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      1. Hi all. So I just got my car back from the shop, after burning a MASSIVE hole in my bank account. With Christmas coming I decided to limit my spending, which meant no big trips to land based spots around SEQ, and staying home. However the fishing craving never subsides... the addiction is too strong... SATURDAY I had never tried the closest body of water to my house being Enoggera Creek behind the RBWH, so I decided to give it a crack with some bread on light bream gear after seeing some of @curranboy99's posts up at Kedron Brook. So a shout out to him, as without his post I wouldn't have a report to post, thanks mate. I walked down yesterday afternoon with a loaf of white and gear in hand, to the the spot just under the Lutwyche Road foot bridge. I decided to aim for structure, hoping for some bream. Rather than using a float set up, I decided to option for a weightless single hook setup instead. I was using my new Stradic 1000HG, Gloomis DRS820 GLX, Sunline Super PE 8 braid in 6lb with a meter of 12lb leader tied on with my altered slim beauty knot, and a size 4 Penetrator hook. The tide runs slowly this far up the system, and it was halfway through the run-out tide. I used the crust of the white bread to burley up the water, then compressed pieces of the white center into a small ball, hid the hook inside the bait, and threw out in with the burley. At first there was no action, until a few minutes later a heap of bait were fighting over the burley. From what I saw it was small mullet, and maybe some small herring, but I can not be sure. So i decided to throw in just behind the bait, in the hope some larger fish were in behind, trying to have a crack at the live bait. Within a few seconds of my bread hitting the water, it was hit pretty hard, and the fish ran out to the middle of the creek. It didn't get far, as my setup is a litter overpowered for the smaller fish species, but very fun with the right drag settings. I ended up landing a very healthy catfish. After 4 more, I called up my brother-in-law to come down from our place to have a crack as well. Over the next few hours we ending up going through the whole loaf, and landing roughly 15 catfish. While not a desirable fish, it was still a very fun session in the rain. i believe the biggest one for the day went 38cm. SUNDAY After a successful session the day before, my brother-in-law decided to step it up and get some pilchards. So around 9.00am we headed down to the same spot again, this time aiming to fish the last of the run-in tide. With a small bag of frozen pilchards and a couple pieces of bread, we decided to use all the bread first to see if we could find the catfish again first. This time however, my brother-in-law after two casts with bread, produced two very healthy BREAM!. His first was not legal, however the second went 28cm strong. This got me excited as I love chasing bream on light gear, however all I could produce was another 5 catfish. After the bread was gone, we swapped to cubing up the pilchards into 1.5 cm chunks, hiding the hook in the flesh around the back-bone, and casting in on the same rig setup. After only landing 2 catfish between us in about an hour, we deiced to move further upstream to a pedestrian bridge near the dog park at Downy Park. We used the same setup however targeting deeper water surrounded by mangroves, hoping for something more toothier. First cast in, and straight away I get a hit and weight on the line. At first I thought it was a big catty, but as it surfaced we were shocked to see a decent sized FLATHEAD! I was very appreciative of my decision to not go ultra light at this point... After my initial shock, I quickly realised I couldn't lift this girl up to the bridge we were standing on, so while keeping her head in the water (VERY important with flatties), I swam her over towards the bank on the Windsor side of the foot-bridge and landed her, JUST. As I got her out of the water, the leader snapped.... After a quick pick myself, and a local walking past who caught all of the action, I decided not to eat her and we let her go. I very rarely keep fish, however now and then I will keep the odd tailor or Flathead as I love the gamy flesh. Today I decided against it, mainly because I didn't know how healthy the ecosystem is in the river, and I don't want to take a bigger breading female and predator out of the system. I'm all for sustainability. After this not much happened. In the next 2 hours the tide stopped and turned, and still nothing. Using the last of the pilchard we had just cut up, I ended up getting one more catfish, and then to my surprise, a decent sized TAILOR!! Again I was shocked, but this one I think would had just been shy of legal size, so i decided to try pole it up to where we were standing on the bridge. However this time the leader did not hold up, and it snapped as I watched the tailor swim away to fight another day. Sorry for the lack of photos, it was raining mostly all weekend and I only had my phone so I did not want to get it too wet. All in all a good weekend. I was left in disbelief as after catching 4 different species and a couple legal fish, left me thinking I may have to seriously reconsider why I travel hundreds of kilometers in the search of fish, when such a fun time can be had literally a couple hundred meters from my house. Thanks for reading.
