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queensland AFO Xmas Party And Fresh Water Fishing Copetition Lake Moogerah 23 To 25th November

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I am getting some live shrimp from a supplier in Aratula the town just 10 minutes from the dam if anyone else is interested his number to arrange pick up is 54638226 then ask for directions. I will get to the dam by mid Friday morning and set up the gazebos Robbie will be bringing some Ozfish flags to identify our site which should be along the water side in front of the park office as you enter take the 1st right after you leave the office then look for our flags.

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5 hours ago, tugger said:

I am getting some live shrimp from a supplier in Aratula the town just 10 minutes from the dam if anyone else is interested his number to arrange pick up is 54638226 then ask for directions. I will get to the dam by mid Friday morning and set up the gazebos Robbie will be bringing some Ozfish flags to identify our site which should be along the water side in front of the park office as you enter take the 1st right after you leave the office then look for our flags.

Should we all book? I have not stayed there. 

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I will try to get right on the water hopefully I am early up there enough to do this I will take up a bbq and to keep it simple for lunch I was thinking sausages on bread what's everyone's thoughts. Saturday night we do a big cook up on the coals with rotisseries and camp ovens roasting away and salads, veges and desert following dinner. 

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We have booked our group up at lake moogerah caravan park under the name WANDERERS this will give us a group booking discount when camping you will get $5 a night off per person so should be $10 per person each night you stay. Make sure you say you are with the wanderers group for the discount.

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12 hours ago, tugger said:

We have booked our group up at lake moogerah caravan park under the name WANDERERS this will give us a group booking discount when camping you will get $5 a night off per person so should be $10 per person each night you stay. Make sure you say you are with the wanderers group for the discount.

Thanks mate. I booked a week ago. I am really looking forward to this.

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On ‎2‎/‎11‎/‎2018 at 7:59 AM, Drop Bear said:

I just heard there is a yak group going up there as well. I have invited them to the fishing comp. Could be interesting. 🙂

I am more than happy to take the comp stuff away from where we are set up for camping. 

All good what ever suits us all I heard of the Kayak group as well going up there

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It is looking like a big weekend with plenty of people coming.

Saturday night we are having our usual roast dinner feast with all the meat cooked on spits and in the camp ovens on the fire.

Saturday nights dinner is for everyone there and we always ask that everyone brings an item of food to donate for the nights feast.

It can be some meat for roasting, veggies, salads or desserts for later on so if everyone here that is coming for the weekend please post up what you would like to bring for the dinner so we can make sure that we have everything that is needed.

If you bring a chook for the spits, please make sure they are a smaller size as the spits are only small and big chooks are not the easiest to turn on them.

I will add to this list as everyone lets me know what they can bring.

Mark: Chook

Mark: Butterscotch Pudding

Lance: 5kg Bag Potatoes

Lance: Pavlova, Fruit & Fresh Cream

Lance: Bag Peas and Beans

Robbie: Leg of Venison

Dave: Leg of Lamb or Wild Pork

Kev: 2 x Potato Salad

Kev: 2 x Coleslaw

Kev: 2 x Bags Salad

Mick: Chook

Mick: Garlic Bread

Mick: Whole Pumpkin

Old Scaley: Roast Beef

Shane: Turducken

Shane: Salad

Aaron: Roast Pork

Aaron: Carrots

Aaron: Small Pumpkin

 

Friday Nights Dinner

Robbie: Venison Stew with Dumplings

Rob: Curried Sausages and Rice.

 

 

 

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Pretty sure I am coming to this one. I will drag the tinny along and happy to provide a deckie spot for anyone who doesn’t have a seat already, especially if they have some idea about dam fishing because I have no idea. A couple of questions - is there a shop there for basics like fuel, ice and milk? I have some firewood at home that I can bring. Would that help? Not sure what to bring for the cook up, so can you see what is missing? @Drop Bear, can we use the OzFish bbq on Friday night?  How many shrimp would be right for a day’s fishing and how do you keep them alive overnight?

Sorry for all the questions but I am a novice at freshwater fishing. Last one - do you need a SIP permit?

