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  1. 12 points
    Well its getting closer to Snapper shutdown, all conditions were right on wednesday so decided to head out midweek to a favourite spot near green Island for the last fish for me for awhile. Spent some time the night before having some fun loading up with some locally caught fresh squid. Headed out at around lunch time, with a dead flat bay , and wasn't long before a 75cm snapper on board, and then another 69er After a hectic bite period i sat down pretty much exhausted and i looked up in to the sky because it was so bloody hot for a winters day, and i still thought how crazy it was to be catching snapper in shallow water (6m) at near midday. ( plus i also believe in shallow water once 1 or 2 snapper have been caught the school is spooked for awhile) Oh well, i shrugged my shoulders and decided it was time to crack open a JD and celebrate For shitsngiggles i put the snapper gear away, and baited up a 1-3kg bream rod which i usually use for catching squid on. Deployed a bait down on it and whammo ! The reel starts screaming on the bream rod with only 8 pound line on hahaaa ! The sporting aspect was great fun, although it took about 20 minutes to see colour and a big beautiful 70-80cm snapper came up through the clear green water near the boat. Okay by this time i am huffin and puffin and before i could slide the net under it....... ping goes the 8 pound !!! Lol Off it swam so graciously back down which sorta made me feel all warm n fuzzy inside ☺ Well maybe i had one too many JD's Cause as i packed up to head home i maaaaay have forgot to reel in the bream rod and it flew out of the rod holder into the drink..... wooooooops Still though , gotta be happy with 2 in the pink and 1 in the drink. Until next winter, Green Island Snaps....
  2. 10 points
    crazywalrus

    Ellicat Spits The Dummy

    What a funny day today. Went out with Ellicat again. In his spanking new boat. We hit up one of his spot Xs at Green (Island, not the green zone). Nothing was raised there so we decided to hit the Rainbow to see if there where any Mackeral still around. We settled in and I provided Ellicat with some grinner bait and within few minutes he is onto a cracking fish, hmm well I should say a shovel nose ray Ellicat was not to upset at this stage so I provided him with another live bait. Again it did not take long and he was on again this time with some good runs and what seemed to be some head shakes. The fight quickly changed to a fight to keep the fish off the bottom. A solid battle ensued and up pops a Stingray. This is where Ellicat’s mood changed yelling at me to pull the anchor. A quick run back across the bay and we where back at the ramp. Lesson learnt I will not give him any live bait as he really is a Ray magnet and I am not talking Mr Kennedy. IMG_0698.MOV
  3. 10 points
    AUS-BNE-FISHO

