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      1. Today me and my dad decided to take the 12 foot tinny out we got to the river about 11am we drove across the river and drifted along some mangroves after a few cast with the daiwa bait junkie 2.5 minnow I hooked my first fish a just legal flattie the cast after that I hooked another flathead a bit bigger then after that I hooked a small flathead after that we moved because the fishing was a bit slow in that area we moved a few times until we found another decent mangrove line we kept getting heaps of good hits and pulled hooks then I got a nice legal bream then me and my dad got a few small flathead in that area to .once we caught all the small fish in that mangrove line we moved once again same thing heaps of hits and bites and pulled hooks but no landed fish this time we then moved back to the original mangrove line and we both hooked a bunch of small flathead I got another decent one for a feed and me and my dad hooked 2 big sized flathead both of which pulled the hooks after that we drifted a bit more then called it a day at 2:00PM overall we landed a dozen fish together weather .cloudyovercast/sunny .low winds. 7 days before full moon .last hour of the run out tide to first 2 hours of the run in ride tackle setup 1 shimano sienna FG 2500 with 13lb gliss connected to 6lb ASSO fluorocarbon matched with a daiwa aird X 2-4kg rod . Setup 2 shimano stradic FL 1000 with 6lb J braid connected to 6lb pryml mono matched with atomic arrows bream surface 2PC rod lures . Daiwa baitjunkie 2.5 minnows in opening night and midnight oil matched with 1/8 jigheads in size 1 . Note I’m still getting used to using daiwa’s plastics they don’t actually have the same colour names as zman they just look the same as those zman colours . I’m pretty sure they are called whitebait and oil flash with daiwa . And yes it really happened I’ll add the photos later sometime tonight im not as good as Hamish when it comes to the photos overall success rate %90 it was a good 3 hour session we caught a lot of fish just a lot of small ones and 4 legals/keepers
      2. Howdy all, This was from a trip a while ago but i never ended up doing a report for. i wanted to put the "go to" bream lures up to the test and started with the Ecogear bream prawn 40mm in the salt and pepper colour. Worked really well and is a very lazy style of fishing really. Cast against structure and let the un-weighted soft plastic sink slowly in front of the bream. Ended up with 5 bream, two of which were a decent size. My goal is to use the cranka crab next, see how that goes! I put together a video for anyone who wants to watch.
      3. Hi All Today's fishing report. I wasn't planning on fishing today - slept in and then procrastination set in and didn't do what I was supposed to. Later in the day I had committed to babysitting my nephew about 2pm and then take him to a swimming lesson at 4.30pm. Anyway, being obsessed I had tried on previous occasions to get my nephew to come fishing with me but he wasn't at all interested. I thought we could go for a walk to the local park and feed the fish. I said it would be fun watching the fish go mad for the bread. I took my outfit and the little bit of leftover squid and some bread. We headed to the local boat ramp me walking/jogging my nephew riding his new bike, arriving about 3pm. We fed the fish some bread and floated a small wire hook some tackle shop guy sold me for whiting baited with bread. Thought my Nephew could catch a small Butter Bream (I have been told that is what they are by a boy who fishes there). The tide was at the last of the run in. Apparently it is a big tide at the moment. Anyway the bread and hook didn't give us much joy so I decided to bait the hook with the squid and float it. Within 10 min he had caught his first two fish!!!! What a great Aunty I am . My sister rang to remind me that he had a swimming lesson at 4.30pm. It was 4.08 and I was a 20min walk from home with no carseat in my car and swimming was 15 min drive. Anyway, my sis picked him up and off they went. I thought I would carry on fishing by this time we were at the beginning of the run-out. I tied on a sinker but left the tiny hook on and baited up with a little more squid. I got a heavy bite and hook up and before I could think he was under some rocks - I think. But it also felt like a snag. Anyway, I kept a little pressure on and just waited quietly. He came out from under where he was hiding and still had quite a lot of weight but didn't fight like a Bream. Started reeling in and then pretty sure the tiny hook was ripped from wherever it was. Line was light again and I was very disappointed. Baited up again and within minutes had another bite, a small fight and landed my first Moses Perch - under but also pretty. The two young boys who had joined me at the boat ramp identified it the moment it was out of the water. They said it was a pity about the size because apparently they are great to eat. The fish were off the bite by now and I didn't really want to walk back through the bush in the dark so I headed home. Those hooks are pretty mean. Cheers Kat
      4. This ultimate estuary/dam and tournament ready 385 Quintrex Explorer is now on the market. “My Precious” as the name suggests has been built with a strong passion for functionality whilst fishing for both weekenders and also setup for Bream/Bass Tournaments. No attention to detail has been spared in this build with a ground up build from a bare hull, using only the best quality marine grade materials. The hatches include adequate storage for all your safety equipment (included), deep cycle battery, anchor, fully weather proof hatch for clothes and tackle storage as well as the tackle boxes mounted inside the gunnel. Additionally, there is a fully plumbed livewell as well as a drain able compartment that will fit almost all estuary fish you wish to keep! Reliability will never be an issue with a 25hp 2 stroke Yamaha with less than 40hrs running time, 54lb Watersnake with foot controls and a well maintained Brooker trailer to get you safely from A to B. This boat package really needs to be seen in person to appreciate the quality of the build and its immaculate presentation. This boat will be difficult to part with but needs to go to a new home as I am focusing more on offshore fishing. It would be well suited to a buyer looking for a new boat or anyone looking at starting off in the Bream/Bass tournament scene. Please send me through any enquiries. Boat is Located in Narooma, NSW $8500
      5. Hi All So I decided to test my new outfit in the Thunderstorm this avo. Last of the run in. Coombabah Creek. Outfit performed well on its first trial run. Three moses perch and one bream landed. All unders. (Tried larger bait but wrong type probably). I have fished this spot since I started a few months ago and only caught moses perch yesterday and today. They are beautiful, soft and guts the bait down. They are small, about 15 to 20cm so can only presume it is the start of the season for them. That in a month or two I might be getting legals for the dinner plate. Will do some research but any knowledge about them is appreciated. Cheers Kat
      6. We hit up Shorncliffe Pier yesterday. The weather was fantastic. We chased yellowfin whiting and bream and while we did not get a heap of fish, we left with a feed. Cribb Island worms and yabbies were the baits we used with yabbies being more effective. There were plenty of other legal bream there but we only kept the three. The flood tide up in the shallows did the trick.
