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    • By rayke1938
      Checked some shrimp traps and scored a bass each on a drop off in Koala straight  and then nothing till we got to Andrews Drop off where we found a slow bite on the edge of the weed in 16 to 20 ft of water. We then went over to fad 2 to see if we could get out of the wind and hopefully some fish. Nothing doing there so tried several drop offs in front of the fig tree for nothing so we got brave and went and dropped some shrimp on top of the snag under the floats. More snags than fish but I got a good bass as a consolation prize plus a few bass around the 40cm mark. Tried the tip oft he island and between the islands for nothing so back to the lee shore upstream of fad 2 where we found a few bass slow trolling live shrimp. As a last resort we went back to Andrews drop off where we found more bass and a yella on the edge of the weeds. Finished up with 18 bass and a nice yella for Craig.

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    • By Dinodadog
      Still feeling the pain from the day before, I decided to head out in the boat thursday morning. Fished the edhes early and then moved out in the deeper water. TT spinnerbaits and shrimp accounted for 41 bass and one yella. Around 8am it was black overhead, then next time I looked up it had cleared a little so I fished on until 10am.

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    • By Another Wazza
      Whilst fishing out wide, the skipper pushed south that afternoon to another reef where he anchored up for the night, we woke the following day to good weather, but there was some instability on the horizon.
      We made the most of the good conditions working the eastern side of this reef where I managed to boat a solid Coronation Trout of about 65/67cm

      The weather from the south got a touch nasty just before lunch, a squall came through which saw us don the wet weather gear, one of my mates had left his jacket on the mothership, he was sending a whole squid down on 6 O gangs when it hit, he stopped his drop midway down to find something to use as protection from the rain, when he got belted by this thing
      He was stoked to get this one to the boat in one piece, as it was him who got sharked earlier, getting wet doesn’t bother you too much when your catching fish like that.
      The weather passed through, and later that afternoon we pushed further south to a reef I had fished before, this reef holds a good population of GT’s, and I was looking forward to having a crack at them on stickbaits. Whilst having dinner anchored in the safety of that lagoon, the menacing weather from the south west rolled through

      There were 2 solid storms back to back that evening, with the boat recording 55 knot winds, the skipper had his hands full that night, he kept the engines running in case we pulled anchor and made our way onto the reef. It passed through and all was well, the big rig handled it nicely.
      The next morning at this reef the weather was sloppy, standing at the front of the tender pegging stickbaits was out of the question, fishing the eastern side of the reef wasn’t possible as there was a northerly blowing.
      We worked the southern edge for a couple of hours, for no result, after each unproductive drift, I’d move east just a little more until we were at the south eastern extremity of the reef, it was a washing machine here, but we found the fish.
      I soon realised soft vibes should be made illegal, they are like fish crack, they can’t get enough of them, the take on the drop is awesome, far more aggressive then I expected. We all caught good fish here, and I managed to lose quite a few also, sometimes we were out gunned, other times you would win the battle only to have the sharks rob you, 
      That afternoon we could work the eastern side, having gone through my supply of soft vibes, I resorted to old faithful, a big pink grub, that plastic out fished both my mates with bait that arvo, with the highlight being a trout that took it mid drop, I was minding my own business just talking to my mate when I had to thumb the spool hard to pull it up, expecting a red throat, I was shocked to see a trout on the end, it was a memorable afternoon.

      We left the Swains that night pushing south back to Sykes reef for our last day. We woke to more bad weather, with storms all around us, and the decision was made not to crane the tenders off the mothership, no objections from me here, we had gone hard the last 5 days and I was beginning to feel a bit rusty.
      Speaking to the skipper that morning he told me that at 2am we went through some of the worst weather he has experienced, massive electrical storms all around us with the boat recording a maximum of 78 knots of wind, a deckie filmed some of it on his phone and took a screenshot

      It shows 73 knots at that stage, all the while I should probably mention I had my best nights sleep of the trip that night, didn’t wake once during the 3m+ seas, testament to the boat really, with only some superficial damage done to the roof, and a lot of people losing clothes that were hanging out on the top deck rails.
      The fishing was slow that day at Sykes, my mates got a couple of trout, and one of the other punters got a legal cobia which he caught on a prawn plastic, we headed to Lamont reef for a few more drifts before pulling the pin and beginning the journey back to reality. Having not caught a proper Gt on a stickbait yet, I feel obligated to do this trip, or a similar one again. Thanks for reading, and here are a few more random pics of the trip.

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    • By Dinodadog
      Asked the son would he be a good boy and take his daddy for a walk. Had to remind him that if he wanted to inherit my fishing gear he had better brighten up his act. It was a slow morning, only catching a few, covered about 10k, feeling it today, but still went fishing this morning, report up in the morning.All bass casught on TT Spinnerbaits.

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    • By Samj
      Hey I am going to fish the Sunshine Coast soon I am wondering where are the good spots for targeting mangrove jack flathead and whiting.
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