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      1. south queensland NPD 22/4/18

        First up we did the shrimp traps where the redclaw are a real pest with around 10 small redclaw to each shrimp in the traps. Fishing wise another productive day with Binder who outfished me by about 2 to 1 . But at least I am still the tandan champ with a grant total of 2 against his miserable donut.. We moved a few times to avoid the smaller bass but the legtals were a bit scarce. Andrew got the only yella for the day which he released before I had a chance to take a photo. Final score 90 bass,1 yella , 2 tandans nr round 12 forkies which were fed to percy and the eagles. The eagles appear to have hatched 2 youngsters which were also hunting and the older pair were buzzing percy. Lots of small gar also hanging around and attacking any shrimp that you left hanging over the side of the boat. Cheers Ray
      2. Have just moved to Brighton and are after any spots around the area to fish. Fished the pine river this morning at Brighton park, got a couple of mid 40 flatties, but had to work for them. Any info would be great, have heard the pine is pretty hit and miss. Cheers
      3. This is a tale of 2 parts of a day the 1st started off calm flat seas which lead us out to the wave rider bouy where Brad and I had fun hooking in to big Dorados or other wise known as Dolphin Fish we had a ball catching 9 and losing another 7 big fish before another boat came along and drove straight up to the bouy and shut the fish down. Our method we have found is to start well up current 200m or more of the bouy and turn the motor off and drift down getting ready to throw out your baits as you get closer then once you have passed the bouy by a fair way you drive around the bouy by another good distance so not to startle the feeding fish bit like when chasing tuna. The 2nd part of the day and after our fun with the Dorados was finished we headed in closer to the headland and anchored up wasn't long before a storm started to brew and the wind picked up but it was the water spouts that had me worried as they were getting close so we decided to run behind the headland at stradie for shelter. Soon enough the storm passed to the north of us and we headed back to my rock and anchored again with the current roaring we found the fish on and Brad landed a 50cm+ Tuskie at the same time I hooked up to to a big fish but alas mine threw the hook, it was great little period for as soon as baits were hiting the bottom you had hits and we landed plenty of little snapper and moses with a couple of good keepers mixed in. We run out of bait so we headed for home just on lunch time and missed all of the rain the mainland had got we must of been lucky by the looks of the wet roads and ground every where and dodged a bit offshore as well back at home we whipped the sides off these tastey criters and had a few coldies to round the day out. Thanks again Brad for joining me on another cracker of a day I think it has been a while on the dorado for you and I reckon you will like how they chew it is some of the best table fish you can get like striking gold.
      4. Managed to capture a great trevally strike right at the side of the yak last weekend. Water was only around 40cm deep and there must have been around 10cm of line left. Took me by surprise thats for sure. Also managed a few other fish on the surface and soft plastics.
      5. Just a quick one. Headed southside for a bit of a cast net session today with my nephew. Saltworks was empty and nothing on the sounder. Headed east and again nothing. I called @tugger and he directed me to the power lines. Nothing much there. We got a few casts with 8 in it but plenty more with 0. Ended up with a few medium prawns. probably enough for entree. Raff had fun picking up the ones that jumped out of the buckets and had a go at cast netting. Just made it home before it pored down. Prawns for dinner yum!
      6. south queensland Edge Dwellers

        Finaly after 2 weeks and one day, I was back in my boat again. Man flu fading fast, I hope. I didnt want to go to far this morning and was surprised to find fish close to the ramp, only trouble they were not hungry. So I headed off in search of a toga or some edge dwelling bass, well I never got the toga but did manage to get plenty of hungry aussie black bass. They are the ones that live in the weed and nearly turn black.Also managed a nice yella, put a tag in it and sent it on its way.Just made it back to the ramp before the rain got me. Dino
