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  1. 12 points
    Old Scaley

    Snap And Tings

    The best part about not working any more is being able to pick the best days of the week to go fishing. Yesterday was certainly a cracker to be out on the water. Had a little solo trip to the front of the rock wall, leaving the port ramp about 8am. Pretty quiet with just a few very pretty wrasse, some bream around the 25cm mark and a sole to keep me entertained early. Not a single snapper, which is what I was looking for. Decided to move to a spot close by where I often find flatties. Threw a prawn on a bream rig while I tossed plastics around looking for the flathead. The prawn was taken by a winter whiting so I changed hooks and started feeding them half a peeled prawn. Gathered 19 in no time, and thought that would be enough filleting for one day, so moved into the river to see if I could bag a snap on the outgoing tide. Very quiet to begin with, but came on the chew 30 minutes before I needed to get off the water. Caught 4 or 5 that were around the 34cm mark and then bagged a decent 45cm model for the esky on my last cast. Overall a beautiful day on the water. Interesting too - I saw the Japanese warships and a sunken tinnie tied off to a channel marker. Never a dull moment down there. Here is a bad picture of a couple of dead fish. Thanks for reading.
  2. 10 points
    tugger

    Snapper Spaniards Sensational

    Went out yesterday with Robbie (drop bear) and a friend of his from Germany. We headed out early and crossed south passage bar at 1st light then stopped at the bait grounds. Then once enough live bait was collected we anchored up off point lookout nth stradie. Conditions were a bit lumpy but smoothed off a bit behind the rock in and around the whirlpools made by the current. The snapper were patchy at 1st but got thicker as we got closer to the top of the tide. Then a shark took a liking to our live bait and Stefan played with this beast for 15 minutes or so before breaking him off. The next live bait didn't last long before a Spanish mackerel made the reel scream but again the fish won its freedom. The 3rd slimie mackerel again was out for only a couple of minutes before another Spanaird took off. Stefan was a bit seasick but it was not stopping him from fighting this fish. After a few blistering runs the mackerel doggedly went deep and used it's mass to slow the fisherman. Soon colour could be seen down deep and I called it for a Spanaird. Once I sunk the gaff and lifted it aboard Stefan high fives us both and I even got a cuddle from a very happy German. The snapper kept coming in just pan size from 38cm to 45cm with lots of little fish in between. Then at the top of the tide we caught a couple of snapper over 50cm to finish off the bag. The weather was getting betting through the morning so we got a great trip home. The run around peel island and over to Cleveland was like glass then a few beers went down while we cleaned the fish to top the day off. Thanks for crewing Robbie and I bet your friend will have a good fishing story to take back home.
  3. 10 points
    fishingnut

    Still Got It

    Having the boat and my self out of action for a while I pulled my finger out and installed a new water pump and impellor, big thanks to Troy at minnkotarepairs for giving me a prop and a awesome service of my bowmount ! Took the boat for a quick “test” run up to bribie early this morning, well the boat absolutely flies along now gaining an extra 4kph and doing less revs so very happy. Would be silly of me to take the boat and not a rod, pulled up to a nice lil drop off and had spot lock working perfectly being able to work it with minimal effort and bagging afew flathead.
  4. 8 points
    tugger

    A Week At Ballina

    Stayed a week at Shaws Bay holiday park the weather was calm all week. I have never explored this coastal area what a beautiful part of the world. Went luderick fishing in my mates tinnie along a rock wall in the river. We caught 2 fish on cabbage nothing on weed all morning so gave up with it being quite. I fished the northern wall the next night but couldn't find any fish. Easy access to the wall from the park. Did a bit of sight seeing the next day along the coast up to Lenox heads. For starters this was my view from camp. This is flat rock between Ballina and Lenox Heads looks very fishy off the rocks was perfect weather to do some rock fishing as well The view from Lenox headland looking back south Fished the beach next to town just a short walk from the park where you can have the dogs offleash. Caught a few good whiting and bream with our dogs keen for each fish to come ashore. Fished the end of the breakwall again on the last night but could only manage a small black spot cod. It was a good week exploring and catching up with a mate I used to work with. The park is located next to the river and shaws bay OH did I mention it is next to the pub and fish and chip shop as well bonus.
  5. 5 points
    rayke1938

