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  1. Hi all Technically, this report started last night, so I'll tell you all what happened then. After some serious convincing, I managed to get my Dad to take me to the local park to put the shrimp traps in, for some back up live bait. They were baited with catfish and an old beef paddy (whatever I could find in the freezer LOL) and left for about a 10 hour soaking. The plan was to go this morning, so I did. I should probably also note it is fun and creepy to walk through a pitch black forest park/park full of trees at night, but it was worth it for what I got. I pulled them up this morning and managed a few good shrimp, enough to get the lines in and the bucket with a bit of bait, anyways. Here they are (I already had used a few for bait at the time of the photo) - After they were deployed, it wasn't long before my first strike. Within about 15 minutes, I got a run. It managed to get bricked in some structure unfortunately, and it wouldn't come out. I then figured it was probably off, so I tried un-snagging it which resulted in myself loosing my leader a bit of line. I re rigged and through the lines back out. Now, I just sat down on the white bucket and waited. My threadfin line was also out, with a river shrimp. The next inquiry was on the line casted towards the mangroves, but whatever this was, it was tiny and barely pulled anything. After a bit more sitting down, I heard the lovely sound of a squealing reel. I knew it wasn't big as soon as I picked it up though, and I proceeded to land a small catfish. This one went back into the drink, the circle hook doing its job perfectly. Here it is - After that little one, I had a quick go with the cast net. One of my initial casts resulted in four good size prawns, and one of these which was excellent size for threadies (12cm or so). They went in the bucket, and I did a bait check. The lines were debaited, so on two of them went the live prawn. I chucked them into the same positions and sat back down. By this time, the man who kayaks there every day (and the same one who assisted in the kangaroo rescue in session #17) was coming back. I reeled in my lines, and then when he was gone chucked them straight back out. I checked the thready line now and baited it with the biggest prawn. The lady who walks there most days and has a chat with me when I'm fishing came by in about 15 minutes, so I told her the day had been pretty quiet, with only some shrimp, prawns, and a small catfish. Just then, the thready rod went off, so I set the hook. I started the fight, and I could immediately tell it wasn't big because of the weight and I thought it was a catfish due to the fact I was just dragging it in. It just so happens she was looking for a catfish to boil up, so she could get the bones and see how one sides was like Satan and the other like the Cross (if you don't know, I believe this is a wife's tale, but I've never tested so I'll be excited to hear the results). I bagged it up for her, told her about the spines and told her to freeze it before she boiled it so it would be dead (I didn't want to bleed it as I didn't want blood everywhere). It was a 37cm model, so a decent size I guess. I suppose this is a bit of a waste of fish, and I'm sure some will disagree and agree with that statement. I think it was more for an experiment, and she said she was going to give it to her grandson so I am fine with this. What are your opinions on this? Here it is - After that, nothing much more happened. A couple small touches on the rod in the mangrove area, but no more fish. I did some more time checks as well, as I didn't want to stay down there all day or any later because of online school, and my teacher would probably be annoyed if I came to school late LOL. At about 9:00AM, I called it quits as the bite was slowed down for the day, and loaded up the cart. I pulled out the shrimp trap and each one had a nice size shrimp in it, and the nippers on those things are crazy, about 3 times the body. Here it is - That's the last pic, I hope you all enjoyed this relatively boring report. Sorry I didn't put it up much earlier, I was practising my trumpet a lot this arvo. I hope everyone stays safe and well with COVID-19, and that everyone can still get out for a fish. Sorry for any grammatical errors, I only did a proof read because I need to get to bed now/read. Here are the stats of the report - Statistics of trip: Tide: Low at 5:40AM, high at 11:25AM, 0.4M-1.9M. I was fishing the rising tide, which isn't my preferred tide for this spot, but I couldn't help going for a fish Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent, so just after the New Moon. I am actually surprised not more was biting. Weather: 31c, 79% humidity, 8KM/H winds, partly cloudy, and 10% precipitation Tackle Used: 4/o suicide and circle hooks, 9, 20lb, 80lb mono and fluorocarbon leaders, size 2 and 5/6 ball sinkers, 6"6' and 8" Ugly Stik rods, 2M Rogue Firepoint rod, large barrel swivel, size 1000 Sienna (shimano), Size 2500 Nasci (Shimano), size 650 Penn reels. Time Fished: 6:30AM-9:00AM Fish Caught: Catfish x 2 Bait Caught: Prawns x 4, Dozen or so shrimp (plus a heap of baby ones) Bait Used: Live river shrimp and prawns Overall Success Rate: 60% - while nothing good was biting, I had a really nice morning on the water. OK, that is the report done. Cheers Hamish
  2. Hi all Yesterday night I decided to go for a trip to the local park, so I did. I was supposed to be back by 8:30AM but I ended up going 1 hour overtime. It was pretty quiet on all scenes but I still got some fish. I arrived at approximately 6:30AM, and casted my lines out baited with prawn. After the flat salmon - some bait I caught when I was in Yeppoon - was thored, the shark line was thrown out to. It didn't take long for the first bite either, because in about 10 minutes of waiting I had a run. It was short though, and to my disappointment the fish (most likely a catfish) had dropped the bait. I rebaited that line but the next time, in about 5 more minutes, the rod next to the pylons went off. I didn't have a chance to pick it up before it bricked me in the artificial wire rock wall retainer, so I picked it up, felt its vigorous head shakes but couldn't pull it up. I walked over to where it had taken me, and started pulling. Hoping it was another cod, I pulled it up. To my