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  1. 8 points
    tugger

    Calamari For Days

    Drop Bear (Robbie) and I went out squidding today started off a bit sqaully so we had to don the wet weather gear. Once we got to the spot it dried off and turned into a beautiful day the squid were steady and we kept catching good size tiger squid. Some drifts were insane getting 7 squid before resetting the drift. Then the last drift we scored 11 squid with triple hook ups. Back at home Robbie and I took a couple of pictures then cleaned the squid and split it up. Fresh Calamari for dinner tonight and a enough for another night or 2.
  2. 8 points
    GregOug

    The New Boat

    Hi all, Well! Happy to report that there is finally some movement with my new boat. It has left the factory and is with the dealer to add the finishing touches. I had a look at it last Wednesday and work was well underway. The engine was already on including the digital throttle and shift. The HDS7 live was in as well as all the gauges. They are replacing the 3 blade 23 pitch prop with a 19 pitch 4 blade. I am trusting the dealer that the change is worth it because he has trialed various props on the demo boat and he just happens to be a power boat racer (the big ones!) and is currently leading the Australian championship! Still to be fitted were the epirb, the 750b black VHF radio, the fire extinguisher, various USB charger/cig lighter combos, dual batteries, rod holders, engine colour coding, bait board and boat numbering. One item of interest is the radio which has all necessary buttons and controls on the mouthpiece, obviating the need for the control box to be inserted into the dash. I also went for black because I am sick of the white ones which discolour after a couple of years and turn that dirty beige colour. The dealer expected all of the above to be completed by today before going to the trimmers to fit the canopy. He said it should be ready to pick up the end of next week, although I’m not holding my breath! I’ve only mentioned the radio, prop etc in case someone has knowledge and wants to comment on any of them. By the way, the motor and boat look awesome!!!!!! cheers Greg
  3. 7 points
    tugger

    Prawning Life

    Went prawning with Robbie and Steve yesterday we left redland bay ramp finding the boats and finding the prawns. Some of our 1st casts had great numbers of prawns in the top pocket of our nets. We worked around the area with Robbie the skipper putting us on the good shows. Some casts had 20 to 30 prawns which brought big smiles and the odd YOU BEAUTY. I think we did really well and had the other boats following us. I tried telling others nothing to see here no prawns here but they were onto us. I must thank Robbie and Steve for their patience as I had to cancel the morning session as work got in the way. The midday session ended by 2pm with our bag limit of 2 bucket of prawns. My share of prawns I cooked 2 kg in sea water with a good squeeze of honey and will peel the rest for prawn meals like curried or chilly prawns with rice. No need to line up in shops to get a feed here mmmmmmmm tasty prawns.
  4. 6 points
    AUS-BNE-FISHO

    Brisbane River Session #11

    Hi all It was decided we would do a session at the river on the kayak today, so today we put that idea into action. It was a nice session on the river - a bit hot - and some surprises. Yesterday I had put in some shrimp traps so after we departed (at about 5:30AM) I pulled them up. I was hoping for some livies, but all I got was vermin. I think it was the fact we were using cooked chicken (it was off) instead of the raw, normal stuff. Despite that fact, the trap had 3 big catfish and a muddy - 3 Forktails and a baby muddy filling up on my shrimp! Sorry it's not the best photo. After that disappointment, we set sail on the water. Our first task was to collect some livies. We paddled for about 15 minutes, quite quickly as we were with the tide, to the first stop. Well, the tide was still a bit to low and my Dad wasn't letting me go onto the mud at first. We looked around and saw the perfect pontoon, so we had a quick throw. Turns out the current was ripping through there and way to much current means no bait . Our next spot was then to a rocky ledge. It was quite slippery and we did not see much (in terms of bait, fish busting up). Despite this, I had a throw but it turned out it was still to much in the current, and it was snaggy. We then moved to the opposite mud banks, which were, well, muddy. I was pretty dirty by the end but it was worth every throw as I got a mix of river shrimp and banana prawns into the live bait tank. I was throwing a bit until I found where the bait was, and as well as this I got a big hole in my net that was un-stichable. I am still going to give it a crack though, and hopefully it still throws. Our final destination to collect bait was the Fig Tree Pocket boat ramp (the park had the beaches we casted off). It was probably the most productive space, I found most bait was pushed up right against the wall. I had no photos of this one, but one thing I have noticed with all the prawns I have been getting was that they aren't big by any means (that doesn't mean they aren't good bait), but I might try and find a spot where they are a bit more consistent. I am still working on my techniques for livies in this part of the river, I will hopefully crack the code soon. Now, to the fishing scene. It was very quite overall but we still had a catch After paddling to the boat ramp, we went to the opposite bend to do some bottom bashing and have a flick for bream. The largest live shrimp was put on a paternoster rig. The idea behind using this is that it will keep the vermin (i.e. catfish and pike) away from the bait as it is a bit higher in the water column. I also had the standard running sinker going as well. We drifted in the deep holes for about 45 minutes all up and in that time we had no luck. It was quite unfortunate as well, maybe due to the high tide the fish and bait were in the mangroves. It was only on the way back towards the next location we pulled up the line for a check. To my surprise, my Dad's line had a catfish on it. It didn't fight one bit though, and in fact, we barely noticed it on the retrieve. It was only a small one at about 30cm but I still got a photo. It took a live prawn, and was released boat side. After that, we went to a mud bank where I have caught a thready before. I assume it was because of the huge tide again, but there were no hits whatsoever. We drifted right down until we were about 45 degrees from the park, and then we started to paddle. The drift was probably the hottest part of the trip, as there wasn't any shade of that side of the river. I'm somewhat regretting not going on the other side as it was shaded. I reckon there might've been a bit more fish activity there. We then paddled back to the park across the river, trolling out baits behind us. Nothing touched them, and we arrived back at the jetty. We then proceeded to unload the kayak, and the jetty was a bit more crowded than usual. Then, my Dad got a call from my mum saying she was sick so he left me down there for about another 45 minutes. In this time, apart from baking, I had a few touches. Otherwise, the later morning was a fish less session. The session I was fishing in on the pontoon was decent though. I must've flicked the bream lures for a good portion of the time, right in the snags. Next time I think we will certainly come back there, but we will know where to go and what to do.The day ended on pulling up the shrimp trap with a couple in it, but they were released as they were to small for any good bait. Here are the stats of the trip for anyone's reference - Statistics of the Trip: Tide: Rising since 4:00AM, high at 9:30AM Moon Phase: Waning Crescent Phase - growing smaller until the new moon. Time fished: On the water at about 5:50AM Rain in recent times: In the past week, there has been 0mm. In the past fortnight, there has been 15mm. Bait caught: Banana Prawns and River Shrimp Bait used: Live banana prawns and river shrimp Fish caught: Catfish x 4, mud crab x 1 Tackle Used: 1000 size Shimano sienna, 14lb braid, 20lb leader, size 2 bean sinker, 2/o, 4/o, 6/o circle hooks, 30lb fluorocarbon leader, size 5 ball sinker, 650 Penn reel with 30lb braid, Rogue Firepoint 6'6" boat rod, Jarvis walker setup. Overall Success Rating: 60% - Found good spots for bait and learnt a bit about the river but no good fish came in Hope you enjoyed reading the report Cheers Hamish
  5. 6 points
    rayke1938

