marty

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About marty

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  • Location
    Elanora
  • State
    Queensland
  • Country
    Australia
  • Post Code
    4221
  • Bio
    I'm mad for Flathead, Jacks and Macks!
  • Interests
    Fishing
  • Occupation
    Graphic Artist

Fishing

  • Fishing Types
    Estuary and Coastal Fishing
  • Fish You Target
    Flathead
    Mackerel
    Mangrove Jack
  • Lure Types Used
    Hardbody Lures
    Softplastic Lures

Boating

  • Boat Owner
    Yes
  • Boat Type
    Motor Boat with Trailer

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  1. I own a 4.8m Galeforce and find it a good compromise for offshore and inshore. My good mate has a 485 and it is also a good compromise boat. As previously mentioned, there is a noticeable difference in freeboard. I find both boats as wet as each other. The Haines is better finished and more options for layout, etc. Haines is more expensive. I looked at both and freeboard was the deciding factor for me Thanks
  2. GC Seaway is by far the safest on the GC. Tweed is next, but can get sketchy on a run out tide with some swell running. Next is Currumbin, but if it is your first crossing this is not for you. Cross Talle off your list. When crossing the Seaway go straight out for a couple of hundred meters before changing course - there is a shallow bank on the end of the south wall and an even more shallow bank just north of the entrance that waves will break on in a medium swell. As with all bars, run out will be the most dangerous. I always suggest you go and watch the bar the day before on the same tide you are going to be crossing in. This will give you a fairly accurate idea of the conditions you will cross in. And take note of the track other boats take when crossing the bar. Lastly, don't be a hero - if you are unsure, don't go. Try to get someone to take you on your first crossing, either in your boat or follow them in their boat.
  3. Another big tick for Minn Kota with spot lock. Use mine all the time offshore - saves pulling up an anchor and 6m of chain. Have always been a MK fan and know they definitely contribute to increasing my success rate - inshore and offshore. Give some good consideration into your battery size too - try to work out how many hours you will use your electric and then get a battery to suit (deep cycle of course).
  4. Chasing Jacks in August will be hard work as water temp will still be cool and they will not be as aggressive as usual. On the Goldy, August will be a good time for Bream and Flathead. Flatties will start to head towards the river mouths around August so will be worth targeting. Bream should still be on the chew at the sae time. Plus Jew will be worth chasing too. As for where to go, I would be looking at less populated spots as that will be less fishing pressure.
  5. Looks like a good time was had by all. I forgot you guys were camped up as I was also offshore Friday morning and back in the Broadwater Sat night and Sun morning chasing crabs. I know where the Spanish have been but did the schoolies come from the same spot? Marty
  6. If I am chasing Snapper or Mackerel then I usually anchor (actually use spot lock on the electric motor). But if the current is really strong I will motor up then drift over the patch of reef I am fishing, and repeat, repeat, repeat...
  7. Nice haul - and a few annoying Herring thrown in! Can't see any boats in the background - you've done well to find schooled up prawns to yourself.
  8. Cracking fish, especially for land based. I would be keeping that location quiet (unless you want to just tell me haha)
  9. Yes, very used to boat traffic on the weekends done here - early morning launching at boat ramps helps avoid few issues. Fished with Pillies - was feeling lazy
  10. After reading reports the Mackerel were quiet on Mermaid and Palmy on Saturday i headed wide of the Seaway on Sunday morning. Also heard Spanish were caught on Diamond on Saturday and quickly found out a few others heard that too - at least 20 boats there. Fairly lumpy ride out before getting to my area and sounding out some good shows of bait. Fished using spot lock for a while but the current was fairly fast and I only managed a couple of undersize Snapper. Decided to drift over the reef and started to get a few decent fish, with best one going 53cm. Did a few drifts but the jostling started to get to me so went home with 4 legal Snapper. Came across some fish hitting bait on the surface near the Seaway entrance, but couldn't tempt them with a slug - must have been very small baitfish. Looked like Mac Tuna anyway Marty
  11. Bad luck about the boat Brad. Yes, the pub has good meals (and cold beer) - plus the bowls club is very popular on schnitzel (wed) night too - massive meals.
  12. From memory I think it was around 10m deep. I just sat on my electric with spot lock so don't have the memory of pulling in the anchor burned in my mind. There is a resident dolphin out there that covers ground very quickly when you hook a fish. Had me dancing on the deck trying to quickly land my fish. From all reports the dolphin doesn't take your fish off the line, but hangs around for the throwbacks. Marty
  13. I was in Burrum in September. Fished 8-mile reef and got schoolies - surprisingly we got them close to the bottom. Just fished mono with a sinker and 3 hook gang - lost a couple to bite-offs but others around us got nothing so think the lack of wire helped. Use the gps mark to find the reef (or look for the boats) then sound up some fish and bait - the reef seems to be nothing more than a gravel patch with no outstanding features from what I saw. Also got mixed bag up the river but no particular spot, just keep moving based on tide, wind, etc. New ramp is awesome - vast improvement over the old two ramps. Marty
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  15. What are you looking to chase - what type of fishing do you prefer? If you like mackerel fishing the Spotties should appear on the inshore reefs (Palmy and Mermaid) sometime this month and hang around for a few months at least. You can find the gps marks via google, but if the fish are on just look for the boats!