      7. Going to head out through south passage bar with stradiebrad l will hope to have a colourful report upon return.
      8. Decky spots NPD this sunday 5.30start targeting bass with live shrimp. No smoking no bananas. Be last trip for a while. 0403072325 Cheers Ray
      9. We went to the eastern arm this morning. With Rick driving at the last moment I realised that my lifejacket and rain coat were in the back of my car so as the stars were out I just chucked them into the boat. By the time we got to Carbrook there was a nice lightening display and it started raining around Yatala. It was pelting down at the ramp so I grabbed my gear from the boat and donned my already saturated coat and jacket and Rick also got wet getting his gear out of the back of his car. Mark was cunning as he came from the coast and put his gear on before leaving as it was already raining at his home. 'The rain eased off just after we launched and the bass were hungry and we had a nice session before we used up the few shrimp left over from Sunday. We headed off to do our traps and it started pouring again plus the wind got up. We only did about half our pots and Ricks brand new you beaut rain gear started to leak like a sieve. It has reflective tape stitched to it and was leaking at the stitching. As rick and I were both wet and cold we called it a day at 8am with a total of 28 bass. When I got home found that I had to give the dog a bath. Rick was not happy with his new rain gear and went back to where he purchased it and was told of cause it leaks on the stitching it is only shower proof. He pointed out that the packaging says waterproof and they offered a credit not a refund. Looks like consumer affairs are going to be involved. Cheers Ray
      10. Copy of email from SEQ water. Message body April 2018 Latest news The Sideling Creek Dam (Lake Kurwongbah) upgrade will begin next month, as part of Seqwater’s Dam Improvement Program. The detailed design for the upgrade of Sideling Creek Dam (Lake Kurwongbah) is being finalised and construction planning has commenced. We expect the upgrade will take about 12 months to complete, subject to weather conditions and other unforeseen delays. Who is undertaking the work? Seqwater is the Queensland Government statutory authority responsible for providing a safe, secure and cost-effective bulk drinking water supply for 3.1 million people across South East Queensland. Seqwater are the owner and manager of the Sideling Creek Dam. Seqwater is currently evaluating tenders for the construction works with contract award anticipated late April 2018. About the upgrade The work will involve strengthening the main embankment of the dam and the concrete spillway, and then restoring the dam’s capacity to the original full supply level. Upgrading the dam is the most effective way to improve dam safety, while maintaining the dam’s flood mitigation benefits and keeping the lake open to recreation. The work will involve constructing a sand filter layer across the downstream face of the embankment held in place by a layer of engineered fill. The lower part of the dam in the original creek bed will be stabilised by the construction of a rockfill berm to support the embankment. The main spillway guide walls will be strengthened with concrete buttress and the height raised by 600mm. Over the next month we will be completing our documentation, sourcing equipment, hiring personnel and approving the materials for construction. This phase of the project also involves integrating the results of our safety and environmental assessments into the design. A traffic management assessment has already been completed for Sideling Creek Dam to consider the impacts of construction on the local road network. We have also completed Cultural Heritage and Environmental assessments at the site in preparation for construction. In the last e-update we discussed the planned construction of a new dissipator in the form of an excavated pool which will be constructed at the end of the concrete spillway to manage erosion and reduce fish stranding downstream. To find out more about this improvement, click here. Image: Embankment post upgrade Recently we carried out ecological field surveys to confirm the construction activities will not have a significant adverse impact on threatened species. The assessment also investigated and confirmed impacts on State matters such as protected flora and fauna and Regional Ecosystems. While there are no significant adverse impacts identified, the existing vegetation contains a number of non-juvenile koala habitat trees (NJKHT), which have been assessed under State legislation. Seqwater has elected the land-based offset on a ‘best for environment’ basis and we have identified a suitable area within the greater catchment for planting of offsets at a 3.1 ratio. Further details can be found on the vegetation clearing and offsets factsheet, click here. Keeping you informed Seqwater will be at the Petrie Markets on Sunday 22 April 2018 between 8am and 2pm. It will be a great opportunity for you to drop in, speak with the team and ask any questions that you have about the upgrade. We will also be hosting a community BBQ and drop in session at Mick Hanfling Park on Saturday 28 April 2018. Drop in any time between 11-2pm for a chat with project representatives. We look forward to seeing you there! Image: Mick Hanfling Park In other news... Recreation changes Recent