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  1. Hi all I'm a bit (very) exhausted at the time of writing this but I'm going to do it anyway. This arvo I decided to finish up school (which I did, I have a weekend free of work because I finished it, hooray!). I asked my mate if he wanted to come down for a fish and by three fifteen I was out of the house with the loaded up cart. I walked down with four rods and was fishing with all lines in at about three thirty. The first ten minutes was more setting everything up, but then I had a couple throws with the net. Except for a couple of tiny biddies and bloomin scat, I had nothing. I did a bait check on the smaller lines and they were all pickered. Then I remembered since it was rising tide, a line right in the channel made between the jetty and shore is good for perch and catties. In about 2 minutes of having this line in, it got pickered. The same thing happened a couple more times and then I realised we were running really low on prawns. Action was required and I got throwing off the jetty. The first cast resulted in some good prawns, so I gave my mate a yell to come down with the bucket. Down he came, and I tested the new Pryml aerator. It worked excellently, and it kept the prawns live. I decided to reel in the heavy line after that to get a live prawns on pronto, but as I did I felt weight. It took about 2 seconds to realise I was on, and I gave my friend a yell to come with the net. The first fish of the day came up shortly, a decent catfish of 38cm - I tried to deal with him, but the circle hook had pinned him twice through the mouth. It just happened that when I was struggling de hooking him, my Dad came down with my brother and Mum. He eventually got the hook out, and I gave the catfish a good swim. He wasn't going straight down, but he was swimming the right way up along the surface. I think he just needed some water through his gills, because I think he swam back down up the river. After that, I deployed a live prawn and bait checked the other lines. They had been picked, so I re baited with a bit of mullet and another bit of prawn. It wasn't long before I was back cast netting, and I got one or two more prawns. Just then, the big rod went off again. I thought it was just a pick, so I told my friend so and he was aware. Then, just as I was pulling up the net, it buckles over and line goes out. I yank up the net (which had a couple prawns in it) and I tighten the drag and strike. I am on! The fish first took a good run down deeper and I just had in the back of my mind what it might be. After about two minutes of screaming runs and me pulling it in, I began to get it closer in. It tried to go under the jetty and pylons, but I made sure to keep it out. It was just about then when I saw the trace and what came after it. Another Threadfin Salmon! Simultaneously, my mate and I yell out in joy, and then we try to land the thing. It was hooked very well, so I knew we weren't losing it but I also knew it wasn't worth getting the hook back because it will just rust out soon, as opposed to giving the fish surgery. He ran back up to grab the scissors, and then we proceeded to properly christen the new landing net. It took about 4 goes because the fish kept jumping out, but eventually I got him in then it and brought him up on the jetty. The thready initially tried to hop back into the water, but I picked it up quickly, hastily measured it, and then got some ripper photos (or to be specific, the group of boys who went to primary school with me did ). Here is the thready, sorry the photos aren't entirely the best but they are still visible - After he/she was safely released, which was a bit of an affair as it required quite a few good swims, I just enjoyed the moment for about 5 minutes, and then everyone else there wouldn't shut up and just kept yelling, "Yeah Hamish, big fish!!!!" LOL. It was actually quite fun, and then eventually I checked the other lines, which had no bait. By this point, I simply just cut up a live prawn, chucked them out and waited. I then re tied my hook on the trace and cast the other out with a live prawn. By now it was about 5:00PM, so it was starting to get dark. My mate said he would be going when I left, and I told him we'd be about another half hour. The lantern in the cart came out now, just so we could see a bit better, and I kept throwing the cast net off the jetty. This resulted in a couple more big prawns, and time flew by. Before we knew it, I made the call to start packing up and it was good I did. By the time everything was away, it was getting dark. I made the