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      1. Hi all New to the Hamilton area for work for a few months . Keen to do some fishing land based flicking lures can anyone point me in the right direction what area is producing fish ? Mainly would like to target flathead , bream , jacks or a Jew . Cheers
      2. Entries Now Open To 2019 Tuross Challenge 8th - 10th March 2019. Tuross Head, NSW. www.turosschallenge.com.au www.facebook.com/turosschallenge Prize Categories Largest Bream 1st & 2nd Male, Female & Junior, Largest Flathead 1st & 2nd Male, Female & Junior, Largest By-Catch 1st Male, Female & Junior *Prizes to be announced soon* Tournament rules Each angler will receive an Angler ID along with a tournament bag Catch & Release only No bait or berley to be used Photos of the fish must be on a brag mat with Angler ID Flathead over 65cm (Overall length) & Bream over 38cm (Fork length) must be seen & verified by judges Fishing is permitted in the Tuross lake system as well as Coila lake All Anglers must comply with all state fishing regulations including licenses, Life jacket ETC: No dead or disfigured fish will be allowed to be entered Registrations & Briefing will commence at Club Tuross on Friday 8th March at 5pm – Bar & BBQ will be open for purchases Fishing times are Saturday 9th March 7am – 4pm --- Sunday 10th March 7am – 3.30pm Presentation will commence at Club Tuross Beach Bar at 4.30pm What do I get? Entrants receive on registration night (Friday) Tournament bag with tournament shirt, dinner ticket for Saturday night (at Club Tuross), bag also contains packets of soft plastics, stubbie holders... Plus more!
      3. Due to my upcoming wedding in about 5 weeks’ time, the past few weeks have been extremely busy so fishing has taken a backseat for a little while. Free time won’t exist to me until after the wedding and honeymoon….so I will be rather quiet on the forum until im a married man Having said that, I do have a charter booked with Fraser Guided Fishing in the next couple of weeks as a bucks trip...so stay tuned for that report! On a side note….im looking for some funny wedding/ married life advice for my wedding speech…so feel free to offer up your best or worst advice! (the funnier the better) Enough jibber jabber, killed a few hours with some friends of ours down at deep water bend over the Easter weekend. Fishing was average with one ok bream caught and a bunch of smaller bream all caught on dodgy servo prawns (mmm that beautiful smell of frozen servo prawns). That poor area gets fished so heavily, no wonder it’s a struggle to catch good numbers of fish there. Regardless, was nice to spend time with good company out in the sunshine catching a few fish.
      4. Managed to head out for my first fish in a while. Only a quick session in the Maroochy river after work but I was happy to pick up a few bream and a PB (smallest ever) flathead. Never thought something that small could get its gob around that hook!
      5. G'day all, I did a lot of fishing as a kid in WA. The old man lived just south of Geraldton for his last 30 years and had a 32 foot, marine-ply, ex-cray boat with a 6 cyl Perkins diesel in it. That was great for choogin out and wetting a line for Dhufish, Snapper etc. I also spent quite a bit of my growing up living in Broome so fishing was pretty much a must and in some ways I think I got 'fished out'. Moved to Tassie 14 years ago, hadn't really wet a line until this summer. Step-daughter has a boyfriend from WA who's a mad keen fisherman and it seems I have the bug again. Loving this soft-plastics approach. Less fussing with bait etc. and great fun trying out the different types. I live in Hobart but we also have a shack down at Dover (Australia's 2nd most southern township). When we bought the shack it had a 12 foot dinghy with a very old outboard with rather stripped gearing. Bought a new outboard over summer and we've been taking the dinghy all around Port Esperance picking up Flathead, Wrasse, Aussie Salmon (Cockys) and a couple of Bream. Anzac Day was a glorious Tassie autumn day and found me fishing around Port Esperance from the shore and then at the mouth of the Esperance River [see pic]. Found a great little spot that I figured would probably be too shallow but brought in a couple of 35 - 38cm flatties [see pic] before I headed down to Southport. Saw the best bit of 'lazy boating' I've ever seen. Someone had launched their tinnie and just left the car and trailer sitting on the beach backed in waiting for their return [see pic] (wouldn't try that in Broome). Tried a couple of spots and then headed to the boat ramp which sits right on the inlet to the Lune River. Incoming tide, great current rushing past and hooked up quite a few. First was a fighting Barracouta about 60cm that had something very wrong with it. Spine was bent about four times so it looked like a slithering snake - didn't get a pic of that one unfortunately, one of the locals had his dog there and it was a bit too keen on the fish. After that got a 35cm cocky [see pic] followed by a few Yakka (baby yellow-tailed Kingfish). Happy to let all of these go although handed over the Yakkas to the local family as I was landing them. I'm still getting to know the local species and it's a big change from 40lb breaking strain hand-reels, big hooks and fresh bait in Broome to a 6 foot rod with 4lb line and soft plastics, but I'm loving it! Any Tassie folks on here who would like to give me some pointers or suggestions - it's all greatly appreciated. I think I need to get myself a squid-jig next to pull in some of the local Calamari. So, keen to keep an eye on what's happening around the state and around the country. Cheers!