    NPD 23/6/19

    I am still the tandan king being fortunate enough to catch the only one today.Was a bit crowded on the boat with Michael 2 having to sit on the battery box. Michael one still unable to get over 49.5cm despite around 4 or 5 attempts. Sharefarmers have not been present so we ended up with around 60 litres of redclaw with bycatch of 3 yellas and 114 bass, 6 tagged bass. Cheers Ray
  6. 5 points
    It’s been a while but the otoliths have been sectioned. Pics below. Moses: Hussar: I estimate the number of growth rings for the Moses at 28 or 29 and hussar at 33 or 34. If each ring represents one year of growth then they are both old fish! 89532590-4100-4464-9444-A58A8ED7CB9B.tiff 714F997B-31D5-4991-BC4A-5DDC7FA0D6A7.tiff
  7. 5 points
    rayke1938

    Treasure Hunting

    With the water dropping quite quickly and lily pads being exposed it is nearly time to go treasure hunting. There are plenty of redclaw and shrimp pots exposed and I know of a rod that was lost near this bank, Reckon it is fair game because the owner is incapacitated for another couple of months> Cheers Ray
  8. 5 points
    BTW has @Drop Bear approved this potential move ............
  9. 5 points
    rayke1938

    NPD 19/6/19

    First spot we tried Rick pulled in 3 fish whilst we watched and that was that we hung around for a while trying to locate them but all in vein. Couple of other likely spots were also bare . We found some at Andrews drop off but they were scarce taking a hour to boat 20 bass so next spot was out in front of the fig tree where we had a hot bite before leaving them biting. Tally for the day was 85 bass and I once again the tandan king Some of the redclaw pots were good and others left us with a warm and fuzzy feeling because the poor starving sharefarmers needed a feed.
  10. 4 points
    Ge_off

    Tweed River All Nighter

    I braved the cold for an all nightery chasing Mulloway with a mate "Allan" on the Tweed River, We launched 9pm at Dry Dock boat ramp and headed to the main river hitting a few 45ft to 50ft holes, the moon was bright and the river was calm, We only had dead baits from Mullet fillets, Salted Bonito, Prawns, Pilchards and Live Beach Worms, We drifted the holes for hours with little luck catching a few small Bream and even smaller Flatheads, We tried all our baits but no Jewies to be had. I even tried some large glow in the dark soft plastic's but nothing, We headed north to the river mouth and it was a bit dangerous with 2 or 3ft waves breaking, Not good in my 3.9 mt Quinnie, so we tried the Jack Evans boat harbour and still no good fish, I noticed some long marks on the fish finder and suddenly I was on, I thought "you beauty, about time" some nice strong head shakes, then nothing, it was gone. It was now 3.30am and cold, We drifted the same area again and the same thing, some long marks on the fish finder and then yahoo, I was on again, big head shakes then nothing, it to was gone, Not one to give up I tried again and again, then some long marks on the fish finder again and I was on, big head shakes and even tacking a little line, yep I got this one, I get it to the boat and low and behold, it was a big angry eel, Noooooo I cried, It was a Pike eel or also known as a Congo, So i'm told,. By this time it was 4.30am and cold so we headed home, back at the ramp at 5am. It was still a good night, Beats watching TV. Sorry its not a good photo.
  11. 4 points
    ellicat

    In Search Of Solitude

    Heading to Warrabah NP next week to get away from it all. Taking the rods, Dan and his girl. Hoping to get onto a cod or yella. With so many people haunting my usual spots these days we've looked further afield. Hoping to find a quiet spot in the winter weather. They had snow at Guyra the other week, so here's hoping. Will have a report after we return. Hopefully a good one. Has anyone been there before ?
  12. 4 points
    fishingnut

    Still Got It

    I don’t eat seafood mate, but most of these were crumbed and he old man likes em plain and simple with just butter in a pan. 4 inch plastic hopped on the edge of the weed and sand bank, very basic stuff really haha there real thick this time of year so good fish to get kids into catching fish onto lures.
  13. 4 points
    Just build a shack on Wave Break Island Steve and then we can all visit and you can host socials .......... On a serious note, and I have no idea how much more you would need to pay, but investigate whether a unit with it's own pontoon in a canal is a viable option. I know @youngy has one and it must be so good not having to muck around at boat ramps, meaning that doing a short/sneaky session is no hassle.
  14. 4 points
    benno573

    Snap And Tings

    Sure tops my day yesterday! Snapper love live diver whiting... just for future reference.
  15. 4 points
    ellicat

    Interesting Fight

    Found this on Facebook - Jack Weymouth-smith shared a post to the group: Murray Cod Fishing. 10 mins · Top Catch Tackle & BaitLike Page 2 hrs · I’ve had this photo for about 10 years now. It’s from Ex pro fisherman Malcom Wilksch of Barmera from 70’s or 80’s at a guess. I’m told it’s the Neil’s of Taylorville where Malcom’s fishing reach used to be for 50 yrs. one trying to eat the other , a possible fight for territory.
  16. 3 points
    tugger