    Fishing A Day In The Bay

    Hey everyone It was organised that @ellicat, @GregOug, @Old Scaley, and @Cavvy would be coming out for a fish. I was on ellicat's boat with Cavvy, and Old Scaley and GregOug's son, were on GregOug's rig. We met at the North Manly ramp at 7:00AM, and after a quick chat and introducing/saying hello to one another we launched. After a relatively quick boat trip, we were out of the harbour and at the first spot. We got a bit of bait ready, which consisted of good quality squid, and some prawns, and dropped the lines down. The first bit of action came from a (I better not say), but it was ellicat's and we kept it for bait. After that, I got the next hit. Some nibbles followed by a big run on my 10lb setup made me slightly nervous that I would get busted off. The fish just kept running around, but eventually I made progress and got it to the surface. It was my first ever catshark - woohoo! It was a ripper fight, and after de-hooking it and untangling it from the line it was released. Here it is - We would've spent about 20-30 more minutes at this spot before it went a bit quiet. As we were reeling our lines in to move, I realised something had eaten my bait and must've been sitting on the bottom. It had two lunges and then went screaming off... Not for long - it also busted me off. "Bugger", I said. It was mildly disappointing but we think it might've been a ray as it stayed on the bottom. Then again, we'll never know now. We then fished at an artificial reef area, which yielded no success. It was a bit of a bummer, but we continued onwards. The same baits were used here, but we got some good pillies out ready for our next spot. As we were leaving for the next spot, we managed to lose GregOug and Old Scaley, so we did some drifts... The first part was quiet, but then we started to get pickered. They were pretty small, as we didn't manage to hook them. This continued for a while, and we were basically donating baits. The other party had still not found us, and while we were just drifting we saw a leather jacket or something swimming in the top water column, right up close to the boat. My dad actually fluked a strike which got one of the pickers in the guts. He skull dragged it up, and up came a grubfish (red rock whiting, or I think that is the correct name). Since they are good eating, we kept this one. It is soon to be cleaned and eaten. Not many things better than fresh fish. Yummo! We left soon after this, as GregOug and Old Scaley had gotten back to us. They said they'd gone for a zoom around the bay, and in GregOug's rig, it was roughly at 70Km/h. The bay was nice and glassy by now, and we were travelling around comfy and smooth. We got to the next spot for some more fishing. We were soon to have lunch on Peel, so this was close to a nice area where we could get up to the beach. It didn't take long for some nibbles though. I wasn't getting touched with my grinner fillet, but ellicat and Cavvy were getting nibbles. My Dad managed to strike and actually pulled in one. While they are tiny squire and they don't really count as a catch, it was our first so we got a quick piccy - We then went to Peel to eat lunch (salad rolls, yum!), had a bit of a chat about the day so far, and enjoyed the nice beach . The tide was rising so it looked like Greg's son had to swim out to the boat in the chilly water . We got back to the boat, but not before saying goodbye to Greg, Steve, and co. We headed to the next spot, but we quickly found out the tide was way to fast for our small sinkers, so Brian and my Dad switched to heavier sinkers but I kept the lighter one on. The decision was made to change spots, and we were going to the general spot Ted (crazywalrus) and Brian got their mackies. Unfortunately, time got the better of us and we had to head back to the ramp. Probably should've gotten a group photo!!! It was a great day overall, and good to meet @GregOug and @Old Scaley. Brian, it was great to catch up again. Thanks for the ripper day out guys, I hope to do it again soon! I hope to hear some other perspectives on the trip too. Here are the stats of our trip - Statistics of Trip - Tide - Manly - 5:40AM, 2.1M, high, 12:40PM, .4M, low - we fished the rise and the run out Moon Phase: First quarter moon Fish caught: Grinner x 1, Catshark x 1, Grubfish x 1, Squire x 2 Bait used: Squid, pillies, prawns, grinner Weather: A glassy bay - beautiful! Tackles Used: I believe Brian (ellicat) had 15lb and 20lb rigs, whereas I had 10lb and 30lb rigs (20lb and 15lb leaders for both of us). I was using 4/o circle hooks, a size 3 ball sinker, on a Rogue Firepoint 2M rod, and an Ugly Stik 6"6' rod. We had about 40cm-60cm of trace. I had size 1000 Shimano Sienna and a size 650 Penn reel. Brian had two Nordic Stage rods, but i do not remember what reel. Air Pressure: 1024 Overall Success Rate: 80% - a fabulous day out on the water!!!! Cheers Hamish
  4. 9 points
    Dinodadog

    Neighborly Duties

    Neighbor decided he had a good time last week and wanted to go again. Because I am a good bloke I decided to take him. We pulled up at the first spot and I managed 2 and then they wouldnt touch a thing, although they were still under the boat. We then set off in search of fish that might be interested and managed to find a small school that was hungry.All up we got 42 bass so neighbor Bruce was happy. Dino
  5. 8 points
    Old Scaley

    Mud With Blood

    I had been talking with my brother about a quick trip on the Bay for ages, and finally teed it up for yesterday. He was a very keen fisho and boat owner until he discovered golf about 20 years ago and now his boat and gear is just sitting under his house going to rack and ruin. Anyway, the forecast was good so I decided that Mud would be good because you always catch something, even if it is undersize reefies or squire. Left the PoB ramp mid-morning and headed to spot A. There was a boat where I wanted to be so we sounded around and found some structure holding bait and hit the spot lock on the Minn Kota (did I mention how much I love the electric?). We spent the next 45 minutes feeding squire around that 25cm size, so decided to leave them biting and headed to spot B. Of course there was a boat on that spot as well so I sounded around about 70 metres away from there and found more bait and structure on a small drop off. First cast and up pops a tuskie that was right on the legal limit so back he went to grow some more. The bite was constant and I was pulling in small tuskies and grassies every couple of minutes. Then a bigger model came onboard, around the 34cm mark. Then a nice cod around 43cm and 2 more tuskies about the same size as the first keeper. The bite slowed as the run out tide slowed down. My brother is still a bit rusty so only managed a few undersize squire and grassies. I was desperate to get him onto a decent fish so we stopped at a couple of snapper spots at the port on the way in. Not much happening there until I said time to go home. As I packing up the boat he kept a line in, hoping for one last chance. Suddenly, his rod buckled and a good size fish took off. He called “finally!” And then it was over as quickly as it started - the fish spat the hook! Even though he didn’t take home a keeper I think he had a good enough time to want to do it again, and maybe soon the golf clubs will be gathering dust and his boat will be back on the water. All fish caught on prawns or squid. Only one photo- my usual poor effort with a pic of dead fish on an esky. Thanks for reading.
  6. 8 points
    fishingnut