      2. Went for a land based session with a mate yesterday evening in Redcliffe. Had to take advantage of the weather, wind and tide. Would have taken the tinnie out but with a curfew placed on my mate we had to maximize fishing time. Within 10 minutes of arriving I had missed a run and then my mate reeled in a decent 40cm Tailor. We got our hopes up for a solid Tailor session. What actually followed was an on/off patchy bite of mainly flathead. The best two going mid fifties. Nice and plump fish but the laziest fighters I have ever come across! Bait was a mix of prawns and pilchards. Hope more Tailor arrive in the bay soon.
      3. This info is taken straight from Smithy's Fishing Charters website. http://smithysfishingcharters.com.au Some great info on there about the different reefs up here on the coast and i thought this may help some members. Also found the graph below on his website which i found very helpful. Typical Reefs Visited Teewah Coffee Rock I really only go here during mackerel season. The mackerel get on the numerous bait schools in the region. Noosa locals go well here on reefies and some spots hold good jewies. North Reef Normally fished by the Noosa charter boats, I sometimes end up here during cobia season on a couple of the wrecks in this region. If does fish well for all sorts of species but it is a well known snapper spot. The Noosa boats also seem to get a fair few pelagics whilst at anchor here. Massouds Reef This is a sneaky little reef south of North Reef, a bit inside Chardons Reef and a bit outside Misery Reef. It is named after the Massoud family who also have a park named after them in Noosaville. It is a snapper/pearl perch reef that is also home to the other usual suspects like sweetlip, parrot and cod. At times it also holds good bait. Sunshine Reef Sunshine is pretty heavily hit by the Noosa tinny brigade and the Noosa charter boats. I mostly go here in mackerel season. I have had the odd soft plastics session here for some grass emperor and squire. The bonus in mackerel season is the odd coral trout off the downrigger on livies. If I am fishing here a bit I usually get a few a season. Chardons Reef Chardons I hit a bit. I have had good snapper bites here in August and it is a great live bait reef for marlin and other pelagic species. It has mackerel on it at times as well as wahoo quite often. If the bait is in I have had good sessions here on cobia and the odd longtail tuna. It turns up all sorts of surprises like cracker pearl perch, legal red emperor, a few gold spot estuary cod, the odd legal brown maori cod and I have had some ripper sessions here on reef flathead. Chardons does not look like much on the sounder but if it has bait on it has fish with the bait. It is mostly small ledges with wire weed. Castaways Reef/Victor Bailey Reef I have had some great snapper sessions here. A long way from Mooloolaba and the Noosa boats have to go past a lot of good country at Sunshine Reef to get here so not many people bother. Nice little bommies in flat ground I am pretty sure there are trout here but have been unable to land one. Some good bustoffs seem like trout. In summer I have heard it gets mackerel on it but I have certainly caught quite a few cobia here on the bait schools at times. Victor Baileys is a great little reef in close to get out of the wind. It is a good place to get a few mixed reefies. I have even got a legal red emperor here at night and another good session on school mackerel. Coolum Reef/Arkwright Shoal The Coolum area also takes in Hancocks Shoal and the area around it and off Stumers Creek. In summer this is a good reef for spotty mackerel and in winter snapper. Early winter it is also good for grey mackerel and Spanish mackerel and the freedivers even get them here shore diving. Some springs see the school mackerel thick here. Mixed in with the snapper are a few good grass emperor. A new wreck exists here and it will be interesting to see how it fishes with the wreck of the ex HMAS Brisbane not too far away. The Gneerings The Gneering shoals out from Mooloolaba are very rocky reef reefs. I mostly fish here for mackerel in summer and snapper in spring. Being so close to Mooloolaba they are very heavily hit. They are very shallow and dived on by lots of freedivers who see a fair few mangrove jack and coral trout down there yet as anglers we don’t tend to get them. I do have one friend who has the trout wired and does well in autumn for them. Many of the tinny brigade also get the Gneerings wired for snapper and other species like parrot and moses perch that call this place home. I tend to do better off the big reef structures and fish the gravel with bait schools for mixed reefies like brown maori cod, gold spot estuary cod and grass emperor. Murphys Reef Murphies is also another favourite of the tinny brigade. At time good bait moves in here and with it are good schools of big ajs and kingfish. Mixed in with them are cod, trout and jewies feeding on the bait. Murphies has its momemts with the snapper and mixed reefies but I tend to fish away from the main area. A bit south is a bait area we get marlin and cod. To the east and west are some big structures that hold jewifish, amberjack and yellowtail kingfish. Raper Shoal/Currimundi Reef Raper Shoal is not far off the beach and virtually joins up with the coffee rock at the Wurtulla surf tower one side and all the reef off Moffat Headland the other side. Our from Rapers is Currimundi Reef and out from it is the Currimundi 8mile/9mile area. All of these areas are snapper/grassy/mackerel spots. Mostly school mackerel