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      1. Headed off from Port ramp courtesy of @Old Scaley around 8.30 this morning and made a bee-line for last weeks successful spot. The start wasn't promising with only a few tiddler bites, Steve eventually landing a nice live bait diver whiting. Shortly after a bit of commotion on the livey and Steve winds in a dank length of braid. Oh well. Next minute I had a massive tiddler bite and had some more live bait aboard. Today the fishing calendar suggested a 3* day with best time being 11.40am to 1.40pm. We drifted around trying different spots but could only manage an undersize squi (not big enough to be a full squire) and some smaller bream. We headed for home at 1.40pm sharp. lol Oh yeah, I almost forgot - Steve hooked this little 70cm girl too. She was perfectly netted and quite frisky coming aboard making us dance to avoid the spikes. Steve danced on a little too long I thought. It's hard to beat the buzz of a good fish coming aboard, Cheers again for another top day on the water, Mr Scaley.
      2. I very nearly did not go fishing this morning as when I got up it was blowing like stink.Checked BOM and 30kph at Alex hills and nearly 50kph at Redcliffe. I have been caught with conditions like this before as uite often the South easterly's do not seem to penetrate inland. This is what it was like NPD when we launched and it was practically glassed out all morning. The fish were on straight away. As I had to be home by 12oclock we did not venture too far from the ramp and knocked off fishing at 10 oclock with 41 bass and one yella on the counter. Cheers Ray PS spotted Dino waiting for security to arrive and open gate at Kurwongbah.
      3. Seq water will be getting a call tomorrow,gate should of been open at 5.30am and didnt get open till 6am not happy. But was happy with the fishing they were on the chew, managed nearly 40 trolling and casting blades. No monsters, biggest was 37cm and there was 10 that only went 20cm. Dino
      4. Taking dad's boat for a much overdue spin on Thursday with two of my brothers. Not sure if we'll leave from Manly or Cleveland yet but will be going through SPB hopefully around sunrise and at this stage will be trying the Waverider Buoy and then fish around the Cathedrals area (for the first time) to see if we can find some snaps, pearlies, parrot & trag (or whatever else we can manage). Anyone else going to be out there?
      5. south queensland My Weekend