trek home, and the funniest thing was when I saw my Dad in the driveway I said one word. "Salmon". He bluntly replies "Yeah right, show the pics mate!". I very promptly showed him and the look on his face was great! I then unloaded the contents of the esky of unpacked the prawns that were leftover, and some were of great size. Here is a quick happy snap of them. I also find with about 15 minutes on an ice brick, they go to sleep so I think for anyone keeping them that is the best way to get them killed. Here they are - Here are the stats of the trip - Stats of Trip - Tide - Low 12:20PM, .6M, High, 6:00PM, 1.6M Moon Phase - Waning Crescent, which is the phase that occurs roughly after three weeks of the full moon. This means there isn't much run. Air Pressure - 1021.8 Weather - 24c, 8Km/h winds (I think there were higher winds because there were white caps), 61% humidity, slightly cloudy. Fish caught - Catfish x 1, Threadfin Salmon x 1 Bait caught - Prawns, biddies, scat. Bait used - Live and dead prawns, mullet. Tackle used - 8", 6"6' Ugly Stik and Rogue Firepoint Rods (plus a graphite rod that I don't quite know the name of, which also starts in Session #4). Size 1000 Shimano Sienna, Size 2500 Shimano Nasci and Diawa Shinobi, Size 650 Penn reel, 30lb braid mainline, 14lb mainlines, 15lb Pryml fluorocarbon leader, 30lb fluorocarbon leader, 80lb mono leader, large barrel swivel, size six ball sinker, size 2 ball/bean sinker. Overall success rate - 100% - Target specie caught OK, so I hope you all enjoyed the report, I certainly had fun catching the contents of it . I hope everyone can stay safe with COVID-19, because while the restrictions are eased it is still around. I also am super happy with the thready, my thready curve of once a year might become once every three weeks. Cheers Hamish
  2. Hi all My brother and I decided to go to our local park on the Brisbane River yesterday, targeting sharks. We were successful and had some other surprises. Here's what happened, and the statistics of the trip So, after waking up at 5:30AM, I woke my brother up. Well, it was to early for him, so I got my Dad up and he took me down. After he left, I threw out my shark lines, one with a slab of mullet, the other with a bony bream. The combos were a Rogue Firepoint 6'6" and a Penn 650 with 30lb braid, as well as a lower quality set up. I was up on the pier area, not on the jetty, but i saw two pecks, (well strikes) and I ran down thinking "Jeez, am I on one already?" Nope! I reeled it in, and nothing was on the hook - *disappointed*. Then, I caught a little catfish which was perfect shark bait size, which i kept (mainly because the line was stuck in it's gills). I pulled up a couple more, threw the cast net and caught a prawn for live bait, then Declan came down with Dad, and after a couple more bait checks we had caught about 5 catties. They each put up a good fight for their size, they really took off when the drag was loose Great fun too. The catfish are caught on a 1000 size Shimano Sienna and a 2500 Diawa Shinobi. Now it was about 8:00AM, and I did another bait check on the shark lines. I felt a sudden pull, then realised I was hooked up. After about a five minute fight, I realised the little bully was tangled with this line and he was actually hooked on the other It was a pretty bad situation, because he had some wire tang;ed around his body, but after he rolled a couple times I could walk him down to the jetty to land him. In about another 10 minutes, he was netted and then released. Here he is- We didn't get a precise measurement but I'd say he was around 80cm and about 5 kilos. He scoffed a big chunk of mullet down too. After he was dealt with and released, Declan and I pulled up a couple more catfish, and by that time it was warming up a bit (but we were in shade). We only kept one shark line out, i figured it would be easier to handle. We had a crowd watching the bull shark too, a lady who walks there a lot and someone else. So, we re-casted all the lighter lines then upped the catfish count to seven or eight. Then, I dropped a line right next to pylon (mainly so it wouldn't get tangled with the other because we were fishing the run out of the end of the pier which is only about five metres wide). I hooked up after about ten minutes, at first thinking it was an ok catty again, but then after feeling the weight and the runs it was doing back to the structore I released it was something better. I got it away from the structure and then was happy/surprised to see a nice estuary cod on the end of my line. I slowly walked it down while Declan was grabbing some