    First Bass

    As promised I took the nephew out for a fish today. Having lived almost all his life in cairns he had never seen a bass before so I decided to change all that for him. Launching the boat at a leisurely 9am it was off down the dam in search of some schools that have been playing hide and go seek lately, With bugger all shrimp in the pots (they were left for a week) we had enough for me to be confident we weren’t going home empty handed. Located a decent school near the fig tree and soon had him high-fiving me after getting his first. Fishing was pretty slow the rest of the day as me moved about a little bit looking for some more active fish as they sat there with lockjaw. With 19 fish coming over the side 15 for him and 4 for me he was over moon to say the least. Looks like I’ll have to start sneaking out there without him as he reckons he’s coming every trip now ! Here’s a few pics cheers
  7. 7 points
    Angry51

    Ellicat Spits The Dummy

    I'll have to give ellicat some of my secret spots. Even the fish don't know them.
  8. 6 points
    Junky

    Ellicat Spits The Dummy

    Rodgy. Have you tried lighter sinkers? The sinker on ellicats line looks to heavy for that depth imo...especially if you're anchored up. That's why you're picking up the vermin all the time. Either that or spool off 20 to 30m of line out in the current unweighted while keeping hold of the sinker. Then drop the sinker over and let out line till the sinker hits bottom. That will allow the bait to be up above the unwanted pickers. Not trying to be a know all or anything, just speaking from personal experiences. Doesn't help having old mate anchored behind you in your burley trial either.
  9. 6 points
    Old Scaley

    Fishing A Day In The Bay

    Great to meet some new faces @GregOug, @Cavvy and @AUS-BNE-FISHO. We sure did cover some ground today, visiting @ellicat‘s catshark hotspots, and Greg and I searching for ellicatch after following the wrong boat at one point. Lots of pickers out there today, but the conditions were too nice to be disappointed about the lack of keepers. Great day everyone. Thanks for inviting me along, Greg.
  10. 6 points
    GregOug

    Fishing A Day In The Bay

    Thanks Ellicat, Old Scaley, Cavvy and Hamish for a great day out. Must do it again. Old Scaley, for the record I used 53 litres of fuel, which considering we were racing all over the bay looking for Ellicatch, was pretty good going in my books. And we must bring Hamish more often guys cause he does the trip report for us!
  11. 6 points
    AUS-BNE-FISHO

    Fishing A Day In The Bay

    Hey ellicat Yep, shame most marks were a carpark though... hopefully tomorrow when you go out (if you're still going) they aren't as crowded for you and you catch some Thanks for that also, I know we can't wait to the next trip . Also, just cleaned up the grubfish. It wasn't much but here it is for anyone interested - I've got the head frozen for bait, I can't help to think it would make a good bait for snapper or another reefy. Cheers Hamish P.S. Already had dinner tonight so it will be lunch/dinner tomorrow...
  12. 6 points
    ellicat

