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  1. Hi all This took place on the 8th of the 11th, in the morning (yesterday). I set the alarm for a bit before sunrise (Also known as 4:15AM) but after waking up and waking an unhappy, grouchy father, I was told to go back to bed and wait ‘till later. I fell back asleep and at about 5:30AM we were off, with hopes high for a bully shark or thready salmon... This will also be the last report for a while (probably a couple - 3 weeks - I just wrote it up and Sunday night after the session so I could get reliable stats). I deployed the lines baited with mullet and herring, and my dad got to cast netting. He wasn’t getting anything in the first few throws off the jetty, (apart from a baby bream which someone walking by took interest in and we informed him about size limits, etc) and the tide was a bit high for our liking anyways. The rod with a half mullet was getting a couple taps, (most likely a smaller fish toying with the bait but there is a fair chance it was a bully as well), but unluckily, the shark didn’t like it and dropped the bait. My hooks were brand new Kato 6/o’s, so there is not a very likely chance the reason I did not hook it was because of a bad hook. He tried off the walkway to the jetty, and first cast he got some scat and glassies – I kept them all, and baited both the shark and salmon line up with scat and glassy (Shark – Scat. Salmon – Glassy). My dad was not getting any more action though, so he went off back to the jetty. The rod with a live scat was getting some action, and before I knew it there was line screaming off. I was probably too ambitious in my actions and picked up the rod, possibly spooking this fish. It dropped the bait and did not come back. When I brought it back in, a (still kicking) scat came back in, but had some rather gnarly tooth marks on it. I called it almost certainly for a shark, but a very slim chance is that it was a pike eel. Mauled to death - what an unpleasant way to go!!! The scat was casted back out, and I hoped that I could entice another bully. My dad was going up to throw his net on the mud flat now, and on his first or second throw he got some good mullet. I saw them kicking and thrashing, but unfortunately, somehow, he managed to drop all of them… Catch and Release . He kept throwing, and a couple casts later he got a proper school of about ten. I was bringing the bucket up but then the salmon line buckled over. I ran down and picked it up. The line was not frayed but it was a pretty good hit making me think it was a bully. I put another glassy on and cast it back out (then proceeded to give my dad a hand). After those two missed hook ups (disappointing!) my dad had a brief break from the net, and I checked the lines. I moved the rod with a herring on to the side of the wharf so it would drift under the structure. My dad got back to cast netting, and while I was standing on the wharf, I saw either a big yellowfin bream, bony bream, or mullet bust up right next to it. Possibly being chased, but more than likely just jumping because it felt like it. I wish we could have gotten that one in the net. The salmon line was still soaking with two glassies, and I was down on the jetty when it went off. I picked up the rod, unsure if there was still a fish on… But after a couple cranks of the reel handle, I was on to something with a fair few head shake. It was small enough I could skull drag it in, but I still thought it may be a bully. Soooo, I was rather disappointed when a 30cm odd catfish came up. Bummer! Guess they will be coming on the bite more though now that it is warming up. OK cat After not being able to lip grip or grab the catty, I resorted to flicking it off the brag mat. It was nearing quarter to seven, and seeing as though my dad had a journey to Wivenhoe Dam on with the Cub Scouts he leads, he had to get going soon after. I thought I would be in at least for one catch – live mullet soaking, perfect tides (or so I thought). I thought wrong ☹ My friend said he would be down at 8:00AM or so, so I had a bit of time to wait. I simply just checked lines for this duration and kept re-deploying the livies. They really did not want to be taken, and despite being flicked under structure, or flicked deeper and further out, no fish were enticed. A dismal couple of hours sure put a downer on what seemed to be a good morning session. My friend was here sooner or later, and we started chatting (I was mainly keeping my eyes on the lines though). I got one snag on the cod line, but then about 20-30 minutes later I got another bloody snag. I wasn’t so lucky this time and lost my rig. The same happened on the other line that was out deeper on the retrieve – A real shame as those snags wasted two or three good livies. I decided to stay until about 10:15AM, and at about 10:00AM I got to packing away some gear. The rods were left out, but I washed down the jetty and boardwalk from all the mud my nets had brought up (and random flotsam probably from the outgoing tide), my net and umbrella, and all the gear back away. By about 10:15AM, a very disappointed Hamish came home. I got the mullet ready for freezing and packed away all my gear ready for the school week. The salmon line (when reeled in) felt like it had no livie, and on a closer inspection I got why – my mullet had a chunk taken out of it, so it was missing some of it’s vital organs . Maybe a smaller bream or something of the likes? Another unpleasant way to go! Here are the stats of that rather dismal session. I hope you enjoyed this report, and at least I got out and about doing it. Cheers for reading. Stats of trip – Tide: 3:30AM, 1.4M, High, 9:45AM, .6M, Low Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (since it is just after a full moon there is a bit of run alright) Air Pressure: 1024.3 Humidity: 59% Weather: Cloudy, slightly windy, a bit chillier than usual which may have influenced the bite Rain: None, but a lot of fresh in the river system still Bait caught: Mullet, Prawn, Glassy, Scat Bait used: Mullet, Prawn, Glassy, Scat Fish caught: Catfish x 1 Tackle used: 12lb, 14lb, 30lb braid mainlines, 20lb, 30lb, 80lb, mono, fluorocarbon traces, size 2 and 6 ball sinkers, size 4/o circle and suicide hooks, large barrel swivel, size 5000 Jarvis Walker Sovereign, Size 2500 Shimano Nasci and Diawa Shinobi, 6’6” Abu Garcia Veritas, 8’ Ugly Stik, 2M Rogue Firepoint Boat rod. Overall Success Rate: Solid 50%... Cheers Hamish
  2. Hi all Today (after yesterday's success) I decided I'd go for another session. Before I start this report (it's not very interesting) I'd recommend you read the last one, Session #59, if you haven't already because at least that one wasn't a donut . I was going to leave at about 1:00PM, as it was overcast so not too hot. The sky had other ideas though, and it starting storming. After the first batch of heavy rain, thunder, and lightning, I made my move with my dad to get to the park. As I got down there, I saw the usual water dragon, but this time it was seemingly sheltering under the wooden boardwalk instead of staying next to the mangroves. Try and spot it . See it? There! After I made it down there, (only to be stormed on again). I had caught a glassy, a mullet, and two bream in the cast net. The bream were released, but the mullet and glassy were deployed on the lines. They sure put up a nice and fun tug of war. I love the feeling when you know you've got something good in the cast net! It was raining hard in this pic and I just got a photo of the bream in my bucket - but they were released After the first cast net throw on the mudflat, I