in August/September and spottie and Spanish mackerel from November to May. At times I have caught big snapper up to 82cm in very ripe condition here and they move right in close to try and spawn. My biggest grass emperor have also come from this area. The close in area is hit hard by the Mooloolaba and Caloundra tinny brigades as well as kayakers from the beach at Moffat Beach. Caloundra Coffee Rock/The Corks/Brays Rock/The Peg/The Peg Reef/Hamilton Patches/Spoil Grounds All of these close in reefs off Caloundra are hit by the Caloundra tinny and yak brigade, either through the bar or from the Kings Beach boat ramp. The peg reef is a great mackerel reef in summer and snapper reef in winter. I also get a few snapper off the corks as they usually hold bait. That is why the peg reef if good, all of the bait. To fish it conventionally with bait on the bottom you would think it only holds rubbish but on soft plastics you only get the good snapper and grassies. This whole area also has bait schools at any time, great for jigging or the mackerel and tuna get on them as well. My biggest mackerel of 24.8kg came from the peg reef. Caloundra 5mile Reef The 5mile is one of my favourite reefs. Mackerel in summer and snapper in winter. It holds good bait at times and that is why the fish are there. It has thrown up some great fish for me over the years including an 18kg amberjack and a 93cm snapper. The snapper here at times mark up like text-book sounder shots of big fish mixed in with the bait. The sharks can be a pain though when they hone in on the mackerel schools. Caloundra 9mile Reef This reef goes by a few different names but usually the 7-8-9 mile. It comes out of 35m all around and is a football field size plateau of 30m depth on top. Like all of the Caloundra reefs it is a mackerel spot in summer and a snapper spot in winter. It is not as consistent as some of the other spots and really needs bait on it. When the bait is there, the fish are there. Caloundra 12mile Reef The 12mile is a massive area meeting up with the Currimundi 9mile in the north and stretching all of the way down to the Wild Banks in the south off Bribie Island. The 12mile has a very specific mackerel area on the western side though. It could turn up any species of fish and is one of the main reefs I fish on half days. It also has numerous bait reefs scattered amongst it. Caloundra Wide Caloundra Wide is another massive reef system virtually starting at the Barwon Banks and stretching to Cape Moreton. It takes in a couple of wrecks straight out the front of Mooloolaba which are great for cobia. Teraglin or trag jew are the second most common fish from these wrecks but they turn up all sorts of fish from nannygai to snapper to cod. Caloundra Wide proper is mostly ledges running N-S with wire weed on top of them. All of the usual reef species call it home. Cape Moreton I get down to Cape Moreton a bit, usually chasing pelagic fish at Hutchison Shoal but also at “The Trench”. Lately I have even been venturing down the front of the Cape to Shallow Tempest, Brennan’s Shoal, Roberts Shoal, Smiths Rock and all of the ledge country through here. It holds good bait and has great natural reef, just that it is close to Brisbane, a city of nearly 1.5million people so this area gets hard hit. I have also done well here on livies on AJs and kingfish with cod and cobia getting in on the act. It also has its moments as a snapper spot and throws up surprises like great GTs but the sharks can be a problem at times. From October/November on, it is a bit of a special for wahoo and mahi mahi with many marlin getting in on the act as well. Barwon Banks The Barwon Banks is a massive reef structure about 20Nm due east of Mooloolaba up to in line with Noosa. It has many areas from the shallows, the gravel on the west side, the wire weed ledges to the south and numerous drop offs and bommies. You can do worse than just drifting the shallows out here picking up a mixed bag of fusiliers, tusk fish and tropical fish like hussar and red throat emperor. In the day it was covered in red emperor and snapper. They are a bit harder to temp these days. A few of the big ledges are also home to wahoo and spanish mackerel in the summer and amberjack and kingfish in the winter time with random fish like jobfish and dogtooth tuna thrown in. The 85m Ledge The 85m ledge in front of the Barwon Banks is the traditional home of snapper fishing on the Sunshine Coast. Mixed in with the snapper are a few pearl perch and fish like splendid perch and black spot pigfish. The odd amberjack also gets in on the action and random fish like jewfish. The Hards Kicking out to the NE from the Barwons are the Hards. They run out to about 40Nm NE of Mooloolaba. The southern Hards gets up to about 53m and is great snapper and amberjack country. The northern Hards can produce anything from tusk fish to snapper and pearl perch and the odd hussar and red emperor. It can be well worth the run out here in favour of the Barwons. The Mud East of the main ridge of the Hards is an area people call the Mud. Scattered through here are numerous little bumps and ledges off the main reef complexes. There is also a sunken trawler wreck in this area. The 97m Ledge Out in front of the Hards and running down and joining up with the 85m ledge is the 97m ledge. At times this is where all the professional line fishermen fish for the snapper and pearl perch. It is deep but can be rewarding. The Deep Wrecks Out where the trawlers work there is a line