forecast but it actually helped the fishing as we were fishing drop offs and the wind would blow us off the drop off and the i pilot would bring us back so we were able to cover both sides of the drop off and quite often as soon as the i pilot kicked in that was when the fish would savagely attack the shrimp. The majority of the bass were in the high 30s or low 40s with Hai getting 2 around 48cm. The wind dropped out around 10 am but the fish kept biting so we kept fishing with Dino being a late starter passing us just before we knocked off with a final tally of 82 bass. Graham had the gun spot catching the most fish but we all got our share. Going back on sunday and have a spare spot if anyone is keen. cheers Ray
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      18. Dinos Update On Prfma Site.

        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.
      19. NPD Fantastic

        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
      20. Hi, I'm new to this forum, so if I made some mistake please let me know. I have a Shimano TLD 20 reel which I bought recently along with a Daiwa Sensor Surf(11.6 ft). This is my first time using an overhead reel and casting a rod this large. I'm confident with casting a baitcaster, largest that I've used is a Corvalus, but I might have been relying too much on the brakes and spool tension knob, and it's not on this one. I've practised using what I know from my baitcaster experience by adjusting the drag knob so that the baits fall down slowly, but the best I can do goes as far as my usual baitcaster cast(around 10-15 m), along with a light birdsnest. I even tried releasing my thumb earlier during casting. Any looser and a birdsnest occur pretty quickly, killing the distance to only a few metres, even if I had my thumb lightly on the spool. If anyone can provide me with any tips I'll be really grateful. Also, I have a size 3 star sinker and a 6-7 cm x 5-6cm squid for the bait(spproximately), do I need more weight for my setup?
      21. Blue Rod Supreme At Npd.

        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
      22. Knackered At Npd.14/7/17

        4 mornings getting up at 3am have taken a toll on me . we had to work very hard this morning to get 50 bass the schools seem to have dispersed and when we found a small school we would catch around half a dozen fish and they would move on. The size is also down a bit with the best fish just going over 40cm. The shrimp pots were loaded so I have plenty in the tank for Sundays onslaught when Phoebe's sister will be there with us with a blue rod. : Percy was disappointed as we had no forkies to feed him with.But he still hung around all morning, Cheers Ray
      23. NPD 11/7/17

        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
      24. Great Day At NPD 8/7/17

        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