changes now allow paddlers and skiers to access the lake every day of the week and the previous shared days arrangement no longer exists. There are now separate zones on the lake - an area for skiing and an area for paddling. Club rowing continues to use the designated rowing course. An additional paddlecraft wash down facility and launch point have also been established and designated at Mick Hanfling Park. All recreation users are required to wash their watercraft to help prevent the spread of aquatic weeds. Read the media release here or download the new Lake Kurwongbah Recreation Guide. The Dayboro Road day use area known as ‘Kurwongbah Park’ will be closed to the public during the upgrade. It will be used as an entrance during construction and will be the location of our site offices during the upgrade. After the dam upgrade is complete Kurwongbah Park will be reinstated with new facilities. Dayboro Road – turning lane upgrades Seqwater is currently upgrading the access to the Pine Rivers Rowing Club. The work is expected to take six weeks, subject to weather conditions and other unexpected delays. The construction company Pensar are undertaking the work on Dayboro Road between 6.30 am and 6.30 pm, Monday to Friday. The construction of a turning lane on Dayboro Road is a safety improvement for this stretch of road. Please be mindful of the construction team as you drive past – the 40kph speed limit is there to keep our team safe while at work. Thanks for your patience while we complete this work. Image: Dayboro Road upgrade Background - Dam Improvement Program Sideling Creek Dam was constructed in 1957 and upgraded in 1969. In 2012-13, as part of our ongoing monitoring, Seqwater commissioned an independent assessment of Sideling Creek Dam and our other regulated dams. Sideling Creek Dam is one of a number of dams across South East Queensland identified in the assessment for upgrade. In Queensland, dam owners are responsible for the safety of their dams under the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008. Seqwater’s Dam Improvement Program is about upgrading dams in line with the latest engineering standards and to meet the current Queensland Dam Safety Guidelines. Sign up for e-updates We will be sending regular e-updates during the construction of this project to keep you informed. This is the best way to get the latest information, so if you know someone who might be interested in this project encourage them to subscribe. Sign up for free dam release alerts Sign up to our dam release notification service to be notified when Sideling Creek Dam is spilling and/or nearby North Pine Dam is releasing water. This free service provides subscribers with notifications by email, SMS or recorded messages to telephone landlines when gated dams are releasing water or un-gated dams are spilling. Register now to get dam alerts or download the Seqwater app from the App Store or Google Play on your device. For more information w e p 1800 771 497
      11. Hey, My Nephew has come up from Sydney to stay with us for a week. The plan is to take him shark fishing. I thought I would start this thread to update you on how we go. Today we are heading down the road to try and catch 2 eels for bait. Tomorrow head out through the port to look for some bait schools to soak our eel in and probably float out some pillies to see if there are any mackerel around. Wed is heading to Myora and Moreton to look for Oyster Reefs. Any one who wants to be part of the oyster reef project would be welcome to come. Thursday we are going to try for some prawns. Full boat sorry. Friday... hmmm not sure yet suggestions welcome. PS Nephew is 7. I will take photos and post up. Wish us luck.
      12. south queensland Fresh Air

        Mate Glen had three days off so had three days fishing, I got an invite for yesterday, to go toga hunting. He said he wouldnt be out long and this suited me as I just wanted to get some fresh air in the lungs after being cooped up with the man flu for over a week. Fresh air is what I was after and fresh air is what we got, with me picking up a little bass just before we called it quits for the morning.Glen had had a very quite few days chasing the toga, with only a few bass landed. Now that a few toga have been caught out at NPD a lot more people are taking the time to target them, I just hope they dont get to lure shy, like they have over at lake K.I was that pleased to see the little bass that I had to get a few pics. Dino
      13. I arrived very early at 5am and it was blowing a good 20knots with leaves and branches rushing across the car park. Hai was already there and I tried to ring Mark but with no optus reception at the ramp we had to wait for him to arrive just after 5.30. By this time the wind had dropped to around 10 knots so we decided to head out. By the time we had done out shrimp traps it had glassed out. The fish were scattered in small schools in among the trees and we would pull around 6 or so before the barred grunter found us. Best fish of the day was a 19cm bass which I will recapture when it reaches 50cm. (Be a bit hard as it was too small to tag ) I stuffed up big time tagging 12 fish but only recording 10 on my tag sheet. Ended up with 62 bass and one tandan and the usual assorted barred grunter for the eagle. Ran into Jesse one of the local toga specialists .who had caught a nice toga on a jig spin.
      14. south queensland Where Is He???????

