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      1. The bloke I sit next to at work is a mad keen spearo from the Gold Coast and just bought an old Haines V16 4.8m a few months ago. He set himself the goal to catch a marlin out of it and had 3 successful trips before Xmas, even landing a nice black solo. So hearing the bait was still thick and reports of marlin being caught we decided to go see if we could get one. Conditions were a bit ordinary on the way out following the left overs of a storm cell, but we got out and it settled down nicely. We were soon joined by 20 or so other boats (some similar size to ours but no Timmy the Turtle skiffs today) with different ideas about etiquette and found the bait right on the spot. Top to bottom slimies in 80m. We jigged some baits and put them in our unplumbed live bait tanks (2 buckets and an old esky) and started our drifts on 8 and 10kg gear. The current was raging and even though the bait school was huge we drifted through it very quickly. Putting back up to the spot we saw a fish going crazy in front of a 50 footer and wondered who had hooked it. No boat around the fish had the tell tale signs of panic involved with a hook up so it must have been a free jumper. Good signs! After almost being swamped by a courteous neighbour (think he was still learning how to drive his 8m beast) we moved and set our drift. Shortly after my mate had a run, eased the drag up and set the hook on a fish before the line went slack. He must’ve had a nick in his mainline as he only got back about 10m of it. 1-1-0. Spewing! Boats around us started hooking up and our hopes were high for another shot. To increase our chances we found a patch to our selves and dropped our livies down. The skipper had another run and eased the drag up slowly as a nice fish jumped towards the boat. I put my drag up to clear my line out of his way but there was more pressure than just the sinker. I hadn’t felt the bite (very out of touch!) but I also had a fish on and it started moving north steadily. A double hookup on nice blacks! 3-3-? Chaos! His fish was heading to NZ and mine to PNG so he offered to break his off to give me the best chance of landing one of the two. By this time I had lost half a spool of 8kg and he had managed to get his moving towards the boat. Mine started jumping a good 500m from the boat in an awesome aerial display and spat the hook. Ok so now we could focus on landing his fish. I took the wheel and we went about getting some of his line back and had the fish on the surface within 10m of the boat after another 5mins. It was far bigger than we both thought (50kg?) I had only seen small blacks of about 20-25kg up close and this looked easily twice the size. He tried to coax the fish towards the boat but it didn’t like it and jumped away before going deep in protest. This was how the battle went for the next hour or so with attempts to plane the fish up, change direction on him and annoying him with the sound of engine getting him near the boat but not allowing us to reach the leader. About an hour and a half in my mate felt the line was scuffed badly (he had removed about 50m after the first break). We worked out that the tip roller on his rod wasn’t spinning and the line was chafing on the sides of the roller. No good! After 2 hours and 5 or so sightings near the boat he handed the rod over to me. We couldn’t up the drag due to the chafed line so I tried to short stroke it back to the boat with my fresh arms. Any line I gained he took back (stubborn fish!) before he turned as I pumped and the pressure on the line was too much. 3-3-0. Spewing! I was pretty disappointed to lose his fish after so long but we had to try something to end the stalemate and the chafed line wasnt helping. The northerly had come up so it was time to head in. We were both pretty excited to have had our chances but hopefully next time we can land one.
      2. its been hard going to get livies on the grounds just east of spb anyone been out know where there hidding been there 3 times with only getting a few.
      3. Hi Guys Got 20-30 kg squid fresh I'd like to pass on. Not frozen import. Local stuff. SM Arrows Canx order. Boss says must go by midday 07/03/19 as fresh caught. Brisbane pick up. I'll check in again at 11pm then 2-3am off to freezers after that. PM for details
      4. Hi, I collect some beach blood worm for my next day fishing, upon wake up all worm are dead. How to keep blood worm alive for next fishing session? Please help, thank you.