went back to it. I didn't get anything except mud and glassies for the next throw or two, but soon I hit the motherload (after a shelter under a nearby mangrove tree and trying to conserve body heat as it was so cold). It was about 2:45PM, and I felt the tugs in my net. I saw the flash of silver, and while a ocuple lucky buggers got away, I brought up 10 or 12 12-18cm mullet. Yay! That's live bait for the day covered. It was a welcome surprise as I wasn't expecting it! I changed bait on the line I caught the salmon in the last session to a poddy mullet, and the salmon line to a bigger mullet (well actually it had a mullet from the throw with bream). I decided to keep the 8' rod with a glassy, in hope of a bream munching down on it. I moved this rod from out the front into the pylons to try and maximise bites. The storm had well and truly passed now (No, not the footy team) and while I was netting another fella rocked up. He was very friendly to me, and after we introduced ourselves to one another we started chatting. His name was Michael - very nice! . He said he was just going out for a nice arvo fish and came across this spot on Google Maps. He told me he doesn't do too much fishing (commonly with his mate) but was liking it and was even thinking about a kayak. He had one line with prawn and the other with a plastic, so I gave him some advice on where he could flick (around structure for a possible flathead, bream, or cod) and general fishing talk about the area. It was still really quiet, with the only action on the rod tips being from the livies (they were that lively haha). Michael got a hit on his line, but unfortunately the fish spat the hook before the hook was set in properly. The day was really quiet from here on, with me doing numerous throws of the cast net, chatting away to a bunch of different people, bait checking and untangling the livies, and watching/chatting to Michael (seeing as though he got a couple more hits). A bit past 5:00PM, my mum and dad came down to get me. I let the smaller mullet go, and kept the ones that were more suitable to shark bait. I was a bit disappointed with the session, but it may just be another 30 before I get my next salmon. It was good fun overall, and I hope you enjoyed the report. Thanks for reading, and sorry for any spelling errors. Here are the stats of the report - Stats of Trip - Tide: Low, 12:00PM, .6M, High, 6:35PM, 2M Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous, so not too much run Fish caught: Squat Bait caught: Prawns, mullet, glassies Bait used: Live prawns, mullet, dead herring, glassies Air Pressure: 1010.7 Humidity: 87% Rain: 37.8mm Weather: Stormy, Cloudy, Wet, Humid Tackle used: 12lb, 14lb, 30lb braided mainlines, 20lb, 30lb fluorocarbon leader, 80lb mono trace, size 2 and 6 bean and ball sinkers, Overall success rate: 15% - at least I got some bait Cheers Hamish P.S. Sorry for any errors Good shark baits!
  3. Hi all Here is a mega-donut-report-marathon. If you can read them all you can earn a medal (of Hamish's Donut Report's). Lol. The first session was quite a while ago, and the last session was only yesterday morning on the yak. Unfortunately all were unsuccessful... I wish I caught a fish! On September 25th, I headed out to a very windy park for a fish. The first three reports are going to be very short as I can not remember much, but I'll try to make them interesting. I dropped the lines in baited with prawns, mullet, and herring. I had one out for bullies, one out for cod, and one out for threadies. The wind was causing havoc, with branches, leaves, and other things flying everywhere. It was lucky I didn't get blown away with the amount of wind we had! The bite was quiet to begin with, as the tides were out and the fish weren't showing themselves. I would've been happy with anything, but all I got was nothing... Maybe if I was trying for nothing I would've gotten something? It was around three-thirty now, and I'll post up the only thing I have on record for that trip - IMG_1356.MOV Bloody Windy! My new masterpiece The fishing was still really slow, and with my prawn supplies dwindling (I'll have to go to Colmslie with dad to stock up) I soon hung my head high in shame because of another donut and came home. At least when I got home, I could clean up by having a swim instead of having a shower. Next time I'm down at the river I'm sure Ill be tempted to do a bomb dive off the wharf with my mates it's that hot. Lol. Here are the stats of that very average trip: Stats of trip - Tide: 11:00AM, .57M, Low, 6:00PM, 2.0M, High Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous, so not the most run Fish caught: Squat all Bait caught: Squat all Bait used: A couple prawns, but mainly mullet, herring, and at one point I tried for an early season shark on eel Tackle used: 12lb, 14lb, 30lb braid mainlines, 20lb, 30lb fluorocarbon leaders, 80lb mono trace, size 4/o circle and suicide hooks, size 2 and six ball sinkers, size 2500 Diawa Shinobi and Shimano Nasci, Size 650 Penn SSM reel, 6"6' Abu Garcia Venotat rod, Size 2M Rogue Firepoint boat rod, 8 foot Ugly Stik. Weather: Bloody Windy Overall Success Rate: 5% This next report was almost as dismal. I got to the park at the same time (about) on the 28th of September, and set up the lines for another relaxed fishing session. Like it normally is, the tide wasn't the best for cast netting, so I stuck to half herring and poddy mullet for baits. As soon as I got there and deployed the lines I sat down... You can see what cast netting on a mud bank does to you, haha - If only those rods were screaming as well I kept at it for the next couple hours, but like the last session, nothing was working. I tried repositioning rods, flicking under the structure one side and letting it drift through the other, the biggest casts I could do, letting more and more line out (or in some cases less) but my efforts were all for nothing. I was texting my mate at one point (well I just sent through a pic of the salmon line as he mentioned it like he always does) and it was hunched over. He then responded with, "No way, the salmon line in going off!! ". I found it pretty funny, but I decided against playing along as it would leave me with some explaining to do back at school If only it was screaming off as well! I quickly set home after that as I don't like to be here when it gets dark as it's a bit creepy. Here are the stats of another donut trip - Stats of trip - Tide: 2:31, .4M, Low, 8:53PM, 2.2M, High Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous, so not too much run Fish caught: Squat Bait caught: Squat Bait used: Mullet, herring. Tackle used: 12lb, 14lb, 30lb braid mainlines, 20lb, 30lb fluorocarbon leaders, 80lb mono trace, size 4/o circle and suicide hooks, size 2 and six ball sinkers, size 2500 Diawa Shinobi and Shimano Nasci, Size 650 Penn SSM reel, 6"6' Abu Garcia Venotat rod, Size 2M Rogue Firepoint boat rod, 8 foot Ugly Stik. Weather: Slightly windy and warm Overall Success Rate: 10% The final landbased session at the park was on Monday (The Public Hol). I got there the same time as always, set up the same gear, and tried the same thing I normally do... I had spiced up the baits a little, with a shark line out with Eel, and salmon/shark/anything line out with a Rock Whiting head (unlikely but could've enticed something), and half herring and mullet out for the rest. The line which is normally out deep was dropped next to the pylons out the front and within a short period of time I got a decent hit. Unfortunately, it either dropped it and the current took me into a snag or it took me into a