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      15. On the 25th March, Stu and myself set out on a trip deep into the jungles of West Papua in search of the mighty Black Bass in some river systems that have never really been fished except for the local villagers in the area. This was a trip of epic proportions with months of planning and 3 days of travel to reach our destination. Our journey seen us fly to Bali and then Makassar where we spent the night in a motel and then we boarded another plane at 2am to fly across to Biak where we met up with our local mate Teddy. We were supposed to jump on another plane the next morning for Serui on the island of Pulau Japen but bad weather seen all planes and ferries cancelled so we sat this out for 2 days. This gave us a chance to have a look around Biak so we could visit the local fish market and check out the different sights around the city. On the On the second day we got to hike deep into the most beautiful valley that you could ever wish to see to catch a Spot Tail Bass but unfortunately the fishing was very quiet. The scenery and the waterfalls were just spectacular to see and not catching any fish here really did not matter. Some local villagers that lived downstream paddled their way up river in their dugout canoes and picked us up and took us downstream through a series of rapids and log jams to where they had a long boat waiting to ferry us out of this insane prehistoric looking valley. The scenery was absolutely spectacular with heavy rainforest reaching right to the water. As dark fell, the fire flies came out which was just amazing to see. On the third day, we decided to jump on a fast passenger ferry to Serui instead of flying over due to the excess luggage and camping gear that we had to take with us. This was a 5 hour boat trip and it gave us a chance to see some of the local islands and coastline which was a very enjoyable part of the trip. We finally arrived in Serui where we arranged a driver with a small truck to run us around to find a motel for the night and to do the necessary food shopping and fuel purchases that we needed to arrange. After purchasing 1200 liters of fuel and enough 2 stroke oil for the trip and a ute load of food and water, we had dinner and then headed back to the motel where we settled in for a hard earned rest before the huge trip into the jungle the next day. Life in Serui is vastly different to other parts of Indonesia that we have travelled through. The rubbish and filth around the city is unimaginable and really has to be seen to be believed. No one uses a rubbish bin or takes their rubbish home, they just drop it where they have finished with it and the water’s edge around the small harbour was a tip site on its own. It is one place that I would be very happy to never see again. The following morning we struck our first major hurdle when the guy supplying one of the boats went missing so we were left with only one boatman with his 6.5m long boat to take us fishing for the week. We loaded this poor boat up with all the camping gear, food, water, fuel and 6 people and I estimated that we had over a 2 ton payload all up but she went like a rocket ship with the twin tiller steer 40hp Yamahas. Our boat trip was around 150km to where we wanted to camp but our plans changed when our boatman grew up in a small village on an adjacent waterway. It just happened that they also owned the river system that we wanted to fish in so on our way into the jungle we stopped at the village where he grew up so he could introduce us to the chief and also so he could catch up with his family and friends. After meeting the chief and the other village elders over a coffee, the chief invited us to stay the night in his house with his family. As it was getting late in the day and with no chance of reaching our campsite before dark, we kindly accepted his offer and we spent an amazing night with some of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet. Up bright and early the next morning, we headed off through this long and narrow waterway where we eventually popped out into the river system that we wanted to search for the elusive Black Bass. Spread throughout the river system were these little fishing shanties on stilts over the water that the villagers have built for their fishing trips and we were offered the opportunity to use any of these that we wanted. We checked one out down near the river mouth but it was a bit small for us all so we ventured further back up river where we found this amazing little shack sitting proudly over the river with its own little jetty at the front door. This was now going to be our campsite for the week so we unloaded the boat and then ventured off to have a look around and to have an arvo fish. We ventured upstream into a small lake system that was 3.5km long and it had 5 separate entrances from the main river. These creek entrances all held Black Bass, Mangrove Jacks, Trevally and Tarpon and then inside this lake was hundreds of small palm islands, trees and stumps, which many had good numbers of fish around them. This was an amazing little waterway to begin our week of Black Bass fishing. The next 2 days were spent down around the river mouth in the pure salt water looking for the bigger Black Bass. We fished many miles of creeks and anabranches and even the adjacent river system but sadly we couldn’t find any fish down in this area. They would have to be there as the water looked good but they were either shut down or maybe there at another time of the year. The next few days we decided to stay well up river in the lake area where we caught our fish on the first day. This proved to be a bonanza with many fish being hooked, landed and lost. Most of the fish caught this trip were on the topwater using mullet poppers and just a few were caught on deep divers. Tarpon were everywhere this trip and were fun to catch when the bass fishing was quite. You could see the schools of Tarpon finning on the surface and their bubble trails in the water everywhere. A quick cast over their heads soon stirred multiple strikes at the popper. The last day we had some bad weather coming in so we decided to get out of the jungle and start the journey back to Serui. We spent the night in a boatmans hut at the village again as the spring tides had made the creek too shallow to navigate in the dark. After a good nights sleep, we headed off at 4.30am to beat the falling tide. This time we hit many stumps and also had to drive the boat over whole trees to reach the deeper section of the creek. Once out it was full stick down the river and across the bar to the open water where it was quite choppy for the first 50km. About half way back to Serui we pulled into a small village where our boatmans wife lived so we managed to get a nice jug of hot coffee and buy an extra drum of fuel to complete the trip. Hugging the coastline to avoid the choppy waters, the trip back was beautiful as we navigated through a series of tropical islands and over some shallow coral reefs. Once back to Serui, we found a motel for the night and we all enjoyed a good feed and a few cold Bintangs. The next morning we boarded the ferry for another 5 hour journey back to Biak Here we stayed another night at Teddy’s house before the final 2 day journey back home. Overall it was an amazing trip and venturing so deep into the jungle with no support and no idea of what to expect added to the thrill of this adventure. The people we met and the places we got to experience will be something that all of us will never forget.
