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  1. Ovington

    north queensland Bowen Bliss Pt.2

    To continue my Bowen adventures I decided to explore Abbot point jetty. My colleagues told me about the unstoppable GTs and I wanted a taste. A glassy morning allowed for a quick run across. Whales became a navigation hazard as they breached all around me. The jetty held mixed amounts of bait. I had no action on the top water so opted for a soft vibe. This technique bought some solid hits ending in bust offs from what I suspect to have been cod and finger mark. I eventually had a solid sounding and came up tight on my first Bludger Trevally at 76cm. As the top of the tide approached I went back to targeting the GTs on surface. The bite was hot but my ability was not. I waved goodbye to 6 lures as monster GTs collected their souvenirs. Running locked up drag and 200lb wouldn't stop these 40kg+ brutes. I put my tail between my legs and decided to chase some mackeral on the local grounds. It was a fish each drop with schoolies and spot ties. I kept 2 and headed back towards the ramp to have a few more casts around the rocks for a GT or other pelagics. I had a few follows but didn't connect to any GTs but did manage a solid 110cm Queenie. The following day I snuck out for another quick session at the rocky outcrop near the ramp and the queenies were biting well. I managed about a dozen from 80-110cm all on the topwater. Amongst the school I also managed a solid 118cm longtail which was a nice surprise and took my lure at the rod tip before a huge first run and a 15minute fight. Got a few quick snaps and sent it back after a 15minute recovery swim. Overall I am enjoying the Bowen life an look forward to nailing a few of these BIG GTs once I have geared up properly and have figured out how to drag them out of the pylons!
  2. Ovington

    north queensland Bowen Bliss Pt.1

    Hi all, I recently have moved up to just north of Bowen for work and have managed a few sessions out since being here. My first day out was a cracker with my old man who helped me move up. We went out to Gloucester island and did some exploring. As we circumnavigated the island we started fishing the edges with plastics and stickbaits. It wasn't long before a school of small longtail appeared at the front of the boat and smashed my stickbait. Unfortunately I pulled the hooks and my dad didn't hook up. The next bay around we were graced with the company of 2 mantas circling the boat. We continued down to hydeaway bay were we managed a selection of small reef fish as well as a legal coral trout. With the sun getting high in the sky and the the fishing slowing we decided to head back. As we were heading in I spotted some splashes on the surface. I sounded over them and saw some solid arches. I told my dad to send out the bait rig whilst I jigged. Within seconds he came up tight on a solid fish. 15 minutes later came up the biggest jew I have ever seen maxing out my 130cm brag mat. Unfortunately due to the fight and susceptibility of Jew to barotrauma we could not release this beast. I had one quick jig on the school again and came up tight on a fish a bit smaller but still a p.b for me. This one had a shorter fight and didn't go deep so released with a weight. Cracked start exploring new ground!! More to come of my latest adventures
  3. Lucas G

    north queensland Fishing Charters

    Hi there, I’m heading up to Port Douglas between 31/08 -10/9. I have been given day off from the fam to hit up some reef fishing. Looking for a few people to share a full day fishing charter out to the reef. Don’t want to go with a huge amount of people, 3-4max. Don’t feel like having to fight for Fish on a bloody big charter boat with 15-20 on-board. If you’re keen, message me. I was hoping to fish for a full day on Friday, 07/09. Saltaire fishing charters has been recommended. Also, do you know any other charter companies that are good operators in Port Douglas?? Cheers, Lucas G.
  4. Baitangler999

    north queensland Fishing Whitsundays

    Hi there, I will be travelling to the Whitsundays next week and want to do some fishing, I will be running a 3000 reel with 15lb braid, bringing some squid jigs, hooks, sinkers, I would like to catch squid as bait and to eat (good locations for this) and bait up hooks with it to catch fish, what types of fish would I catch and where are good locations for this?
  5. demarc