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3 hours ago, Old Scaley said:

Pretty sure I am coming to this one. I will drag the tinny along and happy to provide a deckie spot for anyone who doesn’t have a seat already, especially if they have some idea about dam fishing because I have no idea. A couple of questions - is there a shop there for basics like fuel, ice and milk? I have some firewood at home that I can bring. Would that help? Not sure what to bring for the cook up, so can you see what is missing? @Drop Bear, can we use the OzFish bbq on Friday night?  How many shrimp would be right for a day’s fishing and how do you keep them alive overnight?

Sorry for all the questions but I am a novice at freshwater fishing. Last one - do you need a SIP permit?

It would be good if you come, we havn't caught up for ages now.

I have not been to Moogerah myself but I presume there would be a shop there.

Mark would be best to answer that as he goes there all the time.

Some firewood would be great.

I am taking 200 shrimp but the amount needed will depend on how well the fish are biting or how much you hang around the camp and drink,lol

A bucket full of small holes and a weight in the bottom is how I keep my shrimp alive. I tie it off a tree or off the back of the boat and drop in into the lake.

Out in the boat I use a container with a battery operated aquarium air pump.

You will need a SIPS for that dam.

 

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9 hours ago, Old Scaley said:

Pretty sure I am coming to this one. I will drag the tinny along and happy to provide a deckie spot for anyone who doesn’t have a seat already, especially if they have some idea about dam fishing because I have no idea. A couple of questions - is there a shop there for basics like fuel, ice and milk? I have some firewood at home that I can bring. Would that help? Not sure what to bring for the cook up, so can you see what is missing? @Drop Bear, can we use the OzFish bbq on Friday night?  How many shrimp would be right for a day’s fishing and how do you keep them alive overnight?

Sorry for all the questions but I am a novice at freshwater fishing. Last one - do you need a SIP permit?

The camp office shop has ice and that's about it I would suggest getting all your needs at a service station before getting to the dam. I also have a keeper bucket the same as Lance I use zippy ties to keep 2 snapper leads on the outside of the bucket near the bottom of the sides if that makes sense.

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9 hours ago, Old Scaley said:

Pretty sure I am coming to this one. I will drag the tinny along and happy to provide a deckie spot for anyone who doesn’t have a seat already, especially if they have some idea about dam fishing because I have no idea. A couple of questions - is there a shop there for basics like fuel, ice and milk? I have some firewood at home that I can bring. Would that help? Not sure what to bring for the cook up, so can you see what is missing? @Drop Bear, can we use the OzFish bbq on Friday night?  How many shrimp would be right for a day’s fishing and how do you keep them alive overnight?

Sorry for all the questions but I am a novice at freshwater fishing. Last one - do you need a SIP permit?

Hey Old Scaley,

Yes the BBQ will be going all the time. Anyone that would like to use it is welcome. I will get it seasoned today.

@Old Scaley I'd love to be decky if it suits? the only problem is that I will be doing the fishing comp stuff from time to time.

It would be great if I can use the OzFish Trailer and leave my boat at home. Easier to pack all the stuff on my own rather than hurling it onto the boat. 

 

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    • By AUS-BNE-FISHO
      Hi all
      I'm putting up the report from my last few days fishing at the local park. This is from Thursday until today. Some sessions were certainly more exciting than others, and hopefully you're all not bored to death by another series of reports! 
      I got down to the local park and had the lines in at about quarter past two. I had the lines in first off baited with dead prawn from last session. To catch bait this time though, I'd done something different - made burley. The mix was very simple, but I'll do a quick walk through of it as well. 
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      2. Chicken Pellets/other pellets

