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Panther last won the day on July 20 2016

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    Freshwater and Impoundment Fishing
    Estuary and Coastal Fishing
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    Mangrove Jack
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  1. I recently got back from a forgettable boating venture to the southern part of Bribie island in the passage where we encountered head on 28-32 knot SE winds on the way back to the ramp. Also the wind and run-out tide were in opposing directions. Very choppy! Took the best part of an hour to get back and all on board got suitably soaked - I have a 4.3m stessco side console. Great to test the boat in those conditions but don’t need to do it again! Plenty of spray came overboard. Anyway, once home, I cleaned the boat as usual and tilted (electric) the motor down to run the freshwater through - all standard stuff. Also as per normal I keep the motor down till the following afternoon when I tilt it back up. But this time there was no power - no electrics working in the boat at all? I checked the battery and the view-hole looked black so tried charging it overnight. Still black and still no power to the boat so put it down to a dead battery... Bought a brand new battery and same electrical issue. Checked first fuse in line and looks fine. I figured the next component is the isolator switch with the standard exposed red plastic key on one side and the wiring hidden on the other. When I took out the red key I noticed a small drop of water on the end. I wiped it off, reinserted and got more moisture... Could moisture in the isolator be causing the issue? Is this somewhat common for tinnies after a rough day.... hoping someone has more knowledge on this as taking out the isolator looks fiddly. I want to avoid if possible! Thanks.
  2. I have a 65lb leccy on my 4.3. metre stessco so I can't say I notice anything negative steering-wise. I am sure there is some truth to what you heard but not an issue if you have adequate power. I have a mate who had a 40lb minn kota on a 5.2m and it struggled in anything but the smoothest water and wind. It was mounted to the side as well. Come to think of it I have not seen any mounted right in the centre? I have to add that I have only used my watersnake twice - went out on the weekend and there was no motion at all - looks like a warranty claim coming up -
  3. Do you mean the electric motors steering ability or the whole boat when driving with the additional weight of the motor mounted?
  4. I know growing up the older fisherman would commonly say a cold snap turns the bite off. I guess not fighting could be followed by not feeding at all?
  5. Managed only one last night land based in Redcliffe. Hope more arrive soon.
  6. Went for a land based session with a mate yesterday evening in Redcliffe. Had to take advantage of the weather, wind and tide. Would have taken the tinnie out but with a curfew placed on my mate we had to maximize fishing time. Within 10 minutes of arriving I had missed a run and then my mate reeled in a decent 40cm Tailor. We got our hopes up for a solid Tailor session. What actually followed was an on/off patchy bite of mainly flathead. The best two going mid fifties. Nice and plump fish but the laziest fighters I have ever come across! Bait was a mix of prawns and pilchards. Hope more Tailor arrive in the bay soon.
  7. Thanks for the notice. Sad news. I would frequent that store on my way to the pine or redcliffe. Then grab a coffee and sandwiches next door. Hope another tackle shop ends up there.
  8. Only been out twice unfortunately, with the first trip resulting in undersized fish only. Second trip described in the recent "pidgeon pair from the pine" post.
  9. Just pm'd you. Just realized I never posted a final pic.
  10. As usual its been a while between posts for me. I hadn't been out in the boat since last year! I managed to get my newly serviced tinny (with new thermostat ) out to the Pine River a few days back, on a solo trip, and managed to land some hard-fought dinner. I started the trip by motoring towards the mouth from the deep water bend boat ramp, sounding at a few not-secret-at-all spots but not getting many returns on the Lowrance display. I fluked the tide at the shallow section between the green-red-green markers just south of Dolyes Rocks, which is getting less passable every trip I make to the Pine!? A mate of mine is a Hydrographic Surveyor for the QLD gov, which incidentally doesn't service the Pine, and his thoughts are the Port of Brisbane is saving $$$ by reducing frequency or not dredging some channels anymore. Long story short, after an hour or so I finished fishing the far-lower reaches with a donut, on both bait and lure. Bad start but not unusual in my experience in this river. The trend almost continued when I headed upstream to the Bruce HWY bridge and wrecks just west of it. I managed a couple of small bream on prawns. So I ventured further upstream as the tide was nearing high, anchoring on a bend and immediately landed plenty of small bream and flathead on prawns. Only when I through a lure did I manage a keeper - on first cast... 10 minutes later, a few more tiddlers on bait followed by... ...and 'NO' it's not the same fish photographed later! Stuck around for 30 mins until high tide, then decided to leave with just enough flatty tails for the family for dinner that night. Hard work but worth the trip.
  11. Great to meet you Wayne. Thanks for the top deal. I'll be sure to put it to good use.
  12. Hi can I pick up after work tomorrow? Understand you may find a buyer in between that time. How do I PM?