        Our staff breakup for the term (yes another school teacher) was last Friday and we spent the day at Tangalooma. A early 4:30 start up the coast and down the highway to Pinkenba. The trip was booked at Easter so it was just pure luck that we had beautiful weather. Snorkelling the wrecks was quite impressive with some bream easily over 50cm. An amazing lunch followed as well as a few drinks. It has certainly made me want to dust off the snorkelling gear and take my boat over more regularly this summer. Sunday I had another Toorbul Fishing Club's Monthy Comp. Up early and on the water around 5:30am. Calm conditions again and a few legal bream came over the side. About 1hr later I heard a roar coming up the passage, which was wind and we got hit by strong winds for the rest of the morning. We managed a few more legal fish and a sand crab while hiding amongst the islands. My daughter ended up winning the Nippers (Juniors) category as well as the Junior membership draw.
      6. Well i caught up with plenty of the Wanderers crew in 1770 over the 2 weeks i was up there we had a big crew in town with Lance, Julian, Robbie, Brendon, Cheech, Damo, Luke, Wayne, Brad and Leslie all resting up inbetween fishing trips in 2 rented houses. I was crewing on Brads boat and the 1st trip we had Leslie join us as well this was a 3 day 2 night stay on the reef and Leslie caught some of her 1st ever northern species with some big coral trout, red throat emperor, tuskies all caught by Leslie. We went snorkelling and Leslie got a bit worried by a black tip reef shark that swam by us she turned and went back to the boat but i did talk her around to having another swim a few minutes later only to be circled by another white tip reef shark this time she stuck to me like glue but i showed her some spectacular reef and fish this place holds. We all caught lots of good trout, cod, red throat, tuskies, moses, sharks, spangelds, hussar and i dropped a big red emperor. On the last day we headed for fitsroy lagoon to have a swim and spend lunch time there to show Leslie the lagoons beauty on the way there we past a humback whale mother and calf in 8m of water over really white sand and crystal clear water the calf wanted to check us out so we stopped still and had these whales swim right up to us. We headed for home after a rest after lunch and got back to the ramp to see Wayne loaded his boat on the trailer 1st trip down and fish and boat clean we all had a few days to relax in town. The next trip was planned with the weather looking good for another 3 days out on the reef the boats fueled we headed for the bunker group again it was just Brad and i this time so we fished hard and found new ground to pull fish from The 1st day was hard going finding the bigger fish but Brad did get his biggest trout ever and what a stonker at 80cm we did find a good way to fish the top of the reef able to drift slowly away from the edge slowly getting deeper and passing over goood structure. These drifts could last up to an hour before having to drive back to the edge of the reef which was still only a few hundred meters away. The 1st night we rafted up the 3 boats and cooked diner and had a few cold brews sharing the fishing stories of the trip so far the night was long for a few of us and i think i was lucky to have had 2 hours sleep before dawn and the start of our next days fishing. The rewards soon came especially on the 2nd day with the weather and current dropping right off big trout and cod were thick and by 10am the fish went off the bite so Brad and i went for a swim and an early lunch relaxing for a couple of hours behind the reef. The arvo was a bit slow so only an hour or so of fishing we did before going to anchor where we stop for the night and chill especially after the big night before. The 3rd day started a litlle slow and we had a cut off time of 10am to head home as the weather was due to turn windy but we started to find some good trout i was fishing light using 30lb braid and 50lb leader on 5000 sustain and 15 to 25lb gforce extreme 7foot rod. This was being tested on the big trout then in the last hour before heading back in i hooked something big by far it was the best fish i had hooked on this rod it was running hard the line singing as it went through the buckled rod. I was shaking knowing this could be a trophy fish after many thumping runs i started to turns its head and get him away from the bottom. My heart sank when i saw it was a big red emperor and could still lose it before finally netting a 10kg + Red the boys in the other boats could easily here my jubilation from a few hundred meters away. After a few pictures we kept fishing and luckly another good trout was caught before heading in at 10am beating the windy change that blew through just after we cleaned the boat a few more pictures finished the day before beer oclock. We finished off our 1770 trip with a night down at the tree bar watching the sunset over the water, plenty of laughs while retelling our stories ended a awesome couple of weeks up at this little patch of paradise. Here are some of the photos out on the bunker group the southern great barrier reef.
      7. Luke and I took up Demarc’s invitation to join the Wander’s at 1770 and so glad we did. We had an absolute ball with everyone that attended and even pulled a fish or 2. It had it all, good weather, good company, thrilling NRL and ALF finals being played when the wind was up. We did 2 trips both times we stayed out on the reef for 2 nights. The highlight of the trip fish wise, was Luke’s estimated 13kg Red emperor. It still fought hard even after the tax man took his share. Being new to Sykes reef we went exploring to see what we could find. There is so much ground to fish up there and never enough time to explore it. All the Wander’s were very generous with their knowledge pointing us in the right direction. The wind increased over night which when rafted up was interesting. Not having ever done this before we were under gunned with the fender sizes and unfortunately ‘Luvit’ has 3 new scratches to remember the trip by. I found it hard to fish soft plastics till the second trip when the wind and tides were less. I coped a bit of banter from the guys trying to get a bite out of me regarding the Gobbler Lures. But, it looks like Julian is going to convert to the dark side and start using Sp’s more often. Here are some of our photos from the trip. Julian's weapon. Thanks to Dropbear Robbie for taking a couple of photos for us. If you ever get a chance to do a trip like this there is no better way and the safety factor of having a few boats to help out if anything went wrong was most reassuring. A big thank you to all the guys it was a great trip made better everyone's involvement,e specially Julian for arranging everything.
      8. 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.
      9. south queensland Bugged Out

        Decided to head north this morning to do some tagging as we are not allowed to tag in NPD at the moment. Out on the water and was set upon by small white flying insects, they seem to like this dam. Started getting into the bass on blades and bait but had to cut my session short as the bugs were getting under my clothes and nipping me in places you dont want to know. Last pic shows the millions of dead bugs on the water. Dino
      10. south queensland Nearly A Ton