snag, but let's just say I didn't see that hook and sinker ever again. I noticed what looked like a tumbleweed but seemed to have come out of the mangroves on the pier/wharf. It had some fish blood and scales on it as well (which I later washed off), but my mate and I figured that if they're going to leave their crap around they may have thought that they land side of the jetty was water and chucked there line in there... It was horribly tangled and probably would've ended up in the drink if I hadn't chucked it into the cart. Catch of the day? After that lonely bite, it was once again deadly quiet. None of the baits were touched, and unfortunately for me my mate headed home because of the mozzies. They get pretty bad here, but luckily they don't seem to really like me . I kept checking the lines, and nothing was happening accept the odd picker attack on the herring. It wasn't long before I decided to bail because of the sheer lack of fish, so I was home by 5PM that day and getting my gear away. Here are the stats of that trip - Stats of trip - Tide: High, 12:40PM, 2.1M, Low, 6:50PM, .5M Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous Bait caught: - Bait used: Mullet, herring, eel, rock whiting head Fish caught: - Tackle used: 12lb, 14lb, 30lb braid mainlines, 20lb, 30lb fluorocarbon leaders, 80lb mono trace, size 4/o circle and suicide hooks, size 2 and six ball sinkers, size 2500 Diawa Shinobi and Shimano Nasci, Size 650 Penn SSM reel, 6"6' Abu Garcia Venotat rod, Size 2M Rogue Firepoint boat rod, 8 foot Ugly Stik. Weather: Sunny, nice to be about Overall Success Rate: 10% Alright, now to the final report (and least boring). It was a fun little trip as we were out and about in the kayak. The first thing we did after the 4:30AM start was catching livies. There was bait busting up everywhere at the jetty so I was confident we could get some. The first cast we did my dad got a nice poddy mullet, and then a couple casts later he hit a school of herring. After we got a couple more herring we decided the prawns weren't on and we'd have to make do with what we had - A few solid herring After the bait, we decided to paddle up with the last of the rise in. We got to the first location, a very deep bend on the river, to fish the change of tide. First off we dropped down the salmon line with a poddy mullet, and I dropped down a line with a smaller herring. It was pretty nice sitting there before the sun came up, and we were hoping for a screaming run to break the silence. After a bit of paddling we we were deadly still because we were right on the ebb tide. It didn't last long though, and we eventually started drifting. Seeing as though we'd been in this spot for about half an hour, we decided to pull up the lines here and get going. Paddling there The next spot we got to was a little inlet type thing on the side of the river. I had been flicking a plastic on some nearby mudbanks (I got one thing which felt like a hit but may have just been a snag) but had my hopes up for this spot. I had flicked the plastic all along the bank, and there was a little, abandoned, wooden jetty which I was flicking towards. I got a snag and when we came over I realised how shallow it was. Oops! The plastics weren't working, even though I had fished the whole place, so I switched to a little bream hardbody. I was doing the same thing with this, flicking it to and from the snags, etc. We tied up to a pylon marker as well, and even though we had mullet and herring out in a good eddy we were not rewarded. After spending about half an hour at this spot, we figured that it was time to move on... But seeing as though the pylon had a big ladder, I couldn't help getting out and climbing up. Woohoo! (you can also see the eddy we were fishing) We headed up to another spot I wanted to check out, an old cement wharf that has been abandoned (and consequently has made some mad structure beneath it). After the paddle (and very disappointingly losing the live mullet) we got to the spot. We decided to paddle under it so it was easier to access everything. It was a tight fit, but luckily we made it under without breaking anything. I was dropping my soft plastic down next to each pylon in hope of enticing a cod or bream, and jigging it for about three minutes before moving to he next. We paddled up to the end of the wharf, and after some very good manoeuvring from my dad we came out from the under. It was only then we saw the signs saying "NO ENTRY", and, "FALLING OBJECTS - HARZARDS!"... Looks like we broke the law for still no fish Approaching ang going under a slightly creepy but shady wharf We decided to give the area outside a quick flick for breambo's, so I flicked a soft plastic around the bank and my dad held a rod with a small herring on it. I got what I also think was a hit on the plastics (but it may have just been the plastic getting stuck in a clump of mud), and my dad missed an OK strike on the herring. He also thought he got some nibbles, but missed the strike and seemed to not have had anything happen to his bait as it was in perfect nick. We moved from this spot to some more nearby pylons, which we did a couple drifts through. I got some hits on the herring, but I couldn't manage to hook and land anything at that spot. The tide was truly ripping out by now, so we decided to call it quits. We were going back, but since my dad and I were both in desperate need of a rest we stopped at the boat ramp. After a quick stretch, my dad got two mullet in the cast net... They were both good sizes for shark bait, so I decided to rig up an unweighted, live mullet for trolling behind the yak on the way home. My dad got a whiting the next throw (Wintery, but the spots were very faint, so I just decided to let it go anyways). We were paddling past the boat club, past the houseboat, but soon we were back at the park for no result. I lobbed the live mullet out on the circle hook to try and entice one last bite, but it wasn't looking good for the fish. We then pulled up the yak, packed it, and set off on the way home for another full on donut with the only reward a bit of fresh bait. Good job if you've read up to here, I hope you enjoyed this report. Sorry for any errors in the text. Here are the stats of this trip - Stats of trip - Tide: 5:22AM, 1.4M, High, 11:15AM, .6M, Low Moon Phase: Waning Crescent Weather: Sunny, slight clouds Bait caught: Herring, mullet, whiting Bait used: Herring, mullet, (live) Fish caught: - Tackle used: 12lb, 14lb, 30lb braid mainlines, 20lb, 30lb fluorocarbon leaders, 80lb mono trace, size 4/o circle and suicide hooks, size 2 and six ball sinkers, size 2500 Diawa Shinobi and Shimano Nasci, Size 650 Penn SSM reel, 6"6' Abu Garcia Venotat rod, Size 2M Rogue Firepoint boat rod, 8 foot Ugly Stik. Time fished: 5:00AM - 9:00AM Air pressure: 1023 Humidity: 65% Overall Success Rate: 30% - at least we got out Cheers Hamish
  4. 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
