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      1. So I have about $25/$30 worth of bloodworms left over from last night's whiting session. If anyone could use them and pick them up before tomorrow arvo, consider them yours. Just let me know. Failing the giveaway, I'm going to try salting them to try them next time. Would this work ? Would the whiting still eat them ? @Daryl McPhee, have you tried this ? I was thinking to salt them I would just dry them on a towel and then cover them in salt, give them a shake about, then store them in the fridge. I have no clue what I'm doing and just made that up, does it seem a legit method ?
      2. Hit up the Nerang with @Old Scaley for a night session. We watched the footy on the tablet while we put together a good feed of whiting. Most were around the 30cm mark, so well worth filleting. We split them 11 each. Early on Steve lead 7/nil and I was questioning my luck but things evened out as the night went on. He was going old school and using some old Alvey setups with mono which were doing the trick nicely. Good session mate. Looking forward to a few repeat trips over the coming months.
      3. Hi all Here's the report for my last two sessions. None of them were particularly successful, but I still caught an OK fish Normally I would be out this morning, but the tides were completely out and I'd stayed up late watching a movie yesterday night. Luckily I'm going yakking THIS arvo, but not a serious fishing trip. My dad and my mate want me to try out the sit in kayak, so while my dad will be in the yak with my sister I'll be in the sit in. I'll make sure my dad has at least one rod, probably just rigged with a lure The first session took place at the Botanic Gardens on the river. I brought my telescopic rod along, in hope of some bream or cod. I have caught one bream there before, fishing hard up against structure with unweighted bread. I got left the alone with my brother for about 40 minutes as my mum needed to go and grab my car, as we were mainly doing some shopping in the city. (Parking ticket otherwise). I fished unweighted bread for about 20 minutes - I just let it naturally drift down in the current on both sides of the mangrove tree I was fished. The structure certainly looks fishy, and I'm sure there'd have to be some OK fish hanging around in it. Then again... I suppose it's in the middle of a very crowded place. Alright I look a bit creepy in that second photo Since bread wasn't working, I tried walking the rock wall with a hard vibe lure the Sam Steele gave to me. I knew I was going in the right spot, as I could feel my lure getting snagged/bumping along on the rocks. I certainly would've found it tempting if it fluttered over my head, that's for sure! I walked about 100M down the first time, then back, then 100M down the other way, so in total I would've done about 500M-700M of walking. Sigh! (I did it numerous times in case you're wondering how 100 + 100 = 500 ) Here are the stats of that short city sesh - Tide: High, 1:50PM, 2.1M, Low, 8:16PM, .5M Moon Phase: New Moon, so a bit of run Bait used: Bread Lure used: Ecogear small hard bream vibes Tackle Used: Shimano Telescopic Rod and reel combo, 10lb mainline, 20lb leader, small bait holder hooks Weather: Cloudy and windy Time fished: About 1:40PM-2:20PM Overall Success Rate: 30% - a newer spot fished Now, the second sesh took place yesterday arvo at the local park like usual. I rocked up at around 2:30PM, and just as I got there my mate arrived. Since it was a very high tide (still rising) I didn't bother throwing the cast net first up but instead got the left over prawns I had and baited up. A group of ladies had come down, who were quizzing me on everything I knew in the area (like what was the big building across from us, where this path went, blah, blah, ), but then the rod went off! I picked it up, and the fish had some go in it. While the fight wasn't very long, I still got some OK fun out of it, as it was darting around all over the shop. I saw a flash of silver, and low and behold up comes a solid bream. My mate held the rod while I bent over and netted it, which was quite easy seeing as though the tide was so high! I pulled him/her up, got a quick measure after some struggle de-hooking, and put the fish back. It was 30cm on the dot, but wasn't a very chunky fish (probably because it just spawned). Brag Mat Shot - BMS (no I did not break my scale) Nice piccy - almost worth chucking on the wall After that bream, I was a bit more eager to re-bait and got the line straight back out. I should mention I was trying for early season bullies today, so one of the lines I had out was rigged with two dead poddy mullet in hope that I could manage something. The salmon line was rigged with a dead herring, and the line that was normally out where the shark line was got dropped right into structure with two herring in hope for a cod. I