        I was happily catching bass on blades, when I had a camera put on me to promote fishing out at NPD and guess what, I was unable to perform. I had to catch a couple on bait. After the camera went away I was back onto the bass on blades. Picked up a few trolling as well, all up 94 this morning, 34 on bait and 60on lures. Dino
      11. Well after so much anticipation I drove the 5+ hours to 1770 on Saturday where I was greeted by @demarc @aussie123 and Brendan. Whether the weather was wonderful or woeful was what we wanderers wondered. I drove around Seventeen Seventy to have a look as it had been quite a few years since I had been there. It's such a beautiful town. Bustard bay extends from Seventeen Seventy to Bustard head. It was named when the crew from Endeavour caught an Australian Bustard as they stopped by in the year 1770. Duh... They reported that it was the best bird they’d eaten since leaving England. There is some interesting history on the memorial here. here. Sunday looked great for wind but it was expected to blow up on Monday and Tuesday so we planned a day trip focusing on Mackerel (W@^&*r Fishing apparently) We headed out at first light. and caught 10 Schoolies and a Mack Tuna that we cut up for breakfast on the surgically clean bait board... @demarc caught a cracking Grassy, the biggest I have ever seen. @aussie123 found a new wreck where we got, Whiptails, juvanile Red Emperer and grinners as well as Hussar that we had for dinner that night in a bit of a curry. The next few days were windy. We had some down time and a few beers and saw @Luvit and his mate Luke that I don't think is on AFO turn up. As well as @straddiebrad and @tugger come up with Mrs Straddiebrad We all agreed to head off on Wed. The time that we leave was the only problem. Weather forecasts were all over the shop but we all ended up getting out at about 10.30 on Wed. It was a bit lumpy but the following sea saw us all make good time to the reefs not too far from Heron Island. We took stock and went to a lump that the boys had a mark on and it produced straight away. RTE, Hussar and coral cod came straight in. @aussie123 caught 2 massive Spangled Emperors, a solid Coral Trout and a great Maori Cod. @demarc got a stunning Coronation Trout aussie named it Lizzy and declared they are not a real Trout... I think mostly because he had a trout already. These are such beautiful fish. A cracking start and a good bag considering this was really just a travel day. We rafted up with the other boats, told a few lies and had a bite to eat. Fresh fish sandwiches with way too much butter were fantastic. The next day the weather was ok and we headed a bit deeper for a bit of an electric reel bash. The snappers were thick and really good size. We bagged out very quickly and moved to a new spot to try and get some Pearlys. I caught my first Pearly and then caught a really nice sized one. We caught more Snapper that we had to release as we had our bag. Its quite emotional releasing large Snapper but for the best. I dropped a jig down in the deep water and had something smash it. I was on my 5000 Sustain with 30lb and the Cheater. It took ages to get it a bit close and then took off. The nearly locked up drag screamed off at a rate I have never known before. A few more screaming runs and we gaffed a nice Yellow Fin Tuna. SashimiI said... Bloody Toooona Fish @aussie123 said. This jig was going to prove itself many times over the next 2 days. Other than a few pearlys it was nothing but snapper out this way so we had to leave them and we went back to the mount we had fished on the first day. A reef anchor didn't really want to hold in the sand but let us fish the back side of the bump. More RTE and Coral Cod and the ever present Hussar. These Hussar are a Lutjanidae and are delicious. They are only a small fish but quite quick to fillet so are a very welcome fish to the bag. I tried a bit of Fish Pigging. A technique where you put up to 6 hooks on (not in the Yellow zones as you are only aloud 1 hook per line) and drop down. The trick is to not pull in the fish until you have all hooks filled. It didn't work for me as I think it takes a bit of skill :). Strangely one of the Hassar that I cooked up from the first day was like rubber while the other 3 were superb. Poor @aussie123 was so looking forward to a whole baked fish but what he got was a rubber ball with bones.... Sorry not sorry . @aussie123hooked something that took him into the reef. it came out and as he reeled it in he saw something silver follow the now bare hooks up. Then I saw large shark hit the bare hooks right beside the engine. "Bloody shark" I said but aussie said nope It's not a shark! I was skeptical . It was a shark and Aussie was dreaming... He was really worried that the line had been damaged in the reef but didn't give it a quarter calling for the gimble belt after the rod but had stabbed him a few times. I offered to cut his line... the shark did a few huge run under very heavy drag before showing colour and heading off again. Not to bee seen for about another 10 mins. Again i offered to cut the line but aussie really wanted this shark, then it cam back up and rolled on its side... a striped sided shark? Nope it was a Cobia... and a thumping good en. It came close to the boat and I had a swing with the gaff, missed the fish and hooked the little bead on his line.... and stayed hooked to it... I had no idea what to do but luckily (although aussie claimed he jiggled it free.. sure he did ) the bead came off. I had another swing and expertly sunk in the gaff and heaved it over the side. The first miss was intentional... it was to um... bring dramatic efect to the story... . The Cobia was massive... A real Hippo... I have caught little ones but this was a cracker. The whales were doing a show for us which was very kind. We didn't even ask. and they didn't breach onto the boat once! We all got a few more fish. I caught quite a few on the light line with the magic jig. So much fun, but soon it got late so we went back to the west side of the reef. Weather report was wrong so we had a bit of a bumpy night. I found out as we were having some more magnificent reef fish on bread (again with way too much butter) that pretty much everyone in the party had caught a better Cobia than aussie's and spent most of the night telling me how much better theirs was... before we hit the sack. We all woke up very early and we headed out to see if we could find A Red Emperor. Although we had caught a few juvenile fish we had nothing that came close to the mark and were all keen to try and bag one. The wind was supposed to be variable to 10 knots... it was southerly at at least 20 but @demarc's boat is a cracker and handled the seas well. But although we fished some great shows on the sounder the Reds didn't like our offerings and we headed in to try and fish some more sheltered waters. This was not the best day for us. the spots we had fished well on previous days were shut down and all the marks were slow. We had caught 46 mixed reef fin fish already and were keen to bag out but could only scrape a few RTE, Tuskies and Hussars. With ice lower than we would like we headed back towards 1770 and tried to grab some Trout on the way home but they weren't biting. We tried in closer and caught a few small fish and saw some working fish. I cast the magic jig at them and got smashed but dropped then smashed again and fought for a while and finally landed a Bludger Trevally. I love these and am going to smoke it. The others think I'm nuts bringing home a "$#!t fish". The southerly was tending East then NE as we aimed at Bustard Head. Then 1770. The fish were well iced over night and cleaned the next day. It took me us over 3 hours do do them all. I am thrilled to have so much fish. Mum and dad have some now and I have eaten Snapper for dinner and Cobia for breakfast and looking forward to many many meals. Thanks so much @demarc for letting me come. your boat is a cracker and you skipper it well and thanks too to @aussie123 for so much advice. I have learnt so much from this trip. PB's for me; First Pearl Pearch then biggest Pearl pearch First Longtail...netted... Best yellowfin Tuna First Sunset Snapper (unsure of name sorry) First Bludger Trevally First time east of Heron Island and to all the reefs out there. Is that all? Seems I forgot a few. Species Caught but not necessarily kept in order of an old addled brain and just the ones I remember...; School Mackerel Spanish Mackerel Mackerel Tuna Long Tailed Tuna.... nearly Yellow Fin Tuna Hassar Stripey Sunset Snapper (not sure of name) Striped Sea-perch Snapper Grinner Whiptail Red Emporer Maori Cod Scorpion Cod White-Dotted Cod Coral Cod Coral Trout Corination trout Tea leaf Trevally Bludger trevally Cobia Spangled Emperor Wire netted cod Pearl Pearch Remora Moses Perch Iodine Bream frypan bream Grassy Sweet lip Venus Tusk-fish 2 different types of leather jacket/trigger fish Some sort of Gudgeon Red Throat Emperors RTE I'm sure there are some I have forgotten. I can't wait to do it again.
      12. Brock and his mate took my boat for the weekend up to 1770 and headed out with Brad in his boat close by. The boys said the weather was awesome and could cruise at any speed all weekend. They fished all Saturday and half the day on Sunday before heading home with some nice fish filling the box. This trip has me keen as to catch up with the crew still in town up there.
      13. I'm new fisher here and just bought some fishing equipment. Are there any spots around indooroopilly suggested? Thank you.
      14. south queensland NPD Cricket 17/9/17

