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  1. Yeah man, the pontoon is king in winter!, if your at the ramp early enough to fish the dawn, then play around a little, and back before lunch, it’s not too bad. the last time I fished the weekend with a mate, we bobbed around the pontoon for about 30mins waiting for an opening, then it took me another 50 to get about 100 metres in the car park, we were lucky though, as we were leaving there were blokes backed up to the old court house waiting in line to get their boats, it seemed every man and their dog, and the dogs extended family decided to head out that day, couldn’t blame them though, it was a perfect day
  2. Hi there Hweebe, I use the ramps at Raby Bay quite a bit, and can confirm that on good weather weekends, it does get very, very, busy. Ive found the fishing around Peel can be productive at times, particularly mid week, but on the weekends it can get a little difficult with the volume of traffic getting around, that being said, it’s still worth the effort, as there are plenty of places near the island to check out, good luck if you do choose to head out.
  3. Hi there Fisherman’s gear, and thank you, almost every time I go fishing I’ll throw an unweighted pilly out the back, let a decent amount of line go, and just leave it in the holder, depending on the current, it’will stay up top for a while, or sink slowly down,. Ive always just called it a floater, and can see there’s a few ways one might interpret that. With no effort at all it’s accounted for some pretty decent catches in the past, cheers
  4. Cheers man, I left from Cleveland point this morning, and just fished the bay
  5. I had been keen to get out amongst it for a while and the weather and tides looked good today, I had second thoughts at 4am this morning though, it began raining pretty heavy while I was having a coffee, I checked the rain radar and it was pretty scattered, so I rolled the dice, hooked up the boat and took off, other then the grey sky, the weather wasn’t too bad at all. first runs on the board came in they way of a 55cm school mackerel, he succumb to the old floating pilly technique. Around the turn of the tide I found myself hooked up to a nice Jew, he fell for a Z Man curl tail, and put up a spirited fight on a 20lb baitcasting outfit, he managed to collect my floating pilly line during the fight, which made for some interesting net work, followed by some not so interesting untangling. The Jew went around 84cm, not a horse, but still great fun. A couple of weeks ago on a Friday, I ventured out in my mates boat, we left Vicky Pt around 7:30am and worked around some of the southern bay islands with limited success, about 11am we decided to work the Banana Banks with plastics, and it payed off, paddle tails and curl tails did all the damage. The smallest lizard in the pic was a 45cm bar tail, we probably got another 4 or five that weren’t legal size though, and about 6 or so monster sized grinners, by the end of it neither of us were calling what fish it was, as the grinners broke our hearts too many times.The bay was like glass from the time we launched, right throughout the day, you don’t get much better then that. About a week before the lizard trip, I took my mate out around Amity, and could only scrounge up 1 schoolie off the old floating pilly trick, the grinners were thick as and quite brazen too, they were smashing 7” plastics like they were going out of fashion. The last 3 schoolies I’ve caught have all been 55cm, a bit of variety in size wouldn’t go astray, but I’m certainly not complaining.
  6. Hi ellicat, to my surprise there were a few boats out and about on both days, I rarely get to fish the bay during the week, but have been able to capitalise on this lately, It’ll be a different story once work kicks off again
  7. A few weeks back now, myself and a mate headed out into the bay in search of some Snapper, it was an early start that Monday morning and we were armed to the teeth with quality fillets of mullet, fresh squid, and fresh green king prawns that were probably too good to use for bait. We fished the sunrise and weren’t doing too bad really, we managed a few undersized squire, and a couple of grassy’s, then my mate got a squire that went 37cm, so he was pretty happy. I decided to change tactics and rigged up a curl tail, second flick in, upon retrieval, got hit by a little school mackerel, nice, the little guy only went 45cm, he was quickly sent packing, the 3rd flick in, as I was hopping the plastic back to the boat, it got inhaled!, my mate knew straight away it was a quality fish, and quickly got his line in and assumed net duty, It fought quite hard and had a couple of good runs, but eventually surfaced and was guided toward the net, we were stoked!, a quality bay Snapper I snapped the pic with my trademark foot in the photo, and he was quickly dispatched, and put in the esky, alongside his smaller mate, he ended up weighing in at 6.1kg. What a morning!, I managed another hookup on an equally sizeable fish, but somehow dropped him during the fight, I’m still not sure what happened there, I didn’t have the drag locked up, so ruled out pulling it, I think he must have only just been hooked, and during his signiture head shakes managed to get free, oh well, you do get that, it was still a great day. A week after that trip, the weather was good so decided on a little early morning solo run, I pulled up to a spot and rigged a floating pilly to send out the back, then began working the plastics, it wasn’t too long before I snared this little garbage truck who managed to find his way into my esky. He measured 55cm, and unfortunately for him, I do enjoy their taste. The action died down, and the bumps all but stopped, I reeled in the floater that had been out the back for a couple of hours to assess its condition, and it was unmarked, at that stage I decided to start a drift and sent the pilly back out, I continued working the plastic for quite sometime before I heard the floater screaming off at a rate of knots!, wooo hooo! mackerel time!, that’s what I thought at the start, but soon began second guessing my call whilst fighting this fish, you can only imagine my surprise when a very respectable Snapper came up alongside the boat. He was around 82cm, I didn’t realise it at the time, but the arm of my sunglasses was in the pic, I do apologise for that, so after the pic I returned him to the water, swam him a bit, and he was back on his way. I ended up doing 1 more unproductive drift and then decided to make my way home, that Snapper turned a good trip into a great trip!
