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  1. Hi ellicat That is great, I am going to use that as an excuse for my Dad to take me fishing Cheers Hamish
  2. Hey ellicat That is good, I guess the excuse must be catching a feed, always and anywhere (on a boat anyways) Cheers Hamish
  3. Hi christophagus Yup, I am very happy. In fact, I have never had anything else take an eel bait alone. Cheers Hamish
  4. Hi all Yesterday night I decided to go for a trip to the local park, so I did. I was supposed to be back by 8:30AM but I ended up going 1 hour overtime. It was pretty quiet on all scenes but I still got some fish. I arrived at approximately 6:30AM, and casted my lines out baited with prawn. After the flat salmon - some bait I caught when I was in Yeppoon - was thored, the shark line was thrown out to. It didn't take long for the first bite either, because in about 10 minutes of waiting I had a run. It was short though, and to my disappointment the fish (most likely a catfish) had dropped the bait. I rebaited that line but the next time, in about 5 more minutes, the rod next to the pylons went off. I didn't have a chance to pick it up before it bricked me in the artificial wire rock wall retainer, so I picked it up, felt its vigorous head shakes but couldn't pull it up. I walked over to where it had taken me, and started pulling. Hoping it was another cod, I pulled it up. To my surprise, it was a nice eel, of 45cm. There wasn't a second thought in my head, and straightway this fish was shark bait. The legal limit is 30 cm for Longfin, Pacific Shortfin and Southern Shortfin so in to the esky it went. I didn't want to chop it up on the jetty though in fear of it slipping back into the water, and the fact it was still alive. The fight was pretty lousy as in my experience eels normally go pretty hard, but hopefully the next time I go sharking it will produce. Here it is - I only got a picture of Sharkbait (I named it, how original) at home After that was initially dealt with, I had a throw of the cast net. Hoping for some prawns, my first couple of throws produced a couple. I baited up a line with a good sized banana prawn and chucked it out. In five minutes time the live prawn rod went off so it was frantic. One eel flopping around in the bucket and me trying to reel in a fish. It was fighting quite well, and I thought it might've been a large catfish, or even a bream. Though, after 30 seconds or so, maybe one minute, I saw the fish. It was a small catfish, and I was shocked at how it had fought. Head shakes and tiny runs. Pretty good for a catfish though. Here it is - Catfish do fight well! Taken on a live prawn After the catfish, I threw the net some more. A couple small prawns was all I caught initially, but after I had one more throw I saw some silver. I had made one good cast which gave me some prawns and three big frogmouth pilchards. These are my favourite bait in the river, especially if they're alive, so I emptied the cast net bucket and took them over. One problem - the eel was currently occupying it! I put the eel in the esky after some failed attempts at it, and then filled the bucket up. A couple ones were dead, but one was going good. The aerator was fired up and off they went. After chucking them in though, I noticed one was orangey, not blue like the usual. I might need and ID on this if it is not a frogmouth, because while I am 99% sure it is, I just wanted to check. I got some ID photos and threw it back, kicking and alive at the end. Sorry the photos are bad. Is it still a frogmouth? By now, it was about eight. I had supposed to be home by 8:30AM, and with a few more casts of the net I decided to take a break from it. I had already checked the shark line once, so this time I saw the tip bent over. I was excited, hoping I was on. When I started to pull it up, all I could feel was a dead weight. This surprised me and I thought maybe whatever it was had bricked itself. I guess I'll never know, because after about 30 seconds, it dropped the bait. I reeled it up to see only a hook... oh well, time for a new bait. The next half of the flat salmon was chucked on, and wished good luck LOL. Back up at the pier (there is a pier going down to a jetty, I put the shark line on the jetty and the other lines on the pier) my lines were getting pickered. I missed quite a few fish, and in the period of about 45 minutes I lost a bit of tackle too (snags). I had another throw of the cast net as well, and just caught a tiny herring which I threw back (to tiny for bait). I started to switch up my rigs a bit as well, and I put on a whole frog mouth pilchard (smaller one) and half hitched the tail, like you rig normal pilchard with single hooks. This got me nothing except a snag so I switched back