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      1. I see that the Fitzroy River and its lower delta gets a few Barra in it from time to time. Having never caught a Barra i thought I'd start giving it a serious go. But questing is when? I know they go quiet in the cooler months and they get more active & aggressive in the summer, but as most of summer is in the closed season, I was thinking of having a serious try for one starting next month (Sept) and going through to the start of the closed season (Nov), then recommencing when it opens again in 2020 of course. Just wondering if September/Oct is still to cold or just wait till next year?
      2. Took Troy out tyesterday morning at NPD to show him around some of the spots but unfortunately the fish were a bit hard to find. We ended up with 34 bass and one yella but at least Troy took home a feed of a couple of bass and a yella and a good feed of redclaw, The bright side is that we have started to consistently pull fish from fad number 1. Now to discipline myself to check out the others.Cheers Ray
      3. For those on the northside of Brisbane, join me Sunday morning with Tahlia Lovell on 99.7 Bridge FM between 9 and 12 where I will be Talkin’ Tailor – the biology and ecology of tailor and how to catch them in Moreton Bay and in the surf. I will have a few tips from my 30 years of fishing for them including how to consistently catch them in the Bay, what to look for in surf gutters and how surf gutters form. If you are elsewhere I think you can also listen to it through this link: http://997fm.com.au/TuneinPopup.html?
      4. Regulars on here will remember a @kjohnson posting on here that he would be visiting Brissie from Canada and was looking for some information about fishing in this area. I am always keen to meet new people from other countries and learn a bit about how things are done there and to show a little hospitality to visitors because I have had that opportunity given to me in the past. Anyway, we had a loose arrangement to catch up while he was in town. Unfortunately the timing wasn’t great as the weather was a bit blowy and rain was forecast (but didn’t happen), so we arranged to meet for a land based session at Colmslie. It was a really pleasant couple of hours where Kevin outfished me by landing one small tailor while I landed zero. Long story short, Kevin gave me a brand new ice fishing rod that he had brought with him from Ontario. I was totally blown away, and a little embarrassed since I had brought a Shimano cap as a gift for him but got totally trumped. I love this little rod. It is about 60cm long and really nicely made. I knew immediately that I had to catch a fish on it rather than just putting on display. I am without a tow vehicle at the moment while my usual tow car in at the panel beaters following an unusual incident involving 2 vehicles without drivers or passengers and neither are autonomous. Go figure. Fortunately this site has many generous people and both @benno573 and @ellicat offered to provide a tow vehicle in exchange for a day on the water. @benno573 was the first available so we planned a Sunday trip to Cabbage Tree Point area to chase whiting and flathead. We had and early start so we could pump yabbies on the low at daybreak then fished a few of Ben’s many spots down that way. The fish weren’t chewing their heads off but we managed a decent feed of whiting and bream. We (Benno) did land about 4 flathead during the day but all were undersize. Sorry no pics except for the highlight of the day - my first fish on an ice fishing rod. It was so much fun that I will definitely be doing this again. The little rod easily managed a 35 cm whiting and despite Benno’s best attempts to put me onto a ray just to test it out, that did not happen. Top day out as usual @benno573. And thanks @kjohnson
      5. Went through a bit of agony going fishing this morning, but was ecstatic with the results. Luke and I decided to have a bait fish to start off with and then do some exploring, fishing the edges with spinnerbaits. I put up with the pain in my new knee until after midday then had to surrender. We managed 51 bass and 7 yellas, best day for awhile. Dino