  8. Hi there kmcrosby, and thank you, I’m pretty sure one of the guys that came over managed to hook and boat one, and I think that was it?, I was kept pretty busy though.
  9. Hi there Aus BNE, I don’t think you’d be able to paddle a yak there?, I know I certainly wouldn’t have the stamina to get home.
  10. Hi there ellicat, I rigged up a 3/4 ounce jig head, on a 7 O hook, they looked big in the packet, but tiny in the fishes mouths.
  11. Hi there Old scaley, I have the 54 inch shaft on the bow mount, and since it’s been on the boat, I have never looked back
  12. Well, due to all the chaos lately I’ve found myself with a fair bit of spare time on my hands, which can only mean one thing really... more fishing!. I set out from Cleveland point at around 5:15am the other day, and made a beeline straight for the promise land, halfway there I was starting to curse Seabreeze for giving a dodgy forecast, it wasn’t quite the 3kts predicted, but still quite manageable in my 4.2 tinny. Upon arriving at my destination I was beginning to have second thoughts, the minn kota was having trouble staying in the choppy water and the sun was just starting to creep up. I decided to persist and rigged up a 9” Z Man curl tail, I began flicking my offering around in hope of attracting the attention of a snapper, and low and behold, it didn’t take too long at all, the plastic got nailed after the 3rd cast, and I found myself connected to a substantial fish, a short battle later and I had him in the net. Feeling a little chuffed, and after a quick photo shoot, I sent him back on his way to fight another day, and then thought to myself, job done, now what?, keep fishing of course!. I changed sides in the tinny and began peppering casts off the portside bow, and once again my offering got devoured!, this was indeed something different, it had quite a lot weight and began pulling like a tractor!, hmmm, this is definitely not a snapper I thought, as I’m hanging over the gunwhales with the rod butt jammed in my gut, and after a few good runs I managed to gain the upper hand, it came to the surface and I couldn’t believe my luck, a decent Jew!, this was going to be fun trying to coax him into my little net, but I succeeded. I don’t know his exact size as my esky is only 820mm overall, needless to say he was hanging over both ends. After a questionable photo shoot with size 11 hoof in shot, he was happily returned to make someone else’s day, this was fast becoming a very memorable day on the water, the chop that had hampered the minn kota had all but sudued, and the conditions were as good as it gets. Well and truly on cloud 9 now, I kept flicking, and in less then 10 minutes was connected to another beauty! This fella was quite well behaved and didn’t mind laying on the esky to have his photo taken, he too was in good shape and went straight back in the drink, this was getting a bit ridiculous I thought, but I persevered and kept at it, only to be rewarded yet again this guy didn’t fare so well during the battle, so he ended up inside the esky. At this point, I needed a breather, I sat down and sucked on an ice coffee and just savoured the moment. After my spell I thought, I’d better keep going, and in no time at all, had another one in the boat!, by this stage it seems I had aroused the attention of a few nearby boats, I held up my quarry to show one of the approaching fisherman, and then speared him back in the water, only then to realise, I didn’t get a photo, bugger!, now now people, I’m familiar with the rules, if there’s no pic, it didn’t happen, but rest assured, the crayola have not made an appearance in this recollection. So the tally was a respectable 1 snapper, and 4 Jew all before 7:30am. It became apparent I was on fire, and couldn’t believe how the morning was unfolding, a quick trim up of the leader was required and I was straight back into flicking, and they just kept coming!, the school must have been huge!, and ripe for the picking. This fella was a little unruly, and didn’t want his photo taken on top of the esky, he much rathered the carpet as a back drop, after the shoot he too was sent back on his way. One of the boats that came over during all the commotion had a couple of old boys on it, and they asked me what bait I was using, I replied, no bait, just plastics, I hadn’t even gotten a chance to rig a floating pilly, as the action was just too hot, they were quite shocked as I proceeded to do battle with yet another monster. I held this one up to show the old boys who were fishing next to me, and in a friendly gesture, asked them if they wanted it, well bugger me, I’ve never seen someone pull an anchor up so quick in my life, and in no time flat they came alongside me with a landing net hanging over the edge to accept my gift. They were very grateful, and I was just as happy. I continued flicking and managed another hook up, only to have the leader snap down near the jig head, I then realised in my haste to keep going I neglected to check the state of the leader, and it cost me Jew number 7, mind you, I wasn’t really that phased, just a little disappointed about losing the plastic I’d already boated 7 fish with. As with all good things, it eventually comes to an end, and by 9:15am I made my way back to Cleveland point in some of the best conditions one could ask for, with a smile, and a feeling of accomplishment that will be hard to top for, for a very long time.
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