    Fishing A Day In The Bay

    It was a beaut day to be on the water today. The marks I discovered turned out to not be a secret as each time we approached a spot there were already plenty of boats there....and I mean plenty. The West Peel artificial was a real carpark and I'm sure the amount of traffic shut down the fishing. When we headed to South Peel there was only one boat down there and, you guessed it, right on spot x again. So we motored wide to another mark where we managed the few undersize target species. We did notice @Old Scaley on fire getting heaps of squire and I believe some on plastics just for some variety. Nice to meet you @GregOug and the boys. That rig is an awesome piece of gear. @AUS-BNE-FISHO and @Cavvy, nice to spend the day together and you are certainly welcome back...with some better catching results hopefully. No donuts on board today, but I did finish in the negative due to the grinner.
  13. 6 points
    Hey all I'm going to put up the report from Thursday arvo/night, where I was at the normal haunt (local park). I'll say it straight up - it was a donut. It was also pretty cold, and despite putting in my best effort I could not catch one at all. I'll go from the start though, and try to make this a not so long report I arrived at about 2:45PM, and got the lines out. The two smaller lines were baited with good dead prawn, and I needed to get some livies for the bigger line. It wasn't the best tide, about 3/4 full, but I decided it didn't matter to much. The first cast I got a small prawn, and in about 3 more casts I got a couple more. These were then baited on the lines. I kept getting a consistent amount of prawns, around 1 or 2 a cast. The first take was a while away, where the line went off. I was too slow to set the hook and whatever it was, it was just a small one as it didn't pick up/take the full bait. This happened about five more times over the session. I was doing a bit of cast netting in this time, and I got a good silver biddy. It was immediately deployed, and I hoped for the best. Eventually, after many more prawns and some missed strikes, it was getting dark. My mate was still yet to come down, so I'd decided I'd do something I haven't down in a while - a night session. I put everything back into the cart except the rods, so it would be easier to leave when we did. The line in the cod spot was baited with a live frogmouth pilchard, the heavy salmon one with the biddy, and the lighter one with a prawn. "We're all set", I thought. My friend came down soon after and we were set. While I was a bit chilly, he was all set, with a puffer jacket (lucky). The first action came about 15 minutes in, with a run on the lighter line. I'd assume it would just be another perch/picker, but I'll never know, seeing as we didn't hook up. The next hour or so was fun, we just sat there and waited. Nothing. At. All. At the end, when my dad came down, we reeled in the salmon line. The biddy was still lively and swimming, which was really quite annoying. I would've thought it would make the perfect bait, but obviously not. Here are the statistics of that 'short' report. LOL. Statistics of trip - Tide: High tide, 1:40PM, 1.7M, Low tide, .4M. 7:50PM Moon Phase: First quarter Weather: Cold, slightly windy Tackle used: 14lb mainline, 30lb mainline (both braid), 15lb fluorocarbon leader, 30lb fluorocarbon leader, 80lb trace, size 4/o suicide and circle hooks, size 1000 and 2500 Shimano Sienna and Nasci, Size 650 Penn reel, size 2 and six ball/bean sinkers, large barrel swivel, 6"6' and 8" Ugly Stik, 2M Rogue Firepoint boat rod. Bait used: Live prawns and silver biddy Fish caught: - Bait caught: Prawns and biddy Overall Success Rate: 30% - A nice fish That's that one done, which, I admit, was quite boring . Here is the next one, which thankfully wasn't a donut. I woke up at 5:40AM after going to bed early and setting an alarm. I ended up departing at about 6, and had the lines in at about 6:15AM. My dad was down for the first part to do some cast netting (and he also didn't let me go by myself when it was still dark). The first cast he got some prawns and a good sized frogmouth pilchard, which I live baited straight away. We now had all the lines in, with a mix of live prawn and frogmouth pilchard. Dad kept getting good prawns, but while this was happening, nothing was (happening) on the lines. By about 10 past seven, Dad had gotten plenty of prawns, and he headed off. In about five minutes, I saw some nibbles on the line. It was while I was cast netting, so I quickly pulled the net up and ran up. The rod was now going off, and line was screaming off the reel. I picked it up and striked. Realising it was a perch, I was surprised - it actually had ran pretty fast. This prompts me to think whatever was taking baits from the report above must've been small perch. I landed him, de-hooked him with a couple pulls with my hands, and then got a photo. I noticed he was bleeding, so I thought he might not swim off. Fortunately, after a proper swim off the jetty, he swam off fine. Here it is - After the perch, everything went quiet again. There was one more run, and the cod line was repeatedly pickered to bits. It seemed I was just wasting prawns on this, but I kept going because I wanted to see if I could entice anything with size. I