  5. Hey guys My mate (who is a keen paddler) has been pushing my dad and me to go for a paddle with his dad and him for the last while. Dad hasn't been available recently, as he is busy with work and cub scouts (he's a leader), but this week he decided to do it! We met at the local park and after I had caught some live bait we left. The livies consisted off prawns, mainly smaller buggers, but there were a couple OK ones in there too. I had three rods - one with a simple running sinker rig, one with a swivel, and one with a special hardbody lure (more on that later). They looked appealing to me, but not so much to the fish The plan was to go to the nearest bridge (a bit over 3 clicks away) so we set off. The tide was going out, and we were going downstream, so it worked quite well. Quickly, we were at the large feeder creek that we have named 'Three Pylon Creek', as there are three pylons at the front of it. I need to fish it more, but the few catfish I have pulled up from there fight like bloody salmon! We went down the bend next, and then saw my school pontoon. I won the bet against my dad as well as he thought we weren't going to reach it. Sooner than later, we were at the bridge. There is actually a sandy beach there, so we put the lines in the yak and waited with our live prawns. My friend and dad (and friends' dad) starting having some races in the kayaks while I just kept fishing. I had one throw of the cast net eventually but to no avail. There was a drop off just on the edge of the bank, which I hoped would make the fishing better. It was a bit weird taking one step then getting knee deep, but it was only a scouting mission. This spot seems like it would go OK to fish from a rising/run out, and tie up to one of the big bridge pylons. Hopefully then we could catch a big salmon, or something along the lines of that. You'd have to think there'd be big cod sitting near the pylons too.. The set up #relax I think it's a bit eroded here!!! It is also worth a mention that this place used to have a ferry terminal or something along the lines of that. I have read on this forum people have caught threadfins here, but on the jetty that was here prior 2011 floods. If anyone wants to know the bridge, I'll just PM you... but anyone who's been on for a long time might know from this hint - Cobia. My dad gave the net a couple throws too, and it seems there is a lot of bait there. In two throws, he got a bunch of big glassies, some mullet, bream, and even a little whiting! Soon it was time to reel the lines back in, but just as I was about to reel the light one in it got some nibbles. I missed them though, and when I retrieved the bait it was now headless. Oh well! The salmon line still had it's larger prawn perfectly intact, so it was a bit disappointing I couldn't just chuck it back out. The 3Km paddle back to the park was nice and relaxing, and I didn't have any back pains like I did on the way there. I paddled for the whole time straight, which got us there a bit quicker and allowed us to compete with our mates in surf skis! I chucked the lines out back on the jetty, and once again, no fish. The one is the cod spot got pickered though, but I guess I won't know if it would've been worth fishing this arvo. We left for home then, and I gave the yak a quick hose off and put the gear around the side to pack up tomorrow. On a side note (thought I'd tell everyone), we got a new car! The suba is gone now though, so that is a bit sad... The only thing is with the new car, we hate the smell of the leather? Or something like that. I was just thinking as well, there are a few different yakkers on the forum! @Leosonfire, @Cavvy, @benno573, @samsteele115... (probably more I can't think of right now). Maybe a social trip to Wello Point or something along the lines of that guys? (Or anywhere better for our locations..) I hope you all enjoyed the report, and let's hope that we don't have to go back into isolation due to COVID-19 or something along the lines of that. Here are the stats of this report - Stats of trip - Tide: High, 9:50AM, 1.7M, Low, .3M, 3:50pm, High, 10:40PM, 2.4M Moon Phase: First quarter moon, nearly full moon - lots of run Air Pressure: 1026 Tackle Used: 12lb, 14lb, 30lb braid mainlines, 20lb, 30lb fluorocarbon leaders, 80lb mono trace, size 4/o circle and suicide hooks, size 6 and 2 ball sinkers, custom made hardbody lure (approx. 3-4cm), size 2500 Shimano and Diawa Nasci and Shinobi, Size 650 Penn reel, Ugly Stik 8" rod, 6"6' Vemonet rod, Rogue Firepoint boat rod (6"6'). The hardbody lure was given to me by a good friend's dad. I was at his party, and since his dad makes lures, he made one for me! I will post a picture up when I get the chance. It is a deep diving hardbody, probably good for bream, bass, and maybe even lizards! Bait used: Live prawn Bait caught: Prawn, mullet, glassy, whiting Fish caught: - Time fished: 3 (something) until 4 (something) Weather: Glassy, no wind, moderate temp Overall Success Rate: 70% - a good scouting mission Cheers Hamish
  6. Hi all I went out for another session on the river, this Sunday. It was very quiet. I got no fish. There were also a lot of pickers. I'll still do the quick report though, seeing as though it was a session. I left for the park at 2:25PM, and arrived a bit past half past. The lines were put in, baited with fresh dead prawn. On the first throw of the cast net, I got none, but on the second throw, up came a couple of live prawns. I wasn't getting very many prawns, which was surprising, as when the tide is dead low it's normally a good time for them. I got a couple more though, so at least I had some OK livies. My Sienna reel wasn't at the spot either. I was using my brother's Shinobi (Diawa) on a graphite stick. I dropped it down into the cod spot, and it almost immediately got pickered. I'm assuming there must be hoards of baby bream, toadfish, and other assorted small fish that hang around the pylons as I can never hook them, even with a tiny whiting hook, and they eat my bait immediately. The cod, bream, flathead, salmon, and whatever else is under there must gouge themselves on the baits! I kept getting pickered, and also did some more cast netting. The line out deep had one average looking hit, but I'm assuming it was either a small river perch/picker. I then got some glassies in the net, which I reluctantly pinned onto the salmon line (seeing as though the prawns just kept getting pickered). On the hate scale, these are 10/10!!! I kept fishing through the arvo, for not much of a result. On one of the casts in the net, I got two small silver biddies. One went in the cod spot, whereas the other went on the salmon line. The cod one immedialetly got destroyed, by what I assume were toadfish, while the salmon one remained untouched for the whole session. I was eventually checking the line out in the middle (tide had changed causing it to drift downwards towards the jetty) and I felt some weight on the end of it. I thought I might have a catty on, but as it turned out it was some old line (not mine). I can tell because it had two sinkers - never have I used to sinkers at this spot, LOL. I chucked it in the bucket though, so I can/could bin it. Here it is (I got a photo so it wasn't a pictureless report ). BS After that, I needed to go to the dunny. I really didn't want to, as the ones at the local park are, well, not very good, but I did anyway. Luckily, the one I went in was quite clean. When I came back, my mate only reported one big/good hit on the rod in the channel made by the jetty/boardwalk, which unfortunately didn't hook up. It wasn't looking very good at all, and I was quite sad that it was another donut session. I don't think this spot fishes very well in Winter, opposed to Summer! Towards the end, we saw a piece of someone's pontoon/mattress/something floating along, about 20-30M out. I desperately cast for it, hoping to hook it. Each time, I was about 50cm off! (It wasn't the biggest thing). There were no more fish for the day, and at 5:25PM I had all the gear away and started to leave. Overall, it wasn't a bad three hours out of the house, but it certainly could've been a bit more fun! I hope you all enjoyed this report, even though nothing really happened. Here are the stats for anyone's reference - Statistics of trip - Tide: Last of run out, first of incoming - 9:40AM, 1.7M, high, 3:50PM, .2M, Low, 10:20PM, 2.3M, high Moon Phase: Third Quarter - very close to New Moon Weather: Sunny, somewhat chilly late afternoon Wind: Very light winds Fish caught: - Bait caught: Prawns, glassies, and silver biddies Bait used: Prawns, glassies, and silver biddies (both live and dead) Tackle Used: 10lb, 14lb, and 30lb braid mainlines, 20lb and 30lb fluorocarbon leaders, 80lb mono trace, size 2 and 6 ball sinkers, large barrel swivel, size 4/o suicide and circle hooks, 8" Ugly Stik rod, 2M Rogue Firepoint boat rod, size 2500 Shimano Nasci and 2500 Diawa Shinobi, and size 650 Penn reel. Cheers Hamish