gave the cast net a couple more throws (I was using the ten footer today), but to no avail. It is very annoying when I can't collect livies here, so what I may need to start doing is going to somewhere with my pushy where I can get livies, then coming back here to fish. That might have to wait 'till I fashion a (drumroll)... PUSHY FISHING CART! (OK that's a bad name Lol). The bite had gone really quiet, and for the next hour or so I literally got nothing - not even a single nibble (this was around tide change). I gave the net one throw just before the tide change though and got a small live prawn which was good size bream bait, so I put it back down. In about 2 minutes, that line went screaming off. I ran over, tightening the drag, but unfortunately the fish didn't get hooked. It went back for second, which was a rather big hit, but I didn't manage to hook up on this one either. Bugger! Once it was tide change, I was out of good fresh/live prawns, so I went to herring with this line too. It seems the pickers only move in when the tide is changing, so maybe fishing with a bit of run is better in the structure. I find it frustrating to be holding the rod, and not even be able to hook up to them because there mouths are to small for the hook (yes, I've even tried tiny whiting hooks for no result - my guess is either miniscule bream or tadpole toadies!). I got one glassy in the net around this time as well, which is better than no glassies... I placed it on the salmon line with low expectations, and fortunately for him he swum off at the end of the session fine. Bloody Pickers! In about another 45 minutes, my dad came down. He gave the net a quick throw, and by now it was about 5:15PM. Since the tide turned just about nothing had happened, except for the fact that another glassy was given to the salmon line. My dad and sister we getting killed by the midgies (and if I'm honest so was I), so we all decided to head off. I was somewhat happy with the session, with that decent bream. I mean, it's sure better than nothing! Here are the stats of the trip - Stats of Trip - Tide: 8:50AM, .3M, Low, 3:30PM, 2.1M, High, 10:10PM, .6M, Low Moon Phase: New Moon Weather: Little clouds, little wind Time fished: 2:30PM - 5:15PM Tackle Used: 12lb, 14lb, 30lb braid mainlines, 20lb, 30lb fluorocarbon leaders, 80lb mono trace, size 2 and 6 ball/bean sinkers, size 4/o circle and suicide hooks, large barrel swivel, 6"6' Abu Garcia Venotat (I think) rod, 8" Ugly Stik, 2M Rogue Firepoint Boat rod, and a lower quality Jarvis Walker type rod which I can never remember the name of, with size 2500 Shimano Nascis and Diawa Shinobis, Size 650 Penn reel, Size 5000 Jarvis Walker Sovereign reel Bait used: Live prawn, a couple live glassies, dead prawns, mullet, and herring Bait caught: Prawn (x1), Glassy (x2) Overall Success Rate: 50% - at least I got the breambo! Alright, that's the reports done. I hope you enjoyed, even though they aren't the most exciting ones in the world! Hopefully next time/sometime this school hols I can manage a salmon, that's for sure. Thanks for reading! Cheers Hamish P.S. Sorry for any spelling/grammatical/punctuational errors I'd eat that if I was a bully!
      4. If the weather forecast holds for this coming Wednesday, I am going to spend the day sounding around Moreton Bay in varying depths from Mud Island down to Coochiemudlo Island and all the islands in between as well as some other general areas. If anyone has any tips for me I'd love to hear them. It's a big area, I know. Would you recommend narrowing the search area ?
      5. Did some crab’n in the Logan In my new tinny this week. Soaked my neighbours 4 pots overnight near the prawn farms for 5 unders and a jenny. Used the Skinners park ramp which is pretty good but can get a bit muddy at low tide. Really happy with the boat and did all the off/on the trailer myself so I’m prepared for solo missions. Officially named the boat Yewgary with a naming ceremony but that is a story for another time and forum! we came across a funny looking stick that was swimming across the current so had a closer look and it turned out to be a very large brown coloured snake, possibly an eastern brown they are meant to swim a bit and had its head in the strike pose looking where it was going it was incredible! some pics of the beasts and a lucky/unlucky Jenny.
      6. Got to the gate and went to put the casting rods in the boat but some dill forgot to put them in.Couldnt be bothered going all the way home, so I had to troll some spinnerbaits around with my trolling rods.Well it done the job OK as I managed 25 bass and 2 yellas on spinnerbaits and finished up with 7 more bass while trying for some more yellas.Might have to leave the casting rods home more often.
      7. Found an old pic I thought Id lost for good. One of my Spaniards from Hervey bay on 15lb braid , can't wait for the longtails to pop up again.
