Old Scaley

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    Freshwater and Impoundment Fishing
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    1.2m spanish mackeral, 97 cm Golden Trevally, 114 cm Threadie


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  1. If you get it before it cures you might have success with turps. If it is already cured you might have to wait until next time you shed your skin
  2. @John, I have been battling possums and scrub turkeys for years (ever since our dog died and we didn’t replace her). We have 2 mango trees that used to give us heaps of beautiful Bowen mangoes but now they don’t even get to the flower stage because possums eat the new shoots. A couple of years ago I planted over $180 worth of annuals one day to wake up next morning to find them all eaten down to the roots. I found the only thing I could do in the flower and veggie gardens was to build a chicken wire fence around the bed and then put bird netting over the top. Looks a bit ordinary but keeps them out. Electric fences should be good too but I haven’t tried it. Now the bl00dy possums have just started chewing down the potted geraniums and anthuriums that I have on the verandah so looking at ways to stop that without netting. Tried blood and bone with no success. Tried hot chilli sauce - also unsuccessful. Going to try clove oil spray next. Any other tips appreciated. Good luck with it mate. It is a real battle.
  3. It is often said that the key to Mud is avoiding the crowds and boat traffic. Seems like you did that and came up trumps. Nice fish. Thanks for sharing.
  4. Top report @tugger. I always look forward to your 1770 reports. Looks like you guys have that area nailed now.
  5. @tugger, how did you go, Mark?
  6. Hi @cps. Yesterday I was reading a feature article in this month’s Queensland Fishing Monthly about fishing Fraser Island. The author was recommending an 11 foot rod for tossing lures in the surf. Specifically he named Assasin Asia Zero. They look pretty pricey and not sure if they come in an overhead model. I guess the takeout is that 11 foot is a better length. BTW, is that one of the original red Abu Garcia C7000 reels made in Sweden? I still have one that I got 40 years ago and it is still strong as an ox and smooth as silk.
  7. Old Scaley

    Nrl 2019

    I think you could argue that the ref changing the call gave the Roosters a big advantage. Not only because the Raiders didn’t kick for a try or repeat set (or even a field goal) but also because their defensive line would have been set if they knew it was a handover. Who can say, but the fullback and wingers would have been back rather than up in the line ready to attack the try line. Personally, I think that as soon as Cummins changed his mind and realised that Canberra hadn’t seen it, he should have stopped the game and explained the decision. We have seen them do that plenty of times before). That would have given Canberra the time to set up defensively which they would have had if they knew it was a handover. But that’s football. Anyone who thinks that is the worst refereeing blunder in a final series have obviously forgotten the the seven tackle set that let the Sharks knock the Cowboys out of the 2013 series (Who says I hold a grudge). Bring on next season. I miss the NRL already. Oh, and congrats Dan. Get you next year mate.
  8. Sorry @tworowsofeight and @ellicat. I know the Burrum and Hervey Bay areas to some extent but never fished the Bundy area other than one camping trip to the South Kolan when it was too windy to get to Wathumba. Local tackle stores are usually a great place to start looking for info. Good luck!
  9. Old Scaley

    Nrl 2019

    I forgot to tip the final series. My best chance to get a few points too since there were no Queensland teams involved. Anyone see the State championship game? What a finish. Poor old Burleigh Bears - best team beaten at the final bell.
  10. Haven’t tried it yet @benno573. Had Morwong fillets the first night (average) and then made the rest of it into sensational Thai fish cakes the next night. Stargazer is in the freezer but should get a run soon. Looking forward to trying it.
  11. Thanks for the report @Aal. Sounds like an absolute horse of a bream!
  12. Having been away for 3 weeks I was pretty keen to scratch the itch and get back on the water, so I was super keen to get a call from “the dentist” (he can’t be identified because he was on a day off work with industrial diarrhoea) suggesting that we head down the Pin area chasing muddies and whiting on Thursday. We needed to be on the water at high tide so we could get the pots up some skinny water to spot X, and then needed to stay on the water until the next high at about 6.30pm to get back to the pots. So it was a long day, but quite comfortable with overcast sky as long as we could dodge the persistent northerlies. We flicked some hard bodies and plastics while we waited for yabbie banks to be exposed, but no flat fish were playing the game. We loaded up with yabbies and went to a favourite whiting spot. Pretty soon the dentist had a 35cm whiting over the side and we thought “game on”. They were a bit hit and miss and we tried a few different spots as the tide moved and the wind blew. Lots of bream around and we kept a few of the bigger ones as well as 8 good whiting. The dentist landed a spotted grunter so we had at least hit 2 of the target species. At our last spot before heading off to get the pots, I had an unusual bite, then fish on. Nah, it’s a snag. No wait, the snag just moved. A minute later and up popped my first stargazer, one of the dentist’s favourites. So a new fish for me and hence a PB. Happy days. Not long after I had another unusual bite. After the initial hook up, the fish seemed to anchor itself on the bottom so we called it for a ray. I thought this was a pretty big Ray for the area as we often catch the small blue spots around the Pin area and this was a lot heavier and had a lot more go in it. After a prolonged battle where I wasn’t being too careful, we finally got a glimpse of the “ray” near the boat. The dentist called it for a brown Morwong and it was a big fish! That made me sit up and take notice. All of a sudden I was very very happy that I had changed the braid on this reel the day before and had brand new 6lb with 10lb leader. But were my knots up to the task, and would that size 4 whiting hook that was already bent do the job? The fish came close to the surface a number of times before I could get his head up so the dentist could slip the net under and drag it into the boat and I was one happy little fisherman. We bled it immediately and checked the weight on my boga grips - right on 10 lb in the old money so a pretty good fish for the estuary. Shortly after we headed off to grab the pots. No legal muddies but a few that were only a mm shy of being in the esky, so they will live to be caught another day. Got back to the ramp at about 7.15 where we were greeted by the Fisheries boys. Good to see them out and about at odd times. Overall, a successful day with a good esky of fresh fish and 4 sand crab for our troubles. Last heard, the dentist was recovering well and expects to return to work on Monday when any hint of sunburn has gone.
  13. Hey @Drop Bear, since adding a post to this topic I started searching for info about freshwater prawn farming, just out of interest. Very interesting reading about farming techniques for both salt water and freshwater prawns in different regions, and what gets farmed where. The cherabin is actually the same genus (Macrobrachium) but different species (spinipes) to that referred to by the original poster, but hey, as they say in Asia “ same same but different”. About 280,000 tonnes of freshwater prawns are farmed globally each year, compared to about 1,600,000 tonnes of salt water prawns. There have been a number of attempts to farm cherabins in Australia but none have been commercially successful from the reading I have done. Based on what I have read, I would now support farming of the native species if that was possible, but not importing raw product from another country, although that is probably illegal now anyway. By the way, Robbie, it did not surprise me to read that you thought cherabin were delicious since I have heard you say that about pretty much anything that comes from the water. And you are a good chef who could make a tasty meal out of an old boot.
  14. Are you asking because you would like to import them into Australia? As far as I know, they do not live here naturally, although they might be in some rivers right up north. I have eaten them in Asia and they were delicious, just like most food in Asia, but more because of how they were cooked rather than how they taste on their own. Not sure they could compete with nice fresh salt water prawns. Personally I don’t support importing uncooked prawns from Asia. We have seen the results of that here recently with white spot wiping out local prawn farms near the Gold Coast. Same goes for farming non-native species - who knows what damage they could do in wild rivers here. Hope that helps.