    Vale NPD

    Last trip yesterday as now shut out due to virus. As normal took a while to find a school of bass with forky schools still prevalent. Usual procedure find a school on the sounder and drop live shrimp. If 3 forkies and no bass landed move on, After around 6 stops we found a school of reasonable sized bass in 39 feet of water out from the stump behind the island. Final tally 40 bass one small yella and 25 forkies. See that percy and his mates have resumed roosting on the ramp, Wish i had known about closure as I could have brought my shrimp traps home. I now have a little job to do at home which is to see if I can find my saltwater boat in the back of the garage. Cheers Ray
  6. 6 points
    tugger

    North Currigee

    Going camping and fishing again on South Stradbroke island on the last weekend of this month. Will be good to get away do some fishing and sit around a camp fire. Hope the weather plays nice and I can chase some mackies on the close reefs they have been thick of late. This is a great camp site and is well protected from the weather and big boat wakes. It's time to get away from the big smoke and have some sand between the toes.
  7. 6 points
    kmcrosby78

    Nrl 2020

    No time for LOSERS, cause I am the CHAMPION, of the world (two week season footy tipping comp .........) Fingers crossed something of the season can be salvaged, along with ORIGIN!!!!! Going to be some very bored people from Thursday to Sunday .... Might have to fish more - if we're allowed .......
  8. 6 points
    Fishyreb

    New To Qld. My Experience So Far...

    Hi all this is my first post on the forum excluding my introduction post. I've moved to Brisbane from Hobart about six weeks ago and I've been doing as much fishing as time allows because I'm very keen to get onto some species we don't have down south. The missus moved us up here because of work and we've done a bit of traveling around because of that. Mostly just fishing with an 8ft general purpose rod 15lb braid 20lb leader and Paternoster rig or running sinker rig depending. Then while baits are soaking I like to have a cast with my 6ft spin 10lb braid 10lb leader with a variety of lures depending. Squidgies biotough flickbaits are my favorite. Then there's my shark rod 5ft Penn warfare with a Penn spinfisher 850 with 30lb braid 50lb leader and a wire trace. Live baits or large mullet pieces. So to begin with we were staying at redcliffe. I did a bit of bait fishing from the jetty for a few sessions but after only a couple undersized bream I decided it wasn't a spot for me. I wandered north a little and fished off queens beach a few evenings. During these sessions I got a couple grassy sweetlips, few large bream and a small snapper. Lost a few decent fish. One afternoon I had a go off the rock wall at the entrance to Scarborough marina. I got a decent sized catfish. I saw some birds working about 100 yards out into the bay so I banged a wobbler on my spinner in case they came closer. They didn't but shortly after I saw a large wake and swirl slowly moving against the grain of the water heading straight up into the marina. I thought it must have been the turtle I had seen getting about earlier but then I saw a narrow dorsal fin poke out. Excitedly I cast the wobbler across it and it did a big blowup but missed my lure. Two more casts for nought then on the fourth cast he had it and I was on. Apparently this fish was much bigger than I thought it was going to be because it screamed straight into the marina at high speed totally unstoppable headed for the boats. I stressed and put on as much pressure as I could without breaking anything and my lure popped out of his mouth. I guess he wasn't hooked real well because everything was intact. I was devastated and my hands were shakey for half an hour. Anyone have any ideas what it might have been? I did see him again later (or one of his mates) but way out of casting range. I don't think my gear could have handled him anyway. Then we went up to bundaberg for a few days. I was surf fishing just a little north of Elliot heads. That was great I got a large slatey bream, couple of Moses perch, three or four swallowtail dart and a GT. fished a little bit with the missus at Burnett heads and got a heap of little fish. Javelin fish, whiting, estuary cod, crescent perch and tiny baby Spanish mackerel. Got smoked by a big ray or something unstoppable. Since then we've been staying at Petrie. I got my first bass from kurwongbah and I've been doing a lot of fishing in the north pine river around dohles rocks. I've caught some big bream and catfish there but mostly I've been targeting sharks because on my first attempt there I later out the shark rod with a big ol mullet head for bait and I hooked up only to be bitten off. Mangled my wire leader. I've had a bunch of sessions there over the last couple weeks but no shark yet. I had a legal size bream on for live bait one night and I had a wicked run. Shark took the head half of my bream without getting hooked. Another night I was using small live catfish and something was yanking them off my hooks with short hard runs but again no hookup. I don't know if it was sharks or maybe something else? I've been using multiple hooks per bait since but no luck yet. I've also had a couple gos at woody point and deep-water bend. Just bream and a whiting and a few weird little aquarium looking fish and a couple small shovel noses. If anyone based north Brisbane wants a fishing buddy I'd love some company. I'd also love to get out on the water if anyone with a boat needs someone to pull the anchor! Beers and fuel on me. Haha. I'd also appreciate any advice Cheers thanks for reading
  9. 6 points
    Hi all Since I am going on another scout camp this weekend, I was just wondering what your favourite fish story is. Maybe of your best catch (that you consider) or funniest fishing trip, etc. Mine is where I was fishing at Colmslie Beach Reserve targeting jewfish and threadfin. We were walking up the beach to do some more cast netting (only had one or two mullet left in the tank) but we didn't get any more. Though, when we walked back I realised we were missing a rod, and had a quick look. To my shock, it was in the water going out. I ran to it as fast as I could (not very fast ) and picked it up. The drag was locked (my bad) and I proceeded to drag in a nice GT, my first Brisbane River specimen - Sorry its not the best photo, either. The setup is still working well too, it has caught shovel nose rays and little bullies as well. Hope for some interesting stories, Cheers Hamish
  10. 6 points
    benno573