      8. Hi everyone, I have inquired about a boat behind a family member's house. It has been sitting there for a few years and hasn't really been used. It's a Quintrex 520 Dory. The boat is a Quintrex so it's solid and has a thicker hull than most boats that size. I am happy with the boat and the trailer has been fully rebuilt with an electric winch. The motor is an old Mariner (75hp) but does run. The only problem is that the boat has a small leak. I am getting a family member (who is a boilermaker, has worked on boats and is highly skilled in welding) to look at the boat and see the condition of the hull. Providing the leak is the only problem in the boat, could it be patched up and still be a good boat to use? I like the size of it and will switch it from a side to a centre console (it's currently a side console). I have done some research and patches don't affect the boat much supposedly. If it's a crack at a weld, I assume the crack can be welded over? Thanks.
      9. When is the best time to try for prawns down at the Pinkenba boat ramp?
      10. Went to southern arm of NPD yesterday ( AKA Hinze Western arm) Few photos tell the story.
      11. These just arrived and bloody excited to use them ! Handmade by Andy @ sucoast skutes
      12. We had another good trip landbased to the Nerang River. Yabbies and Cribb Island worms produced a good mixed bag of grunter bream, whiting to 38 cm, tarwhine and bream. All of the parks in the Nerang River and the Broadwater foreshore produce fish if you put in the effort and keep things simple.
      13. Luke and I decided to fish the edges in amongst the weed.It was to be a short walk, which turned into about 10 k around trip.Managed to have a good nights sleep, well good for me slept through from 9 till 3 this morning. It kills me but I just love fishing the edges in dam or creek. Anyway the fishing was great, we would bunny hop each other along the bank fishing the gaps in the weed, Most fish would strike just as the spinnerbait reached the front of the weed, then it was on to get the fish threw the weed, best idea was to try and skim the fish over the top of the weed. We lost afew fish but still managed to land well over 60 bass and the one yella. That cheeky Luke said ah well I suppose I'll see you in a month when you recover to do it again.
      14. Hi all Well, I've been slack in posting my reports of late so I'm going to do a four in one right now. To save you from reading three boring reports, if you want to read about last night's yak trip, fast forward to the last report. Otherwise, you can just read about my OTHER unsuccessful salmon trips. It's including a lot of different species, such as scat, bream, mullet, catfish, blah, blah, blah! The first session was on the 13th of September. It was another early morning session, targeting the iconic Brisbane River threadfin salmon. We got there a bit before six, mainly to catch livies. Now, it was the wrong tide, about half way up and rising. Normally at this spot you'll be able to get truckloads of baits, especially prawns, on a dead low, but on a high you'll get bugger all except stick-fish. That was happening with us today, so it was lucky we had some frozen prawns (from prior sessions) with us today. I baited up the lines, but we still needed a livie for the salmon line. We really couldn't get one, which was bloody annoying, but after a short time my Dad did hook up to a little catty. It put up an OK fight, and soon enough we landed it and got rid of it - With the temperature fast warming, I can expect to see more of these... I can also expect some bull sharks! After that catty, we still weren't getting any bait. By about 7:00AM, my dad went back home and left me on my own. The tide was still wrong, but at least now it had changed to the run out making it easier to fish. I also baited up the salmon line with a chunk of the Aussie Farm Prawn, as I wanted at least a slim chance of enticing one. I gave my mates a text to see if I could get some company, but I thought that was unlikely as I'm the only one who can be bothered to get out of bed on my holidays! After many picker attacks, and re-positioning of rods, my friend Sam came down. He didn't bring the good-luck with him though, so we mainly just sat around, bait checking the rods, and giving the cast net the odd throw to check if there was any bait about yet. At around 9:00AM (yes, the session was that bad that I've pretty much skipped two hours ), we saw something pretty remarkable. First, we heard what sounded like someone falling in the water... We turned around and saw what looked to be a bully trying to eat a catfish which was feeding off algae on the pylons. I didn't get a good enough look at the 'big' fish, but judging from size, fin shape, etc (or what little of it I saw), I'd call it for one of them. After that, the same catfish (about a forty centimetre fish) kept swimming around on the surface for about five minutes. I got some of it on video, which is pretty cool I reckon... The video is like 4 