      16. I've attached a link from the video I put together from a couple of mornings ago. Cheers.
      17. south queensland Shrinking Bass

        Another good day at NPD yesterday but gee the fish seem to be getting smaller. Out of 115 bass measured only 40 were over 30cm Caught a tagged bass which was claimed to be 41cm last year and i measured it at a whisker under 40cm. Maybe something to do with a wrinkled brag mat. (Photo of actual fish from suntag ) Cheers Ray
      18. Staying at Noosaville for a few days so launched my kayak at Woods Bay around 5:50am this morning with hopes of coming across some tailor or trevally. Not a good start as I turned the sounder on and realised it wasn't working properly - black and white lines with random numbers so I'll need to fix that before tomorrow's lunchtime session. Anyway, decided I'd need to focus on surface, and second cast in landed a nice cast close to a rockwall with overhanging mangroves (after a dud first cast ....), couple of bloops of the small popper and wam, surface strikes, woohooo!!! I haven't done much of this and can see how it could become addictive - assumed it would be a bream, then after running around my yak towards the open water then seeing it launch into the air in the corner of my eye, thought perhaps a barra (they're known to be in the system), then second guessed myself and thought perhaps tailor as they sometimes jump, then brought it up close to the yak ready to net and realised it was a barra after all ........ and a solid little barra(cuda) at that .......... Realised I forgot to bring a rag for handling fish (out of practice as haven't used the yak since last Easter) so between that and trying to get a photo, it flipped back in the water but I managed to recapture it. With the hooks removed, a decision was to be made, and with recent words of wisdom from this forum from the ever-ravenous @Drop Bear, I decided to take it home to eat it (figured it had to be at least as good as pike ..... , and it was, had it tonight and glad I kept it). Fish dispatched it was time to get back into it - unfortunately my kayak had kept moving forward after I hooked up and ended up near the rocks where I'd hooked up while I was fighting the fish, so I think that basically spoilt this little cove so after working it over I moved on. As I moved around I realised there wasn't a heap of structure near the banks in both Woods Bays and the wind was around 15knots so I had to pick spots out of the wind and ended up around near the sandbags before working my way back to where I had started. I had tied on a deep diver and picked up one bream along the way. Would like to explore this area further with a functioning sounder to see what was below me but two fish is better than none and the barracuda on surface was a cool capture and I got a bit of exercise, so it's a win in my books Planning to head to Goat Island while the boys have a daytime sleep tomorrow in search of a flattie and then we'll see for Sat morning. Will put up a separate report regarding the land-based adventures with my wife and two boys once our trip is over (Sunday) - we've been ticking off a few species and having a ball.
      19. I'd been busted off a couple of times in the same spot using one of my 1-3kg combos and 8lb leader. Despite having the drag pretty much on full lock whatever it was got enough line off me to bust me off . I thought it was probably a decent cod but hoped it might be a Jack as I've never caught one. I went back to try the same spot and went prepared. Heavier rod and 20lb braid with 16lb leader. Managed to pick up this nice cod. Not the Jack I was hoping for but still happy that my plan came together. Also picked up a few other decent fish including a flathead on a popper. I had my gopro going running today so will hopefully get a video together.