      7. Decided to go for a fish tonight after having no success in the day with lures just a hit . Anyway I start walking down to the spot see a few people fishing in almost full darkness I decided to go on the bank as the bridge is way to shallow for fishing . I set up with my phone light and decided to use bread as I don’t have any fish baits garfish sardines etc . I rigged up a small sinker and a suicide hook what I would use for fish baits but because i didn’t know what was in the river and where drop offs and holes were I need a bit of weight to get a good cast anyway I casted near the bridge just on the edge where the shallow water stops flowing and drops to deeper water I sit my rod in some thick grass as I organise my stuff a bit better but before I can even do that my rod almost goes flying in the sand luckily I picked it up before that happend and landed a little 25cm bream I put him back and cast in the same spot and not long after I got bigger bream 28cm after that the fish started to steal my bait it was a bit tricky to fish because it was dark and couldn’t see my line . Usually I let fish run with the bread for 10 seconds or so anyway I go to bring in my bait and a bream sucks the bait as I’m about to bring it in and another nice bream landed 28cm . After that I decided to leave because my mother texting me come back . Overall A decent session for a hour could have got a feed if I wanted to but decided to release them all. Sort of reminded of fishing at home for bream but instead of a unweighted light setup I used heavier gear and a sinker still was fun regardless even a 28cm bream can do a few good headshakes on 10lb Some of the conditions got all weather details and gear details from tonight’s session in a book here’s just some tide first hour of run out moon phase 3 days before full moon low wind 21C Gear . I usually don’t fish this heavy for bream but I didn’t know what fish were in the river and also my size 8 mustad hooks I usually use off jetties wharfs breakwalls and some sand flats but because I had heavier gear I used a bigger hook and also a sinker which I rarely use even with Philchards I don’t use sinkers like ever but tonight I kind of had to Rod daiwa aird x 2-4kg Reel daiwa aird lt 2000 10lb braid 6lb mono leader . It’s thicker them most 6lb mono it’s more like 10lb leader IMG_0702.MOV
      8. 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!
      9. 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.
      10. Just a quick report sorry. I have taken on a new job that takes up a lot of time. Went out yesterday with a few family members that don't fish much. We just fished around Green island and just north of King. There were loads of little School Macs but alas nothing we could take home. All Macs were released. Hope they grow up soon, I'm getting hungry for Mackerel tacos. Caught a very small diver whiting that swallowed the hook so decided to neck it. I like to butterfly these little ones and you still get a good fish finger. Willy caught a nice sand whiting and a just legal bream that also went into the pan. Nice day with light winds for most of it. The Water Wallopers had a good chat to me at the ramp. The self inflating life jackets had some corrosion on the bulbs. I had not checked them for about 6 months. They gave me an official warning. Seems I will have to find room for some of those stupid big jackets. It will be a bit of a challenge in my boat as it does not have much storage... Anyway if you are wanting a bit of fun the Macks are in big numbers. Paravanes and 3inch spoons did the job on the Mackerel. I use 30lb line from the Paravane. About 5m of line then a swivel then another 5m then the spoon. No need for steel trace, I have caught around 100 of them and am yet to be snipped off. I don't like the white lures and prefer the chrome ones. Worms did the job on the other fish.
      11. Hey AFOrs! After a few years hiatus I'm back to being able to indulge in my favourite hobby. Wooo!! Started a family 4 years ago and getting away for a fishing session has been difficult. But now that my kids are past the bottles and nappies stage, getting away is easier and even better, getting them into fishing has been awesome. Ive been also immensely lucky that a best mate of mine lets us stay at their house on the canals off the Nerang river whenever we want. So long story short, the black and green tinny is back on the water after years of neglect. Replaced busted stuff, rewired busted stuff, washed every deck piece and serviced all that needed to be. There's still a few more things to be worked on, but essentially i can safely be on the water. Here she is sitting pretty on the pontoon off the back of the canal house.
      12. Hi all Because I woke up at five this morning, I believe I have caught nothing but a bloody cold. Hence, I really do not feel like writing a report right now. So I'll just chuck up some piccies from the last couple sessions, and then I'll write the report when I feel better. A 29cm Cast net bream A 31cm River Perch - an OK fight was had Some b*stard who thinks it OK to leave the jetty with blood It had just been cleaned too, so it was a real shame My dad cleaning out glassies. He put in about 40 good throws this morning for bugger all... and I ran out of bait! That's all, report to hopefully come soon! Cheers Hamish
      13. Decided to hop on the ferry from Macleay Island to Karragarra Island this morning a couple of hours before high tide. My mum and her friend came along to keep me company. My mum's friends husband headed out on the bay in a mates boat to a special spot. I fished one of the little beaches. Landed my first flathead. Just over 45cm. No fight whatsoever - wasn't even sure there was a fish on the line. After a while going up the beach and getting no bites I returned to the spot where I got the flathead. Mum wanted to go to the toilet so I went with her. Her friend asked if she could have a go so I cast for her. Briefly told her what to do if she felt anything on the line and left. Came back to her jumping up and down about not being able to kill it - she landed a decent sized Bream. Anyway line was all tangled around my reel and had to give it up for the day. Travelled back to mums, scaled, gutted fish. Awaiting her friends hubbies arrival he had been out for hours longer than us. Thought he must be filleting at his mates. But they had no luck. I feel a little better about land based fishing now!
      14. Hi all Today was the day I had my charter for my b'day. It was at the Gold Coast, around the Jumpinpin/GC Seaway area. I was fishing onboard Coastal Spot Fishing Safaris, which is owned by Thomas Seabach. It was my third time going out with him. We certainly had our hopes high, as each other time it had been great fishing. Here is a link to their website - I went to bed early last night so I could wake up early, as we were driving there in the morning. I managed to wake myself twice over the night, once at 11:00PM, and the other time at 3:30AM. My clock eventually went off though, at 4:30AM. After preparing everything, we were out of the house by five. It took a bit over an hour to get there, and we were eventually at the Runaway Bay boat ramp, waiting for Thomas. He got there, at 6:30AM on the dot, and we were on the water at about quarter to seven. The first part of the day was to catch live bait. We motored into the first location, and saw some rises, but unfortunately after he did a few casts of the net we had nothing, so to the next canal we went. Yep, you guessed it - nothing after about 20 more minutes in this canal... We finally found an OK spot, up one of the side canals. As well as herring, there were some big mullet being chased, and something really big chasing them. Jack? Trevally? Bait was eventually caught, which consisted of some big herring and a lone silver biddy. We motored out to the first spot, the GC Seaway (mouth). It wasn't very nice here, but I was feeling OK. I dropped the first bait down, and in about ten minutes, I got a good hit. It either spat the hook, or I pulled the hook, but no hook hooked it. I was told it was most likely to be a jew, because of the strike. Bugger! I really wanted a legal jew today. Something far smaller began picking it after, and I set my circle hook in the mouth of a bream. It wasn't that big, 26cm, but we like our bream, and while we get little meat off it, it is still good. I quickly pulled up another one, but it was to