    north queensland Stanage June

    Hey! Heading to Stanage for 10 days from June 1. This is for a change from my annual 1770 migration. Should be a very good trip. Lot's of preperation. Been working a lot of truck and boat for the trip. Longest diatance I've towed. My goals are to make it to Percys and... A big and.... Swains, if weather is right. And the crabs... Biggest ever!! Stay tuned!
  6. Hello i will be visiting townsville in june for 6 weeks from the uk and i will be land based lure fishing, i will be going for gts.queenfish and mackeral etc,i will be doing some camping as well ,so i am hoping to travel north and south of townsville 4 hours driving either way,would you still get the macks and queenies in june SOUTH of townsville,and do you need clear water for spinning, i dont expect any fishing marks given to me,i just want a bit of help and advice so i can go fishing in the hope of catching a fish of a lifetime, i will also try a couple of budget boat trips if i can afford them, and i will post a report when i return to the uk,many thanks
  7. Hi all, this is my first post here. I moved to Yeppoon about 12 months ago from Adelaide, I’ve been doing a lot of estuary & inshore fishing here but not really catching anything. What’s the secret?
  8. Hi all i am heading to baffle creek at the end of the month. Just wondering what the fishing be like? Any resonce would be appreciated. Regards Chris
  9. Go Fish Australia

    north queensland Cairns Or The Cape?

    Go Fish is doing a bit of research for the tourism operators in North Queensland. When you think of fishing in Cairns and the north, what's the first thing you think of? Mackerel? Barra? Coral Trout? Ideally what sort of accomodation do you stay in? Does the distance to the Cape or the Gulf hinder your decision? Any other opinions about fishing in Far North Queensland? Thanks! Go Fish
  10. hi Guys, it has been a while... so sharing a little vid of a couple of recent trips out wide of Thursday Island, Torres Strait Cheers, Matt
  11. Benjamin gorge mchuges

    north queensland Island Fishing At Its Finest!!

    This trip all stared when we checked the weather for the next few day realised the weather was perfect and the weekend was near, so we pack the boat stocked, up on a few lures and started our trip to the magical wonders on the sea. It was still pretty early so we decided to stop the boat and go for a vertical jigging session was not much to show but a greedy cod and 2 HUGE hook ups but both busted me off in seconds, after the drag stopped peeling and the jig bite slowed down we went to the island to setup camp for 2 night. As we finished setting everything up and i had some time to burn on the island i went for a flick with some zman 2.5 inch slim swimz on 6lb braid and as you can tell by the photo the Gt was pretty big, 43cm to be exact it was pelling drag and almost spooled me 3 times with 200 yards of line, the bite had been tough but this gt was hungry and followed my lure right to my feet and went Mental over my lure! After catching that GT i had a flick for another 30 mins and i decided to grab my dads setup with 6lb but this time i had a zman 2.5 inch grubz on, kayaked over to the reef and pulled out a solid 41cm stripey snapper on 8lb fluro! after 7 solid mins of this fella peeling drag and chasing him away from sharks i landed him and decided to feed the fam as he wasn't releasing to well. And just to top off the trip I managed to catch my first ever squid with a storm so-run 90mm with the bib broken because it hit a rock and that squid made the day by giving us 1.2kg of pure calamari!! Over all was a good trip and will defiantly be doing some more reports for you guys! Hope you enjoyed!
  12. A little edit from fishing Cape York’s westcoast in September.
  13. stuchambers