    Your Favourite Fishing Story

    Couple of quick ones from me... was fishing in 80m+ out off Fraser in the middle of the night. my mate got nailed by something big, line touched side of boat, fish and ~80m of braid gone. many swear words said. I then hook up and start having a significant argument with a big beastie. after about 1/4hr I had a high-finned AJ at the boat at about 12kg.... and some braid wrapped up around the 2nd dropper on paternoster. grabbed braid, realized it was from my rod my mate was using, started to pull it up - and with only a couple of cuts in my hands from the braid shortly landed a second high-finned AJ about the same size. my mate is still sore about it too. another story came from moreton island. it was blowing 30+ from the NNW, just about the worst possible wind for the island. had consumed just enough liquid courage to go for a walk up to the north point rocks with a rod just to see if it was worth having a flick. there was a corner that was a little less unsafe so i launched a 70g slug and let it sink down. 2 cranks of the handle and away we go. a seriously nuts fight in the conditions and with a lot more ar$e than class, I managed to land a 85cm mulloway, after which I promptly gave up and headed back to camp for a lot more liquid courage and far too much crumbed fresh mulloway. proabably my favourite memory though was when I was fishing off my kayak near wellington point right on first light. there was some big boofs and a few showers of bait around but I was after snapper / sweetlip so didn't have the right gear to throw a slug around for whatever they were. so on my 15lb 4-6kg rig, i hooked the 7:14 express from central station on a 1/4 oz jighead and a 4" gulp. this thing headed for the open bay, I was peddling flat stick after it to try and not get spooled. 2 old mates in their tinny asked if i was ok - i just said if i'm not back in a hour or two to come looking for me. so i chased this thing around on a thankfully glassy bay for ages, eventually ending up about 500m from harry atkinsons reef with a big slab of a longtail tuna on my lap. I bled the fish out and lashed it to the side of the kayak to keep it cool - it was a little big for my esky - and started heading back to where i thought wellington point was. At this point, the two old mates in their tinny appeared on the horizon like a pair of angels, took the fish and put it in their esky to chill it, threw me some water (i had run out) and then a tow rope and towed me all the way back - arriving back at wellington pt at 1030am. fish went just over 16kg, i gave the guys the two snapper i had caught earlier as a thanks and then headed home.
  11. 6 points
    Andrew_P

    The Old Man And The Sea

    Me and my brothers did a morning charter with Smithy out of Mooloolaba yesterday. We’ve done a few over the years but never managed to get all 4 brothers together at the same time. My old man wasn’t into fishing but he loved hanging out with his boys and liked talking with Smithy so he used to come along for the ride. He passed away a year a go so it was nice to hang out with my brothers and Smithy a catch some fish in his memory. We started the morning trolling livies for Spanish and had 2 hits straight away but the sharks were too quick for us and we got toweled up. We went for a run looking for some tuna and came across a patch of spotties that were playing the game. It was mayhem and multiple hits per cast on slugs and stick baits. We boated 6 in a frenzy then moved on to where smithy had done well on the longtails the day before. We found them but they were their usual flighty selves so Smithy made the call to run to a fad for some dollies. Well the dollies were thick and we had a good hour catching them on livies, stickbaits and slugs. Back to the tuna where we left them and they started playing the game but pulled hooks, bite offs, equipment failure and a bit of inexperience costed us the 3 or 4 longies we hooked. Found a patch of mac tuna that were less flighty and caught a couple even keeping one for bait (great tailor bait off the beach!). Got a couple of small schoolies vertical jigging under the tuna schools and hooked something rather large that gave a good few strong runs before wearing thru the leader. Back at the pontoon for lunch at the pub and a beer with smithy before the trip back to Brisbane. Here are a couple of pics from yesterday - we didn’t take many due to the chaos! Also a pic of my dad with a nice AJ from a previous charter with Smithy.
  12. 6 points
    rayke1938