        Went with Mark,Tai and Jason. Bit of a queue at the gate but we ended up first one to launch as we had everything ready and were able to back straight down the ramp whilst others were busy removing boat covers etc. Was relatively calm till around 9am when the wind got up. We had 50 odd fish on the counter and made the decision to see if we could find a sheltered spot. Turned out to be wise decision Including one solitary yella. I left camera at home so here are a couple that Tai took. Mark should send me some more later on. Tai also cooked up a welcome sausage sizzle that warmed us up nicely. Cheers Ray
      15. south queensland Short Netting

        Got a message from @Sparksie last week to meet up today at the Port ramp for a spin in his kayak upgrade - a 3.7m tinnie with 15hp. Being new to trailer reversing, I had a little chuckle when he said he was after my tips on doing it. I told him the only thing I know - to use the brake before the car gets wet. He had no dramas reversing at all (under threat I was videoing). The start of the fishing with plastics was quite slow and @benno573 was texting to see how we were going on such a fine day whilst he was plugging numbers in an office. I gave him this update of the feed we were gathering to make him feel better. A move was made just in time for the tide change. Sparksie was soon onto a decent bream then I added one and then we sent a few back. A squire showed itself - promising, but no more showed up. We sent Benno a picture of the squire but he was unimpressed, responding with "Where's the rest of it ?" After a while I got sick of the bream and decided to catch some flatties. I brought in 3 while Sparksie watched on in amazement. The 1st just over 40, the 2nd just under 40 and the 3rd was 60cm when it originally surfaced. However due to sparksie's kayak pedigree the landing net was one with a very short handle. The big girl was pretty frisky and avoided the short netting attempts on about ten occasions. By the time she was finally netted she only measured in the low 50's. With the wind on the up we headed back in satisfied with another beaut day on the water done and dusted.
      16. south queensland Hammerhead + 50 Bonito