      6. Pretty good day by myself with 40 odd bass and 3 yellas. Good to see fad no1 still producing fish with 3 yellas and 4 bass. Did not have a chance to have a cuppa or breakfast till 10am as I was too busy pulling in fish Not many redclaw as being by myself I could only pull 4 pots. Had a bit of a problem with the redclaw as mates were either out or were not able to come and pick them up. Ty ended up driving over from Inala at 7pm to collect them Cheers Ray
      7. Best $110 you will ever spend http://prfma.com.au/info/boating-access-scheme/ Anyone want a trip to check the place out drop me a pm I normally go on wednasdays and sundays .Cheers Ray
      8. decky spot also avail tomorrow sunday 18th no smoking no bananas 5.45 am end of adsetts 0403072325 rd whiteside cheers ray
      9. Luke and I headed north up to lake macdonald for the morning yesterday.We hadnt been up this way for ages and enjoyed the change of scenery. Water was a bit murky but the fish were hungry and didnt mind at all.Managed nearly 40 bass, 2 yellas and an eel. Dino
      10. I have been promising to take Uncle Drop Bear out for a fish for many years now. He is a legend former Banana farmer from Mulumbimbi. He has a tinny down there and dreams of fishing the Brunny but never really gets around to it. He is up for the show today and we are going out to take advantage of the magic weather conditions expected for tomorrow. I'd love to take him offshore but I don't think he has had much experience in the deep and he is getting long in the tooth so, to make it a nicer day, a whiting trip is planned. With all the talk about cuttlefish I am keen to try for a few of these around Green on the way out. Perhaps try a drift or 2 for a snapper with a whole cuttlefish head then run over to the Sandhills to try for some whiting and some more squid. Uncle Drop Bear is only comfortable with Alveys (bless his cotton socks). That should mean I will only need 20 rods for the day. One whiting rod each, one squid rod each and one snapper rod each as well as 1 rod with a slug if we see some Tuna. I might chuck in a shark rod as well to try the sink hole as we will over that way. This trip has really been more than 30 years in the making. I hope I can get him onto a few fish. Wish us luck!
      11. Hey all, new member here. Heading out offshore tomorrow morning, was thinking of hitting the wider ground. Any suggestions as to what is working and firing at the moment. Thanks in advance.
      12. Went to NPD this morning in less than ideal conditions but Mark and Gerard are sailing to the Philippians on wednesday so this would have been the last chance to fish together for a while. The newly installed fads are starting to produce a few fish. We boated 8 bass including a 48cm bass from the fads opposite the fig tree. Here is a vidio that Tai made. Cheers Ray
      13. anyone heading out off shore saturday with the westerly should be ok on the other side of the island
      14. Well well well this is nice. A long time mate of mine that I haven't see for about 20 years is coming back to Aust. He has bought time share in a sailing boat that is kept at Airlie Beach. He has invited me and another mate to spend 6 nights on the boat with them. They are both keen fishers but the trip is more about getting some hours up sailing his boat for his licence. I don't really know much about this or why he needs hours up. Anyway it is a lure only trip (though I will take some hooks if we get some fusiliers or something for bait). One mate only fishes with flies. He is pretty good at it too. We don't really know the way around up there but expect it to be pretty fishy especially when we are a few hours away from Hamilton. Wish me luck. Hopefully I will get loads of fish and loads of photos. We are not taking enough food and will be relying on cooking fish on the BBQ... One Spanish and we eat like kings,,, nothing and we starve haha.