borderline to keep so back he went. My dad had still gotten nothing - surprising. This spot we normally pull up lots of big, solid, breambos but right now, it was quiet. At least i got something! I started to feel sick, and since it was just us onboard, and i was told to go back if I even felt slightly crook, we reeled our lines in and went to drift for flatties. My dad's line actually had a small one on, which turned out to be a sand flathead. Cool! That was the first one of them I've ever seen. At flatty spot number one, we managed a grand total of... Nothing! The guide was flicking a little blade, while we were still drifting. He managed a couple though. A flatty, one or two centimetres under legal size, and a flounder, which unfortunately spat the hook as it was coming into the boat. The next spot was similar for us, but there was still some action. Thomas was getting the odd hit on his lure, and while I was caught off guard my line went off. I missed the strike completely though, and lost what would've been an OK fish. Sigh! The last spot we shot off to was another flat area. Thomas said there is good structure, weed patches, that is. That means it's good for squid, as well as flatties. We started our drift, and down went our live herrings. It was quiet for quite a while, and we had some choc-chip biccies, but then I got a hit. I struck hard, and probably started pulling up my catch to eagerly. It just so happens this was a squid, and the second it saw us, it dropped the hook . It was apparently an OK one too. (Thomas saw it). I love calamari. That was disappointing. We kept up the drift though, and in the last five minutes of the days session, I struck, and I WAS ON! Woohoo. A short fight ensured an OK flatty coming up, which looked very borderline legal. We measured it, and it was 38cm... Ahh, that was disappointing. One keeper for the whole day! It wasn't happy to see us - tried to run away from the boat twice! (On the surface!). We got back to the ramp, and I took out the left over herring (not many) for freezer baits. We chucked the bream and herring in the esky, and after saying thank you and our goodbye's to Thomas, we went on the journey home. It really was a nice day out. Just enough wind to keep us at a good temperature, good boat, good food... The only disappointing thing was that we struck out on the fish . Me looking depressed with a 26cm keeper I cleaned the fish when I got home, which is pretty hard when it is so small. In hindsight, I should've scaled, gutted, and just kept the rest of the body on the maximise meat but I knocked some fillets off and did a dodgy bone removal job. I need to improve my filleting! (Tomorrow's dinner) Here are the stats of the trip - Trip stats - Tide: High tide, 8:35AM, 1.26M, Low tide, 3:10PM, .37M Moon Phase: 56% full, so not the strongest run Tackle used: I'm unsure on most of it, but we had large-small ball sinkers (depending on current), small circle hooks, and small lines. Fish caught: Yellowfin Bream x 2, Sand Flathead x 1, Dusky Flathead x 2, Flounder x 1 Bait caught: Herring and biddy Bait used: Herring Water Temp: 17.5 degrees Celsius Air Pressure: 1017 Overall Success Rate: 50% - A good day out at least Hope you all enjoyed this report, because it'd done now. We certainly didn't do as good as expected, but at least we got onto a couple of fish in the whole day. Sadly for me, my hols are over, but they's been great fun, with lots of fishing... Oh yeah, and there are still three mor BR sessions to be reported (not that they are that exciting though). Cheers Hamish
      15. Hi all I'm putting up the report from my last few days fishing at the local park. This is from Thursday until today. Some sessions were certainly more exciting than others, and hopefully you're all not bored to death by another series of reports! I got down to the local park and had the lines in at about quarter past two. I had the lines in first off baited with dead prawn from last session. To catch bait this time though, I'd done something different - made burley. The mix was very simple, but I'll do a quick walk through of it as well. You will need the following - 1. Breadcrumbs - 2. Chicken Pellets/other pellets 3. Tuna oil (one of the stinkiest things on earth in my opinion) - First off, layer the bottom of your container (for the purpose of this I used an ice cream tub) with breadcrumbs. You can also just buy a cheap $1 loaf of bread from Woolies and rip it up into small bits. Once you have a layer of this, do the same, but with your pellets. Continue to do this until you have the amount of berley you want. Make sure you are giving it a good mix so both of the things are well dispersed into one another. When you're done, get your tuna oil. (DISGUSTING ALERT!!!). Give the mix a generous splash of this. That is the recipe done. Easy peasy. I found this worked excellent on baits, but it also attracted some undesirables, like glassies. Back to the report. I chucked a bit of this in the water (get yourself something to scoop/deploy it with as it stinks you up if you hold it), gave it a couple minutes, and then threw the net in the general vicinity. As well as a bunch of bloody glassies, up came a couple prawns. I put them on the lighter lines, as these weren't to big, and then kept casting. It actually didn't take long for a lighter line to go off, as I saw a couple nibbles, then a big strike... I ran up, but unfortunately, whatever it was it didn't hook up. On one of the first throws, I felt a big more weight in the net than usual. I was hoping for a mullet, or at least a school of something, but up came another baby bream. I think it's very good there are juvenile ones around here, because it means that they are being bred into the river, and, where there's small ones there's normally bigguns, or so I think... Here it is - Juvenile Yellowfin Bream - roughly 20cm After that, it all went a bit quiet. I was still getting lots of prawns and glassies (more of the latter), and the glassies would almost always be stuck right in the net and take a couple minutes to come out. So annoying. I kept berleying, and they kept coming up in the net. I found the best way to get them out was to just give them a big flick, which therefore flinged them back into the water. The prawns on the heavy line just kept getting pickered, and since these glassies were so hardy, I decided to see how the went as bait. I pinned two through the area just below the fins, and they swum as hard as a biddy. The next catch did not come until later... I decided to give the line out deep a check. It had been pushed towards the pylons, and as I pulled it up there was a lot of weight with it. I thought it may be a catfish, or an eel even, but when I got it up I realised it must just be some log/wood. On closer inspection, I realised it was a bunch of line and sinker from the ground. I wonder who's it may be... Mine? I was quite curious. How much of this would be in the whole, entire, ocean, polluting many areas??? My glassies were still going strong, but unfortunately nothing else was biting. What does that mean? Cast netting, of course! I started throwing the net to top up on the prawns. More glassies and less prawns, though. As I went for another throw, I saw the glassy line buckle over. I pulled up the net as fast as I could, and picked up the other line. I knew it wasn't big after about 5 seconds into the fight, and in about a minutes I had an OK catfish up. No photo for this one, I actually flicked him off the hook so quickly I forgot The day was very quiet after the catfish, and after more relentless picking attacks I got the final haul of prawns out of the live bait tank (not too many but some were Ok size) and chucked them in the esky. I was also fishing with someone else, whom could pancake my net very well. he was fishing for big sharks/cod, but it was very quiet for him. No hits or anything except pickers. I think it also is worth a mention how low the tide was when I got there, which initially helped with the berleying and bait catching - That is the first report done for now, here are the stats of the trip - Statistics of trip - Tide: Moon Phase: Fish caught: Yellowfin bream x 1, catfish x 1 Bait caught: Prawns and glassies Bait used: Live prawns and glassies Tackle Used: 10lb, 14lb, and 30lb braided mainlines, 20lb and 30lb fluorocarbon leader, 80lb trace, size 2 and six ball/bean sinkers, size 4/o circle and suicide hooks, large-ish barrel swivel. Size 1000 and 