gear, like the landing net, brag mat, lip grips and pliers and he scooped it up. I dehooked it and it measured about 40cm on the mat. Here it is - He was released to be caught next time and swum off well, back under the pier/jetty. After that, Declan pulled up a few more catties (I let him have them after set the drag, etc) and he was having fun. After we got the tally to ten, the bite went quiet, as it was about 10:00AM and the tide had slowed a little. Most of the catties would've been under 30cm, but he caught a couple bigger ones. Then, I pulled in one more and my Dad came down and took us home. Here are the statistics of the trip: Statistics Tide: 1.7metre high, run out and .8 metre low, at approx. 10:00AM Moon Phase: First Quarter, so not that much run Weather: 34c, 55% humidity Wind: Very glassy, though the breeze picked up later in the morning Tackle Used: 14lb braid mainlines, 12;b mono leader, size 2 bean sinkers, 4/o suicide hooks, 30lb braid mainline, 80lb wire trace, 100lb mono leader, 6/o circle hook. Fish Caught: Shark x 1, Catfish x 9, Estuary Cod x 1 Bait Caught: Prawn x 1 Bait Used: Herring, Mullet, Prawn Successful Overall: Very Successful Trip I hope you enjoyed reading the report, I know it was a very fun session Cheers Hamish
  3. Hi all I was planning to go out this weekend, but since we were busy I just marched down to the local park to have a fish. It was pretty nice but the results weren't the best. Here it is- So, I spent last night rigging/preparing my rods/tackle and getting killed by mozzies. I watched the All Star's Game too, and that was good. When I rocked up on the jetty this morning, it was pretty cool, the tide was rising, blue, lightly cloudy sky and pretty windy. Since I was sheltered though, I wasn't getting any. I cast my lines out, baited with a mix of herring, mullet, prawns and eel. The target species were sharks, bream, cod and just for fun, catfish Getting to the jetty Nice sky I was fishing of the wharf bit at first, but with the rising tide it was pushing my line towards the pylons/under the jetty. I didn't get touched apart from the resident pylon pickers, (probably baby river perch) so in about 30 minutes I moved my lines to the jetty. This was far more efficient, as I could put two lines out the back and keep an eye on the shark rod, baited with a chunk of eel. I got my first run in about 10 minutes, but no hook up. To make it even worse, when I wound it back in, the bait was still on which meant it had just sucked it in and spat it out - silly catfish! The Setup This happened about 5 more times and then I moved back to the wharf, fishing the eddy/channel made from the wharf and jetty. It made fishing a bit easier, I had one line out the front and the other sitting in the channel. While the line out the front was getting hits and some good runs, I failed to hook up. Though, every time the bait was still on when I retrieved it. Finally, I hooked up on the line in the channel, and it was quite a feisty fight. The catfish jumped under the jetty, but I kept a tight line so it could't flick the hook. Forktail Catfish After that fella was dealt with, the skies started to look threatening and the bite was going strong, but no more fish, There was a light shower but it must've missed me because I reckon it looked like a storm cloud. It missed me My dad then came down and picked me up, and my Albright knot snapped clean off, causing me to loose a trace and some leader - I assume the knot weakened the line but I also might've casted to hard as I'd casted it about 5 times before. Here are the trips statistics - Tide: Low Tide, 0.3m, 3:40AM, High Tide, 10:30AM, 2.3M Time fished: 6:40Am-10:00AM Moon phase: Waning Crescent Phase, so growing smaller until the new moon Bait Used: Herring, mullet, prawns, eel Bait Caught: - Fish Caught: Catfish x 1 Tackle Used: 14lb braid mainline, 20lb fluorocarbon leader, 12lb mono leader, 80lb mono leader, 80lb wire trace, size 6 sinker, size 2 bean sinker, 650 penn reel, 30lb braid mainline, Shimano Nasci 2500, Shimano Sienna 1000, Diawa Shinobi 2500, Ugly Stik 6'6", Ugly Stik 8' Overall Success Rate: 40%, was relaxing and at least I didn't donut Hope you enjoyed the report, Cheers Hamish