also just kept getting prawns, which was good. My dad had caught a big prawn when he was throwing, and after a couple bait checks the frogmouth pilly seemed a bit, well, dead, so I put it on. I will say it looked great, with the prawn clicking around like no tomorrow. It was fired out, and after I caught a few more prawns off the end of the jetty (as well as one herring which found its way to the top of the net), I saw the salmon line go over, but then come straight back up. "Pickers!" I thought. I was right, as the prawns eyes and legs had been ripped off obviously killing it. I threw it back out, hoping a salmon might like an extra fresh bait. No fish wanted it though, so I let the prawn join the frogmouth pilchard in the esky and put on the live herring. It was fired out and left in the holder (a hole in the jetty which my rod fits very snuggly into). After numerous picker attacks in the cod hole (only one real strike), the line there got snagged. Luckily I had a fourth rod ready, but instead of putting it in the cod spot I put it on the other side of the wooden part. This meant that the current would be pushing it under the jetty, so I thought it might be good for a bream or cod. When I went down to the cast net next, this thing fell out. It just so happens that when reading old threads on this forum about the park, an ID thread came up with this fish. I couldn't remember the name then, but now I know it is a Butis Butis, or Crazyfish. Here it is (it looks and acts very much like a stick) - I threw it back, and it swam off. I caught some more prawns, and for the next twenty odd minutes I spent my time doing this (one time I got a few glassies which were annoying, but only one of them ended up as berley ). Then, I looked up. The rod positioned next to the pylons was going off. I yanked my net up as quick as I could and ran up to the rod. Luckily, it was still on. The fight began. I first got it out of the pylon area, so now I had a clean fight. When it surfaced, I realised I had an OK bream on. It ran around for a good couple minutes, and once I got it on the surface I waited a few more for some people to pass me my landing net. They netted him up for me, and then I took it from there. The photo of me wth it is dodgy because I needed to take a selfie. Here he is (a tad over 32cm and very fat). Solid! a nice BR Breambo! (I also just realised he is a bit further back than the start, so it might've been a 33cm model). It was just starting to rain, and despite being soaked, I wasn't cold at all because I remembered the thermals. It was another half an hour before my friend came down, and in this time I had basically caught a few more prawns. After my mate came down, I held the rod in the cod spot. It was getting relentlessly pickered. A couple times the rod would load up, like it would with any other fish, but then whatever it was the fish would drop it. This happened until about 11:30AM, and then it was time to go. In the time, the only exciting thing that happened was that I watched a catfish (about 30cm) come right up into about 10-20cm of water, to the edge of the river, and have a go at something... And I finally figured out what was pickering me in the shallows. Baby bream (or so I think). I managed to get one to the surface, and it was having a go at a prawn the size of its body! That was a waste of time! Here is a shot of the esky at the end of the day - On the way home, I managed to loose my landing net without me noticing so I called down my dad when I noticed (just about to leave the park, which is about a 700 metre walk away from the spot) and he came riding down. It took all of 3 minutes for him to find it, and then we walked home together. I was pretty satisfied with the session, so yes, that is this report done. Thanks for reading everyone, I hope you all enjoyed! Here are the stats - Statistics of trip - Tide: 2.2M High, 3:50AM, .4M Low, 10:40AM - I fished the run out and then the change Moon Phase: First quarter moon Weather: Rainy, overcast, and cool Water Temp: Quite cool - not very humid and rainy, miserable day Bait caught: Lots of prawns, frogmouth pilchards, herring Fish caught: Yellowfin Bream x 1, River Perch x 1 Bait used: Live prawns, frogmouth pilchards, and herring Tackle Used: 14lb mainline, 30lb mainline (both braid), 15lb fluorocarbon leader, 30lb fluorocarbon leader, 80lb trace, size 4/o suicide and circle hooks, size 1000 and 2500 Shimano Sienna and Nasci, Size 650 Penn reel, size 2 and six ball/bean sinkers, large barrel swivel, 6"6' and 8" Ugly Stik, 2M Rogue Firepoint boat rod. Overall Success Rate: 60% - Some good fish Cheers Hamish
  14. 5 points
    took the yak out for its first trip during the week off Redcliffe chasing snaps with bait. I boycotted the chair idea I posted last week....only because the bloody fabric ripped before I had a chance to test it out in water anyway conditions were perfect no wind not cold sun setting to a high tide. Spent 3hrs drifting baits got hit a few times but no snaps. I did land a nice tailor and quickly released. heading back out before sunrise tomorrow but going to try out trolling a couple new lures I picked up today TMg poltergeists they look deadly enough so hopefully fingers crossed here snapy snapy anyone has some luck with these??
  15. 5 points
    rayke1938