    Snapper Spaniards Sensational

    It was 23 degrees I am still going to fish the rock for a little while till later in winter when those reefs fire up out on the 33s and 35s
  17. 3 points
    ellicat

    Tweed River All Nighter

    Saved from a donut by the ferocious pike eel ! Shame the real ones weren't on the chew. Next time. Like you said better than TV, well, except for last night with the State of Origin on. haha
  18. 3 points
    christophagus

    NPD 23/6/19

    Great day out, thanks again Ray. after many trips out to the dam, I finally popped my yellow belly cherry!
  19. 3 points
    Old Scaley

    Still Got It

    Nice fish @fishingnut. Beer battered or crumbed? Either way, delicious.
  20. 3 points
    ellicat

    In Search Of Solitude

    Just checked the barometer for the next 4 days - 1024. WooHoo. http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/charts/4day_col.shtml Also checked my GPS fishing predictor (like a modern day fishing alamanac) and one of our days is a 4 stars out of 4 for fishing and the other days are 3 stars out of 4. Excited.
  21. 3 points
    Just pm'd you. Just realized I never posted a final pic.
  22. 3 points
    ellicat

    In Search Of Solitude

    I'm taking two kettles so I don't run out of hot water.
  23. 3 points
    and they blame the "hemsworth factor" for this. I'll settle for iluka or yamba mate...
  24. 3 points
    excuse me? ummm... what about the house at brunswick heads with benno's guest room out the back???
  25. 3 points
    Old Scaley

    Snap And Tings

    Never @kmcrosby78, but usually I would have been using plastics or pilchards in that area. Since I was put onto a new bait supplier I have been trying different stuff. Getting hold of fresh bonito has been great.
  26. 3 points
    Found this on another forum Draft Moreton Bay Marine Park Zoning Plan Legislation to Restrict Boating in moreton Bay 120 Days per year per person Section 107 of the Draft Moreton Bay Marine Park Zoning Plan is set to prohibit boating in the Marine Park zone to no more than 120 days per year per person. This legislation does not apply to those navigating and mooring with permission or operating a passenger ferry, but the impact could be felt by recreational boat users, residents of the Bay Islands, live-aboard operations, and commercial operators who could be fined or forced to navigate more red tape. Whilst there is support for protecting the bay environment, questions remain about the practicality of enforcing this legislation, who it will be applied to, and whether this will mean more red tape for commercial operators and others enjoying the Bay. Read the full report at this link: you'll need to copy and paste sorry https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/dbf1a3_8a8e436d412049a4ba9e48cf0fb4e47f.pdf Have your say here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Moretonbaylegislation 230 odd pages Section Stew is taking about is on page 75. Sounds like the old trick of including something controversial that everyone will complain about and slip in the things that they really wish to do unnoticed. Needs a section stating what they propose to change, No maps just lat and longitude lines. Impossible for a dumbo like me to work out what they are saying. Good reason to stick to the fresh water. Cheers Ray
  27. 3 points
    Old Scaley

    A Week At Ballina

    So many beautiful places in northern NSW. If only that pesky Great Barrier Reef would hurry up and die we could have those surf beaches, headlands and beautiful estuaries all the way up the Queensland coast as well. Oh wait, that might mean no more red fishes so maybe cancel that idea. Love the camping spot photo @tugger. Hard to beat a spot where you can fish from your awning.
  28. 3 points
    Dinodadog

    A Week At Ballina

    I have caught 40cm bream in 30cm of water in a rock pool on the southern side of flat rock with massive waves breaking right in front of me.It is a nice place alright.
  29. 3 points
    Terry H

    What Is This ?

    Thought it looked like a river system in a reasonably dry area. The filename supports this 1338258869_itsactuallyatributaryoftheKingRivernearWyndamWAseenfrom1500feetintheairon14June2019
  30. 3 points
    Luvit