  4. Hi all Here is Brisbane River Session #7, while I did donut, and it wasn't a very successful fishing trip, I will give the statistics for anyone else's reference So, after some help around the house, tennis practise this morning, table tennis, mowing the lawn and rigging some rods I convinced my Dad to take my sister, our dog and I to Captain Burke Park, under the story bridge. We got there and saw two kids fishing, maybe about 12 or 13. I was mainly trying to catch livies for the duration they were fishing, but after nothing in about 15-25 throws I went up, and chucked out some dead herring (caught at Colmslie cast netting a while back) and waited. I was fishing off the side of the jetty, the tide was running out so it was quite shallow. They left in about 30 minutes, but they'd left their bait, fish blood and organs and a little bit of tackle on the jetty. There mum/brother was watching them, and it is a bit disappointing to see they weren't checking that it was clean. To be fair, she/he probably didn't have a clue. I couldn't tell them to pick it up either, by the time I realized they'd left. Other than that, I was having a pretty good chat, they said they'd caught a couple of 'baitfish', glassies I assume, and they were just getting pickered. I was there from about 4:00PM-6:15PM, we had to get back home to cook dinner. My dad was making a huge effort to get some livies too, throwing the net for the whole time (as well as helping my sister calm the dog after she barked for about 2-5 minutes for each dog she saw ), unfortunately only managing some toadfish, undersize yellowfin bream, small glassies and a small bony bream (all released to be eaten by a salmon). Here are the statistics of the trip, I think the next time I go back there it will be in the morning and on the rising tide. Also, I have a hike on for scouts tomorrow so that's another reason why I had to leave earlier than usual. Statistics of Trip Tide: 2:20PM high, 8:55PM low, so was fishing the run out. Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous Phase, so getting smaller and smaller - lasts for a week after full moon Weather: 30c, 86% humidity and the wind was up, probably blowing about 15Km/h, probably from that storm (ex-tropical cyclone) that is causing the big swell Bait Used: Herring, Bony Bream, Mullet, Frog-Mouth Pilchard, all dead Bait caught: Glassy x 4, Bony Bream x 1, Toadfish x 2, baby flathead x 1 - all was released Tackle Used: 30lb braid mainlines, 80lb mono leader, 100lb mono leader, 80lb mono traces, barrel swivel, size 6 ball sinker, size 1 star sinker, 20lb fluorocarbon leader, size 3 ball sinker, 4/o circle hook, 6/o circle hooks. Fish Caught: *embarrassed* Overall Success: 20% Hope you enjoyed Cheers Hamish
  5. Hi all I know this probably won't be that interesting, but here's Brisbane River Session #6 So, I woke up and it was raining. I looked around for my Dad, but he had left to set up the Scout Sausage Sizzle we are having at Bunnings today. I slept back in for about another 20 minutes, then got up. I didn't find a raincoat, so I just went in my normal shirt. There was a bit of heavy rain at the start but after about 45 minutes the sun came out. While it was raining, in about 10 minutes of arrival, I took my first catfish on a piece of prawn. My second rod went off but I didn't get to it because I was dealing with the first one lol. I rebaited, this time with a shrimp, and in about 20-30 minutes, I was on again. After about ten seconds though, I knew it wasn't another catty. It was taking line, felt very heavy and not coming up. In the fight, about 40 seconds though, he rasped/bit through my 12lb mono leader *anger, disappointment, annoyed*. I felt the line while re-rigging, which is where I found out he rasped through it, which makes me think it was one of these three- -Threadfin Salmon -Pike -Freshwater Eel Whatever it was, it's got a hook in his mouth so if I re-catch him, I'll know who he is (hopefully it doesn't rust or get spat ) For the rest of the day, I had one more run, but didn't connect. It didn't feel big anyways. I did notice some interesting things though. Normally when I'm fishing for sharks (which was the primary target species) I've been fishing the run out. This time, it was rising all morning and one of the highest tides I've ever seen. While I was watching the lines, I did see a big jump/bust up on the other side of the river, it was silver, so either a shark, salmon or big catty. While I had my line in the channel made in between the jetty and bank as well, I saw a catfish do a big boof on the mangrove too, it gave me a fright but at least I knew they were there. After that, I fished for about another half hour, but I left when my Dad came down and when it started to heat up. Here are the statistics too: Statistics of Trip Fish caught: Catfish x 1, big bust off Baits used: Prawns, Shrimp, Mullet Tide: Rising, .1 low, 4:00AM, 2.6m high, 10:40AM Moon Phase: Over 50% but not quite full Tackle: 14lb braid mainline, 12lb mono leader, 20lb fluorocarbon leader, 30lb braid mainline, 80lb mono leader, 80lb Halco wire trace 40-50cm Weather: 26c, 83% humidity, rain, cloudy Bait Caught: - Overall Success: Target species were not caught, but it was still nice to get out for a fish I hope you enjoyed the report, sorry there are no photos but I caught nothing worthy Cheers Hamish