      3. Tuna oil (one of the stinkiest things on earth in my opinion) - 

      First off, layer the bottom of your container (for the purpose of this I used an ice cream tub) with breadcrumbs. You can also just buy a cheap $1 loaf of bread from Woolies and rip it up into small bits. Once you have a layer of this, do the same, but with your pellets. Continue to do this until you have the amount of berley you want. Make sure you are giving it a good mix so both of the things are well dispersed into one another. When you're done, get your tuna oil. (DISGUSTING ALERT!!!). Give the mix a generous splash of this. That is the recipe done. Easy peasy. I found this worked excellent on baits, but it also attracted some undesirables, like glassies. 
      Back to the report. I chucked a bit of this in the water (get yourself something to scoop/deploy it with as it stinks you up if you hold it), gave it a couple minutes, and then threw the net in the general vicinity. As well as a bunch of bloody glassies, up came a couple prawns. I put them on the lighter lines, as these weren't to big, and then kept casting. It actually didn't take long for a lighter line to go off, as I saw a couple nibbles, then a big strike... I ran up, but unfortunately, whatever it was it didn't hook up.  
      On one of the first throws, I felt a big more weight in the net than usual. I was hoping for a mullet, or at least a school of something, but up came another baby bream. I think it's very good there are juvenile ones around here, because it means that they are being bred into the river, and, where there's small ones there's normally bigguns, or so I think... Here it is - 

      Juvenile Yellowfin Bream - roughly 20cm
      After that, it all went a bit quiet. I was still getting lots of prawns and glassies (more of the latter), and the glassies would almost always be stuck right in the net and take a couple minutes to come out. So annoying. I kept berleying, and they kept coming up in the net. I found the best way to get them out was to just give them a big flick, which therefore flinged them back into the water. The prawns on the heavy line just kept getting pickered, and since these glassies were so hardy, I decided to see how the went as bait. I pinned two through the area just below the fins, and they swum as hard as a biddy. 
      The next catch did not come until later... I decided to give the line out deep a check. It had been pushed towards the pylons, and as I pulled it up there was a lot of weight with it. I thought it may be a catfish, or an eel even, but when I got it up I realised it must just be some log/wood. On closer inspection, I realised it was a bunch of line and sinker from the ground. I wonder who's it may be... Mine? I was quite curious. 

      How much of this would be in the whole, entire, ocean, polluting many areas???
      My glassies were still going strong, but unfortunately nothing else was biting. What does that mean? Cast netting, of course! I started throwing the net to top up on the prawns. More glassies and less prawns, though. As I went for another throw, I saw the glassy line buckle over. I pulled up the net as fast as I could, and picked up the other line. I knew it wasn't big after about 5 seconds into the fight, and in about a minutes I had an OK catfish up. 
      No photo for this one, I actually flicked him off the hook so quickly I forgot 😉 
      The day was very quiet after the catfish, and after more relentless picking attacks I got the final haul of prawns out of the live bait tank (not too many but some were Ok size) and chucked them in the esky. I was also fishing with someone else, whom could pancake my net very well. he was fishing for big sharks/cod, but it was very quiet for him. No hits or anything except pickers.  I think it also is worth a mention how low the tide was when I got there, which initially helped with the berleying and bait catching - 

      That is the first report done for now, here are the stats of the trip - 
      Statistics of trip - 
      Tide:
      Moon Phase:
      Fish caught: Yellowfin bream x 1, catfish x 1
      Bait caught: Prawns and glassies
      Bait used: Live prawns and glassies
      Tackle Used: 10lb, 14lb, and 30lb braided mainlines, 20lb and 30lb fluorocarbon leader, 80lb trace, size 2 and six ball/bean sinkers, size 4/o circle and suicide hooks, large-ish barrel swivel. Size 1000 and 2500 Shimano Sienna and Nasci, Size 650 Penn Reel, 6"6' and 8" Ugly Stik rod, 2M Rogue Firepoint boat rod, Size 2500 Daiwa Shinobi reel 
      Weather: Sunny, slightly cloudy
      Overall Success Rate: 40% - Like the other sesh, at least it wasn't a donut!!! 
      OK, now to the next report. This time I was fishing with my mate, Hayden, and he wanted to come down at 1:30PM. I met him there a little bit after that, and we got fishing.
      It was a dead low tide as I got there, which is normally a good tide here. Today was no exception. On the first throw, I got a few prawns, so the lines were thrown out with livies. That continued, and I also continued berleying up the water for bait. More prawns, as well as some glassies. Unfortunately, the pickers would not leave us alone. The prawns just kept getting eaten and eaten! 😞 
      I decided to throw a line in off the jetty to try and get my friend a fish, so with a little live prawn on, I gave him the line to hold. It wasn't long before he got picked to bits. This happened a couple more times, but then when he was getting some nibbles he handed to me. I felt the nibbles, and then felt the rod load up, and then I was on!!! Briefly... The fish dropped the bait as quick as it took it, so that was mildly disappointing. With this , we put the line next to the jetty pylons to see if any fish would eat it there. 
      It was very quiet for the next part of the session, apart from more live prawns and more pickers... As I was doing a quick check of the line, not much was happening on it. I walked back down onto the jetty to do more cast netting, but as I went down I saw the rod next to the pylons get some nibbles, and then I heard the reel squeaking. I tightened the drag, and I was on! Woohoo. It was only a small cat, but both my mate and I had some fun free spooling the line, then pulling it back up again for more 'fight time'. 😉 Here it is - 