2500 Shimano Sienna and Nasci, Size 650 Penn Reel, 6"6' and 8" Ugly Stik rod, 2M Rogue Firepoint boat rod, Size 2500 Daiwa Shinobi reel Weather: Sunny, slightly cloudy Overall Success Rate: 40% - Like the other sesh, at least it wasn't a donut!!! OK, now to the next report. This time I was fishing with my mate, Hayden, and he wanted to come down at 1:30PM. I met him there a little bit after that, and we got fishing. It was a dead low tide as I got there, which is normally a good tide here. Today was no exception. On the first throw, I got a few prawns, so the lines were thrown out with livies. That continued, and I also continued berleying up the water for bait. More prawns, as well as some glassies. Unfortunately, the pickers would not leave us alone. The prawns just kept getting eaten and eaten! I decided to throw a line in off the jetty to try and get my friend a fish, so with a little live prawn on, I gave him the line to hold. It wasn't long before he got picked to bits. This happened a couple more times, but then when he was getting some nibbles he handed to me. I felt the nibbles, and then felt the rod load up, and then I was on!!! Briefly... The fish dropped the bait as quick as it took it, so that was mildly disappointing. With this , we put the line next to the jetty pylons to see if any fish would eat it there. It was very quiet for the next part of the session, apart from more live prawns and more pickers... As I was doing a quick check of the line, not much was happening on it. I walked back down onto the jetty to do more cast netting, but as I went down I saw the rod next to the pylons get some nibbles, and then I heard the reel squeaking. I tightened the drag, and I was on! Woohoo. It was only a small cat, but both my mate and I had some fun free spooling the line, then pulling it back up again for more 'fight time'. Here it is - Dirty Catfish I de-hooked him, and grabbed him by the tail throwing him back into the drink. It was then more quiet-ness, and my dad eventually came down. He said I had/should go home soon, and my mate wanted me to come back with him so I began packing up at about 5 to five. As I was reeling in the salmon line though, it was a lot heavier than usual. I was still reeling very quickly, and drag was actually coming out. To my surprise, a river perch came up. No fight to it at all... And it clearly explains what's been picking me - those dirty, old, perch! Hopefully these pickers bugger off! That was the end of the session, except for me taking home 5 or so prawns, as I didn't have that many more in the bait tank in the first place! I packed up the cart and got home. A nice, warm, shower certainly helped with the cold temperature outside. Here are the stats of this report - Statistics of trip - Tide: 9:00AM, 1.8M, high, 3:20PM, .2M, Low, 9:50PM, 2.4M, high Fish caught:River perch x 1, Catfish x 1 Bait caught: Prawns Bait used:Live and dead prawns Tackle used: 10lb, 14lb, and 30lb braided mainlines, 20lb and 30lb fluorocarbon leader, 80lb trace, size 2 and six ball/bean sinkers, size 4/o circle and suicide hooks, large-ish barrel swivel. Size 1000 and 2500 Shimano Sienna and Nasci, Size 650 Penn Reel, 6"6' and 8" Ugly Stik rod, 2M Rogue Firepoint boat rod, Size 2500 Daiwa Shinobi reel Weather: Nice, not to hot or cold, mild winds Overall Success Rate: 55% - At least it wasn't a donut OK, if you're still reading, this is a bit embarrassing. I went out yesterday morning, for a session. I thought it would be a good one, as I have always done good on the +5 +11 session logic/pattern (probably a bit more of an religious thing than truth). It was freezing cold, and even though I was in my thermals, I needed to throw the cast net. On my first throw, I got a butter bream, all the way up the river. This interested me very much, and I was curious to see why. It then became evident my hands and feet were very cold, and, well, that's why I left in about 30 minutes of getting there. LOL. Cool - that's a first - Brisbane River Butter Bream! OK, so here is the final report. The most exciting one too. I'm hoping you haven't lost interest and you're still with me. I got to the park at about 2:15PM today, and the tide was still about half way up, running out. Not quite ideal, but the run out was (it was the tide height that wasn't). I had a hard time gathering bait first off, with only occasional prawns in my first casts. Once I got enough though, each line was out (I had four lines, as a mate was there too). One of them didn't last that long though, as it got snagged, and would not come off even with a heap of pulling and yanking from all angles with our hands. My friend cut it with the knife, and that line was not re-rigged all day. Prawns were by no means plentiful, but I was starting to get a couple. The salmon line was pickered, numerous times (I witnessed this while cast netting), and I wasn't having much success with throwing the net. It seems the pickers first rip off the prawns legs, then eyes, then head, and then the body (somehow miraculously missing my hook!). More cast netting, after cast netting, and then a bait check, was basically what I was doing... I eventually got a school of glassies, so as last resort I live baited a couple of the buggers and sent them out, hopefully for something golden. My friend head off soon after, at about 4:30PM. The first run of the day was again, soon after this. I was cast netting, and heard my little Sienna screaming. I pulled up the net, and hastily got up there. Unfortunately, the fish had dropped the bait. I believe it was a small catfish, anyways. They are actually a speedy little fish. I stayed up at the top of the jetty, with the two lighter lines, while the salmon line and glassies soaked. The line in the cod spot got pickered, so I dropped it down with another live prawn (I'd also caught some more live shrimp, river shrimp, in the cast net). It didn't take long for a peck-peck, and then the rod to load up. I thought it was just a picker, but before I knew it the line was screaming off the reel, as fast as a cheater! I started trying to get this fish to the surface, as it was beyond me what it could be. Bream? Cod? After about two minutes of screaming runs, up came a big lizard (I believe it was a blue-spot flathead, because the tail was blue). There were some nervous moments, as when I began walking it down to the jetty it nearly ran into the pylons and did me in, and then again as we were netting it (some passersby did the honours). He/she was landed. Relief! Sadly, it was hooked right down it's gob, so I cut the line. I hope it spits the hook quickly. It's battle wasn't over, either. It went crazy the second I lipped it, and before it was trying to slither back into the drink. I grabbed the photo real quickly though, and got it back into the drink. With one big splash this biggun was off! Woohoo. A solid 60cm Brisbane River lizard. How's that?! Another man had also came down with a rod and reel, and a lire. He had a quick flick, but annoyingly for him he got snagged on his second cast. Bugger! We then had a chat, and i found out he was actually just on holidays, and he found a fishing rod in the house he was staying in. "Why not?" he said. He said he also came from Cairns, where he is a bit (lot) more serious. He catches big queenfish trolling lures on a handline off the back of his surfski. Pretty cool if you ask me. His real target was mackerel, where he's only hooked (and been busted off) by one. While we were having a chinwag, my line, with live shrimp, went off, and after a short fight, up came a little catfish - At about quarter past five, Dad told me to come home, so we said goodby to one another and then I packed up, and was on my way. I was extremely happy with the flatty today's session, as it is my first 60cm flatty with a pic (I got one with a mate in Marcoola in the surf a few years ago, but chose to release so no photo. It was estimated 60cm - odd). I was home, happier than ever. Here are the stats of this trip - Statistics of trip - Tide: 11:35AM, 1.7M, High, 5:30PM, .3M, Low Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous phase, 98% full moon, so a lot of run Fish caught: Bluespot flathead x 1, Catfish x 1 Bait caught: Banana Prawns and River Shrimp Bait used: Live and dead prawns and river shrimp Air Pressure: 1024 Tackle Used: 10lb, 14lb, and 30lb braided mainlines, 20lb and 30lb fluorocarbon leader, 80lb trace, size 2 and six ball/bean sinkers, size 4/o circle and suicide hooks, large-ish barrel swivel. Size 1000 and 2500 Shimano Sienna and Nasci, Size 650 Penn Reel, 6"6' and 8" Ugly Stik rod, 2M Rogue Firepoint boat rod, Size 2500 Daiwa Shinobi reel Weather: Nice cool weather - minimum wind Time fished: 2:15PM - 5:10PM Overall Success Rate: 85% - While it wasn't the target species, it was bloody solid! Thanks for reading guys, I know it was a bit or a report-marathon. Hope you all enjoyed. Cheers Hamish