    Found Em NPD 1/3/19

    Not a bad day at NPD this morning with Andrew,Leigh and Mark. Redclaw were scarce with only one good pot that I had baited up with a forky. Forkys were everywhere out from the fig tree so we moved down to the floats where we scored around 15 bass and one yella before the school moved on. We went exploring with nothing showing on the sounder until we found a school between the islands where it was on for young and old. Plenty of quadruple hook ups of good sized bass mainly in high 30,s and low 40,s, Mark finally cracked his 50 cm cherry with 2 bass over 50cm. We ran out of bait with a tally of 110 bass ,1 yella and one tandan, Cheers Ray
  13. 5 points
    rayke1938

    NPD 22/3/20

    Went to NPD yesterday Beaut glassed out conditions all morning with Stew as decky,Shrimp were scarce and were outnumbered by small redclaw which should soon grow to a decent size, We had to work hard for the bass as the forkies were mixed in with the bass, Gave us a chance to test out the bespoke hand forged forky dongers that I had custom made yesterday We filled up percy and even the eagles had enough, Tally was 38 bass,
  14. 5 points
    Old Scaley

    Prawning Life

    Thanks for posting @tugger. It was an awesome day on the water and I learned a lot about prawning from you and @Drop Bear. I still need more practice casting but I was happy with the results (so was Mrs Scaley). I weighed the prawns as I cooked or froze them and I ended up with just over 5kg, which is a pretty healthy total in my opinion. It was good to see the friendly approach and comraderie among the boats in the scrum. Especially given how close together everyone is, there were no harsh words just healthy banter. Looking forward to doing it again sometime soon.
  15. 5 points
    Old Scaley

    Fishing Store Liquidation

    This popped up on my FB newsfeed today https://www.lloydsonline.com.au/AuctionLots.aspx?smode=0&aid=16011&_ga=2.155173368.1526970417.1584400204-1294719126.1527242374 Lots of random items - tackle, lures, boat accessories etc. some good brands as well. I have bought cars at auction but never tried one of these general auctions. Could be a cheap way to get a tackle supply that will keep you going for years?
  16. 5 points
    My favourite fishing story to date was catching an approx. 25-30kg shovel nose caught on a sand island at Turkey Beach when I was about 16. Caught on a handline it took off like a bus, I put the handreel on my arm but when it took off at speed, the line skipped off the reel and tangled on my arm, cutting straight through my long-sleeved fishing shirt and leaving me a cool scar on my right forearm (which I'm slightly sad has worn off with age as I was fond of it as a keepsake ...... ). It was released to fight another day. On the same holiday (around Xmas) we'd caught two approx. 10kg shovels and kept them to use in curries and also for crab bait. It was Xmas eve and right on sunset we were on the driveway of the rental house we were staying in, cutting them into chunks with a hand saw. With blood all over us, another brother arrived with his new girlfriend (and now wife) - to this day I don't know why she didn't turn around and leave instead of marrying into our family ............
  17. 5 points
    tugger

    Your Favourite Fishing Story

    Plenty of favourite catches over the years but for me the best was watching my 10 year old son catch his 1st billfish. The day started off with the intention of targeting mackerel so my son Brock a friend Brad and I jigged up some live yakkas and anchored on the gravel patch off Burleigh heads. Brad fought the 1st fish which was a big Mack tuna then another bait got hit and Brock grabbed the rod. He sunk the hook and the fish jumped clear of the water I shouted MARLIN. It was a fair distance out and I thought it was a black marlin I was wrong. We dropped the anchor rope with a bouy and started the engine to chase it down. Brad was spotter man and I drove the boat , Brock worked hard and the fight wore on. The fish was fast and peeled line incredibly fast and jumping clear of the water many times It was February and hot so we poured water over Brocks head and gave him sips of water. This fight was taking a toll on the young boy and he wanted to pass the rod on but I challenged him to keep going. If we had touched the rod he could not say he caught it by himself so he kept at it. After 1 hour and 15 minutes we finally boated a sailfish that went 9 foot long and approximately 80kg. It was fantastic to watch my son fight and catch this awesome fish Brock and I will never forget that day.
  18. 5 points
    Old Scaley

    Nrl 2020

    So good to see NRL back, even if might only be the one weekend now. I note that @GregOug and I are the only diehard Qld fans in the tipping comp. who else would tip last year’s cellar dwellers to beat lat year’s grand finalists. Could be another long year!
  19. 5 points
    Gad

    Nrl 2020

    NRL 2020: ROUND ONE Eels 8 v 2 Bulldogs The high point of this game…it was the start of the 2020 season. All up, it was a game dominated by defence, errors, whistle blowing, and not much in attacking flair on display. 2 – 2 was the score line early, until the 65th minute when an Eel pounced on a loose ball in the Doggies in goal, Try converted… 8 – 2 final score Raiders 24 v 6 Titans Expected result and the score line was not surprising, looks like 2020 may be another season the Titans should be charged double to be in the comp posing under a Qld banner…… Cowboys 21 v 28 Broncos Broncos got the chocolates. The Broncos played an over-all good 65 minutes, the 28 -21 score line doesn`t show up the Cowboys 2 disallowed trys (correct calls), even though the Cowboys were mostly dominated, they did have the opportunities. Broncos can improve… this could be the season that tells the Cowboys Admin to look for a new direction and a rebuild.
  20. 5 points
    aussie123

    South West Rocks Bar?