minutes long though, which makes it a pain to post as it is SO large. Swimming fish! The funny thing was, straight after I'd went to call my dad and tell him about it, a catfish/mullet of similar size floated by, half rotted, but with what looked like a BIG bite mark out of it. Maybe the warming temperatures are causing river sharks to become more active? One really weird thing that happened today as well, that I can't possibly think an explanation up for. Whenever I reeled in my line, the fishing line would come back covered in mud. I had to pinch the line to stop it from going all over the reel. It was like there was a sediment suspended mid water making this happen. Anyone got an idea? We didn't get a rod ready in time for the catty, and shortly after, due to the lack of bites, we left the park. It was a pretty dud session overall, and I did donut, but I guess you'll always get those. Here are the stats of this report - Statistics of Trip - Tide: Low, .6M, 1:30AM, High, 7:10AM, 1.5M, Low, 1:09PM, .4M Moon Phase: Waning Crescent Phase, so not much run Weather: Slightly cloudy and breezey Fish caught: Catfish x 1 Bait used: Prawn Bait caught: Bugger all Tackle Used: Same as always - 12, 14, 30 pound braid mainlines, 20-30lb leaders, 80lb mono trace, size 4/o suicide/circle hooks, large barrel swivel, size 2500 Shimano Nasci and Diawa Shinobi, 6"6 Venomat? rod, 8" Ugly Stik, Size 2M Rogue Firepoint boat rod, shocker and blood knots. Overall Success Rate: 30% - at least we saw something out of the usual... Alright, here is the next report. This one took place on Saturday, and it was another arvo session. I'd actually gotten a new cast net for the yak and I planned to use that one to give it a test out. Once again, there really wasn't much bait around today, so I stuck to using Aussie Farm Prawns. I had my lines in by about half past two, and I was also giving the net a test. It throws decently, but I'll need to give it a soaking in sugar-soap and water overnight so it goes nice and sift and not springy. When the net is springy, you'll often pancake it before it hits the water then it'll go smaller. It didn't take long before I got the first hit. I completely missed it though, so I re casted and kept cast netting. Not long after, I see the rod buckled over. I pull up the net as fast as I can, and begin to fight the fish. It had some OK weight about it, and while it didn't take any good runs still had some go in it! When I saw it, I realised it was a bream, to my surprise. Normally I pull these ones (especially up at that size) from structure, rarely from the middle of the river! The solo net job is still something I need to get better at, especially off the jetty. It took my a few minutes to walk him down and get him in the net, but after that I think it all went smoothly. I took him up to the brag mat (thinking the Suburbs of Origin comp leading bream was still @ellicat's at 31.5cm, not @Daryl McPhee's at 33.5cm... I think anyways), tipped some water on the mat (so he stayed calm), got the hook out with my hands, then took a pic and put him back . He swum off fine, so that just shows that hopefully there'll be an OK population of bigger bream in the river. I'd love to get a trophy bream out of the Brisbane River. My three fingers for SOO and, I think I'm mastering the one handed breambo selfie! After that bream, which got some hope into me, I rebaited, and kept throwing the net. There was still no bait around and to much tide to throw the net, so I had a sit down with the rods. For the next hour and a bit, nothing happened at all, except the fact my mate came down. I briefly summarized the day so far, which wasn't much, and we kept fishing. The salmon line was still baited with some dead prawn, but luckily my dad came down. He did one pancake of the ten footer, and got 7 poddy mullet! I chucked one out (well two actually as one went flying off the hook), and left the livie out. This fella lasted for ages. I gave him about three bait checks and he was still as lively as anything. The rod which had caught my bream also had a live prawn on the end. I think my dad (see, I don't fully remember) got a juvenile bream in the net at one point, which was safely released as well. I think it is great to see that bream are thriving around and in the river. I guess it can be expected as they have just bred though. Small Bream After that one, my dad headed off. It was around five now, and I was still doing some cast netting. In one of my throws, I felt a good tug. I was hoping for a mullet, but the second I saw the bugger I knew what it was. A dirty old scat. You will not get me to change my mind ever. These are one of the most annoying bloody things to get into your net. The barely come out, spiky everywhere... That's a recipe for disaster. I got mine out after about 5 minutes, and after a quick picture put him back into the water. The funny thing was he got sucked straight back down by a whirlpool made by the current. Funny to watch, that is 30cm of Yuk!' After that scat, it was