    NPD 5/7/20

    Good company with Neil,Hai and Anthony at NPD this morning, Bit cool at 6am with a slight westerly but warmed up after around 8 when breeze dropped out and sun warmed up. Improved a lot when we found a school after being teased with a few fish in a couple of spots on the way to the second rock wall. I spent some time contemplating my navel whilst the others pulled in good sized 40cm plus bass. Neil kind of caught a stretchy 50cm bass ( Squeezed tail to make it Hai and Anthony called it for a 50 but Neil and I said 49.5) When the fish slowed down we tried in the vicinity of Andrews drop off but only found a couple of isolated fish before exploring with the sounder, We found another school in the middle of the paddock where this time I got into them whilst Neil did some meditation. Both schools were found in 40 to 45 feet of water with only about 15 bass under 35cm ad finishing up with 80 fish on the counter. See the PFMA have constructed a demonstration cod breeding pipe near the ramp
  16. 5 points
    Gad

    Nrl 2020

    ROUND 8 results Thursday, 2 July Storm 27 v 25 Roosters What a game! The final deciding factor between the 2 sides on the night… score 25-25… golden point extra time… 84th minute and the Rooster`s are desperately defending 11 metres out from their line… Friend has a brain snap and pushes a Storm player over while attempting to slow down a quick play the ball…. Penalty to the Storm… all over red rover!!! Melbourne gets the 2 points. Friday, 3 July Raiders 22 v 16 Raiders put on 22 points to zip in the 1st half… Dragons put on 16 points to zip in 2nd half. Raiders are now running short of quality middle forward stock through long term injuries Eels 42 v 4 Cowboys Half time score 16 – 4… Saturday, 4 July Titans 10 v 40 Sharks After the win over the 15th placed Broncos, the Titans got a reality check. Warriors 26 v 16 Broncos For most of the match the Broncos were looking at a possible win… then Warriors beat them….. Tigers 12 v 19 Panthers Fairly intense cat fight with indiscretions and feelings boiling over towards the end with meathead, Joey Leilua having another low life brain implosion that should see him out for a few weeks…. Sunday, 5 July Sea Eagles 12 v 14 Knights Whether by two points or twenty two points, I enjoy a Manly loss…. even if I tip them Bulldogs 10 v 26 Rabbitohs Doggies keep showing up with what they have… nothing wrong with being out classed…
  17. 5 points
    Also remember that the photos you see and the articles you read are the good days. There are plenty of bad days out there that you need to do just to get to the days where everything is lined up. Like in Life nothing beats persistence. Talent, genius and education are great to have but none of them beat persistence. The world is full of talented, educated genius deros. Just keep at it and you will put us all to shame.
  18. 5 points
    Hey there legends, this is my first post on a fishing forum in about 10 years. To introduce myself, Watty from barefoot fishing safaris. Barefoot is a guided, finesse lure and fly fishing experience here in Darwin and has been running for 10 years. I also run the Outcast Fishing Club with a goal of providing free guided fishing to everyone through a strong club membership. Outcast Fishing Club monthly winners for a 3 day fishing charter in the NT video is now up on the facebook page guys, you can check it out here. If you are keen on looking at becoming a member you can have a look here. Also if you are keen on learning the number 1 tip on how to fish Gulp Jerk Shads deeper and more aggressively than ever before check out this video which over 40,000 others have already viewed on facebook. If you like the gulp tips I think you'll also get something out of my 15a Bomber video which only went up this morning.
  19. 5 points
    Towknee

    My Research (my Hopes Are To High)

    Hamish, when I was in high school, I spent hours each week chasing Jacks in the Pumicestone Passage for 2 years. I ended up catching two straight after each other one day. All that time paid off. From what I can see, you do the research and study into fishing. More than I ever did. So I reckon you’d be successful in the Brisbane River.
  20. 5 points
    fishingnut

    First Bass

    The beard is gone mate I look 12 now !
  21. 5 points
    Old Scaley

    Mud With Blood

    I am definitely no expert, but here are a couple of things I can offer that might help. It seems that if you get one there will be more, so you are in the right area. Yesterday we were sitting on top of a small drop off where the water was about 7 metres deep close to low tide, but the run in tide is also good. Small crabs are supposed to be the gun bait, but we didn’t have any and were using squid and green prawns. They seemed to prefer the prawns yesterday- just a half a peeled prawn. I was using a 3 - 5 kg carbon fibre rod with a Stradic 4000 reel running 16lb J Braid attached to 16lb fluorocarbon leader, running size 2 sinker down to a swivel, then about 40cm of 10 lb trace. I was using a 2/0 baitholder hook because that works well with prawn baits, but I think you should just match your hook to the bait you are using. I would avoid circle hooks because they seem to be a fish that you need to strike to catch rather than wait for them to engulf the bait. Probably because of their small mouths and sharp teeth. Because you find them in reef areas, you need to be anchored (or spot locked) and not move your bait around or try to drift it down with the current or you might find you are spending a lot of time retieing terminal tackle and traces. Mono might be a better choice for that reason, but I was fishing with what I had. I just cast to where I want to fish, take up any slack and be ready to strike on even the smallest bite. Keep the drag as high as you think safe because they are pretty quick to head for cover and you don’t want your line rubbing on coral or shellfish. I got bricked a few times yesterday so fishing heavier might have delivered a couple of better fish, but maybe not so many? Anyway, like I said, I am definitely no expert, and there are others on this site more knowledgeable than me who might chime in with different ideas. I hope you get onto them soon!
  22. 5 points
    ellicat

    Ellicat Spits The Dummy

    Well, not if you take Ted out. The grinner king ! I think he got around 8 to 10 and each time he called it for a good fish. On one occasion he ended a phone call early to catch a "good fish". Hahaha Now for the real story... We left the ramp around 5am to try the Green spot before the other boats showed up and I missed a good hit early. Then we went to the Rous where we waited patiently for the mackerel to not show up. During this time Ted was catching bait for me to deploy to catch a real fish. Unfortunately the bait was taken by first a shovelly and then a large ray about 80cm across which went on a few good runs before hitting the ground. Ted kept both for a feed. The rock whiting and winter whiting were biting as well as a few randoms including a tusky that spat the bait beside the boat and lots of baby squire too young to have teeth. A feed was eventually gathered, plus some more grinners for Ted. We did get pickered a bit though. After we'd fished the tide turn without any mackerel we went for an explore and settled on a few drifts of Fishermens Guuter which produce more grinners for Ted as well as some flounder and 4 or so bar tailed flathead. This was a pretty entertaining spot, but only one keeper flatty. The best bit was that three of the flatties that Ted landed managed to inflict themselves on Ted's hand causing some vibrant monologue. We the tried the Hope(less) Banks for another undersized flatty, before riding off into the sunset (without sunnies) and back at the ramp at 5PM, not 7am as Ted would have you believe. I'd definitely try the Green spot again as I feel it is only a matter of time before something decent comes along. It was a good day on the water and fished some spots I'd not been to before so the exploring will pay off one day. Thanks for coming out @crazywalrus. Hope you enjoy the feeds. Ted with his tongue hanging out whilst playing a grinner like an expert - Ted's appetising looking ray... -
  23. 5 points
    Old Scaley