  6. Hi all Last night I put in another session on the Brisbane River with my Dad and brother. We were fishing, near Green Bridge. Overall, it was a pretty successful night, here is what happened. So, we rock up to the fishing destination (jetty, don't tell anyone) and see it's as crowded as we've ever seen. Two guys fishing together, and an older couple taking up the spot we'd normally go in. After a quick throw of the cast nets, we decided to fish off the side and back of the jetty. One rod out for bream, the other live baiting for salmon/jew. We started throwing the nets for about 10 minutes after I had chucked out a whole dead herring and a cube of prawn. Initially throwing the nets, we were catching nothing, so we went to have another sit down with the rods. We got our first take on the dead herring with in 2 minutes of us doing that, and the fish felt good. Sadly, after some vicious head shaking, it spat the bait and we lost the fish. I re-baited and we started throwing the nets again. That's when we started getting some good prawns, we realized to be successful we had to throw our net right in the shallows/mangroves. After numerous bait checks, we got another take on the herring, which felt considerably smaller. It pickered the bait off the hook, making me think it probably wasn't a trophy fish at all . Now, it was about 7:30 and the prawns really started coming in. Unfortunately, the older couple hadn't left yet, nor had the other guys, taking up most of the jetty. In fishing situations like these, I probably should've gotten there earlier to get a better spot. After a couple more tiny takes and a few more prawns, the older couple hooked up to a decent fish which turned out to be a fairly big pike eel. Then, they got a double hook up, a pike eel and a little bull shark. Then, they caught another little bully. This happened in the space of say, 45 minutes. It was about 8:15 and I guess those other guys decided that the fishing was good 'cos they called in one of their mates, and in within fifteen minutes of that, they called in another one of their mates. These guys started to get a bit annoying/rude, throwing their lines directly over mine and trying to take my spot and swearing a bit too loudly for when there's little kids around (another guy had rocked up with his children, about 4-6 I'd say). It was then about 8:30PM, so we did a final bit of netting, caught a couple prawns and frog mouth pilchards then packed the nets away in the car. With the final half hour of fishing, I just chucked out a whole herring on my light line to see if a big bream/cod was sitting in the mangroves. It ended up turning into a small pike eel, which was about 50cm and released because no-one seemed to have a donga and we didn't really need any shark bait. The bloody thing nearly bit me twice (once on the shoe, once on the glove) and then we decided just to 'nudge' her back in. Here it is - After skull dragging it in, we began to pack up and just left the last line out with a live mullet on it. Well, nothing smashed it, and I spent about 10 minutes untangling it from the guy who threw his line over mine. At 9:00PM, we decided to leave just as it began to rain. Overall, it was a pretty good session, here are the nights statistics (tide, time, moon, etc) Statistics of Night Tide: 1.2M - 1.7M (halfway high to high) Time Fished: 6:40PM-9:00PM Fish Caught: Pike eel, 50cm Bait Caught: Prawns, frog mouth pilchard, mullet Moon: Third Quarter Cycle Tackle used for the night: 30lb mainline, 100lb mono leader, size 6 ball sinker, 80lb trace (mono), 6/o circle hook, large barrel swivel 14lb braid mainline, 20lb fluorocarbon leader, size 2 ball sinker, 2/0 suicide hook. That's everything, hope you enjoyed this report. Cheers Hamish
  7. Hi all I was just wondering if anyone has been doing well on the prawns lately in the Brisbane River. The other night i went to Colmslie and only my dad and i only caught about 4 with about 2hrs or throwing (we caught about 35 herring though). I was wondering if anyone had any good spots where they were catching about 50-200 prawns (I'm just freezing them for bait in the future and i certainly don't want 10L ). I throw a 4ft net (which i will be upgrading to a six foot soon as it is nearly worn out). Cheers Hamish