    north queensland Molongle Creek

    Recently got back from a week up at a place call Molongle Creek about an hour and a half south of Townsville. tried it all while i was up there put down the crab pots, threw lures in the creek for barra and jacks, trolled for mackerel, plastics for trout, poppers for gt's had varying amounts of success but sure did have a good time. I made a small video of the trip something i have only done a few time. take a look and see what you think of the place. https://youtu.be/lM2Om4LQWrI Cheers Stu
  14. Hey guys. A group of us are into Land Based Spinning with spoons, jigs, plugs etc and are looking to do a trip to North East QLD targeting GT / mackerel etc off the beach / rocks. We specifically dont want to do a charter of sorts and are more looking at a fishing adventure where we can explore a couple places by 4x4, move around a bit, while camping. Its a difficult question to ask, as a fishing spot is somewhat secret. We are more after an area where we can do this type of fishing, where we could possibly expect to catch and release any of those species. Really appreciated. Thanks.
  15. Hey everyone!!! Long time since being on here, I've been flat out working setting my business up and catching bugger all every time I get out. Ive been fishing the Fitzroy for a few it's now it's been way to windy for my Little tinny and I have not caught anything decent. I knew that I had to persist and eventually I would get results, today I went down the Fitzroy with some friends we threw the net catching prawns for bait and when we had enough we move down to a spot where I had had very minimal success(dropped a very nice kingy netting it) and thought I'll give it a crack. The day started with all of us bringing catfish over this side then I hooked up and I knew it was something different from the fight and I got to the boat and to my shock it was my first ever king threadfin I was stoked I measured it it went 61 it was legal not by much but still I'm happy I little later again I got smashed this time Buy a blue salmon that went 52. I've never eaten any of these fish but I've read they are great fresh.anyway thanks for rating I'm hoping to get out fishing more and see success and hopefully have some more reports for you guys thanks a lot hope everyone is catching fish. Cameron Ps can anyone identify the third fish? Is it a juvenile black Jew
  16. Hi all, Reports a couple of weeks late, been having puter trouble couldn't load photo's. Anyhow we went crabbing earlier in the month, got these two keepers. Got about 6 others but were all couple of mills under so returned them for some other. time. Everything caught were bucks, only soaked for about 3 hrs as we had shopping to do and a 2 hour drive home. Got a few bream but all were undersized,returned for another day. Cheers Gary.
  17. demarc

    north queensland 1770 Thanks!

    Just want to do a big thank you to all the AFO folk that came to 1770 from the 1st to the 16th. This was by far my most enjoyable trip and it was the folks that came that made it. I got out 7 times, including 2, 3 day trips. Without my boats photgrapher, my second over nighter is lacking pics... To the blokes staying in my house, you left it in an awesome state with barely any cleaning needed before I left. Lots of memories from this trip! Few highlights: - Robbie on Gin - Hippo porn - Damo fish guts removal - Land sharks - Fish piggin - Depth messuring by Lance and Robbie - Wombat Lyoyd
  18. 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...
  19. Hi all, Left home 4am Wednesday, 2hr drive to new boat ramp in Townsville, absolute dream to launch. Dropped 8 pots and went out the front of the new port area to do some fishing. Was looking for Whiting/Bream/ anything with fins. Using prawns/squid for bait ( frozen from trawler ) pretty fresh. Used half tank fuel , got a couple of nibbles, nothing to get exicted about. Moved south to the sand bars on the making high, never even gat a show, at least thought we'd get some whiting. Moved up the creek fished the rock walls and mangroves still nothing, yes did have lines in the water. Pulled pots late afternoon pushing low tide got one 100mm crab. Fished deep hole at mouth of sh@t creek and got 1 x 100mm bream. No worries, got to use new sounder and leccy motor. Pulled out late arvo and headed home to some nice cold rums. No pic's wasn't worth it. Good day anyhow. Cheers Gary.
  20. Just wondering if anyone has fished the Port Douglas area recently? I've been living here for the last few years and can't believe how bad the fishing is. They make it sound like it's the best fishing on the planet yet in reality it's pretty pathetic. I've fished all my life and have lived in great fishing locations but this is one of the worst. Every now an then you catch some good fish in the rivers but all in all it's pretty bad. I've spoken to a few long term locals and they've said that barra netters have fished it out which if true is sad to see. The inshore reefs are pretty flogged out as well which you would probably expect, but you'd think an area renowned for it's fishing that something would be done about it. I've even done a few charters and had no luck and they just give you the old you should have been here yesterday crap. All I can say if you're thinking of having a fishing holiday here to catch barra and stuff, don't waste your time.
  21. 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!
  22. Potter

    Fishing Cape York

    G'day all, just sharing a little clip of our crew fishing Cape York. Cheers
  23. 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
  24. Cmaltby

    A Day At The Islands

    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
  25. natang

    Mourilyan Harbour

    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.