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  1. 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!
  2. 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
  3. G'day all, just sharing a little clip of our crew fishing Cape York. Cheers
  4. Hey Folks! I have just booked a house for 1770 from the 1st - 16th of September. The point of this thread is; I booked an extra week to give some people a chance to visit and I'm posting so early so holidays and such can be organised. The house is in an awesome location with a short tumble and roll from the pub and various backpacker establishments... 1st - 9th I can accommodate 4 - 7 people, and 3x 6m+ boats. Accommodation is not expensive and you'll be looking at roughly 85p/n if there is 6 blokes. I'm also open for people doing a few day stays at a time or the whole two weeks! 10th - 16th I can accommodate 4 people and 2x 6m+ boats. I will have some deckie spots going for the first week, so even if you're boat-less sing out. Also to note, you don't need a big boat at ALL to enjoyably fish 1770. There is lots of awesome ground out front of the bar and in the local creeks like Middle and Pancake. All my fishing will be at the outter reefs and on these trips I generally stick to only 2 days, however if the weather is awesome for a 4-day forecast, I might make the run to Sawins...
  5. Hi all, Just getting into fresh water fishing and would like to know what traps to use for shrimp, Also best bait in the trap. Also how to rig them, probably same as prawns I suppose, thru the tail. Some suggest a few per hook, is that the go. Just learning so like some advice. Thanks,, Probably do a trip to Burdekin dam next week. Cheers Gary.
  6. Hello Fishers, I have been heading out off eastern Bribie Island, around and past skirmish point and up the surf side a lot recently chasing snapper and sweetlip mainly. Lets just say almost every time I've ended up fishing for whiting instead because i cant seem to locate these fish. I know there are several decent coffee rock patches but i have no idea of their whereabouts and have spent hours looking. I am by no means asking for your exactly gps honey spots but perhaps just a guide of where to look? This Monday is looking promising in regards to weather so im hoping to get out and try my luck again if anyone has any information or even wants to meet up out there Im more than happy to do so. I have a 4.25m Sea Jay tinny with a 40 horse power Yamaha (seen in Profile Photo), 40 litres of fuel and a sounder so pretty much any locations in my range would be would be greatly appreciated. Regards Riley
  7. As I was heading north to go chasing jungle perch the weather was too good and I ended up making a detour out to fish some islands while the weather was good. After a 6am start and a slow morning boating nothing but undersized red emporer things started to pick up around 11 when I boated my first legal grassy. I ended up coming away with 6 legal grassy biggest going 50cm a 45cm trout and a couple of tuskies. Caught a few trout under and grassies I threw back and a slew of cod. Everything I caught using the mother in law for bait on handline as it was the first fish over the side on what little bait I had left. The wind and swell kicked right up and I had to make my way home at around 2. Not bad for a days work Fjtl
  8. Hey guys headed to Tully for a few days next week fishing and camping with a mate chasing jungle perch. Has anyone else been up there or have any tips to share?
  9. Hey guys, Been living in Innisfail the last 3 months and been doing loads of land based for not much luck except baby Jack's and what they call up here stripped grunter and other grunter variety. Close relation of the Bream family I believe. After the 30th croc sighting I bit the bullet and bought myself a 1997 Haines 470SF with a solid Yamaha 90Hp 2 stroke on the back. Be happy with her so far! Spent the last few weekends in Mourilyan harbour as the swell has been ridiculous and the winds are constantly 15-20knots so too rough to take to reef yet but hopefully soon. The last two weekends have been 4hr sessions each with my PB Mangrove Jack of 38cm which was so dam fat I couldn't believe the girth on it. Followed by a nice little estuary cod of 30cm. Mate I was with was getting hammered by grunter then we moved down to a nice 20m whole that was had a ledge at 15m so we anchored up and have caught 40cm Barracuda, sucker shark, baby fingermark, small red emperor, small trevally and squire. Loads of fun so far. Coming from mainly fishing bribe island passage and the dams for bass, Yellowbelly, flathead and tailor I have had to upgrade everything up here. Smallest hook up here is a 3/0 and smallest lures are all around 75-100mm. Had a 30b leader get snapped off after a big run and I turned it got back a bit of line then snap! Best guess is a shark of some sort.
  10. Hi all, Spent 2x half days at the dam, first time on the fresh since I was a kid. Didn't have dams up here in those days. Anyhow not knowing where to go we done a lot of running around getting the lay of the land so to speak, set 8 pots in some weedy places and went looking for places for next time. Probably go further up next time, went about 3/4 klm's from the wall but there is a lot of fishing pressure in the first couple of klm's. Set pots in 6 to 10 feet of water, bait used was cat bickies/ rock melon/ carrot potato. The best was bickies and melon but these were set the furtherest up stream so probably more claws up there. Got 7 but spent more time getting our bearings, got 2 eel tailed catfish, 30 cm. Dam stopped overflowing last night. Water was pretty stirred up but have another trip in the pipeline already. Lost one new pot and the sounder carcked it but was a good outing. Cheers Gary.