      15. Hi All, Quick report, Headed out the other night to try for a another snapper & to see if I could get one a bit closer to that magical double digit mark, Left the Ramp at 5.30 and on anchor just after 6pm, Had the whole place to ourselves Started to deploy the burley and 20minutes later the first fish hit the deck nice snapper around 83cm - Things where looking good, Kept plugging away and releasing another 6 fish in the high 70cm bracket. , we re-anchored after the tide changed and started the burley and putting baits back out and the decky's rod goes of very slowly, Sets the hook and just about get pulled out the back with serious fish running hard for the ledge. My 1st thought was a shark but the tell tale sign of a nice snapper started in the rod tip. Decky sorted it out pretty quick and I slid the net under another good fish. This was somewhere in the 94cm back, and went 8.2kg on the lie detector, Thing didn't fit in the 80L esky. Race home on a glassed out bay around 10pm... Hope you all took advantage of the good weather over the weekend. Cheers Josh <><
      16. I randomly chose a Rig out of my stock to test how strong of knots we do and how durable our hooks are. I test 1 rig every 10 I do and average between 74lb and 76lb before breaking strain. I use Berkeley big game IGFA leader which is designed to break just before 80lb for tournaments so anything about 90% breaking strain is pretty good. I figure I can show the fish people catch on my rigs. Show the reviews from people that use them. But in my opinion showing exactly how good my rigs are under stress is the best way to show what I do. I like to know what I am fishing with and what I can get out of rigs when I am fishing and I figure so do most other fishos. If you like what you see please comment below. You can find my gear here https://bettertackle.com/ . I am slowly adding to the site with info on fishing, tips and just being open and honest about what I do and how I do it. Being a small little operation and an innovator the bigger guys tend to slowly adopt what I am doing. Bad for me but good for the industry I guess. Thanks guys and sorry for the long time no post. Been very busy with work and life. added a bit of fish porn from customer that sent in recent catches Flasher Rigs 80lb.mp4
      17. I was lucky to get a call from @tugger on Friday to see if I was interested in an offshore trip on Sunday. I couldn’t say yes fast enough. The weather prediction was good so I knew we would have a great day. We were at the ramp around 5am, meeting up with @straddiebrad and Kurt, and set off over the Bay in the dark with Mark giving me some good oil on navigating the Bay in the dark. We crossed a very timid bar at first light with Brad and Kurt right behind us. We headed to Mark’s live bait spot and gathered enough livies for the day while the other boys headed north. Then it was off to the rock. We fished a mix of livies and dead baits, with fish falling mostly to the dead ones. They weren’t chewing their heads off but we had a steady stream of snapper coming over the side. Mark is a great skipper and fisherman and I learnt a few things yesterday that will improve my fishing in the future. Around turn of the tide Mark suggested we drop a floater out for a Spanish. He has a unique way of rigging the dead bait for mackerel and it certainly works. The bait was in the water for less than a minute and the reel started screaming. Mark selflessly handed me the Rod and said “Do you want to have some fun?” It was fun fight and we soon had a fat 125cm toothy critter on the deck. A new PB mack for me, but I can’t take all the credit. We headed home early afternoon and were back at Mark’s place to do the clean up by 3pm. Great day out, Mark. Thanks mate. As usual for me, there are only a couple of poor photos, but Mark might have some.
      18. Hi guys, I am a complete starter in fishing. I live in Brisbane so mostly freshwater and some saltwater landside options are available like Redcliffe, Shorncliffe and other piers land fishing. I am just figuring out what to start from in terms of gears. Budgetwise do you think I should go and by some second-hand fishing sets and combos or just by some basic staff? Is there any universal bait which can be used in many locations like this - Zman Grubz Soft Plastic Lure 2.5in? Or I should go for live bait like shrimps or calamari? The main question - what I should start with to go into fishing? What would you say about this fishing sets? - https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1376921455792531/ - https://www.bcf.com.au/p/shimano-sienna-hd-spinning-combo/M562771.html?cgid=catalogue-sale - https://www.bcf.com.au/p/savage-mpp2-spinning-combo/M543398.html Sorry for stupid questions, no mentor nearby. Thank you Andy P.S. Can I join somebody for landside fishing for some volunteer mentorship?
      19. Was a bit dispirited last night after prospective deckies pulled the pin late yesterday and was still ringing around at 9pm and unable to get replacements. I decided to go by myself and I was on the way to the dam and got a call from Mark who said are you still going and response was my furcoat. Was a beaut day with glass out most of the morning and fish coming on board in dribs and drabs and ending up with 22 bass and 2 yellas when we knocked off at 11am. Mark caught most of the fish but I was still happy as I did not donut. Cheers Ray
      20. I'm looking for ways to learn or suss out new areas. Not that new actually. See I've been living in Yeppoon for a bit over 24 months and despite my best efforts, I haven't been able to catch anything here as yet. Ive been to the tackle stores seeking advice, that hasn't helped a great deal, only emptied my wallet on several occasions. I've looked at charters but time off and finances hasn't really allowed. Next step is maybe a fishing club, but had a few bad experiences with fishing clubs back in the old days. Any other ideas?