  7. 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
  8. Hi all Here are the two reports from my weekend, and while not much happened they were still somewhat eventful. I am hoping you will not find this boring, but here goes! Once the lines were in, baited with fresh, dead banana prawn, I set the gear up, got the net out, filled the bucket up with water, and threw the net. The first cast resulted in nothing, but in the next four casts I had two solid prawns in the bait tank. I chucked the salmon line out then, and began my long wait. While this was happening, I was talking to two people about a couple years older than me. One of them recognized me from the tennis competition I play in, so we had a chat (I think I've played him once or twice). He said he owns a house on the water, and he told me he'd caught a few bream, a few catties, and one thready. This was just in the duration he lived there I believe, as he said he didn't fish that much. I also told him what I'd caught there, but the thing I find funny is that the species list is becoming too long to remember. They then left, so I gave the lines a quick bait check. They were all pickered, so I rebaited them all. I chucked them back out and set the drag. I then started to cast net a bit more, and to my surprise a whiting came up in the net. After a quick look at it, I noticed it was a Winter Whiting, so into the live bait tank he went. Here he is prior to being deployed - He stayed in the bait tank for another uneventful 20 minutes, and then I checked my line. The prawn was off it, so I pinned him through the mouth like you would with a mullet and chucked him out. He seemed to stay put, so I did a bit more netting. I didn't really get much, but the prawns on the other line were still on. I then just sat around the top to have a bit of a relax and waited. The fishing was very quiet, with no bites. Since it had been about another 20 minutes, I went down to the jetty to check on the whiting. I reeled it in, and to my surprise when I pulled him up, well, he/she was a mess. To give you an idea, look at the above and below images as a before and after Done! I am not sure what it might've been, but my initial thought was a little shark, as I have heard sharks will hit their baits from the tail first, not head first, like other fish do. From second thoughts, I realised it very well could've been a crab feasting on my live bait, or it even could've been baby breamv or something of the likes of that. I guess, unfortunately, I will never know, so I will just have to guess and hypothesize. After that whiting, another live prawn was deployed. It would've been close to dark by now (around 5) so I starting tipping water on the jetty to get mud and gunk from the net off, and put the gear in the cart so it was ready to go. I made sure to keep the rods in though, just for good measure. In another few minutes of pacing around, the rods seemed like they could use a bait check. The two rods were pickerred, and I decided to keep the bottom one out so I had better chance. I re baited and re casted, and hoped something would take my bait in the last few minutes... Well, that never happened and it looked like I was going to finish up with another doughnut. I sadly did, and then I trudged all the way home, dragging my fishing cart along. This was not before I decided to take a quick sunset snap of the relatively gloomy day, so at least the report had some pictures - That is it done and dusted, or the first one anyways, so here are the statistics of the trip - Statistics of the trip - Tide: Low, 11:30AM, .5M, High, 5:15PM, 1.7M Moon Phase: First quarter moon, so not that much run Air Pressure: 1019.8 - a bit lower than my better days have been Weather: Quite cloudy, light winds, gloomy Tackle used: 14lb and 30lb mainlines, braid, 30lb, 15lb fluorocarbon leaders, 80lb trace, size 2 and 6 ball sinkers, 4/0 circle and suicide hooks, large barrel swivel. Bait used: Prawn, live and dead, and live winter whiting Bait caught: Winter whiting and banana prawns Fish caught: - Overall success rate: 40% - Not to bad of a day out OK, that is the report done. I hope you enjoyed reading, and hopefully you aren't bored out and can't read the next. I hope QLD's COVID-19 cases stay at a minimum as well, and I hope everyone can get out for a fish soon. OK, so here is report two. It was a bit more exciting than the first, and I had three of my mates with me, two who had never really fished before. I met them at the train station at half past one, and we would've had our lines in the drink by about 2:00PM. The first cast I did I got zilch, but on the first cast I did on the jetty bait started rolling in. In about 5 casts, I had three solid mullet and about a dozen prawns, which I happily live baited on the lines. My mates were pretty happy with that, and then we could just sit and wait for a bit. Since there was no action in about ten minutes, and one of them kept bugging me to show him how to throw the net, I showed him. Giving him the best instructions I could, he only managed a figure of eight on the first throw, LOL. The second was a slight improvement, but then he decided to put the net down and fish for a bit. I gave the lines a bait check then as well, the mullet was still very lively and the prawns were actually still on, much to my surprise. They were deployed again, and this time the wait was a bit longer. To keep myself from tiring out, I kept catching some prawns in the net. The best throw was three bigs ones, and, boy, they certainly make the net vibrate and pull A LOT for their size. By now, it was about 3:15PM, and with nothing happening, I was starting to think we might doughnut again. Luckily, the fish liked the live prawns and I saw the rod out in the middle of the river (or that area) getting pecks. I figured it was a perch, so I set the hook and told one of my mates they could pull it in. I suspected it was a perch, and I turned out to be right. A tiny one - I de hooked him, got my mate a quick pic (he's only caught a few fish in his life as he doesn't fish often) and then I chucked him back. He kicked off straight down, so another that was another successful release. Once he had dealt with that, everyone wasn't so bred again so I did some cast netting. Since the tide was absolutely rushing in, the net was a big effort. I also wasn't getting any bait, so I decided to give that a break for a few minutes. In that time though, one of the rods went off. To be specific, to cod rod did (no rhyming intended but it does ). I picked it up with haste but to my disappointment it had bricked us pretty good under/around the pylons. At the start, he was right stuck in there but with some rod maneuvering he started to come out. Then, whatever it was, took a run for structure... That had us done, and I could tell we weren't landing that fish, after about a ten minute wait, I started pulling the line out and eventually the braid