      🤮Dirty Catfish 
      I de-hooked him, and grabbed him by the tail throwing him back into the drink. It was then more quiet-ness, and my dad eventually came down. He said I had/should go home soon, and my mate wanted me to come back with him so I began packing up at about 5 to five. As I was reeling in the salmon line though, it was a lot heavier than usual. I was still reeling very quickly, and drag was actually coming out. To my surprise, a river perch came up. No fight to it at all... And it clearly explains what's been picking me - those dirty, old, perch! 

      Hopefully these pickers bugger off!
      That was the end of the session, except for me taking home 5 or so prawns, as I didn't have that many more in the bait tank in the first place! I packed up the cart and got home. A nice, warm, shower certainly helped with the cold temperature outside. Here are the stats of this report - 
      Statistics of trip - 
      Tide: 9:00AM, 1.8M, high, 3:20PM, .2M, Low, 9:50PM, 2.4M, high
      Fish caught:River perch x 1, Catfish x 1
      Bait caught: Prawns
      Bait used:Live and dead prawns
      Tackle used: 10lb, 14lb, and 30lb braided mainlines, 20lb and 30lb fluorocarbon leader, 80lb trace, size 2 and six ball/bean sinkers, size 4/o circle and suicide hooks, large-ish barrel swivel. Size 1000 and 2500 Shimano Sienna and Nasci, Size 650 Penn Reel, 6"6' and 8" Ugly Stik rod, 2M Rogue Firepoint boat rod, Size 2500 Daiwa Shinobi reel 
      Weather: Nice, not to hot or cold, mild winds
      Overall Success Rate: 55% - At least it wasn't a donut
      OK, if you're still reading, this is a bit embarrassing. I went out yesterday morning, for a session. I thought it would be a good one, as I have always done good on the +5 +11 session logic/pattern (probably a bit more of an religious thing than truth). It was freezing cold, and even though I was in my thermals, I needed to throw the cast net. On my first throw, I got a butter bream, all the way up the river. This interested me very much, and I was curious to see why. It then became evident my hands and feet were very cold, and, well, that's why I left in about 30 minutes of getting there. LOL. 