    Fibreglass Repairs

    Last time I retrieved the boat I took off 6 inches of gel coat. It would not have caused a problem but i wanted it resealed. I took it to a business called Todd's Fibreglass that is locate at Thorneside a 1hr drive from me. The reason I I wanted Todd to do the work was on the back of a previous chat I had with him regarding some minor repairs. I was very impressed with his knowledge and his honesty. Having someone work on my boat makes me nervous because trying to match a factory color is not easy at all. Todd did a fantastic job and charged me $150 less than was quoted once he saw the boat in the flesh rather than quoting from the photos. As I said very honest. If I ever require more glass work this is the guy I will be taking it to. Highly recommend him. Todd's Fibreglass 141 Railway Parade, Thorneside QLD 4158 0421 339 323 Before After
  31. 3 points
    Hard to work out whether that means 120 consecutive days or 120 days in total? Maybe the idea is to crack down on people living on boats with no mooring and possibly no proper toilet facilities? I can’t imagine how anyone could keep track of the number of days a boat spends on the water. I would love to spend 120 days on the water every year, but reckon it would be closer to 50 if I was lucky.
  32. 3 points
    I'm all for fish conservation to ensure sustainability with current greenzones and reducing bag limits (and if too conservative then it just means more fish to catch yay). But this 120 day thing seems really odd
  33. 3 points
    Andrew_P

    Smoking fish - who does it?

    I’ve been smoking a fair bit lately! Been getting the scraps from my mates’ reef trips. Wings, belly and backbones especially. It’s a great way to use flesh that would otherwise go to waste. Here’s a few pics.
  34. 2 points
    There’s half a marine science degree here... hope I am as close if not closer with the lotto numbers tonight!!
  35. 2 points
    benno573

    NPD 23/6/19

    So annoying when you have to fight through all those fish to get to the red claw pots...
  36. 2 points
    tugger

    Snapper Spaniards Sensational

    We had a couple of runs on the lives down on the bottom to I forgot in the report. There was plenty of action there at the rock I haven't fished it for a while and has got me keen to get back out there.
  37. 2 points
    rayke1938

    NPD 23/6/19

    Bit of nostalgia with Chris wearing his Nordic Sage hoodie I will have to dig out mine. Cheers Ray
  38. 2 points
    kmcrosby78

    Still Got It

    Good decision to take a rod, nice work!!
  39. 2 points
    Luvit

    In Search Of Solitude

    No excuses now.
  40. 2 points
    ellicat

    In Search Of Solitude

    Might make it a long tale like I did years ago, Beau. Pics and video for sure. Spam not on the menu this trip. haha
  41. 2 points
    fishingnut

    In Search Of Solitude

    Pics make a report Brian so take plenty or I’ll report it as spam
  42. 2 points
    Old Scaley

    In Search Of Solitude

    So you might be ice fishing on this trip Brian. You are a braver man than me - once it drops below 20 Celsius around my place the fire goes on and tracky dacks come out. I have experienced many below zero nights visiting Canberra for work and could never figure out why anyone would choose to live there. Good luck mate, and don’t forget the thermals! If you were a drinking man I would recommend a good rum but you will have to make do with the thermos.
  43. 2 points
    NO he has not. Although a mate with a boat on the gold coast sounds pretty good. Steve you will hve to dial in the night time mangrove jack spots. I do have a mate that used to wrack a boat down there. Let me check. You should be able to get a very nice place on the broadwater.
  44. 2 points
    benno573

    Changes To Fisheries Legistation

    i don't think all the changes are bad personally. But some of them are just a bit whack.
  45. 2 points
    Still looking @benno573. Not much comes up at Brunswick Heads and the good properties are dear. I read the other day that Byron now has a higher median house price higher than Sydney and is officially the dearest housing in Australia.
  46. 2 points
    ellicat

    Changes To Fisheries Legistation

    Found this on FBook to add to Ray's thread. Fisheries Queensland 1 hr · Creating more sustainable fisheries for future generations is at the heart of a discussion paper released today for public comment by the Queensland Government. The proposed amendments are focused on implementing fisheries reforms essential for long term sustainability and profitability; urgent sustainability actions to take the pressure off snapper and pearl perch; standardising fishing rules and supporting compliance and reducing red-tape and removing unnecessary restrictions. Feedback is open till 19 July 2019 - https://bit.ly/2IOorg8
  47. 2 points
    rayke1938

    Changes To Fisheries Legistation

    Lots of changes to catch limits, crab pots ,limit of 7 muddies and 20 sandys. plus boat limits of twice the individual limit.closed seasons eg Dino will be unable to fish at sons property for 3 months of the year. Essential that everyone reads it and completes survey cheer Ray
  48. 2 points
    tugger

    A Week At Ballina

    Evans Head caravan park was dog friendly to that I visited earlier this year another beautiful spot
  49. 2 points
    Gad

    In Search Of Solitude

    enjoy your chill out, e`cat some of us need it on a regular basis but don`t do it enough
  50. 2 points