    Ellicat Spits The Dummy

    Good to see that new outboard getting some hours on the clock @ellicat. No vermin are safe in Moreton Bay now. It sure was nice out there yesterday. I went to Mud with my brother. Report to follow soon.
  24. 5 points
    GregOug

    Two In The Pink, One In The Drink

    I recognise that cloud
  25. 5 points
    Allnighter

    Two In The Pink, One In The Drink

    Yea Hweebe and Hamish, the excitement and the challenge keeps us all going back! Catching bait is fun and can be a learning curve in itself. Josh @Cobiaaddict, I'm sure you're not finished with the snapper this season quite yet Notice i crop the background out as best i can? Lol sorry mate couldn't resist hahahaaa
  26. 5 points
    kmcrosby78

    Fishing A Day In The Bay

    Sounds like a fun day out fellas - sure beats painting a house ...... Hopefully tomorrow our reptilian housemate doesn't decide to check on our progress .........
  27. 5 points
    ellicat

    Lowrance - Beware Of The 'x'

    All sorted now. Happy camper again. SD Card activated, Sonar charts loaded. Waypoints added. Ready to go fishing. Thanks to all those that chipped in with advice.
  28. 4 points
    Hi guys Thought I'd share some of my research, and I've also got a question. So, I managed to come along the topic of jacks in the river. I've seen the odd pic/story of them, but never heard of them as a viable target species. There are some abandoned wharfs near the deep holes at the local park, which is about one and a half Kilometres paddle away. I was thinking, if I lob a big mullet right under there, with a locked drag on thirty pound, I might have a chance of a cod, salmon, or a jack... Obviously my hopes are WAY to high here, and I'd probably even struggle catching the bait I'd be going out for a night yak session. Sounds fun, but it's kind of creepy when you seem to be the only thing alive in the river in pitch black. Now, to my question. Have you guys ever heard of jacks being caught in the river, consistently or fluked. I'm interested. I don't want the spot, I prefer finding my own, but I'm thinking once I get a better knowledge of the area of river I'm in my Dad and I may be able to find better spots for livies, and for other fish. Also, just out of curiosity, what is the weirdest/best thing you or someone you know has ever pulled out of the river? Here is a thread of two making my mouth water with envy!!! http://www.ausfish.com.au/vforum/showthread.php/138110-Brisbane-river-jacks-do-they-exist Cheers Hamish
  29. 4 points
    Thanks guys. I’ve read up a bit and seen some good vids on similar 3m divers doing the trick but like all fishing u gotta do the time. No doubt you will hear all about it if I score
  30. 4 points
    fishingnut

    First Bass

    Got bugger all shrimp in the pots, I fished lures and got bugger all they just weren’t interested. Get more enjoyment getting people onto fish and enjoying them selves
  31. 4 points
    Allnighter

    Two In The Pink, One In The Drink

    Geez fella's you's got to have somethin to figure out for yourselves lol
  32. 4 points
    Wait till summer Hamish. There are good jacks in the Brisbane River mate. Live baits and plastics..... try finding the nastiest structure you can find. Low tides always seem to work the best. Keep and eye out for high humidity stormy arvos with a low tide around sunset. That would give u your best shot. The guys who get them don't share too much as they are a tuff cookie to work out but they are in there and generally stonkers.
  33. 4 points
    Hi All, I'm Glenn, my youngest son and I have been getting into fishing lately (I fished a fair bit about 20-odd years ago). We have a couple of decent rods and some gear from family members. It is such a great way to get outside, (and get the young ones of their tablets and xbox!) and enjoy some time together. I have been looking around this forum and it seems like a really good place! Plenty of advice and good vibes. The young fella caught his first fish the other day, nice little winter whiting He was so excited and he is now 'hooked'! Anyway, I will probably be hanging around here a bit. Happy for any advice, tips etc on how to maximise the fun times fishing! Regards, Glenn
  34. 4 points
    Old Scaley

    Neighborly Duties

    If you have a gold card, @Dinodadog you deserve to be well looked after. Thanks for your service.
  35. 4 points
    Hweebe

    Mud With Blood

    There are always boats around mud on the weekend but @Old Scaley tip about sounding around is the way to go. Plenty of marks to be found and for mud i've found the same thing. find the bait and the fish activity will be near by. Don't worry about if another boat is on Spot X. For mud being spaced far enough from other boats is the challenge as the water where there is structure is typically shallow - 3 -7m
  36. 4 points
    crazywalrus

    Ellicat Spits The Dummy

    I checked out hole to butcher it on Youtube first before attempting it. Fortunately I did not go anywhere near the guts. It will have to be pretty wonderful to make me take one again.
  37. 4 points
    GregOug

    Where?