      6. Managed to capture a great trevally strike right at the side of the yak last weekend. Water was only around 40cm deep and there must have been around 10cm of line left. Took me by surprise thats for sure. Also managed a few other fish on the surface and soft plastics.
      7. I've attached a link from the video I put together from a couple of mornings ago. Cheers.
      8. I'd been busted off a couple of times in the same spot using one of my 1-3kg combos and 8lb leader. Despite having the drag pretty much on full lock whatever it was got enough line off me to bust me off . I thought it was probably a decent cod but hoped it might be a Jack as I've never caught one. I went back to try the same spot and went prepared. Heavier rod and 20lb braid with 16lb leader. Managed to pick up this nice cod. Not the Jack I was hoping for but still happy that my plan came together. Also picked up a few other decent fish including a flathead on a popper. I had my gopro going running today so will hopefully get a video together.
      9. Taken from Fishing Australia TV!!! Monster Flatty chokes on kilo plus bream! Michael Pool was walking his dog on Burril Lake and found what he estimated to be a 9kg flathead that had choked on a bream! To give you an idea of the size of the flatty the bream was 45cm long! He took on too big of a bream,” Mr Pool said. Mr Pool said the two fish seemed fresh - probably just a few hours old. A fisherman said he had seen the same giant flathead in the area recently.
      10. With the windy weather of late the boat has been stuck in the garage but my desire to get out hasn't gotten any less. With an afternoon off I decided to throw the yak on the roof and head down the coast for an explore and maybe a GH fish. I got to a spot near the goldy where I had caught GH in the past but the water didnt look as good as I had hoped and I slipped over and drowned myself and my spirits before I even wet a line. I decided to head back along the coast in search of a sheltered sandflat to pepper instead. It wasn't until I reached Wellington point that I found shelter from an angry southerly and decided to wade the flats given I had already been swimming and it was raining. I could see plenty of bait and activity on the mangrove edges and it wasn't long before I came tight on the first fish on the sugapen. A healthy bream came ashore as a consolation prize for persevering in the less than ideal conditions. Only a few casts later came a solid hit which found an algae cover pneumatophore to pin me to and earn its freedom. Luckily I managed to get my lure back. In the distance there was some solid surface action with large baitfish showering and the odd boil which looked to be either mackerel or trevally but were out of range of my lure. As I continued to wade the edges the bite really took off with whiting fighting over my lure cast after cast. My final tally was in the mid 20s of whiting and another bream in the mix as well as a few longtom. One of my highest whiting scores on lures. I would estimate about 8-10 legal fish with the largest being 30cm and as fat as they come. Overall a good outcome given the unfortunate start and poor conditions.