      21. Saw this on FB. Thought I'd share for @Dinodadog and @rayke1938. No pic on the brag mat though. BCF - Boating, Camping, Fishing 4 hrs · Now that’s a Bass! Check out this 60cm monster Somerset Dam Bass caught by @laneferling_ Instagram photo: @laneferling_ @scfaustralia 410410 227 comments14 shares
      22. Hope to find some livies tomorrow offshore I wonder if the new artificial reef has life yet just off adder rock.
      23. Hi all, The first instalment of the much anticipated 2 boat challenge occurred on Saturday. Rules were that you must remain within sledging distance at all times and a move of spots must be a consensus. Many different scoring options were touted and dutifully ignored on the day, the quality/quantity of the esky to be the determining factor. @Drop Bear and @Old Scaley were the skippers and providers of the 2 x boats, @ellicat and I were the lucky deckies. Straws were drawn at the ramp and team Quampie was Robbie and I, Bwian and Steve climbed aboard Steve’s nameless tinny and we aimed towards Mud Island, avoiding the exclusion zones around USS Wasp but appreciating all the cool toys on the deck – F-35’s, MV-22 Tilt rotor and a CH-53 Super Stallion chopper. Funnily enough, the Japanese ship moored just up the river had no exclusion zone and no police guard – it did have a couple of chinooks on deck though so that was pretty cool to see. After a failry smooth run across to Mud, we anchored up on the first spot and things were very quiet indeed, with just a few undersized snapper being boated. A move of about 300m netted immediate results with Steve first on the board that counts with a nice pan-size snapper of 38cm. Things continued to be quiet so we up anchors and moved to a totally different area. The new area was unfortunately similarly quiet, I got myself onto the scoreboard with a tusky just over legal, but it just wasn’t really happening. So we moved back to a similar area to where we had started as the sun started to head a bit lower. Things started positively after the move with some more reasonable sized pinkies coming aboard but things then quietened off again. Then after about an hour of tiny pinkies and trumpeter, a more substantial pull was felt on my line and a lovely 55cm flathead boated not long after. Steve was not to be outdone and shortly after landed a nice gold spot cod at 45cm. 2-2 at this point, sledging at an all time high. Team quampie then secretly pulled out the 80-grit sandpaper and a new supplement program supplied by Swimming Australia and kicked it into overdrive with a pan-size snapper and a cod of our own finding their way into the esky. Unfortunately as the tide slowed near the high, the bite dropped right off. During pack up Rob’s livie out the back went off in a big way with a decent bend in the heavier rod. We were hopeful of a finish on a high, however, the fishing gods had other ideas. One of the biggest green sea toads I’ve ever seen was landed and subsequently returned from whence it came with utter disgust and distain from all aboard. Slight sniggering could be heard from the other boat, what’s that saying they use at the footy… look at the scoreboard… All in all a very fun day out on the water, not a huge catch but good banter and copious amounts of BS with the occasional fish distracting everyone. Others will add photos – I neglected to take any! Further installments of the two boat challenge will hopefully be posted in coming weeks / months. Current scoreboard sits at Quampie 1 - Nameless - 0 Cheers, benno <’><
      24. First time I have caught one of these for 16 years at NPD. Photo attached.
      25. Once again the water out at NPD was gin clear,consequently the fish were hard to find.By 9am Luke and I had only one fish each casting and trolling.I said we had better give these shrimp a swim,nec thingI look at the watch and its 11am and we finally were over 20.Hope the water gets a bit dirty soon and things pic up, might have to look at another venue. Dino