    Hi Geoff I have crossed the bar at SWR a few thousand times and you do need to treat it with the utmost of respect. It is a very shallow bar these days so waves can stand up on it from out of no where, especially if there is any swell from the North East to Easterly directions. It is well protected in a Southerly unless there is big swell running and then it will curl around the Jail and hit the bar. The main thing is to cross it on the run in tides or right on the change of tides if you are not terribly experienced on bar crossings. Beware of the pressure waves inside the river on the bigger run out tides as these can be just as nasty as the bar itself. Never go out south of the south wall as that is dead mans territory down there, generally the channel is straight out the middle or just to the side of the middle of the river. Some times a small channel can open across the front of the North wall so you can get out by running along the beach for a couple of hundred meters and then pop out into clean water. Coming back in, just sit on the back of a wave and follow it in and you will be fine. Back Creek is fantastic for small boats but remember you will only have a foot of water at low tide so you will need to work the tides. You can drive down to the creek entrance below the police station and have a good look before you even launch if you are worried about it. I have not seen the new ramp at the Jail since it was built but I always launched off the beach there when the river and creek were too dangerous. That corner of the bay is an awesome launch spot if you are familiar with beach launching and it is also a safe place to retrieve if you cannot get back in the river or creek. You can pull up there and call a taxi to take you back to your car at one of the ramps where you launched earlier that morning. I would also forget Forster for Mackeral as they do not get down there very often or in the massive numbers like you get off Grassy. The close ground in 18m should be fishing well this time of the year but they could be there or on the Middle Ground in 29m, just look for good shows of bait and anchor up on them and get your live baits out. If they don't bite early morning, they may bite in the afternoon so try both if you have the time. Don't foret small live slimies are the best baits there. If in doubt, don't go out !!!
  21. 5 points
    Hi Old Scaley Thanks for the advice I would not say AFO is interfering with my classroom work either, the only time I can go on it is when the teacher gives us free time between double lessons (a bit over five minutes max). Cheers Hamish
  22. 5 points
    Hi all This weekend has been a busy one for me but I still managed to squeeze some fishing in. The tides were checked and it was decided we would go to the Green Bridge for a session targeting threadfin salmon, mulloway and sharks, live baiting. We left at about 6:40PM, after I had finished tennis (I lost 6-3 ) and we were shocked to see the amount of lines and people there. I counted 20 people, all trying to squeeze on to this pontoon. What made matters even worse was when I discovered someone had kept a threadfin, left it lying on the jetty with scales everywhere and didn't even have the courtesy to clean up at the end! It looked undersize as well, but the tail was chopped off and I was told it was 72cm. After the initial 'Oh crap, I'm not going to be able to fish in this' thought, I managed to squeeze two out of five lines in. One at the end, and one bream line towards the mangroves. It didn't take long for some action to happen, but not for me. One of the larger groups had pulled up a nice big buck, in about 20 minutes of me getting there (7:00PM). It had wire wrapped all around it, and once they cleaned it up I don't think release was even thought of. Straight into their esky, but nothing wrong with that as it as legal and a feed I'd caught one there myself a while back, so it does mean muddies hang around there. Just about the same time, those people pulled up a goliath of a cattie. I mean it was 60cm plus, and it was fat as. It also was kept, left laying on the jetty for a couple minutes before being chucked in their esky. These people must be a regular crowd, I'd say they go there a lot as they were the same people as last time. To be honest, I think it's a bit of a shame because they don't clean up and soon this destination will be known to the world and heavily fished (when it opened it had little to no fishing pressure of huge groups, now, not so much). For about the next hour, nothing happened. My dad and I got some bait (prawns, mullet, frogmouth pilchards, herring) and the only thing that proceeded to be caught was vermin (pike and catfish). Eventually, one of the groups left so I swooped in to get a spot and i did. I had my livie (well, deady) on the hook and i was praying for a hookup. Nothing happened except tangles though, and when I went to re-bait i was shocked by how rude this lady was who immediately casted her line right where I was seated when I walked two metres to get some bait - some people . We called it quits at about 9:00PM, but the session was not a complete waste. My dad and brother sussed out the rock wall on the other side, so we will try this destination next time, most likely at day time - Here are the statistics of the trip for anyone's reference, I assume we were fishing the right tides/moons as every man and his dog was there but it may just be because this is their chosen time. Statistics of Trip Tackle Used: Penn 650, 30lb braid, 80lb leader and trace, size 6 ball sinker. Jarvis walker setup, 30lb braid, 100lb leader, 80lb trace. Diawa Shinobi 2500 20lb leader, size 4 ball sinker, 80lb trace, 4/o-6/0 circle hooks. Same on other setup except for bream gear, 20lb with size 2 ball and 2/o suicide hook. 1000 and 25000 Shimano Sienna and nasci, both with 14lb braid. Tide: 3:45Pm low, .4m, 9:10PM high, 1.9m - we were fishing the rising tide Moon: Waxing Gibbous - more than half but not quite full Bait: Herring, Prawns, Mullet Bait Caught: Frogmouth pilchards, mullet, herring, prawns Fish Caught: Another donut, I'm starting a drought Time fished: 6:40PM-9:00PM Overall Success Rate: A solid 60% - no fish and crowds were there but a new spot sussed out. Now, some of you may be wondering why I've got number #10 up there too. Well, I wasn't going to report another donut for everyone so I decided to go to the local park this afternoon with Declan. I also made a new investment to a fishing trolley ($50 Kmart trolley) so hopefully it serves me well (will post up some pictures on another topic). I got down to the local park and chopped up some of our supermarket prawn (no frozen stuff in the freezer). Within two minutes of me casting out my line, I got a take. I managed to hook him pretty well, and from the great fight he put up on light gear I suspected he might've been a bigger catty. It certainly had some go in it, that's for sure, and here's the photo's Declan took - After that, the bite went a bit quiet. I had a flick with a prawn imitation plastic in the shallows to see if i could snag a flathead, but maybe it was just a fluke when I got that lizard. About 20 minutes later though, Declan's line went off again. I missed the hook up, but i think for a better hook up rate i should strate tightening the drag a bit more (I have the drag loose like you would when shark fishing). Declan's friend from down the road came and found him though, so off they went together. Now, it was up to me to catch a fair fish. I had had about an hour of no fish and then my rod went off. I was not going to lose this fi- to late, already had. I waited patiently about another half hour, having the odd conversation with passers by. Eventually, my rod went off and I set the hook. I was on! After some aerobatics about 25m out, I landed a nice forkie, which was a bit smaller than the last- That was the last fish for the day because then my mum came and told me to pack up my stuff and get home! Here are the stats of the trip- Statistics of Trip- Tide: I was fishing the run out, must've only been .3m (from a 2.5m high) Moon Phase: Same as the last - a bit over 50% but no quite full Bait used: Prawns, mullet, herring Bait Caught: - Fish Caught: Forktail Catfish x2 Tackle Used: 650 Penn reel, 30lb braid, 80lb wire (shark rig), 14lb braid mainline, 20lb leader, 2/o-4/o suicide hook, size 2 sinkers, size 6 sinker Time fished: 2:45PM-5:30PM Overall success Rating: 70%, a nice afternoon out
  23. 5 points
    GregOug