        Morning all, After having my new bot serviced this week, it was time to get it out on the water. We headed for some beacons to float some shark baits out and spin for some mackerel too. Long story short, not one mackerel to be seen, but 50+ bonito were caught on halco twisties. They were a bit of fun to pass the time while waiting for the shark rods to go off. Only one run for the day which resulted in a 1.2m hammerhead which was caught on pike eel. It was only a 5 minute fight, with it only in the boat for 2 mins before the hook was removed, tag was inserted and she was released. Was an awesome sight to see her swim away strongly as hammers can sometimes struggle to after being caught. The pic doesn't do it justice as there looks to be a lot of blood , but it was a perfect hook set in the corner of the jaw. First shark for the season tagged and released, very happy. My aim for this season, is to tag and release as many as possible. I know doing so may rub some people up the wrong way, but at the end of the day im providing the possibility of obtaining valuable data on these beautiful creatures which may end up helping protect both us, and them.
      17. Do you think I could have any success catching fish of any kind casting a very small spoon lure in the surf on one of the beaches on the Sunshine or Gold Coast? I've been consuming a lot of fishing content on Youtube when I am stuck at home and unable to fish. And one of the videos I find interesting is this guy using a rod, reel and small spoon lure in the surf. He is using a ~3 gram Acme Kastmaster Lure, and catching a few different small fish. It seems that these kinds of lures are often much bigger and used for Pelagic fish that live in deep water far from shore. So I don't know if buying a similar lure would be a total waste of money when I don't have a boat or kayak. I don't want to take any fish from the surf, I just want to see what is there. I really like the look of what he calls a "houndfish" in the video.
      18. Bass recaptured after nearly 25 years - Fishing World.htm This little bloke's been around awhile. Anyone know how long they live. Cheers Gary
      19. south queensland NPD 13/9/17

        Went with Don and Graham for a foggy start. Good thing we had the GPS to find our way out of the bay. Still plenty of fish on live shrimp. We picked up over 30 at first drop all around the 40cm mark but about 1/4 of them had varying degrees of fin rot. Looks like the water quality could be dropping with a lot of green slime up close to the ramp and lots of algae particles in the water further downstream. Hope we are not in for an outbreak of blue green algae which would result in the closure of the dam whilst it is fishing so well. Sorry no fish photos as we were too busy catching fish. Total of 105 after running out of bait. Cheers Ray
      20. Bass are smashing blades at the moment out at NPD. I picked up a couple trolling down the dam, then found several schools of willing to take blades bass when I got halfway.First spots produced medium sized bass and the last spot bass in the 40cm range.They are still liking the white blades at this stage,managed 88 on my own.A couple of the bass had fin rot, I would say they have been in sheltered no movement backwater somewhere for the winter. Dino
      21. south queensland Npd Short Session

        Rick and I had to pick up our new permits this morning so naturally we could not drive up there without having a fish. I had to be home by lunch time so we did a couple of shrimp traps and tried a couple of drop offs close to the ramp picking up a few bass here and there before knocking off at 9am Ended up with 15 fish and some brownie points for getting home early. Back for a longer session tomorrow and again Monday. Cheers Ray
      22. south queensland Orright At Hinze

        Mark,Rick and myself ventured to the western arm this morning. It has been a while since I as there a nd so we were flying blind. We were pleased to see that the water has finally cleared after Debbie .Wehad to look for the fish but ended up with 38 bass and rick and mark tied for the tandan king award with one each and I got the booby prize for a barred grunter. Which the resident eagle enjoyed for breakfast. The wind got up a bit and Rick had to be home early so we knocked off at 10.30 with a final score of 38 bass and 2 tandans so it looks like we will now be alternating between Hinze and NPD. Cheers Ray
      23. Jacobs Well In A Tinnie

        I've decided to take a mate on a hire tinny at Jacobs well, just googled the area, looking for any spots to fish, is crusoe is ok, to walk up and down the sand flicking sps? Any advice appreciated, and no we wouldn't go on a weekend,cheers john
      24. gday legends its ya boy here with another poorly edited bass slaying video please give it a like if you can spare the time would be muchly apreciated .
      25. south queensland Didyouhaveagooday

        You betcha the bass were on the chew taking lures in all the usual spots. Trolling was a bit slow but the blades were the lure of choice. Hope these bass stay around for the summer. I was in the mates boat as you can see by the red pics. Dino