to prawn. I decided to change the bait on the shark line as well, as I had recasted it a few times. I put on the largest frogmouth pilchard, in hope of a nice bully - It was nice and cool the whole time, and in the shade was nice. In about another half hour from when that bait change had happened, I got a couple more missed hookups. They were all small though, and nothing would've been very big. They were either taking short bursts of line (I have the drag loose) or just picking away. My dad then called and told me I had to head home, and I was an hour late LOL. When I got home, I still had one important job. To deal with the eel. I sharpened the bait knife quickly and began to chop. After about 20 minutes and a lot of blood on the bait board (not to mention slime) the eel was done. What I found most disturbing is even after i chopped the head off the body still moved . The final product is now in my freezer, and waiting to be consumed by a shark. Here it is - The eel on the chopping board on in chops. That is all that really happened, here are the stats of the trip: Tide: 3:50AM high, 2:00M, 10:10Am low, 0.8M - I was fishing the run out Time fished: 6:30AM-9:30AM Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent, first phase after new moon Fish caught: Eel x 1, catfish x 1 Bait caught: Prawn, frog-mouth pilchard, herring Bait used: Flat salmon, prawn, frog-mouth pilchard Tackle: 4/o Suicide hooks, 6/o circle hooks, 20 inch wire trace, size 5 ball sinker, 30lb mainline and leader, 20lb leader, small swivels, size 2 ball sinker/bean sinker, 1000 size Sieena, 2500 size Nasci (Shimano), 650 Penn, 8ft Ugly stik, 6"6' Ugly stik, Rogue Firepoint, 14lb mainlines. Overall success rate: 50% - not the target species but still a nice morning out Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed the report. Sorry if it's a bit boring. I hope everyone is safe with COVID-19. Cheers Hamish
  5. Hi ellicat Yes, hopefully they have a better taste than they are said to have Cheers Hamish
  6. Hi all That is a relief, I think I'll have to start eating catfish from the river. Cheers Hamish
  7. Hi all It's a bloody pity we can't boat or kayak anymore. I think my session tomorrow will be my last (land based and in isolation). Here are some more memes though Cheers Hamish
  8. Hi GregOug That is what is known has a bad habit, hopefully you can break the drought and start getting some good ones with the new boat Well, all I can say there is it's a pity! It was bound to happen eventually I s'pose. Cheers Hamish
  9. Hey aussie123 Yes, they certainly sound like it. I wish my family was a prawn eating one (we don't normally unless with relatives) so I could support a commercial fishing business due to COVID-19. Cheers Hamish
  10. Hi aussie123 They sound like they are in premium condition and they have good prices Hope someone buys them. Cheers Hamish

    Nrl 2020

    Hi Gad So am I! Stay safe as well Cheers Hamish
  12. Hi all Today I decided I would go for an afternoon session at my local park on the Brisbane River. It was a nice afternoon, I did get soaked in the rain LOL, but I still caught some fish. I rocked up at about 2:45PM with my fishing trolley. This has proven to be a very good investment ($50 from Kmart) and has served me excellently so far. It has great stability and the rod holder I've fashioned on to it have done me well. Here it is - That was from last time all loaded up as well. As well as this, three other people were fishing off the pontoon (not the pier) which is rare. I barely ever have company, but I finally figured out they had organised to meet up. They were flicking soft plastics so I assume it is one of their first time's fishing at that location (rarely are soft plastics used). Now, to the fishing. It was pretty good especially the prawning. After I got down and got the lines in, I had my first bite in about 10 minutes. I dropped one but soon after I managed to set the hook well into a catfish. It put up a pretty dud fight as I skull dragged it in. Though, saying that, it was not big at all by any means. I had the shark line in as well, and another rod. After that catfish, I got a couple touches but no more hookups. I was throwing the net a bit and I got one or two prawns. In this time, my mate dropped by so we had a chat for a bit. It wasn't to hot as there was a nice breeze keeping us cool. I didn't get sunburnt at all either because I had my balaclava, sunnies and cap on . Though, in about 30-40 minutes of him being there, the sky started to darken. Soon, it was raining down on us. He moved some of the gear under a tree which gave temporary shelter until wet. He left about 25% through the storm, so I was getting soaked and so were the reels. I had no raincoat as I left in a hurry