nearly half past five. The salmon line was untouched, and apart from some small hits the other line was too. I was disappointed that I couldn't get a salmon, but at least this session was no donut. Here are the stats of this report - Statistics of report - Tide: 12:11PM, High, 2.15M, 6:30PM, Low, .1M Moon Phase: New Moon, so quite a bit of run! Fish caught: Scat x 1, Bream x 2 Bait caught: Poddy Mullet and prawn Bait used: Dead and live prawn, live poddy mullet Tackle Used: 12, 14, 30 pound braid mainlines, 20-30lb leaders, 80lb mono trace, size 4/o suicide/circle hooks, large barrel swivel, size 2500 Shimano Nasci and Diawa Shinobi, 6"6 Venomat? rod, 8" Ugly Stik, Size 2M Rogue Firepoint boat rod, shocker and blood knots. Weather: Cloudy, light sprinkles of rain Overall Success Rate: 40% - a good bream Okey-dokey, now to the last session that took place at the local park. This one was in the early morning, mainly because one of my friends wanted to come down. We got to the park a little before six, and he got there a little before seven. My dad and I started cast netting first up... He got a couple good bait prawns in the first cast, but I got nothing. On my dad's second cast though, up came two bream. Both tiny ones, but still an OK start to the morning. The certainly gave a good tug in the net, and they were safely released. Two bream, just about legal (or maybe a tad over) That was a good start, and as well as them my dad and I had manged about 5 poddy mullet soon after. Yippee. That was our cod and salmon bait sorted for the day. Not long before my friend got there, my dad manged to get a solid 33cm mullet which will most likely become crab pot bait. It gave him another good pull too. He was getting all the good ones and what was I stuck with? Glassies!.. My Dad's 33cm Mullet The mullet and bream were a good way to start the day, but it was still not what we can there for - a thready! My dad found out about the scats too, as he got a bigger one as well (I still had to remove it). I hope they don't start becoming common here, but then again if they did they'd become crab bait! Scat number 2 After he was put back, the netting went quiet. The lines hadn't even been touched this whole time, so I was starting to think this might be a donut session for me. It kept this way for another hour or so, until the tide changed. The same thing with the mud on the reels happened (like I said in the above post), and it was most annoying. Seeing as though it only happened on the rising in tide, I'm thinking there may be a lot of dirt stirred up on the tide change causing this to happen? The bite still stayed quiet, and for the rest of the morning I couldn't manage a fish. I tried my best, by re-positioning rods, but it still didn't work. I kept bait checking the lines, and eventually I was onto the cooked prawns I had. These certainly didn't help the bite rate, and it seems the fish completely stay away from them. I've read that they make a great bait in lots of old threads but I haven't been able to prove that true at all. Both the live mullet were still going strong, but I didn't end up getting a fish on either of them. At about 10:00AM, I left the park and called the session. At least I've got some more crab bait now. A couple more and it'll be POB crabbing time! Here are the stats of the trip - Statistics of Trip - Tide: High, 12:25AM, 2.3M, Low, 7:00AM, .1M, High, 1:00PM, 2.2M Moon Phase: New Moon so a bit of run! Weather: Cloudy, cool-ish Fish caught: 2 x Bream, 1 x Scat, 1 x Mullet Bait caught: Poddy Mullet (and a couple prawns) Bait used: Live and dead prawns, poddy mullet Tackle used: 12, 14, 30 pound braid mainlines, 20-30lb leaders, 80lb mono trace, size 4/o suicide/circle hooks, large barrel swivel, size 2500 Shimano Nasci and Diawa Shinobi, 6"6 Venomat? rod, 8" Ugly Stik, Size 2M Rogue Firepoint boat rod, shocker and blood knots. Overall Success Rate: 30% - crab bait! OK, so here is the spot you want to be if you are only reading the yakking trip, but otherwise, good job in keeping up! This was a night time session at Dutton Park around Green Bridge, which while is heavily fished, still seems to hold fish (or it did the last time I was there). We got there at around 6:30PM to catch livies and set off. After getting numerous herring, poddy mullet, and a couple prawns (as well as glassies and scat), we launched in the kayak. Collecting bait was quite fun, with me getting the odd school of (small) herring, and my dad getting the same. I got most of the good mullet though. Another fella fishing there gave us some bigger herring as he must've heard me say, "These buggers are bloody small!", and gave me a hand. He was trying for early season sharks, which I don't think he was too successful on. We got out, and decided to drift the last of the rise up towards a red marker buoy. I deployed a good live mullet, and my dad chucked on a small winter whiting which I'd caught. I sent the baits down though, and we hoped the first drift could bring some big fish! Deploying a