    Neighbours Light

    Another joke to hopefully lighten your weekend. cheers Greg Neighbours light.pdf
  24. 5 points
    rayke1938

    NPD 8/3/20

    Bit breezy at times but nothing the kota could not keep up with on spotlock.Plenty of forkys to waste our shrimp on but we managed 40 bass and 5 yellas and at least 60 forkies. Russel was happy to catch his first bass after a inaugural donut trip last week.Showed him a few spots to try next time .We even tried one of the fads to escape the forkies and still got triple hook ups so called it a day. Cheers Ray
  25. 5 points
    Dinodadog

    3 Over 50 Plus A 54

    Getting old (older ), middle son turned 50 last weekend, thats now 3 children over 50. Day before yesterday was my 54th wedding anniversary, now I am feeling reel old. Dino
  26. 5 points
    ellicat

    3 Over 50 Plus A 54

    You're only as old as your knee feels. My youngest turns 21 this year. It's been awhile since he won second place in the 2007 BRC !
  27. 5 points
    Towknee

    Toorbul - Morning Fish

    Hi, last weekend I decided rain, hail or shine. The boat is getting launched. So with the wind to strong to chase mackerel in the bay with my tinny. Yesterday arvo we took my 2yo and 5yo to put a couple of crab pots in. Along with getting the 2yo familiarised with the boat on the plane. This morning launched the boat at 7am at Toorbul and checked the pots. One legal muddy and one legal sand crab. Pumped yabbies & wanted a few poddy mullet. Ended up with plenty of prawns instead. the first 4hrs on the morning incoming tide was really entertaining. Between myself, my old man & 5yo we caught; - Plenty of bream - Small GT - flathead - 5x Some kind of herring on yabbies - Undersized grunter I really enjoy the passage every time I head back!
  28. 5 points
    rayke1938

    NPD 4/3/20

    Went with Rick and Joy today and did not do so well. Redclaw still very scarce . We found one big school of bass with a few forkies mixed in with them but the bass were all around 25cm so we moved on.We could only find scattered fish and ended up with 36 bass and 4 yellas plus a wet arse. Cheers Ray
  29. 5 points
    Some of the Fittings that I have gone with. Also Catch n Release system for Alum Braked Trailer. Rod Locker should be a fantastic addition. Plus large Divided Live Well Front deck and Live Bait tank at rear. HDS 9 Live, Hydrowave, Minn Kota 54Lb from old Boat with new base. Yamaha 60HP High Thrust with 6YC Multifunction Lever.
  30. 4 points
    Drop Bear

    Calamari For Days

    keen to take you there some time mate. It was a great day. I do need to get a bit more organised for the next trip with buckets etc. to deal with the ink better. Such a great day. Highly recommend this as a fun thing to do. Just look for weedy drop offs and have a flick.
  31. 4 points
    Old Scaley

    Calamari For Days

    Nice work @tugger and @Drop Bear. Eastern Bay? I am going to drown the crab pots and have a fish tomorrow down the port or out from the reclaimed land. Being a good citizen I will be practicing social distance and having a solo trip. Might throw a jig out the back on the chance they are around the western Bay as well.
  32. 4 points
    tugger

    Squid Jigging

    The squid have been on lately I think it's time to have an explore and find some. Looking at heading out tomorrow as it is a great way to get away and self isolate should be plenty of distance between me and anybody else.
  33. 4 points
    Old Scaley

    Nrl 2020

    I saw both games. The Tigers looked like they were playing with a cake of soap instead of a ball and the Titans..... yeah well. I think they will be happy when the season gets called off. I did notice, @Gad that you joined me in sacrificing a point this week to tip them?
  34. 4 points
    Gad

    Nrl 2020

    neither would`ve his coach but I`m sure the coach with endeared paternal calm, would have discussed 'situational awareness' with him after the game
  35. 4 points
    GregOug