      5. Hey team, I'm hiring a boat from Bribie this weekend for the day and we are going to be using a few frozen lumps of burley for a change. does anyone regularly use burley? do you find it improves your catch rate? any recipes or tips you feel like sharing? currently our batch contains mullet, pillies, bread, tuna oil, sand and chicken pellets to bulk it up. We are hoping to stir some interest from tuna, mackerel and possibly even some sharks Cheers, Chris
      6. Just wondering if anybody knows any good lb places in scarborough to redcliffe to get some bait preferably pike and mullet but ill be happy with any bait and is there a better time to get some(high or low tide)
      7. Hi Fisho’s New to the forum, in fact first post! Question, has anyone worked out how to catch mullet on a hook? Just to state the obvious, not a square hook and yes I can cast a net. Looking to catch those bigger kg+ mullet that jump all around my boat and seem to escape the net as it is sinking. What bait or methods are used to master this dark art. Appreciate any wisdom that may be out there Regs
      8. As the title states I am looking into starting this new type of fishing for me, I would consider myself a fairly experienced estuary and flats fisherman on exclusively lures but this is completely new to me. BCF has a combo that perked my interest and if anyone has had any experience with this rod or reel or even brand I would love to hear their thoughts. Also feel free to let me know anything I should know about this method of fishing. The combo I have mentioned is visible at this link: https://www.bcf.com.au/rogue-blue-point-spin-combo-12ft/518950.html?cgid=BCF031525 Thanks for your time.
      9. G'day all, Im going down to St.georges basin in 12 days and am unsure of some good spots to fish as i have not fished there before. Im fishing landbased and boat and will be using lures (soft and hard) and bait any input will be valuable, Cheers
      10. Hi Everyone, We are conducting a survey on Australian live-bait preferences to help us create more sustainable and environmentally friendly live-bait. As a thankyou for your participation, we will reward you with a FREE pack of 300 live maggots/spikes on completion of the survey. You can complete the survey here -> http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4096218/Bait-Preferences Thanks! Caitlin
      11. I've tried to check if I am allowed to use opera house traps in the Brisbane River and now I am confused. The only mention of opera-house style traps I've found on the fisheries department's website is on this page from May 2016 about fresh water traps. It reads as follows (with the relevant part bolded and highlighted in red): The page with salt/tidal water rules and regulations does not mention traps at all. So I am very confused. Does that mean that opera-house style traps are only allowed in fresh water impoundments listed and is not allowed in tidal waters at all? Or does it meant that I am allowed to use opera-house style traps in tidal waters without restriction but if I do want to use it in freshwater there are some restrictions? I am new to angling and am constantly wondering if any of my activities are allowed or will get me in trouble. Is there a rule book I can order somewhere that outlines everything I might need to know at a high level? I understand if ALL the rules with their details were printed in a book it would be thicker than the bible but it should not be too hard to publish a 20 page pamphlet that outlines the basics with directions on where to learn the specifics.
      12. Hi all, is anyone willing to introduce me to Moreton Bay fishing spots? Ive just bought my first boat and would like some advice to get going, fishing and crabbing around the bay. Im based in Wynnum and have bought a cruise craft now rider.
      13. Hi from The Netherlands! I will be traveling from Sydney to Cairns in July and August this year. We are planning to go by van along the coast to the north. I am known with most angling techniques, freshwater mainly and some saltwater from the beach. I was hoping you guys could help me in the right direction on angling at the east-coast. I was thinking about the gear, bait, locations and of course the possible permits I might need. Some extra tips or hints are also very welcome of course! Thanks in advance! Dutch-angler
      14. Hey guys me and a mate of mine were thinking of fishing off the Mooloolaba Spit wall. Have fished there a few times but caught nothing more than whiting and eagle Ray's. We were thinking of targeting sharks or some mackerel but am wondering what your ideas or tips for fishing the area would be as we would like to have a better idea before heading out. What bait, rig, technique, spot or time to go would be amazing. We would be able to move around a little bit of fishing at the trawler jetty is more productive. Any help would be amazing. P.s I'm new to the forums so if I have done anything wrong just let me know. Cheers, Kyle
      15. Hi all, Has anyone tried that Dynabait, the dehydrated stuff. Was going to get some squid/sandworms for whiting/bream in the shallows. Would like any info from anyone who's had a go at it. Gary