      16. Hey all I'm going to put up the report from Thursday arvo/night, where I was at the normal haunt (local park). I'll say it straight up - it was a donut. It was also pretty cold, and despite putting in my best effort I could not catch one at all. I'll go from the start though, and try to make this a not so long report I arrived at about 2:45PM, and got the lines out. The two smaller lines were baited with good dead prawn, and I needed to get some livies for the bigger line. It wasn't the best tide, about 3/4 full, but I decided it didn't matter to much. The first cast I got a small prawn, and in about 3 more casts I got a couple more. These were then baited on the lines. I kept getting a consistent amount of prawns, around 1 or 2 a cast. The first take was a while away, where the line went off. I was too slow to set the hook and whatever it was, it was just a small one as it didn't pick up/take the full bait. This happened about five more times over the session. I was doing a bit of cast netting in this time, and I got a good silver biddy. It was immediately deployed, and I hoped for the best. Eventually, after many more prawns and some missed strikes, it was getting dark. My mate was still yet to come down, so I'd decided I'd do something I haven't down in a while - a night session. I put everything back into the cart except the rods, so it would be easier to leave when we did. The line in the cod spot was baited with a live frogmouth pilchard, the heavy salmon one with the biddy, and the lighter one with a prawn. "We're all set", I thought. My friend came down soon after and we were set. While I was a bit chilly, he was all set, with a puffer jacket (lucky). The first action came about 15 minutes in, with a run on the lighter line. I'd assume it would just be another perch/picker, but I'll never know, seeing as we didn't hook up. The next hour or so was fun, we just sat there and waited. Nothing. At. All. At the end, when my dad came down, we reeled in the salmon line. The biddy was still lively and swimming, which was really quite annoying. I would've thought it would make the perfect bait, but obviously not. Here are the statistics of that 'short' report. LOL. Statistics of trip - Tide: High tide, 1:40PM, 1.7M, Low tide, .4M. 7:50PM Moon Phase: First quarter Weather: Cold, slightly windy Tackle used: 14lb mainline, 30lb mainline (both braid), 15lb fluorocarbon leader, 30lb fluorocarbon leader, 80lb trace, size 4/o suicide and circle hooks, size 1000 and 2500 Shimano Sienna and Nasci, Size 650 Penn reel, size 2 and six ball/bean sinkers, large barrel swivel, 6"6' and 8" Ugly Stik, 2M Rogue Firepoint boat rod. Bait used: Live prawns and silver biddy Fish caught: - Bait caught: Prawns and biddy Overall Success Rate: 30% - A nice fish That's that one done, which, I admit, was quite boring . Here is the next one, which thankfully wasn't a donut. I woke up at 5:40AM after going to bed early and setting an alarm. I ended up departing at about 6, and had the lines in at about 6:15AM. My dad was down for the first part to do some cast netting (and he also didn't let me go by myself when it was still dark). The first cast he got some prawns and a good sized frogmouth pilchard, which I live baited straight away. We now had all the lines in, with a mix of live prawn and frogmouth pilchard. Dad kept getting good prawns, but while this was happening, nothing was (happening) on the lines. By about 10 past seven, Dad had gotten plenty of prawns, and he headed off. In about five minutes, I saw some nibbles on the line. It was while I was cast netting, so I quickly pulled the net up and ran up. The rod was now going off, and line was screaming off the reel. I picked it up and striked. Realising it was a perch, I was surprised - it actually had ran pretty fast. This prompts me to think whatever was taking baits from the report above must've been small perch. I landed him, de-hooked him with a couple pulls with my hands, and then got a photo. I noticed he was bleeding, so I thought he might not swim off. Fortunately, after a proper swim off the jetty, he swam off fine. Here it is - After the perch, everything went quiet again. There was one more run, and the cod line was repeatedly pickered to bits. It seemed I was just wasting prawns on this, but I kept going because I wanted to see if I could entice anything with size. I also just kept getting prawns, which was good. My dad had caught a big prawn when he was throwing, and after a couple bait checks the frogmouth pilly seemed a bit, well, dead, so I put it on. I will say it looked great, with the prawn clicking around like no tomorrow. It was fired out, and after I caught a few more prawns off the end of the jetty (as well as one herring which found its way to the top of the net), I saw the salmon line go over, but then come straight back up. "Pickers!" I thought. I was right, as the prawns eyes and legs had been ripped off obviously killing it. I threw it back out, hoping a salmon might like an extra fresh bait. No fish wanted it though, so I let the prawn join the frogmouth pilchard in the esky and put on the live herring. It was fired out and left in the holder (a hole in the jetty which my rod fits very snuggly into). After numerous picker attacks in the cod hole (only one real strike), the line there got snagged. Luckily I had a fourth rod ready, but instead of putting it in the cod spot I put it on the other side of the wooden part. This meant that the current would be pushing it under the jetty, so I thought it might be good for a bream or cod. When I went down to the cast net next, this thing fell out. It just so happens that when reading old threads on this forum about the park, an ID thread came up with this fish. I couldn't remember the name then, but now I know it is a Butis Butis, or Crazyfish. Here it is (it looks and acts very much like a stick) - I threw it back, and it swam off. I caught some more prawns, and for the next twenty odd minutes I spent my time doing this (one time I got a few glassies which were annoying, but only one of them ended up as berley ). Then, I looked up. The rod positioned next to the pylons was going off. I yanked my net up as quick as I could and ran up to the rod. Luckily, it was still on. The fight began. I first got it out of the pylon area, so now I had a clean fight. When it surfaced, I realised I had an OK bream on. It ran around for a good couple minutes, and once I got it on the surface I waited a few more for some people to pass me my landing net. They netted him up for me, and then I took it from there. The photo of me wth it is dodgy because I needed to take a selfie. Here he is (a tad over 32cm and very fat). Solid! a nice BR Breambo! (I also just realised he is a bit further back than the start, so it might've been a 33cm model). It was just starting to rain, and despite being soaked, I wasn't cold at all because I remembered the thermals. It was another half an hour before my friend came down, and in this time I had basically caught a few more prawns. After my mate came down, I held the rod in the cod spot. It was getting relentlessly pickered. A couple times the rod would load up, like it would with any other fish, but then whatever it was the fish would drop it. This happened until about 11:30AM, and then it was time to go. In the time, the only exciting thing that happened was that I watched a catfish (about 30cm) come right up into about 10-20cm of water, to the edge of the river, and have a go at something... And I finally figured out what was pickering me in the shallows. Baby bream (or so I think). I managed to get one to the surface, and it was having a go at a prawn the size of its body! That was a waste of time! Here is a shot of the esky at the end of the day - On the way home, I managed to loose my landing net without me noticing so I called down my dad when I noticed (just about to leave the park, which is about a 700 metre walk away from the spot) and he came riding down. It took all of 3 minutes for him to find it, and then we walked home together. I was pretty satisfied with the session, so yes, that is this report done. Thanks for reading everyone, I hope you all enjoyed! Here are the stats - Statistics of trip - Tide: 2.2M High, 3:50AM, .4M Low, 10:40AM - I fished the run out and then the change Moon Phase: First quarter moon Weather: Rainy, overcast, and cool Water Temp: Quite cool - not very humid and rainy, miserable day Bait caught: Lots of prawns, frogmouth pilchards, herring Fish caught: Yellowfin Bream x 1, River Perch x 1 Bait used: Live prawns, frogmouth pilchards, and herring Tackle Used: 14lb mainline, 30lb mainline (both braid), 15lb fluorocarbon leader, 30lb fluorocarbon leader, 80lb trace, size 4/o suicide and circle hooks, size 1000 and 2500 Shimano Sienna and Nasci, Size 650 Penn reel, size 2 and six ball/bean sinkers, large barrel swivel, 6"6' and 8" Ugly Stik, 2M Rogue Firepoint boat rod. Overall Success Rate: 60% - Some good fish Cheers Hamish