    The New Boat

    And no offence taken. Lol. It doesn’t look as big in the photos as it really is. I’m still coming to terms with all the information the smart gauges can supply however I imagine there is an actual fuel usage there somewhere. And, I’m very happy with the consumption so far, although I didn’t like the near $1.80 per litre service stations were charging yesterday!
  36. 4 points
    Gad

    Nrl 2020

    ROUND TWO – Saturday results Warriors 6 v 20 Raiders This game won`t be nominated for ‘game of the season’. Credit to the Warriors for staying in OZ and turning up for the game. Raiders defence held them scoreless for about 75 minutes. Raiders 6- 0 half time. Roosters 8 v 9 Sea Eagles Tough fought out game, quality was often missing. 6 – 6 at 40 minutes. Keary actually went over the line for what would have been a try, instead of placing the ball down he tried to improve position and a chasing Trbojevic knocked the ball from Keary`s hand. A pot shot broke an 8 – 8 score line to give Manly the 9 – 8 win Sharks 10 v 12 Storm Typical grind out the win Storm game. Storm were just off their normal standard in the first half, but defied an undisciplined Shark`s onslaught where the Sharks had the majority of possession and field position. 4- 2 Sharks at 40 minutes. Smith levelled the scores around the 50th minute 4 – 4. At 60th minute Sharks got the first try of the match and converted it to a 10 – 4 lead. 70th minute Storm came back with a converted try. 10 – 10. 75th minute, Sharks gave away a penalty for ball stripping, Smith slotted the kick Storm. 12 – 10. Storm ground out the last 5 minutes the win.
  37. 4 points
    kmcrosby78

    Nrl 2020

    Geez, that Dragons v Panthers game would have been good to watch - very see-sawing battle. Good win by the Broncos, I was a bit worried at half time particularly given Croft had gone off but they stuck to their game well. Contained Cook well, Staggs was all class and I was very impressed with Steglers footwork. Good start to the season
  38. 4 points
    rayke1938

    NPD 18/3/20

    Back to NPD with Rick and Joy this morning. Redclaw still very scarce so we brought half our pots home. Had to work hard to find some bass but plenty of forkies for percy and the eagles. Picked up 3 bass and plenty of forkies on Andrews drop off,not even a forky in front of the fig tree,nothing on the floats, nothing between the islands, nothing at the old far marker and then we found a school of bass mixed in with some forkies in forty feet of water in front of the cassia tree. Fortunately most of the forkys were on Ricks side of the boat so Joy and myself were able to concentrate on catching bass.On the way back to the ramp we pulled up on the floats to see if we could get a yella and Joy caught a spangly. Final tally was 47 bass. No photos today Cheers Ray
  39. 4 points
    Drop Bear

    Nrl 2020

    It sure is looking like a strange year for it. I can't do any worse than last year haha. Go the Broncos!
  40. 4 points
    rayke1938

    NPD 15/3/20

    It started off ok with little breeze but did not take too long for it to get up.We found a school of sub 25cm bass in front of the fig tree but went searching for some bigger ones. Not one fish on the floats so we went in between the islands where the wind really got up with plenty of white caps so we retreated behind the island where we picked up one bass and about 7 forkys. We then went and tied up to the yellow float where Hai caught most of the fish whilst Steve and myself had to be content with the odd stray. As the wind had dropped off a bit we then went back to the front of the fig tree for some small bass with the odd legal one mixed in with them. Once again redclaw very scarce maybe they had all escaped as it has been a week since we checked the pots. Saw a largish eel floating on the surface on the way back. Cheers Ray
  41. 4 points
    jon

    Lures For Sale (sold)

    SOLD!
  42. 4 points
    Gad

    Nrl 2020

    NRL 2020: ROUND ONE Knights 20 v 0 Warriors My game comment: 17 players well and truly mentally shot, just prior to kick off “Cameron briefed the group after we spoke about the game,” Kearney said. “They’re a little bit vacant because again, we don’t know what’s going to happen, where they’re going so I’m sure once the commission finish the meeting and get hold of Cameron, we’ll make some plans. But it’s a pretty tough situation for the group to handle. “If we have to stay here and prepare for round two against Canberra wherever that may be, that’s what we’ve got to do. It’s another challenge that we’ll have to endure and work our way through. It’s unusual and something that hasn’t happened before so I’m not sure how we navigate our way through it just yet but I’m pretty sure we’ll find a way.” Of the performance, Kearney said his side “got beat up a bit today”. https://www.news.com.au/sport/nrl/nrl-2020-newcastle-knights-defeat-new-zealand-warriors-200/news-story/ee6a7209d3151e660adac4255ab828bb Rabbitohs 22 v 18 Sharks hard fought first 20 and last 20 minutes…. neither team wanted to take command of the middle 40 minutes. Panthers 20 v 14 Roosters Good game.. could be the game of the round. with that result many Black Cat faithful`s will now be booking Grand Final accommodation packages for October Talk of the round so far: Port Macquarie school girls, COVID 19
  43. 4 points
    ellicat

    Nrl 2020

    Yeah, I'm doing Supercoach again this season. Decided to do it on Friday. I've been doing little else since... There's a lot of info to get thru. Bird might come good one day. I remember a certain B Marshall at the Tigers having 4 shoulder reconstructions. He came good. Also the Tigers put up with a couple of season ending knee injuries to a certain James Tedesco. At least we got some value out of him before he defected. As for return on investment - I think the Broncos are still waiting for Milf to replicate his one good season too. Are you doing the NRL Fantasy or the Supercoach one ? If you're on the Supercoach one we could setup a 'Rivalry'.
  44. 4 points
    Old Scaley