      11. Another fun and much better than expected session up a small Northern NSW creek today. The goal was actually some crabs. I am slowly tweaking the best way to paddle pots up skinny water. Some else had visited the spot before me this morning but as he was of the eucalypt eating variety I was not to phased. Although crabs were the goal of course a rod came. I had zero expectations as it was about 1pm in the afternoon and I am pretty committed to surface at the moment. So much literature suggests this is a terrible time to fish surface and it was bright and sunny to boot. Well my initial pessimism was wiped when on my 3rd cast, casting into some ripply flowing water caused by the outgoing bang, a nice chunky 32cm bream took my lure. This became the theme with each little eddy and rapid producing hits or a fish. It was a cracking session and easily my most productive from this creek despite the time. This makes me think ill work on tide logic for a while. As if the session was not good enough it was ended with a nice kicker. Casting a likely looking snag the water erupted after only 2 twitches. A drag screaming heart in mouth fight finally resulted in a solid 44cm nugget of a wild bass. Such awesome colours on this fish. Lure of the day was a berkley scum dog. Not an expensive lure at all but I have caught a lit of fish the last 2 weeks on this exact one. Other gear: Nordic stage areal sharpshooter Shimano stella 1000 6lb siglon braid and 6lb leader. Cheers for reading. Angus P.s. ill be heading back to check pots later and will report
      12. I occasionally take my lures out for a swim in the rust water. This morning I went for a paddle along some mangroves and tossed poppers and walkers to the feisty bream who chased just about everything I threw at them, especially if it looked anything like a prawn. No huge bream were caught but I had fun chucking lures deep into the shady pockets of the mangroves and extracting these spiky little devils. I had a big fish splashing in front of me so I put a cast over it and jagged a great big longtom ! The thing took off straight into the mangroves and I bid fairwell to my nice sugar pen. For some reason the line went slack as it left the mangroves and headed to open water where some fellow fishos in a boat helped me retrieve my lure after the fish was worn down enough. All in all a very pleasant morning.
      13. Great morning. Hit a Tweed coast tidal lake this morning hoping to get some whiting. Lots of yabby banks made things look promising but kicked off the morning with a green marlin... Hmm. Not to be put off kept going and managed a few mini bream. Finally on a nice sandy flat Joel pinned something better. After a good fight presto... Our target. Thay was about it for the morning. Slower than some but every dawn on the water is awesome. We got home to be regailed with how good the Whiting were in the surf. Tanya's dad had managed 6 in a quick pre breakfast session. Eating like kings this weekend. If only weekends were longer.
      14. Wicked dawn session today chasing bream and jacks on surface. Started scenic but slow with a half dozen little bream coming on board to say hi. Checked the pots soon after for one leg (luckily jennies are legal in NSW or it would have been a donut). After that a couple of legal bream. Man they fight dirty in this creek with snags and grass everywhere. Then it got interesting... Joel landed a cast right on a likely looking snag and CRACK CRACK two massive strikes with a solid jack getting out of the water. Sadly, but maybe lucky for Joel's 8lb leader and main line there was no hook up. Not 5 minutes later Joel dropped a donk of a bream as well. He was feeling a bit like things were not going to go his way when another cast at the same snag resulted in a big boof and hookup. A little fight later revealed Joel's first bass. To get your first bass on topwater and wild to boot... Happy. We paddled for a fair way after this with a few more little bream and suspected bass boof. On the way home I decided to have a cast at the bream bass snag and could not believe my luck when BOOF a big surface take and screaming drag. I was a bit worried as I was only running 6lb leader but after a hairy fight a smile lit my dial as this 44cm wild topwater bass was boated. After that things shut down with one more bream and a random crab that crawled into my pot despite having no bait. All in all an awesome morning and I am loving exploring this place. Angus
      15. Headed into the creek today to drop some crab pots in and rustle up some bream. Pots down and a few bream later it was time to head back... Back down the beach for one more dig at the Whiting for dinner (there are 9 people). Not a bad little crack and a good feast coming. Hopefully we can replicate tomorrow plus some crab Then little time with the boy before beer o'clock. 3 reports in one day... Not bad
      16. Well what a fun session. Hit a new spot this morning with good results. Using exclusively topwater lures my mate Joel and I yakked the dawn chasing, well whatever would bite. It was a bit slow to start with a few pike coming over the side... Things were looking grim and took this snap so I could at least do a poor report. No long after the sun breached we came to a little drop off. The current was moving over the shallow weed beds and edying as it hit the deep water. This is were things improved. Every cast was a bream hit with over 20 landed in an hour. The most productive and entertaining session in ages. Stopped taking pictures as well, they all look the same after a while... As if I was not happy enough the last fish I hooked was my best for the day. After a solid no mucking around surface hit and a brilliant fight in less than 1m of water I caught site of a huge whiting. A measure confirmed what I had been hoping. A new PB at 43cm. A genuine elbow slapper Very happy with the session I was home to help with the kids by 8am. Great start to the day.