snapped. That was a pity, because the fish (most likely a cod) felt pretty good. After the liens were re rigged, I had a throw of the net off the jetty. I felt some vibrating in the net, so I thought I might have some prawns. When I pulled the net up though, I realised I had a little perch in it. After a quick photo (sorry it's not to good) I chucked it back in the drink and off he went. Here it is - After that, they were really shut down, or maybe we were just missing them. I know that the lines weren't getting pickered, because when I did bait checks there was still bait. My friends had to go now though, as it was pretty much four thirty (they wanted to be home before it got dark). I said goodbye, but just before this, my other mate (who normally comes fishing with me) said the rod I had positioned in the channel just went off. There wasn't a fish when we reeled it up though, just a headless prawn. Whatever it was (most likely a small perch) had completely missed the hook. This was probably the last event to occur, as it was very quiet for the rest of the duration of my fishing. By about 5, it was getting a bit darker, so I knew it would be wise to load up the cart ready to go. Once this was loaded, I went down to check on the jetty rod. It seemed to be getting picked/pecked, so I picked it up and reeled it in. I assume the culprit was a bream, but both the mullet and the prawn which I had put on were gone. I guess some fish got an OK feed, but not me. I casted it out again, with the last big prawn and hoped. To sum it up, nothing more happened. I left in the dark, miserable that I hadn't gotten anything good. I am also quite tired today as I went out mountain biking this morning (that is the reason I wasn't out this morning). Here are the statistics of the trip - Stats of Trip - Tide: 12:15PM, .4M, Low, 6:20PM, 1.8M, High. I fished the rising tide. Moon Phase: First quarter, so not that much run. Air Pressure: 1019.9. Just realised I got today's air pressure for yesterday's fishing session, so you'll have to do without an accurate one for that one. Weather: Wind, 3Km'h, Humidity 90% (not sure how accurate that is but that's what the weather forecast is saying), and partly cloudy. Fish caught: River Perch x 2 Bait caught: About two dozen prawns, Mullet x 3 Bait used: Live mullet and prawns, dead prawns Time fished: 2:00PM-5:20PM or so Tackle Used: 14lb and 30lb braid mainlines, 80lb mono trace, 30lb and 15lb fluorocarbon leader, large-ish barrel swivel, 4/o circle and suicide hooks, size 2 and size ball/bean sinkers, size 1000 Shimano Sienna, Size 2500 Shimano Nasci, Size 2500 Diawa Shinobi, Size 650 Penn reel, 6'6" Ugly Stik and Rogue Firepoint rod, 8' Ugly Stik Rod. Overall Success rate: 60% - A nice afternoon. OK, that is the double report done. I hope you all enjoyed reading, despite the fact it wasn't the most exciting session at all. I hope you can all stay safe with the virus. Sorry for any spelling errors either. Cheers Hamish
  9. Hi all I decided to go out for another session this arvo, targeting threadfin salmon. I got the gear ready in my lunch break today (4 rods, 2 for bream/cod/perch, one with a plastic for lizards, and the final one with a live bait rig for salmon). My friend was coming down too, so I went down at about 2:45PM, and had the lines it at about three. After I deployed the baits, River Shrimp, I got out the cast net to see if I couldn't get live bait. I threw off the jetty because otherwise it would've been to shallow. The first cast resulted in some small prawns, which I kept purely for bream/cod/perch bait. The next cast I got one or two more. These were a bit of a better size, and I put one out on the jetty for salmon. While I was on the top though, the rod out in the middle of the river went off. I rapidly picked it up to try and set the hooks. Just as I was deeming it a pick attack, the rod next to the pylons also went off. My friend picked this one up, but unfortunately, to my dismay, neither of the rods was on. That left the score with the fish on 2 and us on nil. After that, the rods were bait checked (no bait was left), re baited, and re casted. I did some more throws with the cast net, which resulted in more prawns. I was doing one last throw before I went back up to mind the rods for a bit when I realised that something was in my bottom pocket. I pulled up the net, and to my happiness a decent sized mullet was in it. Hooray! This was the bait from last times bust off mystery fish (most likely a big salmon, if you want the full story read Session #22 and #23). I put him in the live bait bucket and started reeling in the big line. When I got it up, there as no bait on it, which was slightly disappointing. The mullet was pinned through the mouth and deployed... The other rods were then checked and baited with live bait, which were small prawns. My hands and feet were starting to go numb now as well, because it was that cold and windy. I then sat down and watched the rods. For about 15 minutes, apart from the net falling over and some people passing by, it was quiet. No touches. Well, I then decided to get a couple more prawns in the cast net and the bait bucket was filled nicely. I kept fishing with them though, and gave the live mullet line a quick check. Mullet still on hook - check. Mullet still swimming lively - check. Straight back out he went, in hopes of enticing a salmon. By now I had given the rod with a placcy a couple flicks, but since the tide was so low it was in efficient. By now, it was nearing 4:30PM, and just before this a family came down. I had seen them before "magnet" fishing, but this time they had a rod, some pilchards by the looks, and a hardbody lure. They stayed for about half an hour, and the boy was just watching me catch prawns the whole time. I gave the salmon line another bait check and the mullet was still going good. Back out it went. The other lines were getting picked now as well, but as I was walking up there one of them went off. It wasn't very big, but whatever it was it dropped it. About all of ten minutes later, the rod next to the pylons went off. It seemed OK, but it got us in some structure, snagged up, and the hook was no longer in the fish. After a few tries, I eventually put on some gloves and yanked the line hard enough for it to break. I am quite glad it wasn't my knot that broke, but then again, I was annoyed it was a snag. I kept fishing for about another 20 minutes now, and left at about 5. My second donut here in about 2 weeks. What a surprise. I can't remember the last time I've caught nothing there and now I catch nothing twice, LOL. The cart was loaded, and the rods were reeled in and put away last. Upon departure I decided to get a quick sunset snap for AFO so my report wouldn't be a pictureless write up - Very gloomy weather! When I was home, I got a quick shot of the prawns. The cart served well, taking my gear home excellently. The mullet would've been released but my hook gave its mouth a deformed shape and I thought if it had a mouth like that, it might not swim off so I just kept him for bait. Here is the cast netting catches - The catch from netting Here are the statistics of the trip for anyone interested. My assumption is the sudden cold front has shut the catfish off the bite, and I have read before catfish don't like the cold. In my experience, perch catches increase over Winter, so I think some smaller hooks may be in order. Hopefully the bream catches improve over the Winter as well - Statistics of Trip - Tide: High at 10:30AM, Low at 4:45PM, 1.8M-.3M. I fished the last of the run out. Moon Phase: New Moon, so quite