      20. Taken from Fishing Australia TV!!! Monster Flatty chokes on kilo plus bream! Michael Pool was walking his dog on Burril Lake and found what he estimated to be a 9kg flathead that had choked on a bream! To give you an idea of the size of the flatty the bream was 45cm long! He took on too big of a bream,” Mr Pool said. Mr Pool said the two fish seemed fresh - probably just a few hours old. A fisherman said he had seen the same giant flathead in the area recently.
      21. Yesterday was not a very successful fishing day but we still both enjoyed it a lot. This will have to be brief because I the family and I are driving to Melbourne tomorrow where James is shooting in the national archery competition. In a nut shell the new block I placed on the total scan transducer was a winner. It's the best it has ever read and now reads at speed same as the P66 on the Furuno. The difference dropping it a further 20mm is amazing. The new jigging out fit is brilliant and just what I was after. For the first time I jigged up pearl perch in 80m of water and got 4, in total 2 size and 2 under. Jame got one half way up before a shark got hold of it. We got a few small reefies and flathead, missed out opportunity at some LongTails but James got a nice solid Mac Tuna as the sun was about to dip under the horizon. Here a brief vid of James on the Mac Tuna. Best in full HD. I suppose should have used bait, but we like the challenge of not caching fish.
      22. south queensland White Spot Back ?

        copy of email from Bio Security qld. Biosecurity Queensland <> Today at 8:36 To Message body Our website 10 April 2018 Initial testing reveal positive results for white spot disease in Moreton Bay The latest round of surveillance has been completed in the Moreton Bay area for white spot disease, with some initial tests returning positive results for the virus that causes white spot disease. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the positive results were found in crab and prawn samples from the northern Moreton Bay region near the Redcliffe Peninsula. “This is the same area that positive results were found in 2017 and Biosecurity Queensland is processing the remaining samples collected from the Logan and Brisbane River area and will release the results once the testing has been completed,” Minister Furner said. “We have received results back from the southern Moreton Bay area and all samples collected were negative for white spot syndrome virus.” Acting Chief Biosecurity Officer, Malcolm Letts, said Biosecurity Queensland was now waiting on results from the Brisbane and Logan River areas. “It’s important that we complete testing from all sites before we make any decisions about our white spot disease strategy moving forward,” Mr Letts said. “These initial results have been discussed with key seafood industry groups and we will continue to work closely with them throughout this process." Movement restrictions will remain unchanged with uncooked prawns, yabbies and marine worms not to be moved out of the movement restriction area, which runs from Caloundra to the New South Wales Border and west to Ipswich. Biosecurity Queensland is also conducting surveillance for white spot disease along the east coast of Queensland with results expected in June. “It’s really important to remember that white spot disease only affects crustaceans and has no impact on human health, so make sure you go out and support your local seafood industry by asking for Queensland seafood next time you go shopping,” Mr Furner said. For more information visit or phone the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on 13 25 23. White spot disease surveillance FAQs Do these results mean that white spot disease is here to stay? At this stage, we are not sure if the virus that causes white spot disease has established in the wild. We need to complete the testing of all samples to have a better understanding of the situation. Have movement restrictions changed? No. Movement restrictions remain unchanged across Moreton Bay which means raw prawns, yabbies and marine worms cannot be moved out of the area, unless cooked first. Can white spot disease be eradicated? White spot disease is an extremely contagious viral disease that is present in many areas of the world. Once it has been established in a wild crustacean population it has not been known to be eradicated. At this stage, we don’t know if the virus that causes white spot disease has established in wild crustaceans in Moreton Bay. It is important that we complete the testing from all sites before making any decisions on the future of our white spot disease strategy. What will this mean for buying and selling seafood in Queensland? The trade of seafood in Queensland will continue in accordance with the requirements of the current movement restrictions for white spot disease carriers. That means raw prawns, yabbies and marine worms cannot be moved out of the movement restriction area, unless cooked first. What does this mean for the future of Queensland’s fishing industry? We need to wait for all results to come in to get the whole picture, and then consult with industry members. We need good science-based evidence before we make any decision on the future of the white spot disease strategy. Why are imported green prawns still allowed into the country? The Queensland Government doesn't control the importation of produce into the country - this is controlled by the Australian Government. A new import risk assessment will be conducted shortly by the Federal