      17. Evening all I went out for another arvo session at the park today, even though it was a bit drizzly. I might start from the start of the day though, so you all have some context in the story. After I'd woken up, I was told tennis wasn't on, which was annoying because if I'd known the night before I would've been going for a morning session today. I just slept in this morning though, which was nice and relaxing. By about 10:00AM though, I had decided I would be going out this arvo. The first thing to do was give all the gear a bit of maintenance, which involved me oiling the reels and other gear. Once that was done, I decided I would make a short length or rope for the floats for our crab pots, so we didn't have to gin around with them as much when pulling them up. I simply cut about one metre of rope, tied a loop in the end of it, and then tied the other end to two milk bottles, as our floats. I also had to burn the ends of the rope so they wouldn't frey. Since I was quite chilly, I went and got some wood shavings from when I did a little bit of whittling, and since it was so damp and cold outside, I decided to cheat... . I went and got a little bit of metho and tipped it on. The flame lit up nicely, and I quickly did the ends of the rope. As I was pulling one out though, it was still on fire. I gave it a shake to put it out, but silly me, ofcourse, also didn't notice the bloody hot wax still on it. Long story short, I ended up with a slightly burnt finger for the rest of the day . Once it was 1:30PM I got ready to go fishing. By about 2:00PM, I was out the door going down to the park. The lines would've been in by about 2:15PM. After I baited them, with dead fresh prawn, I got to cast netting. The first cast brang a few prawns, as I found the prawns first try. I got about 5, so I could bait the lines with some good bait. The salmon line was given quite a few prawns, and the other one that was casted out into the middle of the river was too. On the second cast with my net, I felt some OK tugging as I pulled it up. To my surprise, a little breambo was in the net. I untangled him, grabbed a quick pic, and sent him on his way. Here he is - aw After that, I put up my umbrella up over the cart and shifted everything that couldn't get wet under it, as it had started to spit. This last for about ten more minutes, and then the rain subsided. In this time, I got a few more prawns in the cast net. My lines were still getting picked by something small, so I was going through quite a few prawns. Luckily, I was catching more than I was using. Each cast off the end of the jetty would get my five or so small prawns, maybe a couple less. I would throw the net off the end and let it drift around and in front of the pylon, then pull it up from the other side. It seemed with the combination of a running out tide and the structure, a lot more bait was here than just on the end of the jetty. This trend continued for about another hour, but a bit before this (maybe at three) my mate came down. He was giving me a hand with the cast netting, and watching The lines. The pickers were truly relentless. We must've given them a good feed. I am thinking smaller hooks may be the go but I don't want bigger fish to swallow them straight down their gobs, LOL. While I was standing up on the wooden part of the boardwalk, the rod out in the middle went off. Unfortunately, it didn't hook up. I was about to spit the dummy at the pickers, which probably wouldn't be possible until I landed one, but then my dad called. It started like this, "Hey mate, ya caught any?". I replied by saying I'd caught bugger all, and then my dad said (very disgraceful), "Well, maybe it's time you come home mate, it's getting a bit late" (not that it was). I hung up, and decided I would catch a fish today! I was back on the jetty when I saw the rod (which I pulled out of the drink that time in session #4) going off. I ran up, and to my delight it was still on when I set the hook. It was right under though, but luckily it didn't go running off. I was thinking it may be a pike eel, but after some fun fighting I saw it. At first I just thought it was a catfish, but then I realised what it was. Yes, it was a thready! While it was not that big, I was still stoked as I consider them quite 'prestigious'. I told my friend to get the net, an he jogged down onto the jetty while I walked it down. He scooped it up perfectly, and we then got to work. I measured it hastiy and got a brag mat photo, de-hooked it (well, the hook came out itself) and took a quick photo. Here it is - While in no stretch of the imagination is it big, it is still a threadfin! I then got him back to the water, where he swam off strong. It probably could've done with a longer swim but it took one big splash and it was off. Here is a quick release shot we took - After we let him go, the next five minutes was high fives and cheers! Then, I re-gathered all our scattered gear and re-baited the lines, with live prawns, and kept fishing! There weren't anymore bites for the next half an hour or so, and while we were waiting, the only things I had managed were snags (I need to re-spool a couple of reels but they are well overdue for that anyways) and a few more prawns (not to mention a bloomin glassy). The next cast I did felt no different, and when I pulled up the top of the net there were still prawns. But I got a big surprise when I pulled up the bottom. A big fish, which I initially thought was a catfish, was there. On closer examination, I realised it was a big mullet. "Hooray", I thought. I told my mate to come down and then I dealt with the mullet. It was very squirmy, and I needed a very tight grip on it. Once I got it up, I put it in the esky. It will either feature as crab bait in our next POB trip, or become a strip bait. Since it kept flopping around, I slit it's throat and took a quick picture. Here I am with my '50cm' mullet. A true monster - The oldest trick in the book... It was only 33cm. After him, I was quite satisfied with the day. A salmon and a new PB mullet. Yippee. I think I should learn how to brain spike fish though, as I got a lot of blood on my bait board. I think it is also a bit more humane. Maybe a screwdriver will work next time? Any tips anyone? It was now nearing five, and the tide was changing. The rod out in the channel, which I had just re-rigged with a live prawn, then took off. I set the hook, tighten the drag, and then handed over to my friend to pull it in. Up came an OK river perch, skull dragged from the depths . I de-hooked it, and gave him a quick release. I thought it swam off very nicely, but I may have been wrong... The next perch came practically back to back to that one, and on the next one, which my mate said I could have, had an audience. An Asian family watched me pull it up, and then they all cheered when I got it. This seems to be a normal thing here, but, I'm not complaining . Unfortunately the photo on his one wasn't very good, as we were rushed trying to get it back in and wanted to see him swim off. My friends filter and the focus of his lenses must've clashed. Here it is (I think you can still see that shape of the fish, LOL). We were just about to begin packing up, and my mum was down there as well, but then we saw a poor little perch on the side of the bank. At first I thought it was dead, but then I realised it must've been one of the ones I let go. I was a bit confused, as both of the fish swam off well, but I guess one of them actually