      17. Well to see out the weekend we opted to try some brand new water once again. The creek had some potential with jelly prawns busting everywhere. Huge bit of excitement was had when a metery giant herring skimmed along the surface chasing said prawns. 2 free swimming muddies along the bottom ensures Ill head back here with pots as well. Anyway... the fishing... Lots of little bream caught but probably nothing that crossed the legal mark. Pictured is typical. Not many pictures sorry as it was so muggy my shirt was sweated right through and the phone was stowed in the hatch on mates kayak for most the trip. It was exciting enough though with hits being more common than not. Despite a lot of these failing to connect it is one of the best things about surface fishing in my opinion... the visuals that keep you focused and on game. At one point I had also cast towards a juicy looking snag when "boof"!!!! A large surface strike and drag peeling run and well... it was all over in seconds. I hate calling a fish I did not see but I strongly think it was a jack. My drag could barely be manually pulled off the spool and it was nothing like the bream. At the end of the day we will never know and if it was a bream it was a big one! AN ISSUE OF HOOK UPS Onto the next issue... Does anyone do anything to improve hook ups surface fishing? Finer gauge hooks? Better quality? Over the course of this weekend I feel the hit to hook up ratio has literally been 15:1 with a few dropped fish as well. This is using several lure types and brands so not to be blamed on dulled one off hooks. Or... is this the clumsiness of fish (particularly) bream on a surface strike and part of the game? (The whiting and suspected jack certainly did not miss). Cheers Angus
      18. Well I managed to sneak out for an hour while Alastair was asleep yesterday. Northerly made it really hard to flick plastics but used a few pipis to catch a few worms and converted these into a double trifecta of Casurina bread and butter. Probably my pb or close dart as well pushing 45cm. Nothing flash but a nice dinner for today. Had to settle for this marinara I made for dinner last night (slowly perfecting this).
      19. Went up to told mate's boat again today, had to fit a T.V antenna for our Moreton trip next month lol. Anyway we went for a fish after we knocked over the work. We picked up some mullet and herring for old mate, (I may have snuck one or 2 on to my other rod too ) but I mostly fished with the Damiki 3" shads on a 1/6th head in skin blue. Within the first 5 casts I was on to what I thought was a big flatty, but instead up comes this horse. He went 37.5 to the fork. Which is a new PB for me, I've never even seen a bream that big apart from in the mags. We picked up about 20+ smaller bream between us, then I managed a small Jewie about 35cm. Old mate picked up another grassie as well. We went out on Monday as well, same thing a heap of bream a few flatties from the banks, and old mate netted a nice Jew going 68. Still yet to crack that 75cm. Ah well there's always another day... Cheers
      20. hey guys, i made a much much longer version of this only to have it disbaled becasue i accidently logged out. It was 781 words long so grrr! but any way I headed up to bribie a week and a half ago and went around to all these new spots i wanted to try. these included this canal/creek/lock and my usual haunt the jetty. i caught 2 flatties (28 and 36 cm) near the bridge on my little creek and lost THE BIGGEST BREAM i have ever seen 2 metres away. It dived into some rocks after fighting for 8 mins. Early estimates from a fisherman there and my self were 55+ cm. I know no one believes me but i have one witness luckily but he was a random fisho who i didnt kno. I went over the bridge to try near some oyster racks i had seen before to catch 2 more flatties of similar size. I also live baited the jetty to take a 53cm mackeral and i was rapped even tho its a relatively small fish. all fish were caught on 3 \" and 2\" power minnows except for the mackeral on a live herrring. And that is how the cookie crumbles!