  11. Hi all, Well what a ( nearly ) donut. We went crabbing Wed/Thur Townsville. Got 30 crabs one keeper ( just) all were jenny's undersized bucks. Not very nice on the water, very cool&windy. Done a bit of fishing for bream/whiting/flatties, Nothing on the chew except undersized crabs. Spoke to 1/2 dozen other blokes and they didn't seem to do any good either, nobody seemed to get any legal ones and b@gger all fish. Didn't even take a pic. New lecci motor went real good. Will just have to put in some practice on it, should have had one years ago. Tha Burdekin dam is overflowing again.( we had 8 inches rain 2 weeks ago) so we'll go down there this coming week. Any how it was a couple of days on the water so can't complain. That's it for now so I don't bore you's to death. Cheers Gary.
  12. The west coast of Cape York is turning it on. The inshore grounds are going nuts with tuna and other pelagics. Here is some of the footage from a recent trip. Cheers
  13. Just throwing it out there for any that may be interested... Heading over again and looking for maybe 2 or 3 more people depending on who confirms from the existing EOI's. Happy to answer any questions although cannot change anything I am only the convener to get my own arse over it is not business for me PNG2018.pdf
  14. Hey guys, check this video out and tell me what you think!
  15. Took a mate to cawarral creek today fishing, went right up the back of the creek flicking plastics and landed a couple of salmon they were fun to catch jumping all over the place. They were so hungry they were hitting the plastics when I dangled them in the water over the side of the boat. Another top day and another break done.. back to the mine tomorrow
  16. Hey chaps showed you guys my last video i made bass fishing the skinny water creeks got some positive feedback so decided to take my kayak ijnto the salwater for the first time i am useless at saltwater and would love some tips and tricks or if anyone calls raby bay there local would love to tag along sometime plan on making alot moe videos more like vlogs as long as the fish bite
  17. @samsteele115 and I headed off for a road trip north with no set plans. Our first stop was 1770 for a few days then onto Airlie beach to see the Whitsunday islands. I have not had time to put a report together and will be back to work on Monday since we cut the trip short buy over a week because of the pending cyclone stirring things up. So for those that have not seen the photos on other social media here some are. Some highlights of the trips was Sams 75cm Red on a Zman soft plastic. Having Spanish Mackerel hitting our poppers and stick baits and SP's and becoming airborne coming 2-3 meters out of the water. Catching a Spanish on an un-weighted SP on the surface. Having a 20+kg GT have a go at my popper but no hook up. A nice trev at 94cm Caught 6 small coral trout on lures but not one was legal. However I lost a very good fish that I believe to be a trout half way up. Juvenile China-man Fish Meter tuna on a stick bait Whitehaven beach on Whitesuday Island was beautiful. The weather was hot humid and raining most days with the only really good sunny day being the morning we went to Whithaven beach. The new boat is a winner and will be better when I change a few small things. Want to go back to the Whitesunday's to explore more. I may put some more photos up in coming days. Cheers, Wayne
  18. I have just started getting into some land based fishing in and around Cairns. I got a heap of really helpful info from Tiotony on here last week and set out on the weekend to put it all to the test. I headed down to Cowley beach and to the mouth of the river there just before high tide and started flicking a Gulp Shrimp around (one of Tiotony's suggestions, that man is a god!!!) and after about 30mins BANG! I got my first ever Barra!! He was no monster at 61cm but he pulled hard and even jumped out of the water a few times. I was pumped!! Keen to get out and try a few of the spots tiotony has suggested and smash into a few more! Thanks again mate for the info!!
  19. With the weather a treat up north and the young fulla staying at his parent in laws i had the chance to sneek away to tinaroo for a sneaky night session. Gotta say Tinaroo has to be one of my favorite places to fish. Not only the chance to catch a cracker barra its just a beautiful relaxing place to fish. Especially at night on a fullmoon. I rocked up a few hours before dark to scope out the dam as its been a while and the dam has changed alot since i last fished it due to low water levels. I picked my spot and quietly waited for the ski boats to finish there day on the water. Some people may think ski boats are a burden but you can use them to your advantage. I like to watch the skiboats and see where they are pushing water up against the banks. To me this causes the warm water to be forced into the shallows and also you will get a colour change and with both those combined you will find bait and in turn find barra! After studying the boats and a quick kayak around i found my spot. I pulled the kayak up just on dark and its time to cast. When landbased impoundment barra fishing i like to run 2 - 3 outfits. Big HB, Plastics, and something random. Rotate on a 10 cast rotation. Youll find the strike will often be on the first cast of the rotation. ( just in my experiance ) Night had set and a HB was first up. 5th cast and 2 meters from the rod tip the lure got engulfed. Big leap and head shake the lure was disposed of and the meter plus had got the better of me. But a promising start. 20 mins later this time first cast on the rotation and a big aggressive strike only to miss the hooks. That was on a plastic. Action but no reward. Another hour went on and a lure change. An ecogear BM 125 ( dont thik they make them anymore. Pity ). I also downsized to my lighter outfit running 10lb with 30lb fc leader. Well first cast and crack at my feet my. This time the hooks stuck and the line started to peel. A very acrobatic barra as well. After a pretty epic battle on 10lb gear this fish tired and was landed. It went 105cm. The fish released beautifully after a few quick snaps. I pushed on casting away into the night and missed a few solid strikes with no more hooks setting. Pulled the pin about 11pm. Was a nice night with plenty of action but would have been good to land a few more. Barra are the masters of throwing hooks. Cheers guys. Hope i didn't ramble on too much.