but I wasn't to cold when it passed. In the time of the storm the tide was still receding... and the prawns were going off. I must've had a good dozen in the bucket for live bait before I began to feed the fish. I was hurting a bit from throwing the ten footer around, but every cast was worth it as I always got a prawn in the top. If it wasn't in the top, it was in the bottom pocket as well. After the storm passed, the prawns stopped going crazy but I still was getting good captures. I also had a few more hits. Most of these were due to me throwing the net and then the fish dropping the bait, but on one occasion I pulled the hook/ struck to hard. I was slowly pulling and then I timed it badly. Oh well, there is always next time for the fish. I kept getting more hits as well, until I eventually got the fish on. It was a bit of a better fight, and I pulled up a tiny catfish. Here it is - After that one, I kept getting some more prawns. These have became freezer baits so hopefully I can get out this week. Though, apparently we are in Stage 3 Lockdown so we can't leave the house unless necessary (I have argued with my parents and told them it is necessary to have a weekly fish ). Soon after, and a few more hits, I got a call from my Dad that said, 'Come home now, it's dinner and getting dark'. Bad timing I said, so we made a compromise that I could have 5 more throws of the castnet. I got a little take and a good take in this time, and I am wondering if it was just a cattie or something else. The shark line was reeled in untouched - I think the best time at this park is early morning. Then again, it might just be because we are cooling down... I wheeled my cart back home so we could unload bait and prawns, clean cart, etc. I did this and here are the prawns I caught today which have been salted and frozen - Not really big, but great bait! Here are the stats of the trip, for anyone's reference. Tide: High 1:44PM, Low 7:24PM so i was fishing the run out Moon Phase: Waxing crescent - first phase after New Moon Rainfall: 3.6mm in last week and fortnight but maybe a bit more as of this afternoon. Tackle Used: 1000 size Sienna, 2500 Nasci, 650 Penn, Shimano reels, 20lb leader, 30lb leader, 80lb wire trace, size 5 sinker, size 2 ball sinker, 4/o suicide hook, 6/o circle hook, Ugly Stik rods, 6'6" and 8'. Rogue Firepoint 6'6" Bait caught: Prawns: Roughly 15 but 8 frozen Bait used: Prawns, mullet Fish caught: Catfish x 2 Overall success rate: 80% - A great day on the water with some fish and prawns Thanks for reading the report, I hope you enjoyed it even though it wasn't the most exciting Best of luck and safeness with COVID-19, I hope no one is affected and everyone stays healthy. Cheers Hamish
  13. Hi Junky That is a good habit, probably very helpful Cheers Hamish
  14. Hi guys Here is another couple of mine: Cheers Hamish
  15. Hi rayke1938 Thanks for the tip, I will add it to my opera house traps a bit later today. Cheers Hamish
  16. Hi all I decided to go out again this afternoon/evening. I hope it won't be my last as well. 8 prawns and a frog mouth pilchard - I'm pretty happy with that They were all caught in the cast net as well as a smallish catfish and a few tiny prawns (10 footer). THough, I might have to back off on the casting a bit as my arms/back hurts after a while (just when I'm pulling it up). Cheers Hamish
  17. Hi ellicat Here it is (I might find some more favourites LOL) Cheers Hamish
  18. Hi Ed. Thanks for the knowledgeable write up on the food chain, it's good to know those dying undersize fish will be going to a good use. Cheers Hamish
  19. Hi Ed. Alright, thanks for the advice. It's funny you talk about food chains as well as it was what I was learning about in school. I guess as long as it is eaten or put to use it will be OK apposed to being kept illegally. Cheers Hamish
  20. Hey tugger Alright, sounds good. I hope the heads bring the goods (reefies) at 1770. Cheers Hamish
  21. Hi christiaan.nell All good, I hope you get into some. Cheers Hamish
  22. Hey GregOug Well, I hope someone making these laws is a fisho, because then they would realise it's necessary! Though, it is a pity and yes, it probably won't be far behind. Hi Luc53 Yes, so do I. Hopefully the pandemic dies down soon. Cheers Hamish
  23. Hi GregOug Alright, never have and never will Cheers Hamish
  24. Hey kmcrosby78 That footage is awesome, but the spot tail and black bass are some of the fish I can only dream of catching (and landing for that matter, I'm to weak! ). Cheers Hamish
  25. Hi kmcrosby78 Alright, will do. I s'pose it is just one of those things that nothing can really be done about. Thanks for the tip. You probably can't wait 'till the holidays either, hopefully the week goes past quickly. Cheers Hamish