      Cool - that's a first - Brisbane River Butter Bream!
      OK, so here is the final report. The most exciting one too. I'm hoping you haven't lost interest and you're still with me. I got to the park at about 2:15PM today, and the tide was still about half way up, running out. Not quite ideal, but the run out was (it was the tide height that wasn't). I had a hard time gathering bait first off, with only occasional prawns in my first casts. Once I got enough though, each line was out (I had four lines, as a mate was there too). One of them didn't last that long though, as it got snagged, and would not come off even with a heap of pulling and yanking from all angles with our hands. My friend cut it with the knife, and that line was not re-rigged all day. 
      Prawns were by no means plentiful, but I was starting to get a couple. The salmon line was pickered, numerous times (I witnessed this while cast netting), and I wasn't having much success with throwing the net. It seems the pickers first rip off the prawns legs, then eyes, then head, and then the body (somehow miraculously missing my hook!). More cast netting, after cast netting, and then a bait check, was basically what I was doing... 
      I eventually got a school of glassies, so as last resort I live baited a couple of the buggers and sent them out, hopefully for something golden. My friend head off soon after, at about 4:30PM. The first run of the day was again, soon after this. I was cast netting, and heard my little Sienna screaming. I pulled up the net, and hastily got up there. Unfortunately, the fish had dropped the bait. I believe it was a small catfish, anyways. They are actually a speedy little fish. 
      I stayed up at the top of the jetty, with the two lighter lines, while the salmon line and glassies soaked. The line in the cod spot got pickered, so I dropped it down with another live prawn (I'd also caught some more live shrimp, river shrimp, in the cast net). It didn't take long for a peck-peck, and then the rod to load up. I thought it was just a picker, but before I knew it the line was screaming off the reel, as fast as a cheater! I started trying to get this fish to the surface, as it was beyond me what it could be. Bream? Cod? After about two minutes of screaming runs, up came a big lizard (I believe it was a blue-spot flathead, because the tail was blue). There were some nervous moments, as when I began walking it down to the jetty it nearly ran into the pylons and did me in, and then again as we were netting it (some passersby did the honours). He/she was landed. Relief! Sadly, it was hooked right down it's gob, so I cut the line. I hope it spits the hook quickly. It's battle wasn't over, either. It went crazy the second I lipped it, and before it was trying to slither back into the drink. I grabbed the photo real quickly though, and got it back into the drink. With one big splash this biggun was off! 

      Woohoo. A solid 60cm Brisbane River lizard. How's that?! 🙂 
      Another man had also came down with a rod and reel, and a lire. He had a quick flick, but annoyingly for him he got snagged on his second cast. Bugger! We then had a chat, and i found out he was actually just on holidays, and he found a fishing rod in the house he was staying in. "Why not?" he said. He said he also came from Cairns, where he is a bit (lot) more serious. He catches big queenfish trolling lures on a handline off the back of his surfski. Pretty cool if you ask me. His real target was mackerel, where he's only hooked (and been busted off) by one. While we were having a chinwag, my line, with live shrimp, went off, and after a short fight, up came a little catfish - 

      At about quarter past five, Dad told me to come home, so we said goodby to one another and then I packed up, and was on my way. I was extremely happy with the flatty today's session, as it is my first 60cm flatty with a pic (I got one with a mate in Marcoola in the surf a few years ago, but chose to release so no photo. It was estimated 60cm - odd). I was home, happier than ever. Here are the stats of this trip - 
      Statistics of trip - 
      Tide: 11:35AM, 1.7M, High, 5:30PM, .3M, Low
      Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous phase, 98% full moon, so a lot of run
      Fish caught: Bluespot flathead x 1, Catfish x 1
      Bait caught: Banana Prawns and River Shrimp
      Bait used: Live and dead prawns and river shrimp
      Air Pressure: 1024
      Tackle Used: 10lb, 14lb, and 30lb braided mainlines, 20lb and 30lb fluorocarbon leader, 80lb trace, size 2 and six ball/bean sinkers, size 4/o circle and suicide hooks, large-ish barrel swivel. Size 1000 and 2500 Shimano Sienna and Nasci, Size 650 Penn Reel, 6"6' and 8" Ugly Stik rod, 2M Rogue Firepoint boat rod, Size 2500 Daiwa Shinobi reel 
      Weather: Nice cool weather - minimum wind
      Time fished: 2:15PM - 5:10PM
      Overall Success Rate: 85% - While it wasn't the target species, it was bloody solid!
      Thanks for reading guys, I know it was a bit or a report-marathon. Hope you all enjoyed.
       Cheers Hamish 🙂 
    • By tugger
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      Another night spent back at the ranch by ourselves lit the fire and downed some coldies. The next day we filleted our catch and parted ways with Callum heading north and me running home.
       
    • By Leosonfire
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    • By rayke1938
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