a bit of run Weather: 13c, 63% Humidity, Wind 11Km/h (I think it was way higher but cannot really record it myself) Air Pressure: 1011.5 (Different to other days I've caught fish) Bait used: Banana prawns, river shrimp, mullet, live and dead Bait caught: Banana prawns x 8, mullet x 1, Glassy x 3. Fish caught: - Tackle Used: 6"6' Ugly Stik and Rogue Firepoint Rod, 8" Ugly Stik rod, Size 2500 Shimano Nasci and Diawa Shinobi, Size 1000 Shimano Sienna, 14lb braid mainlines, 15, 20, 30lb leaders, 80lb trace, size 2 and 6 ball and bean sinkers, size 4/o suicide hooks and size 6/o circle hooks, Ecogear plastic, size 1/8th jig head, largish barrel swivel Crustacean caught: Prawns x 8 Overall Success rate: 40% - Windy, numb hands, cold, donut. At least I got some prawns. OK, that is the report done. I may go out again on Sunday, but I think I'm going to have to start wearing thermals as it is that cold, especially for morning sessions. Hopefully the restriction are eased for COVID-19, and we can all stay safe despite it still being around. Hopefully you all enjoyed this report as well, I know it is boring. Sorry for any spelling mistakes. Hope you enjoyed Cheers Hamish
  10. Hi all Here is my report from yesterday's' arvo session and today's early morning session. The first is quite average, but the second was way more exciting. I have a good clip in here, and I think this will be quite a long read because it's two in one, but I'm going to write it anyway. So, yesterday afternoon I went down to the park again with my mate. He brought his mate along this time, so the pressure was on me to catch fish. I chucked the lines out first up with dead prawn and frog mouth pilchard and got to work with the cast net. The first cast resulted in about 7 frogmouth pillies, so at least I had some salmon livies. I then re reeled the salmon line in and chucked them out, hoping for the best. After a while, it was evident to me the bait was either falling off or just getting picked up while I waited... While the others were watching my rods, I kept trying to catch some livies. From time to time I was getting a small live prawn and that would always go onto a rod. After about an hour now, we had nothing. I told my friend to maybe move the rods on the end of the jetty, and he started to get little nibbles. While this was happening, I was still throwing the net. After relentless throwing though, up came a surprise. I saw the head shape and thought it may be a whiting and it actually was. This was the only real catch of the day. Here it is - I suppose it is so salty that they have been coming up here. After that surprise, it just got quieter and quieter. It was about 4:30PM and I knew all I could do was wait. The lines were out but apparently today the fish weren't, LOL. In about an hours time we still had nothing and I still didn't have any good livies. This was most surprising as well, because if this kept up I might donut. I cannot remember the last time I've caught zilch at this location, so I guess that is saying something. In saying that, I see plenty of people come down fishing with worms and floats, wrong baits, etc and not getting results so I guess it is about having the right rig and using the right gear. While we were fishing, it was also starting to get pretty threatening. It was quite blowy, and I was still feeling a bit chilly with my three layers on. The clouds in the sky were also looking like they might pour down on us at any given moment. This wouldn't be to good because one of my mates didn't have a raincoat. Luckily though, the skies didn't rain, and we got out of there dry. Sorry that that was a pretty average report, and that I didn't get much to report about. The next report should be a lot more exciting, I actually did pretty well in it. Here are the statistics of this trip though - Stats of Trip Tide: Low at 1:00PM, .5M, High at 7:00PM, 1.7M. I fished the rising tide. Moon Phase: Third Quarter, so not the most run Weather: 21c, 52% humidity, 14Km/h winds, partly cloudy Bait caught: Few frogmouth pilchards, whiting, prawns Bait used: Prawns, frogmouth pilchards, live and dead Fish caught: - (First time I've dougnutted here in yonks) Tackle Used: 14lb mainlines, 30lb mainline, 15lb, 30lb leaders, 80lb trace (fluro and mono), 4/o circle and suicide hooks, large-ish barrel swivel, size 2 and 6 bean and ball sinkers, size 1000 and 2500 Shimano Sienna and Nasci, Size 650 Penn reel, 6"6' and 8" Ugly Stiks, 2M Rogue Firepoint boat rod Overall Success Rate: 30% - A donut but I caught a whiting which is a surprise That is that one done everyone, here is Session #23 (If you are still reading ). OK, so last night I made sure to go to bed at a decent hour and I put the timer on for 5:10AM this morning. Well when I got up I decided against creeping around the house and leaving because I could sneak in an extra hour of sleep . I got up again at about 10 past six and got ready. By 25 past I was at the jetty and I got the lines out. Once the lines were out, I got to cast netting. The first few throws were not what I was looking for - nothing. After a couple throws though, I got a little live prawn. This went straight out on one of the lines, and in about five minutes this line went off. I didn't think it was big at all, and I was right. I was quite happy though because it meant I didn't donut. It was a little perch, this one a nice silvery colour - A silvery perch taken on a small live prawn. He was actually barely hooked, so I got the hook out no problemo and gave him a quick release. It swum off well and I re baited and re casted. By now, I was running very low on prawns, dead and alive. Just as I was thinking this, I got another small one in the net. This went on the rod next to the pylons, targeting bream and cod. Nearly instantaneously, it was taken. I run over and to my dismay there was no bait. I then just looked down and to my shock the rod was going off. Yes! I ran down and picked up the rod, which was buckled over. Before I even felt the fish though, it spat the hook. I reeled it in to find a mangled frogmouth pilly, which may very well have been from the doing of a bully. By now, some others had rocked up and were fishing off the jetty. I talked to one of the guys for a bit, told them what I'd caught etc. The person dropped a line down just before my next hook up and pulled up a tiny catfish which would've been a good shark livie size if in Summer. The rod, which now had a prawn head on it though, then went off. I ran over, and when I picked it up it was still on! The fish was taking some really speedy runs and was putting up a good fight on the size 1000 reel. It was getting right up onto the retaining rock wall thingo (I don't know the name LOL), and just kept running like crazy. When the passers by saw, it surfaced and I identified it to be a big cod. He grabbed the net to land it for me, and with some good maneuvering we got it up. He looked a lot bigger than he was, but I lipped him, measured him and took a photo. Here he is - Nice Brisbane River cod He looked a lot bigger than what he was, but the lie detector doesn't tell lies . It was 37cm, and was considerably heavy. I gave him a quick release and he swam off back down to terrorise more prawns and bait. I think this shows how healthy the ecosystem around the Brisbane River is, because the amount of people passing me with a surprised look on their face when I tell them I've caught something half decent is amazing. Soon after the cod, the bite went quiet. I caught one more small prawn in the net, and then the tide picked up. The lines were still being manned, and much to