didn't. I tried tipping some buckets of water on it, so it might get a bit of energy back, but that didn't work. I didn't manage to scoop it up and give it a proper swim off anyway. "Oh well", I thought. It is a shame, but (from what I have been taught off here ) the fish will go back into the ecosystem, and be recycled by the environment. On the way home, we lost a couple of the tubes from the cart, which fell off, so I will re-do them tomorrow, most likely anyways. I;m going to a mates tomorrow though, and then have school mountain biking on, so I'm not going to manage a fish . I hope you enjoyed the report everyone, I know it is a more memorable one for me... And just another thing which I find funny: there has been a pattern with my better sessions. +5 and then +11. For example, my first good session, or report, was session #5. After that, 11 sessions later, in session #16, was my next good one. #21 was another five session after that, and this one, #32, is 11 sessions after session #21 - funny, ey! Here are the stats of the report - Statistics of trip - Tide: 10:00AM, 1.7M, high, .2M, 4:15PM, Low Moon Phase: The moon is 95.5% full! Air Pressure: 1022 Weather: 13-21 degrees Celsius weather, overcast, and a tad of rain. Tackle Used: Ugly Stik 6"6' and 8", Rogue Firepoint Boat Rod, 2M, Penn 650, 14lb and 30lb braid mainlines, 15lb, 20lb and 30lb fluorocarbon leaders, 80lb mono trace, 4/o circle and suicide hooks, size 2 and six ball sinkers, largish barrel swivel, size 1000 and 2500 Shimano Sienna and Nasci, Size 2500 Diawa Shinobi. Bait used: Live prawns Time fished: 2:15PM-5:15PM Bait caught: Prawns Overall Success Rate: 100% - Target species caught, as well as some welcome by-catch Cheers Hamish
      18. With a fairly ordinary forecast for the rest of the week I thought I should sneak out for a quick fish today before the wind kicks in again. I haven’t fished the Port of Brisbane for a while so decided to give it a crack today on the bottom of the tide since that was conveniently happening around midday, so I could have a sleep in and a leisurely breakfast and miss the peak hour traffic. I needed to clean out the freezer of old fish frames so I took the pots for a swim as well, although I was not confident. Had some old pillies to get rid of as well so planned a mix of bait and plastics fishing. Dropped the pots about 10am and then did a bit of bait fishing hoping for a snapper or two. Moved around.a bit between regular spots for no joy so decided to target flathead on the last of the runout. First cast, and first lift of the rod and I was connected to something with a bit of weight. I was fishing light with 6lb braid and 6lb leader on my favourite plastics outfit (2-6lb Samaki Zing Rod with a 1000 Daiwa Presso Iprimi reel) and this fish was giving me a good tussle. I got her up close to the boat and could see it was a good flattie. She didn’t like seeing the boat or the landing net so I had a number of false starts with the landing net. At that point I was starting to wish I had a deckie to manage the net. Eventually I was able to slip the net under her and get her into the boat. A nice fish just on 70cm. An old fashioned Squidgy Wriggler in rum red did the damage. The drift was slow because there was not a lot of run in the water but I repeated the drift a couple of times, but didn’t get another hit. Went back to searching for snapper but could only find bream, mostly about 28cm, but I did hook this fatso. The photo doesn’t do it justice. It was only 34cm but fat as a football. No doubt there will be heaps of fat bream around as we go into spawning time. The wind was very kind today and the conditions were beautiful. No crabs, but that was no real surprise. Another great day on the water.
      19. Hi all Today I went out for another session at the local park. If you haven't already as well, I recommend you read Brisbane River Session #16. It is a lot more exciting than this, although today was still a good day out. I was targeting bream, cod, and threadfin salmon/sharks. It was a early start as well, as we left at about 5:50AM to get there for a 6:00AM start. So, after arriving at six, we got the net out to see if we could get some live prawns. First cast of net net brings a prawn which I put straight on next to the pylon. The next cast brings two, and this one went straight out. We got about 5 more prawns, and this was while the tide was still rising. It was just about to change when my dad and I got a double hook up on the livies. I was on first, on what I thought was just small. After a little bit into the fight though, we hear a screaming noise and the other line is going off. My dad stops goofing around with me, and he proceeds to pull in the fish. Mine surfaced first, and I was surprised to see a decent catfish, which i only landed after 1 or 2 runs. We tried netting it, but it took a run under structure. Then my Dad pulled up a decent bream, and told me to sort it out while he sorted mine out. Eventually, we got the two fish up onto the jetty and took some pics. Here they are - The bream went twenty-nine on the brag mat, and the catfish went about 40cm (though it was an estimate). After that, we proceeded to do some more cast netting, which resulted in a couple of prawns, but mainly leaves and sticks LOL. It was about half an hour to when the fish was pulled up, and then I saw something swimming towards the bank. "Holy crap, a dog," was what I initially said as it looked a bit like a little Chihuahua head or something but then my Dad saw it and we realised it was a kangaroo. Swimming across the river, practillay in suburbia . It was actually a pretty bad situation as it was going towards the bank but then turned around the second it saw us then swam around in circles in the middle of the river. Luckily, the tide was just about changing so there wasn't any run to push it downstream any more. It was starting to go under, so my Dad said he might need to swim to get it, which would've been a great photo, but we decided to wait a bit more to see if a paddler could come along. Luckily one did, the old guy who comes down there for a paddle every day, so we asked him if he could paddle out to help it. He did, and while another guy came along with little to no care for it (my Dad yelled at him and he didn't bother about it), the man sort of shepherded it back to the jetty. Our plan was to scoop it up in the landing net then send it on its way, but it had other plans. We got it in the net but then it decided to hop straight back out into the drink. The man then proceeded to guide it back to the bank around the jetty and go off on his paddle. I know it was good, but I am just wondering how it will go in the local park since so many people go there. I suppose it will just stay around the outskirts and eat grass. Here it is - Sorry for the bad photos, but that is a wallaby in the BR! After that, it was about 7:30AM. Since the tide had started to go the other way, I had the heavier line out. It had nearly gotten caught on the kangaroo, but fortunately with some manoeuvring it was free. It was baited with a dead frog mouth pilchard as we hadn't caught any live fish (mullet, herring, silver biddy, frogmouth pilchards, etc) , which was a pity any we didn't have enough prawns for one big bait. Within about 20 minutes, I had done a quick bait check and re-baited, but then the rod went off. I could distinctly see a bend, but I couldn't hear anything, so that told me it was a pretty small fish. I didn't even have a fight with it, I just basically pulled the catfish in. Here it is - After that, I chucked out another frog mouth pillie and checked the prawn lines. They had no bait, and I wondered if something had somehow picked them off without us noticing, and I doubted they had fallen off as we pinend them well through the tail. I rebaited the lines and chucked them out regardless, hoping for another fish. Though, in about ten minutes, there was another strike on the big rod. I ran down, hoping it was still on, but to my disappointment whatever it was had dropped the bait. I casted it out with another frogmouth pilchard and hoped for something. In another short while I was on yet again, pulling up a decent catfish. I de hooked it, took a quick pic and back in the drink it went. Here it is - After that fish, I got the line out again. My dad headed off now, and the bite was quite. My friend came down shortly after, and we were social distancing. I had one more strike on