    Nrl 2020

    With all this wind around this week and next week thank f##* the football season is kicking off this week to fill the gap left by not fishing. Foolishly, I am trying the fantasy league (NRL) this season. Tried it a few years ago when I was still working but didn’t have the time to do it properly. There is a bit involved in setting up and maintaining your teams. The team I set up on Monday is already wrong because of players not selected or late injuries so I need to do some repair work before kick off tomorrow night. Anyone else doing a fantasy league? Any other Broncos fans think that J Bird (aka Mr Glass) should surrender his salary cap and take up a safe sport like knitting? Seriously, how long do we have to wait to see some return on investment? Bring on NRL 2020!!!
  45. 4 points
    rayke1938

    Dam Levels

    SEQ water dam levels. NPD gone up 1.4 % overnight so according to SEQ water they will now commence to release as it is over 68%. Kurwongbah 107% Dams in the Lockyer valley still in trouble with Clarendon at .3%. Bill Gunn at 4.6% , Aitkenson at 6.5% , Moogerah and Maroon very little increase. More rain needed in the Lockyer,Downs and New England but looks like inland has done ok. Maybe the possible cyclone may bring some to where it is still needed. Cheers Ray DAM LEVELS The following table provides the latest available information about the region's dams. Dam levels are updated regularly 24 hours a day. Please note: dam levels are based on automated data which has not been verified. For information about flood levels, contact your local Council. For information about road impacts, contact Transport and Main Roads. For information about river levels, please see the Bureau of Meteorology website. Weekly water security and usage update Dam release notification service Latest dam release update Water for Life Dam Current volume (ML) % full Latest observation Comment Atkinson 1, 968 ML 6.5% 4:49am 10/03/2020 Baroon Pocket 61, 250 ML 100.4% 5:14am 10/03/2020 Dam is spilling Bill Gunn (Lake Dyer) 321 ML 4.6% 5:02am 10/03/2020 Borumba 46, 332 ML 100.7% 4:35am 10/03/2020 Dam is spilling Cedar Pocket 751 ML 102.2% 2:24am 10/03/2020 Dam is spilling Clarendon 66 ML 0.3% 1:07am 10/03/2020 Cooloolabin 7, 050 ML 86.2% 4:57am 10/03/2020 Enoggera 4, 848 ML 106.2% 4:45am 10/03/2020 Dam is spilling Ewen Maddock 16, 785 ML 101.2% 9:05pm 09/03/2020 Dam is spilling Gold Creek 915 ML 114.2% 5:06am 10/03/2020 Dam is spilling Hinze 311, 613 ML 100.3% 3:30am 10/03/2020 Dam is spilling Lake Macdonald (Six Mile Creek) 8, 608 ML 107.4% 5:11am 10/03/2020 Dam is spilling Lake Manchester 26, 426 ML 100.8% 4:00am 10/03/2020 Dam is spilling Leslie Harrison 13, 293 ML 100.7% 4:56am 10/03/2020 Dam is spilling Little Nerang 6, 783 ML 101.2% 4:37am 10/03/2020 Dam is spilling Maroon 27, 180 ML 61.3% 2:47am 10/03/2020 Moogerah 32, 494 ML 38.8% 2:57am 10/03/2020 Nindooinbah 225 ML 83.3% 4:30am 10/03/2020 North Pine (Lake Samsonvale) 147, 188 ML 68.7% 4:20am 10/03/2020 Extra comments Poona 666 ML 101.6% 4:57am 10/03/2020 Dam is spilling Sideling Creek (Lake Kurwongbah) 15, 208 ML 107.2% 2:36am 10/03/2020 Dam is spilling Somerset 304, 859 ML 80.3% 5:19am 10/03/2020 Extra comments Wappa 5, 001 ML 106.5% 5:17am 10/03/2020 Dam is spilling Wivenhoe 599, 168 ML 51.4% 4:34am 10/03/2020 Extra comments Wyaralong 102, 883 ML 100.0% 4:10am 10/03/2020 EDUCATION
  46. 4 points
    buzzard

    The Powerlines.

    There are some lovely Bay Prawns to be had around the powerlines and towards Rocky point.. About to tuck into some. Plenty for everyone there as all were catching them. Unfortunately there are those on the water that just don't have any manners at all and cast there net right over the top of yours etc. But give it a go anyway.
  47. 4 points
    Andrew_P

    The Old Man And The Sea

    Just finished filleting, biggest spotty was touching 80cm
  48. 4 points
    buzzard

    Jacobs Well

    Fished the area around Jacobs well and Behms creek the weekend ,got a Bream and some Threadies but not much else. Dropped a nice Mangrove Jack so the area is fishing okay. Plenty of mossies and sand flies. Prawns seem to be the best bait and the first 2 hrs of the run in tide. You can get some good bait at the Gem and tackle. Buzzard..
  49. 4 points
    Gad

    Nrl 2020

    yes, it is looking like it will be a tight comp this year, some teams have bought well, some have let a number of players go to allow some next generation players to move up the order. The only certainties I can see in 2020 is: Milford is not worth his $million per season contract, neither is Ash Taylor, Ben Hunt was smart taking the Dragon`s $million per season and with the amount of time Alfie Langer spends on the field per game, he must be in with a chance to score at least one try this season
  50. 4 points
    Old Scaley

    Toorbul - Morning Fish

    Not entirely true @ellicat. We did get one prawn caught in a crab pot. Nice work @Towknee. Was the flathead a keeper?