Government. This will look at the costs and impacts of disease incursions. During this process the Queensland Government will be advocating for the implementation of stronger measures to reduce future risks associated with imported seafood that may contain diseases of concern to Australia. When will the next round of surveillance be carried out? Biosecurity Queensland is expected the complete the Moreton Bay surveillance in April and the Queensland east coast surveillance from Caloundra to Cairns, by June 2018. The next round of surveillance is scheduled for September 2018. This may change depending on the outcome from the current surveillance round. What does white spot disease surveillance actually mean? Surveillance means we are looking for white spot disease or signs of the disease. When conducting surveillance we collect prawn samples from different locations across a specific area and test them in our laboratory to see if they have the virus that causes white spot disease. What is actually done when you test a prawn sample? Our technicians at Queensland’s Biosecurity Sciences Laboratory take part of the prawn and break it up in a small tube. The pulverised sample is used to obtain DNA through a process called DNA extraction. The DNA undergoes a diagnostic process (real time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)) that makes billions of copies of the DNA, and using a fluorescence marker, highlights if DNA from the virus that causes white spot disease is present. This test is similar to tests used by forensic scientists when testing for human DNA at a crime scene. All positive tests are sent to the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong, for confirmation where the samples are tested again. What is proof of freedom surveillance? Proof of Freedom is a nationally coordinated and structured approach to surveillance through sampling, to determine national freedom from, in this case, white spot disease (WSD). The international standard requires two years of consecutive negative results for WSD, from the samples obtained during active surveillance to demonstrate freedom from disease. Why do we need to test across the state if white spot disease has only been found in South East Queensland? Testing for white spot disease has been conducted across the state to check if the disease has been introduced in any other locations and to ensure the disease has not spread from South East Queensland. The results from the most recent round of surveillance along the east coast of Queensland indicate that it has not spread, at this stage, from the initial entry point in South East Queensland. What are the major risks people should be aware of? Using imported prawns as bait may introduce serious disease into our natural waterways, which is why it is important to only use Australian wild-caught bait from a quality bait supplier or catch your own. Not disposing of raw seafood properly could also introduce disease, so putting seafood scraps in the bin and not into waterways is also vital to keeping Queensland disease-free. Moving raw prawns, yabbies and marine worms out of the restricted area could spread the disease into other waterways in Queensland that is why movement restrictions are in place. Is white spot harmful if you eat seafood that has the disease? No, the virus that causes this disease is not harmful to humans, it only affect crustaceans. We encourage everyone to continue buying and eating Queensland’s amazing seafood and supporting these industries. Reporting white spot disease Prawns with white spot disease may have a loose shell with numerous white spots (0.5–2.0 mm in diameter) on the inside surface of the shell and a pink to red discolouration. Suspected cases of white spot disease must be reported to Biosecurity Queensland immediately through the online white spot disease reporting form or by calling 13 25 23. Take note of the location and time and if possible, freeze a sample of the suspect animals for later testing. Further information Further information on white spot is available on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website. Subscribe to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries aquatic pest and disease alerts for regular updates on the white spot disease response.
      23. This Bass took a huge swipe at the popper and missed but quickly came back to have another go. I will post up a full report of this amazing trip once I gather all the images and video footage in the next few days.
      24. south queensland Bass Served With Fresh Salad

        It's been quite a while since I chased bass in the freshly submerged salad of Lake Samsonvale. Beetlespins, shallow divers and tight drags are on the menu right now. Luckily the water is still quite pleasant to stand waist deep in at 5:30 in the morning.
      25. Hi guys, I threw a few pots in the Brisbane river chasing mud crabs over the weekend from a few of the access points near Bulimba. I managed to come up with a few massive Jennies and will be going back to see what sort of Bucks are floating around. They were in the open water stretches of the river where it is pretty wide, so a fair bit of water flowing in and out. I figure that they catch prawns and other bits and pieces commercially around there..... What are your thoughts on eating what you catch in that part of the river. I figure they should be fine but the mrs doesn't seem too keen. Does this mean more crab for me with the potential downside of 6 nipples or 4 eyes appearing in the future or should I be all good?