the heavy combo, and I missed it, so I decided to reel it in as I was out of frogmouth pilchards. I had a couple more throws with the net, but there were no prawns around so I resorted to the Australian farm prawns I had gotten the other week. I was doing everything from chopping them up to peeling them, to see what worked best. I found the peeled bits chopped up was a treat, so this is what I did. I had numerous nibbles, but they were all small. I then had a little take, but I unfortunately missed this. Then, with a new bait, slightly larger, the rod went off. I picked it up eagerly but to my absolute dismay whatever it was had dropped the bait. After that, I gave the other rod a bait check. after winding up the slack, I felt a tug, then a pull, then realised I was on. Whatever fish it was, it was in a bit of structure, but after a couple little runs and a bit of positioning, I got it out. I started pulling it up, and to my surprise up came a cod. I think there are a few cod under the pylons, so I was pretty happy with that. It didn't look to big, but when I got it up onto the brag mat it was about 30cm. No where near legal, but still not a bad fih. Here it is - After that, I put in about ten more minutes but it was starting to slow down. It was about ten, so I decided to call it a day. I was very happy with the results, 1 bream and cod in the day. . Hopefully you all stay safe with COVID-19, I hope you enjoyed the report. Sorry for any errors in the text. Here are the stats or the trip - Statistics of trip- Tide: High, 2.0M, 6:55AM, Low, .5M, .5M. I fished the run out Moon Phase: Third Quarter Moon, so not that much run Weather: 30c, 14Km/h winds, 41% humidity in Brisbane Time fished: 6:00AM-10:00AM Bait used: Prawns, live and dead. Frogmouth pilchards, dead. Bait caught: Dozen prawns or so Fish caught: Catfish x 3, Estuary Cod x 1, Bream x 1 Tackle Used: 14lb braid mainlines, 9 and 12lb leaders, 80lb trace for threadies due to sharks and structure, 30lb trace, 4/o circle and suicide hooks, size 2 sinkers, size 6 ball sinker, large swivels, size 1000 sienna shimano, size 2500 Shimano Nasci, Size 650 Penn, 30lb braid mainline. Overall Success: 80% - A nice morning out with some good fish Cheers Hamish
      20. Well the night started off terribly. Dinner was late and i was worried i was going to miss the high. Luckily for me i have a brilliant missus who fixed everything for us to leave just when i wanted to. Car was packed energy was high and off we went. Drive round the corner and suddenly the bubble burst and i felt as though my first girlfriend had just dumped me again. The jetty at victoria point was full of people fishing. Not wanting to give up but knowing i have little fuel till pay day we started heading home. As we pull into the driveway.....da dada daaaaaa missus to the rescue again. She says put the fishing gear into my car i have fuel. Spirits lifted once more and off we went to wellington point. Got there at 9.00.....a little late but it had just gone high tide and i was getting pumped. A quick look up the jetty showed quite a few people but there was still plenty of space for us to wet a line aswell. Eagerly we jumped out the car and felt the wind. It was comming on quite strong and i knew the jetty was going to be even worse. But we were there dammit and i wasnt going to let it stop me from my mission. So we jumped back in the car and went to the king island side of the point. Quickly unpacked the car and walked to our chosen spot. Baited my rod with some worms and cast into the great dark abyss. Eagerly wanting to try out my new cast net i ripped it out if its bucket and began wildly throwing into the i cant begin to describe how bad i was throwing it. I may aswell have just thrown a rock into the water. Going from a 6' to a 10' net sure means tweaking your throwing style a bit. But after 10 or so throws i was making some decent throws and ended up landing a few of thesepretty happy start. Pulled in my rod, removed the worm and rebaited with one of these little suckers. Re cast and no more than 20 seconds after i had put my rod down did the line start screaming. I ran like hussien bolt grabed my rod and bang set the hook. The fight was on. It was my light 4lb gear on a 1-3kg rod vs whatever had dared to take the bait. Keeping the drag just right to bring him in with a few little runs here and there i finally glimpsed the subltle silver gleam in the pale light. My adrenilin was pumping now. I havent been so excited over pulling in a fish in a long time but here i was dripping with anticipation. Finally the fish was at the wall and i pulled it up and over onto the floor quickly so it wouldnt have a chance to flick free. It was a beauty. Pan sized bream. Havent seen one this big in years. Just hit 33cm. For a bream i was stoked. Straight into the esky and he will be starring in 2morrow nights dinner. After such a rough start to the night i was glad to see a good outcome. Not only did i spare the doughnut but i was taking home a feed aswell. Well the tide was still high and so were my spirits again. Re bait and woosh vast back into the abyss. Rod down go to cast net and bzzzzzzz rod is off i think i found the magic bait at wello. Grab my rod again and bang hook is good. Reeling in.....then i felt it......u know that feeling where its like the fish just swam into a rock but the hook kept going.....well thats what it felt like to me cause suddenly there was nothing on the other end. Finished reeling it back in, re bait and re cast. I actually got a few throws of my cast net in before the line started going off again. Quickly i dropped my net as i was about to throw it. Grabbed the rod and set the hook again. I had the drag set too loose and whatever was on the end just ran. Quickly tightened the drag and started to get some line back. It was about 10.00 by now and the tide was dropping rather quickly as it does in that area. It was probably only 1 foot deep just below me but i was determined to land this one. It was still a good fight not too dissimilar from my first good fight of the night. But finally i landed my second pan sized bream of the night this one a good 29cm. but with the tide running out it was time to pack it up and head home. Was a good trip in the end and i have a good feed for tomorrow. Now to plan my next trip out. Tight lines folks
      21. Hi fishos hope everyone is still getting a line in considering these social restrictions and such. So I've spent two or three nights a week over the last five weeks targeting sharks in the north pine river. I haven't had any success with the sharks, though I've caught some other fish. I've been busted off above the leader, had my trace bitten through, had large live baits bitten in half and smaller ones mangled. I guess I could say I've had a run of bad luck on the sharks. Mostly fishing around dohles rocks and at deepwater bend a couple times and under the bridge on the north side couple times. Fishing with my heavy duty shark rod 30lb line, my 8ft gen purpose 10lb line, and my 6ft spin 8lb. I also have an extra reel with 30lb I sometimes bang on the 8ft if I want 2 shark lines in. Using mullet and catfish for bait mostly. This last 2 weeks at dohles rocks (I mostly fish both sides of low tide usually after dark) I've caught some decent bream 35cm+ (and a couple smaller ones), a javelin fish about 35cm, two or three cats about 30cm and two large pike eels last night. I kept one of the eels for shark bait as I was running low on bait. I was disappointed when I saw the first eel because he put up a good fight I thought he might have been a little shark. (continues after pics) I've done a little fishing in Sweeney reserve at petrie. I was getting baits picked off really quick so I put a little whiting hook and tiny bait on and I was catching catfish one after another but they were like only 12cm long. Couple of bream about the same size. Does anyone know if this section of the river is worth fishing? I've put in a few nights there and caught nothing bigger than about 7 inches. Done a bit of lure throwing there too and only caught sticks and snags. I've heard that tarpon sometimes get into this section of the river can anyone confirm this or give me some info on the time of year I'm likely to catch them? I caught a good one in a gold coast canal last November (after hooking up and getting my lure thrown about 5 times) I really loved targeting them I'd love to get onto some more. Thanks for reading!