  20. With the weather a treat up north and the young fulla staying at his parent in laws i had the chance to sneek away to tinaroo for a sneaky night session. Gotta say Tinaroo has to be one of my favorite places to fish. Not only the chance to catch a cracker barra its just a beautiful relaxing place to fish. Especially at night on a fullmoon. I rocked up a few hours before dark to scope out the dam as its been a while and the dam has changed alot since i last fished it due to low water levels. I picked my spot and quietly waited for the ski boats to finish there day on the water. Some people may think ski boats are a burden but you can use them to your advantage. I like to watch the skiboats and see where they are pushing water up against the banks. To me this causes the warm water to be forced into the shallows and also you will get a colour change and with both those combined you will find bait and in turn find barra! After studying the boats and a quick kayak around i found my spot. I pulled the kayak up just on dark and its time to cast. When landbased impoundment barra fishing i like to run 2 - 3 outfits. Big HB, Plastics, and something random. Rotate on a 10 cast rotation. Youll find the strike will often be on the first cast of the rotation. ( just in my experiance ) Night had set and a HB was first up. 5th cast and 2 meters from the rod tip the lure got engulfed. Big leap and head shake the lure was disposed of and the meter plus had got the better of me. But a promising start. 20 mins later this time first cast on the rotation and a big aggressive strike only to miss the hooks. That was on a plastic. Action but no reward. Another hour went on and a lure change. An ecogear BM 125 ( dont thik they make them anymore. Pity ). I also downsized to my lighter outfit running 10lb with 30lb fc leader. Well first cast and crack at my feet my. This time the hooks stuck and the line started to peel. A very acrobatic barra as well. After a pretty epic battle on 10lb gear this fish tired and was landed. It went 105cm. The fish released beautifully after a few quick snaps. I pushed on casting away into the night and missed a few solid strikes with no more hooks setting. Pulled the pin about 11pm. Was a nice night with plenty of action but would have been good to land a few more. Barra are the masters of throwing hooks. Cheers guys. Hope i didn't ramble on too much.
  21. Sharing some footage from a recent trip out of Thursday Island, Torres Strait. Fishing around 130km from tip of Cape York. Cheershttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiZ54CzJILg
  22. Hey there guys, heading down to the maroochy river on Sunday for my birthday and hiring a 8 person bbq cruiser for the family couple mates and the misses. Would like to BUY some live yabbies to save time, I would pump them usually but I just want to get on the water and kick back and reel some fishies in lol! If anybody could suggest anywhere in Caloundra or on the way to Maroochydore that would be much appreciated. Or even in Brisbane on the way to Maroochydore.
  23. Hey, Just wondering if anyone on here could give me a few tips or spots for some land based fishing in Cairns. I have just recently started and a little unsure where i should be trying and such. Any help would be appreciated. cheers
  24. I contacted tugger last Monday with the plan if some beach camping. He informed me that 1770 was on the cards instead so plans were hatched... Tuggers boy brock was my deckie. I left solo 7:30pm friday night to meet the rest of the boys at agnes. Rocked into town at 2am... Tried to get some shut eye but there were lots of boats in car park and even more snorers. We launched at 4:30ish and set the auto pilot to sykes. Great trip out at 24knts. We were out in just over 2 hours. I made the call to head outside to chase Reds. However there was nearly 0 run. Boat was doing circles on most drifts. I then headee north towards boomy , but we had no current there. We found only the tuskies chewing there heads off. We then went into the 40mtr ground for a play. However what would become our theme for the trip was sharks. Most our good fish got sharked. Brock was the saviour on the boat with him boating the most fish. We moved into some nice 20mtr ground however the sharks followed us. Brock brought up a nice 2mtr model. We went to cut the line, but he jumped and broke the rod. grrrr. After this the wind dropped to 0 and the heat picked right up. So we went swimming in the shallows at sykes before trying an arvo fish back in the 20mtr ground. At 3pm we anchored back in the shallows again while Tugger and co speared crays. After a good night we were back at fishing at 5 the next day. Sharks were common again. We saw squid drifting in 40mtrs, so on all our drifts we had a squid jig out. Ended up with 4 nice squid doing this. I used the heads for bait and ended up with a 10kg chinaman fish. Gutted. We called it a day at 12 and cruised home at a good 27knts in some lumpy conditions. Was a really good weekend even though there was a lack of fish in my boat. Thanks Tugger, I couldnt have made this trip without all your help. I am still crap at taking pics...
  25. Great overnight trip to the bunker group with the old boy on the wknd. He ticked off his PB trout on Stickbait and I ticked off 3 PB's of my own and a new species. I wouldn't say the weather was perfect but it wasn't crap either...Highlight for me was beating my PB GT by 100mm. Sorry to the boys who have me on facey, probably sick of these pics. haha. #nobait