my dismay I missed something on the rod out in the river (very suspicious that it was a perch). The next half an hour was very quiet, with no bait caught and no nibbles. I was really hoping to get a livie for the big rod, but I didn't get one then. The other people eventually pulled up a tiny bream (15cm) and it flopped off the hook before they could do anything with it. I still needed some more live bait, and I really wanted to get my line out there in case there was another big take. Well, after a couple scat and small herring I hit a jackpot. Two good size mullet in the one cast. I immediately fired up the aerator and they were very lively. I then went down to the jetty to reel in the line and re bait. After I pinned the mullet through the jaw I gave him a big chuck out and left the rod. I then went back up to the jetty to check on the other rods, which both required re baiting. After about 15 more minutes, I gave the other rod a bait check. Mullet, lively and swimming. after this was thrown back out, the cod/bream line started getting picked. I didn't manage to hook whatever it was, but my guess is either a tiny perch or bream which was eating my cod livies. To fix this up, I decided to try and put a live mullet on. I thought if there was a big cod there, it wouldn't shy away... After another bait check and re cast on the big rod (which also resulted in a bad tangle involving me cutting the line to clean it up and re tying my two lines) my Dad came down. We were just talking about what I'd caught (I showed him the pics) and then he practically yells "Hamish, is that your rod?!". I turn down to see my rod buckled over going out. I sprint down hoping for the best. When I struck I realised I was on and began fighting it. At first I am pulling up a dead weight, and I thought it might be a bully. Then, it took a little run. After that, I think it realised it was hooked. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ! That is what it sounded like for the next twenty-thirty seconds anyway. I do have a little film clip, so here it is. I would also like to warn everyone there isn't very good language in it (Sorry, I was pretty nervous I'd lose it) and my voice is squeky as heck so that's why I sound like that. To summarise what I've said in it, here are the definition of the following - "It's gonna spool me!!!!" - Me after it took a big run, annoyed that my hard work pulling it up just went to waste. "Sh!t!!!" - Whenever I was nervous, scared, excited, or really really angry. "Don't get your hopes up" - My Dad being pessimistic. Here is the video though, please enjoy Getting done on a salmon.MOV Now to the heartbreaking one... Busted and dusted.MOV OK, so if you've watched that, you'll know... Well... That I got done... I was very sad and devastated about that, but I took it pretty well, just re rigging and getting another line out. I was so shocked to be honest that I had just hooked up to something that big at the park! It is taking a toll on me now though, I feel like I just lost a million dollars ! After that bust off, the bite went pretty quiet. No more hits on the big rod, no more live bait, no more picks. The other people left about an hour before me, so I said bye/cya and they left. When I was doing a final bit of cast netting though, I picked up another good size whiting (OH, and in case you're wondering, I mean it would be a ripper live bait, not that it's a good sized fish in general). I hope these become consistent enough so I could catch one on a rod and reel, it would be awesome if I could catch a new PB there too - Finally, just as I was cleaning out the esky, I found a prawn that was white all over. None of the other prawns were like this, and I'm 99% sure it is just frost from the freezer, but just in case, I didn't use it for bait. I don't think it would've been white spot disease either, because after it thored in a bucket for about 10 minutes it was normal coloured. Just wanted to check for anyone who knew, is this white spot disease? That is the report done now, I hope you all enjoyed. I will do the stats of the trip next. Sorry if the language in the video was offensive to anyone, and ellicat/AFO, if you want to take it down feel free to do so. I hope everyone stays safe with COVID-19 as well, and I hope everyone can get out for a fish. Sorry for any grammatical/punctuation errors as well. Statistics of Trip - Tide: High at 6:40AM, q.9M, Low at 1:45PM, .5M Moon Phase: Third Quarter Moon, so not to much run Air Pressure: 1021 Weather: 20c, Humidity 63%, Partly Cloudy Fish caught: Estuary Cod x 1, River Perch x 1 Time fished: 6:30AM - 11:30AM. 5 hour session or so. Bait caught: Prawns, frogmouth pilchards, mullet, herring, scat Bait used: Live mullet, frogmouth pilchards, prawns, live and dead Overall Success Rate: 75% - Some decent fish and what was probably the biggest fish of my life! Cheers Hamish
  11. Hiya all Today we decided we would sneak out for a quick morning session chasing Brisbane River threadies, so we did. It was an exploratory mission, and now I know for next time when to come back. While it wasn't successful, I got to meet someone who I watched on YouTube (google Team Fat Flathead) We arrived at about 7:00AM, so a relatively lousy start. When we got there, the tide was low and it was a five meter muddy walk to the water. Problem - I had to catch some livies. I walked out and began throwing my net, crappily, due to the factors of no balanced and mud weighing it down. I came up with a couple mullet and prawns though, so it wasn't a waste. These were then pinned onto two rods and thrown out. Another person was fishing there, so I took the other side of the park. After about an hour, the other guy headed off, but before we had a chat. He had caught many threadies and a 1.25m model at that location. There was only one problem, it was still low tide. Just then suddenly, my rod went off. The fish dropped it, it was small, so I was somewhat disappointed. This was at about 8:30AM, and thankfully the tide had risen enough for me to throw off the bank. Between my Dad and I we caught some more mullet. Here is the only picture of the day - Some awkward cast net throwing After this, we re-casted the lines and took turns throwing the net. Apart from a few families (we kept our distance) there was nothing. We we starting to bake, LOL, and then I got the call we needed to come home due to my mother having 'technology problems' . I washed the mud off my legs, then we drove home. I had to change clothes due to being so muddy as well. I have finished giving my gear a good wiping and lubing which was much needed due to the circumstances of this trip. Here are the stats of the trip - Tide- 0.3m Low, 7:30AM, 1:10PM high, 2.0m. I fished the rising tide. Moon Phase- It is the super moon, so lots of tidal run Rainfall recently- Approx. 2.2mm Time fished- 7:00AM-10:00AM Tackle used- I went heavy this time as I didn't know what the structure was, next time I will be going lighter - 80lb trace, 30lb leader, size 6 ball sinker, size 1 star sinker, swivel, 6/o circle hook, 30lb mainline, 14lb mainline, size 2 ball sinker. Fish caught- *Don't laugh at my donut * Bait caught- Mullet and prawns Bait used- Live and dead mullet and prawns Overall Success- 30% - sussed out a new area Alright, that's the end of this very short and boring report LOL. All the best with COVID-19 guys, I hope you enjoyed reading about my donut . Sorry it was pretty boring, I hope to get some content that I can make an actual report on soon (well, just a good one). Cheers Hamish
  12. 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