    Can someone please tell me where you can go in strong winds, in Moreton Bay, in a morning, and catch a 53cm grunter, a similar sized trevally, a 53cm tailor, smaller grunter and bream, a legal sweetlip, Cod, other sweetlip and a whiting? https://bnbfishing.com.au/saltwater-session-moreton-bay/?mc_cid=1dee56d3fd&mc_eid=47674f88e7 Sigh.
  38. 4 points
    Drop Bear

    Where?

    By the look of those photos with the glassy water behind them there may have been a little bit of poetic licence... I should give them the benefit of the doubt and say they must have been in sheltered waters... Good session all the same.
  39. 4 points
    crazywalrus

    Ellicat Spits The Dummy

    "I never catch grinders. Haha," Ellicat on Messenger today, this got me thinking, I can now understand his fishing style, swiping Left and Right all day trying to catch a "Grinder". He did have some success though, landing several of his grinning fish. The day was fun with a lot of laughs. Pity, the skipper, could not identify a winter whiting, oh well next time. Here a few more pcs from the day.
  40. 4 points
    Old Scaley

    Mud With Blood

    Delicious. Crumbed tuskie with steamed veggies last night. Crumbed cod and roast veggies tonight. Life is tough.
  41. 4 points
    Old Scaley

    Where?

    Definitely possible around the Pin area, but that would be an outstanding day by most people’s standards.
  42. 4 points
    Cobiaaddict

    Where?

    @GregOug You will catch all of those species around the Southern Bay Islands, In strong winds I have seen plenty of boats in the le of mud Island & St Helena casting lures in the shallows for bream & trevally, sweetlip, etc. I used to do it myself before buying a larger boat.
  43. 4 points
    AUS-BNE-FISHO

    Fishing A Day In The Bay

    Also, just cooked and ate the grubfish. Yummy -
  44. 4 points
    fishingnut

    I'm Off For A Few Weeks.

    Taking the Nephew out tomorrow for his first bass session, I got him his first fish on a lure on Tuesday a lovely 58cm flatty so i should have something to report tomorrow
  45. 4 points
    Hweebe

    Two In The Pink, One In The Drink

    This says it all...you put in the time to get it all right so the fish just can't resist. Good effort to get the third one next to the boat on 8lb - would have been both excitement and nervs at the same time.
  46. 4 points
    Good going @Allnighter that's a very consistent spot you got mate, I fished north Mud last night for 1 fish about 3kg and a bust off, It was a beautiful evening on the bay tho.
  47. 4 points
    Andrew_P

    Reeling Left Handed Now

    do whatever you are most confident doing i reel my light finesse stuff left handed and my offshore stuff right handed! i inherited a 6 wt fly rod from my father in law and it is a left hand wind so that is how i use it - i could never cast a fly rod left handed! i love the feeling of this combination and that is what i am most comfortable with after a few years. interestingly i kick the footy right foot but my drop kicks and torps are much better with my left foot
  48. 4 points
    Ed.

    Fishing A Day In The Bay

    Nice Carpet snake, just warming itself up on the warm tin roof! With the weather we are having I don't blame it.
  49. 4 points
    rayke1938

    Hinze 1/7/20

    Off to Hinze western arm with Rick and Joy today for a change of scenery. Had a good run with the traffic and lights so we arrived in the dark with no moon or stars No worries said I we will just use the gps. Only problem the sounder would not read the card which left us with no navigation and more importantly no access to all my marks. Headed off using silhouette of hills till we could pick out Ians Island looking for fish on the sounder. Found a school on Ians Island where we boated 40 odd bass which were on the small side so we then decided to explore. Neal had told me where he found some bass last week on the old submerged point that went over to Allens Alley and we found some fish on the flats in 48 feet of water on the edge of the drop off and some more hard up to the isolated trees. Finished up with 94 bass no tandans and no barred grunter. Luckily Michael went up to Moogerah for the weekend and donutted so he gave us his left over shrimp.
  50. 4 points
    Hweebe

    NPD 24/6/20

    All these posts from @Dinodadog and @rayke1938 make me want to get a small punt with an electric on the back