livie (mullet) down to the depth below It was very deep, and since we didn't have time to put on the sounder before we left we simply estimated it to be between 20-25M. My bait was on the bottom first, and it was clearly going crazy. It was bending the rod, and felt like a bloomin' fish! Surely if this went over a salmon's head it would be smashed! We drifted about 150M from the middle of the river to the red buoy, and did the same thing again. It was very serene out on the river being the only thing there, and the only way to make it better (or we thought) would be for a fish. Before the second drift, we checked our livies. Mine was still kicking stronger (than usual, Lol), but it had gotten into the worst tangle I'd ever seen. We almost drifted back to the jetty it took that long to un-tangle it. I guess problems like that are just problems you'll always encounter when live baiting. We started the second drift though, and proceeded along bottom bashing. When we finished that drift, we made the call to fish some of the pylons and hopefully entice something hanging around structure. We sat around and in the eddies made by the pylons, to no avail whatsoever. My dad was disappointed alright, as he though the pylons would be the spot to catch 'em on. We hit the pylon on the UQ size first, then did another drift through the middle of the river. It was nearing 8:00PM now, but I was still going strong (like my livie). Oops. You can see my dad's very ugly feet in this one! We finished that drift, and even though it seemed like there wasn't any ground below us (just mud), I still thought this area would hold fish. I guess I was wrong, that's for sure. It was getting a bit later, and we thought the Dutton Park side pylon would hold something. We fished all around the pylon for about 15 minutes, and apart from getting snagged, it was deadly quiet. For the final half an hour or so before my dad succumbed to the 'not-having-a-chair-to-support-my-back' issue, we fished about 50 metres away from the jetty. It must've been right on tide change here, as we were barely moving at all. Then, we got back to the jetty by 9:00PM - a different group of people had moved in since the last time we were there, but luckily there was space for one of my rods. I kept it out until about 9:30PM, and then reluctantly wound it back in and departed Dutton Park... Boy, was it disappointing to not catch a salmon on the last night of Suburbs of Origin.. Oh well! Here are the stats of the trip. Statistics of Trip - Tide: 6:45PM, .2M, Low, 12:30AM, 2.1M, high Moon Phase: New Moon, lots of run Fish caught: - Sigh Bait caught: Herring, Mullet, Prawns, Winter Whiting, Glassies, Scat Bait used: Herring, Mullet, Winter Whiting Tackle used: 12, 14, 30 pound braid mainlines, 20-30lb leaders, 80lb mono trace, 30lb fluorocarbon trace, size 4/o suicide/circle hooks, large barrel swivel, size 2500 Shimano Nasci and Diawa Shinobi, 6"6 Venomat? rod, 8" Ugly Stik, Size 2M Rogue Firepoint boat rod, shocker and blood knots. Weather: Windy, cloudy, cool Time fished: Approx. 7:00PM - 9:30PM Location: Dutton Park/Green Bridge Overall Success Rate: 20% - Pretty Dud! Alright, thanks for reading everyone. I hope you all enjoyed this report marathon, that's for sure. Sorry for not getting that thready, Southside! Maybe if I kept my lines in for a minute more I would've . Stay safe Sorry for any spelling errors/errors in this report as well. @GregOug, I'm sure you'll find something wrong with the punctuation . Cheers Hamish
      15. When @tugger and I were offshore a couple of weeks ago, we were talking about hitting the Logan River to hunt down some elbow slapping whiting. Yesterday the tides and Mark’s shifts lined up so we decided to have a crack. I have only fished the Logan once before, and Mark hadn’t been there for years but did have some recent marks from his son. Mark organised some bloodworms and I provided the tinny and a yabbie pump. We met up at the private boat ramp at Carbrook. It is a really nice facility and the guy running it is very helpful. He gave us a few clues about where we might find a few whiting, then off we went. As we were loading Mark’s gear into the boat he was telling me how he was was going to brain the whiting with his Black Queen and his Black Knight. What’s this? You have to beat the fish in the Logan at chess to take home a feed? Of, course, he was just referring to his secret weapons, the vintage whiting rods that have served him and many others for decades. They are soft slow taper rods about 8ft long matched with small spinning reels with light nylon line, a long trace and a longshank hook. We fished the last of the outgoing tide with not a lot of action. When the yabbie banks became exposed we easily pumped enough to keep us going through the afternoon. The action would not be described as frenetic, but we did assemble a feed. We kept a feed of 5 whiting in the 30 to 33cm range and 4 bream about the same size. There were lots of smaller bream and a few smaller whiting, but we were hunting the elbow slappers. So we may not have completely achieved our goal, but we did work out a few spots and techniques to try next time. Overall it was a great day and I will definitely be trying that area again soon. Thanks for the company, Mark. We will do it again soon. Here is my usual dead fish photo for your viewing pleasure:
      16. Bit slow at NPD yesterday morning with 31 bass and 5 yellas on live shrimp.Yellas were a good plate size averaging around 3lb in weight. All yellas went into the esky. Fad 2 was the best spot providing 18 bass and 3 yellas. Ramp is a bit tricky but is due to be fixed on friday so the gate will be locked so no fishing on friday. 16 boats on the water today aprox 1k wlk up the hill to last trailer, Glad I was first car at the gate. On the way back to the ramp found 23 of my pots one was on the edge with no float and the other 2 of my shrimp traps had migrated about 1k upstream. Only good thing was that they had fresh bait in them so i got a few shrimp for next trip. Dear Permit HolderYou will be aware that the declining water level at Lake Samsonvale is creating difficulties with launching & retrieving vessels at the boat ramp. Last year, we created a new launch area to the left of the roadway and this has been effective in making it easier to launch & retrieve. We now intend to extend this "ramp" and hope to carry out this work on Friday 25th September.In the interest of safety, we have decided to close access to the permit area for the day. The gate lock will be changed so you will not be able to enter through the Adsetts Rd gate. If you were planning to fish that day, please make other arrangements.We apologise for this inconvenience but the work is necessary if we want continued access to the lake. You will be advised if there are any changes to this arrangement.RegardsNoel Frost - President
      17. Hi legends! Need some advice on tinnie size and hp to fish around green and mud etc. I wouldn’t go in anything over 10knots. i was thinking 3.7 25horse. Something like this? interested in your thoughts leo
      18. Chopper protecting the live fibre stand from a family member with sticky fingers he has also barred him from the boat.
      19. Hey guys, Some of you may have seen on my first post the other day I shared a pic of a shark I caught about 2 months ago off the shorncliffe pier. one local on the pier thinks it is a gummy shark, however google search doesn’t seem to agree. can anyone help me identifying this shark with certainty? just curious as I never knew for sure. he looked like a baby, was about 75cm to the tip of his tail (didn’t actually measure him just threw him back quickly) where I’m from originally in south Australia I remember lots of people used to target gummies for their dinner plate. Makes great flake apparently! my partner was very freaked out as she’d never seen a shark before, and due to the size, thought it was the right thing to let him go anyway. (However I do hear that if you Are going to keep a shark it’s better to keep them on the smaller side. I read the legal limit for most sharks is below 1.2m? Is this true?) cheers Sort of looks like it belongs to the carpet shark family to me- which type I’m not sure tho. Could be completely wrong tho as my knowledge is not good on sharks.
      20. yesterday afternoon took my 7\"penn powerstick and a little shimanoo 2000 spinning reel and chucked a couple of dead prawns , unweighted, on a size one long shank for an hour or so. was rewarded with three bream, two below 10cm that reaffirmed my faith in my ability to hook fish and a bigger 30cm model. caught on 10lb fireline with 12lb mono leader. these are the first fish i've caught there and i'm happy to say that i'm starting to learn when to fish it and also how.
      21. Took the neighbor up to Baroon yesterday, it was a great day, but got a bit warm towards lunchtime. We started off a push off from the ramp and was into a school of small bass.We had some fun trolling through them back and forth. Then moved on to find some bigger bass and find them we did,getting fish from each spot we tried. Managed one 50cm but quite a few not far off it. Trolling, casting and shrimpin. It was also a gloomy start as can be seen in pic one. Dino
      22. Well, no big fellas tonight but thought i might share some interesting pics to help out those just starting out. Headed to a southern bay island late this arvo Pic 1 Find tbe bait ( notice the flat bottom with no reef) ( also notice the vertical lines on the sounder - thats a bait jig, with full string hookups) Pic 2 This is what was actually showing on the sounder - herring - millions of them. Pic 3 The result was a couple of small snapper with the best about 62cm, was hoping for a stonker but not this time. There were definately pelagics present too, our 20 pound leaders were being snipped through like cotton, upgraded some leaders to 40 pound but no takes (typical).... Anyway, just thought i would share, take the time to find the fresh bait and you shall be rewarded.