surprise, it was a nice eel, of 45cm. There wasn't a second thought in my head, and straightway this fish was shark bait. The legal limit is 30 cm for Longfin, Pacific Shortfin and Southern Shortfin so in to the esky it went. I didn't want to chop it up on the jetty though in fear of it slipping back into the water, and the fact it was still alive. The fight was pretty lousy as in my experience eels normally go pretty hard, but hopefully the next time I go sharking it will produce. Here it is - I only got a picture of Sharkbait (I named it, how original) at home After that was initially dealt with, I had a throw of the cast net. Hoping for some prawns, my first couple of throws produced a couple. I baited up a line with a good sized banana prawn and chucked it out. In five minutes time the live prawn rod went off so it was frantic. One eel flopping around in the bucket and me trying to reel in a fish. It was fighting quite well, and I thought it might've been a large catfish, or even a bream. Though, after 30 seconds or so, maybe one minute, I saw the fish. It was a small catfish, and I was shocked at how it had fought. Head shakes and tiny runs. Pretty good for a catfish though. Here it is - Catfish do fight well! Taken on a live prawn After the catfish, I threw the net some more. A couple small prawns was all I caught initially, but after I had one more throw I saw some silver. I had made one good cast which gave me some prawns and three big frogmouth pilchards. These are my favourite bait in the river, especially if they're alive, so I emptied the cast net bucket and took them over. One problem - the eel was currently occupying it! I put the eel in the esky after some failed attempts at it, and then filled the bucket up. A couple ones were dead, but one was going good. The aerator was fired up and off they went. After chucking them in though, I noticed one was orangey, not blue like the usual. I might need and ID on this if it is not a frogmouth, because while I am 99% sure it is, I just wanted to check. I got some ID photos and threw it back, kicking and alive at the end. Sorry the photos are bad. Is it still a frogmouth? By now, it was about eight. I had supposed to be home by 8:30AM, and with a few more casts of the net I decided to take a break from it. I had already checked the shark line once, so this time I saw the tip bent over. I was excited, hoping I was on. When I started to pull it up, all I could feel was a dead weight. This surprised me and I thought maybe whatever it was had bricked itself. I guess I'll never know, because after about 30 seconds, it dropped the bait. I reeled it up to see only a hook... oh well, time for a new bait. The next half of the flat salmon was chucked on, and wished good luck LOL. Back up at the pier (there is a pier going down to a jetty, I put the shark line on the jetty and the other lines on the pier) my lines were getting pickered. I missed quite a few fish, and in the period of about 45 minutes I lost a bit of tackle too (snags). I had another throw of the cast net as well, and just caught a tiny herring which I threw back (to tiny for bait). I started to switch up my rigs a bit as well, and I put on a whole frog mouth pilchard (smaller one) and half hitched the tail, like you rig normal pilchard with single hooks. This got me nothing except a snag so I switched back to prawn. I decided to change the bait on the shark line as well, as I had recasted it a few times. I put on the largest frogmouth pilchard, in hope of a nice bully - It was nice and cool the whole time, and in the shade was nice. In about another half hour from when that bait change had happened, I got a couple more missed hookups. They were all small though, and nothing would've been very big. They were either taking short bursts of line (I have the drag loose) or just picking away. My dad then called and told me I had to head home, and I was an hour late LOL. When I got home, I still had one important job. To deal with the eel. I sharpened the bait knife quickly and began to chop. After about 20 minutes and a lot of blood on the bait board (not to mention slime) the eel was done. What I found most disturbing is even after i chopped the head off the body still moved . The final product is now in my freezer, and waiting to be consumed by a shark. Here it is - The eel on the chopping board on in chops. That is all that really happened, here are the stats of the trip: Tide: 3:50AM high, 2:00M, 10:10Am low, 0.8M - I was fishing the run out Time fished: 6:30AM-9:30AM Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent, first phase after new moon Fish caught: Eel x 1, catfish x 1 Bait caught: Prawn, frog-mouth pilchard, herring Bait used: Flat salmon, prawn, frog-mouth pilchard Tackle: 4/o Suicide hooks, 6/o circle hooks, 20 inch wire trace, size 5 ball sinker, 30lb mainline and leader, 20lb leader, small swivels, size 2 ball sinker/bean sinker, 1000 size Sieena, 2500 size Nasci (Shimano), 650 Penn, 8ft Ugly stik, 6"6' Ugly stik, Rogue Firepoint, 14lb mainlines. Overall success rate: 50% - not the target species but still a nice morning out Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed the report. Sorry if it's a bit boring. I hope everyone is safe with COVID-19. Cheers Hamish
  3. Shaq

    queensland Bait

    Can I use catfish flesh as saltwater bait for beach or rock fishing
  4. Benno and I get out every now and then for a pussy hunt. Last week we tried a new spot which proved fruitful. Started off well when Benno landed about a 35cm luderick. Whilst organising the photo my rod went off and a decent sized pussy was landed. Benno also landed a decent one. Then a couple of little jew were landed before an 'unstoppable' tested the breaking strain of my frayed fireline and unfortunately won the battle. Don't know if it was a thready, bully, or grunter, but it certainly got my attention. Looking forward to getting back for another go.
  5. Things have been pretty bad on the Sunshine Coast with all the rain. The rivers are so brown and I've found it tough going the last couple of outings. Managed to get out today in the wind and fish the brown soup of the Pumicestone Passage. It's been that bad that I was happy to pick up a catfish and a couple of small fish ( and I can't stand those slimy catfish) Looking forward to the rivers clearing up and getting into some whiting surface action.