      16. Hi, I was talking to Sam from PNG trip and he told me he targets Bull Sharks in and around Vic Point and it got me thinking. Many of my friends from Melbourn catch and eat sharks and say they love them to eat. They are a large fish to catch, seem to be plentiful and if they eat well whats not to like? I was wondering; Why don't we eat more sharks? Where is the best place to catch them (we don't get many at Green Island)? What is the best bait? What works well as a rig and what line class? What sharks taste the best? I have had some gummy sharks that we got at Amity. One was delicious but the next one was really strongly metallic flavoured? Also are little ones better to eat? Male v Female? I will have a look at the restrictions on size and species before I go but am really keen to do this. Thanks Robbie
      17. The debate over weather braid is better than mono has been around as long as I can Remember and I think it all comes down to personal preference although they both have there pros and cons mono as the added shock absorption which in some cases can be really helpful and some argue braid is stronger. Me personally I'm a braid man but I also have a lot of issues with it although I prefer it over mono. I like how braid has no stretch wich makes hook sets better and it is easier to pull fish out of structure and it is lighter than mono giving it better casting distance and it floats wich I favour when using topwater. But one major thing I do not like about braid and this might just be me but I don't know. But it's the way especially on my baitcasters when I'm not paying attention from time to time and I get a really bad birds nest And it is frustrating and almost impossible to unknot and seems like it defies physics. I'd love to ear others opinions on the topic and see if I'm the only one
      18. Been getting a ton of big nasty cats instead of reef fish
      19. Hi there, i moved upto Qld 2 years ago and I find that onshore fishing is quite lacking of catching dinner! I have tried Jacobs creek, Redland bay and port of Brisbane but no luck. I use blue bait & squid and was wondering if anyone can help a girl out as it's becoming a lost love of mine as it's not as fun as it used to be. I'm located south of Brisbane but am happy to travel up north or down the coast of needed be. thanks!
      20. Hi guys, has anybody fished the gold coast seaway / the spit and if so, what fish am I to find there? What is an all round good setup to use? Thanks, Danny
      21. Hi guys, Pete and I have been experimenting with some different berley combos recently. I thought I would give a description of what we have found working, and ask for other peoples berley recipes or secrets. Have found that chook pellets or BCF berley pellets soaked overnight in tuna oil has seen some decent results. Tried several times 2 hours prior to high tide and 2 after at Fishermans Island point. Brings on the garfish in 1000's and after a while you see the numbers of juvenile snapper ramp up. Eventually some larger snapper and bream come around for a sniff of what's going on. Pike, a ray or two, small moses perch at this time of year, a wobbegong and a few shovelnose, keep you entertained for a while. We generally only take a couple of bream or snapper for the dinner table (generally around 40cm but only a few over the day). A couple of unidentified reef fish and believe it or not, a mud crab that hooked it's pincer on a size 5 hook!?! This was all in one session. We have found that dropping a sealed bucket (taped securely) with holes punched in it over the bow with a rope works nicely. Gets the berley on the bottom, and the current drags the trail under the boat. We give the bucket a shake every 20 minutes to keep it dispensing. Have heard of the frozen berley but never used it? Anyone tried? A mate in Noosa drops his berley to the bottom with a river stone inside a brown paper bag that slowly disintergrates. Seems to work nicely if you have some decent water depth (20 - 30m too long for a rope). Not sure that the bay is deep enough for this method - more suited to bottom fishing around some structure. We have a berley bin on the back of the stern between engines, but sound that the bottom berley method seems to work better than top dropping. Never had much impact within the river - probably due to the massive current. Our boat is too big to drift or use an electric (or atleast we are not confident enough to tackle the channel traffic without engines running). Any one got any tips or tricks? Adam
      22. Anyone tried this, if so what species did you get if any?
      23. Hello All Quick question: Does anyone use pilchards (IQF ones) for bream and get success on them? Reason being they seem like a handy accessible bait as every tackle shop I know of sells them and I could cut them up into chunks for a smelly bite-sized snack. Any info would be appreciated as always
      24. Hello. I have a couple questions about using chicken gut as bait for bream. 1. does this bait work and how would I rig it 2. how much does this bait stink, I read that after an hour in the sun it turns foul and gets the gagging reflex going (not that I would leave any of my baits in the sun) 3. is it better than prawns or flesh baits thanks
      25. What has everyone used for bait in cray traps? Last trip to wivenhoe I used fruit and prawns and got nothing, might try chicken and some mullet this time. But yeah what has everyone had luck with? Thanks