      23. Hey everyone! long time reader, first time poster here I’m still learning the ropes with land based and surf fishing. For the past year I’ve been fishing off Shorncliffe pier, up to Margate beach and Woody Point just about every weekend. Ive had some great fun, catching an array of species- Mostly Bream, and flathead. More special, or unusual catches off Margate being - 2 large octopus (about 1.5-2kgs), a small shovelnose shark (40cm), and a Gummy (?) shark (70cm) off the Shorncliffe pier. caught all of these off a cheap 6ft combo from BCF, But have recently added a large surf combo to my load out in hopes to chase something bigger/different. recently had a crack up at Woorim beach off bribie, beautiful beach but the swell and wind was a bit too chaotic that night. Managed to land a 70cm flathead which was awesome (not the flathead pictured below, we let her go) but nothing after that. I was wondering if you guys have any tips about surf fishing in the North Brisbane, what baits to use, and what (bigger) species I can target off the beach? nothing wrong with whiting, flathead and bream, but hoping to chase something new and a heavier hitter. sorry for the long first post but if you read this far, much appreciated!!!
      24. Hi all, with the relaxation in restrictions opening Moreton back up to visitors, the Mrs, offspring and I loaded up the BT and hopped on the micat last Sunday. New experience for all of us - camping with a 5 month old... what could possibly go wrong.... managed to to get all set up and as ready as possible before the rains came - we had about 35mm in an hour but thankfully I’d poured a big bourbon prior to the rain so it wasn’t too bad. monday was looking like my best chance of a kayak so I was up early and down the beach looking for a spot to launch. Swell was up, sweep was huge and tide was dropping - not a good combo. After about an hour and several aborted attempts I called it a nasty name and headed back to camp. Went down the beach an hour later with bubs, swell was down and wind had dropped out. Managed to get out, fishing was annoyingly quiet thanks to a group of spearos. managed one cracker grassy at 41cm. Made it safely back to the beach. had a bit of a flick off the beach that arvo for one long Tom and a bream. found out pretty quickly fishing opportunities were going to be quite limited as it had to work around bubs nap times and not leave mum to do it all on her own... maybe will invite the outlaws next time! I had a quick spin off the rocks Tuesday morning, nothing of note landed. Had a flick on dusk on Tuesday arvo for 5 bream and a decent tailor. wednesday the wind was more SSE but still about 15-20kn. The Mrs wanted some fillets for the freezer so I was back out on the kayak for a full 3-hr session! wind made it challenging but I managed 2 nice size snapper @ 42 and 44, a 35 grassy and a 64cm school Mack. Heaps of undersized and other bits and pieces kept me amused. I released a 38cm bream in there as well. Time for the better of me so I had to head back to the launch spot but decided to troll a slug for the fun of it. In 6m of water, near no structure at all I got a hit and then a screaming run - surely not a mackerel here! Had a good argument and a very solid schoolie at 71cm was boated. Fluke!! Shared some Mack fillets with a family who were a bit short on food - they were extremely appreciative. no fishing Thursday day time, snuck down to the beach on dusk to the same gutter from Tuesday hoping for a couple of tailor to take home. Unfortunately lost a cracker at the shore, teeth and 12lb leader not the right combo. Did land 8 legal bream, best going 34cm. Donated 2 to some guys who were relying on fish for dinner but didn’t have the right gear/technique, rest released. thankfully a dry pack up on Friday and a nice easy trip back to Brisbane. learnt a lot about #dadlife. Bubs loved the trip - hopefully a sign of many more camping trips in the future. No photos of fish unfortunately save the one filleting shot - note the assistant. cheers for reading. benno <‘><
      25. Started off cool and bleak for the first few hours.Shrimp were ok with the most productive pots located in 18 inches of water right on the waters edge.The pots that we had left in 4 feet of water were very poor.Worked several areas to produce 40 bass with the entrance to bass bay the better spot. Cheers Ray