of wrecks where they have snagged the bottom and toppled over and sunk. These are great spots for amberjack, kingfish, snapper and pearl perch. At times they also hold jewfish and the odd comet cod and bar cod comes off them. Go out here armed with live bait and jigs and you will see some action more times than not. The Lauren G. One of the latest wrecks out there. A local Mooloolaba boat that went down out at the Hards in 97m of water. A long way from home so fishes well but more and more people are getting the waypoint. I believe the skipper went down with the boat and is known by a few of the guys I know. Amberjack, kingfish, jewfish, pearl perch, snapper and bar cod have all come off this wreck. Was commercially smashed of all the pearl perch off it at one stage and does not fish anywhere near as well for snapper or pearlys since. The Tiger Kelly. Another local trawler that went down east of the Barwon Banks. 127m of water and fishes well at times. Does cop a hammering though. It has probably had it’s glory years. It does turn up things out of the box at times like 76cm pearl perch another charter boat caught off it. The Tempest Near the Tiger Kelly. Don’t know much about this wreck. Very hard to find. The Plane Wrecks I have a few marks for plane wrecks out here. One day I did mark something but have been unable to find it again. Trawlers most likely move the parts around with their nets. Suppossedly at the end of WWII planes were dumped off the aircraft carriers in this area. Bits of aircraft have definately been trawled up by the local trawlers in their nets. The Anna Jay The AJ/MJ/Angela Jane is in 135m off Caloundra Wide. Not much left of it on the sounder and is a very hit and miss place. Sometimes the fish are here and other times they aren’t. Depends on what you see on your sounder. The Kosi or Wendy Joy This wreck in about 110m always has a great show. Also seen Has been hit hard. Doesn’t yield much considering the show. Lots of small pearlies. The Kerry Anne About the deepest one I will fish. 145m. Not much show and not much go most of the time considering how deep it is and a lot less hit than the others. The Uglbar In 135m and certainly has its day. Hit hard by boats out of Brisbane/Bribie/Redcliffe. Similar wreck species to the rest. The Jennifer K This trawler lies in about 82m NE of Hutchison Shoal. It shows up good on the sounder but is plagued by small pearl perch and hit super hard. It has had its day unfortunately. The Kyogle Also known as the Centaur but it has been proven that the Centaur is in ultra deep water off North Stradbroke. The Kyogle is in 180m and not really worth the effort considering the depth. I’ve only ever pulled rat kings off it. The Containers The shipping containers that fell off the ship the Pacific Adventurer lie in about 130m off Cape Moreton. They fish well for pearlies in the early part of the season but later on after they have been hit it is frustrating to pull up undersize snapper and pearl perch from that sort of depth. One trip we got owned by big kingies and AJs here too. Sharks can be a problem at times like all of these deep spots eating your fish half way up or hooking the livies themselves. The 50m Wrecks On the 50m line there is another line of shallower wrecks. These are bait spots holding yellowtail and slimey mackerel. Attracted to the bait are very often cobia in cobia season. The Tall Ship I have also heard it called the Missi or Mississippi. It is about 9Nm SE of Double Island Point in 50-60m of water. I think between the pros out of Rainbow Beach and the Noosa Charter boats it has been flogged but like all wrecks, on any given day they can go off. Grinners have also made these sorts of places home and can give you a flogging. I believe it used to have quite a few red fish on it (nannygai and red emperor). The Sunken Cruiser The sunken Cruiser lies in about 60m of water outside of North Reef off Noosa. If you can get past the grinners it holds cobia at times as well as jewfish. Nannygai, snapper and pearl perch can also be caught off it like all the wrecks on this line. The Barges/American Warship I have quite a few barge marks in this North Reef area but I have yet to find anything conclusive. Maybe some of the locals know some of the spots but so far all of my searching has turned up nothing. The K-Lyne I have also got this mark as Tippy Toe. Lies in 50-60m inside of the Hards. A good cobia spot in season if you can get past the grinners. Also had some good sessions here on the trag jew. The Dolphin Early on I used to fish this mark a bit and it held good Cale Cale Trevally. It has been flogged by the Noosa charter and rec boats and doesn’t fish anywhere near as well. I have pulled the odd snapper off it as well. It lies in 50m of water at North Reef. The Bermagui Star Lies in about 29m of water inside of North Reef. Can hold good bait at times. Marlin and mackerel come off it but it has been fleeced of its reefies. The Landing Barge Sunk filming the Kylie Minogue movie the Delinquents, this wreck lies in about 50m of water east of Mooloolaba. It has had its best days but still turns up the odd cobia if you are the first boat there after two weeks of poor weather. I know of jewfish, cod, snapper, nannygai and pearl perch to have come off it. The FV Jodie The Jodie lies SE of the Cobia Barge and has its day if you can get past the grinners. It also gets good Trag Jew on it at times. Various Cape Moreton Wrecks Wrecks are a dime a dozen down off Cape Moreton. Some are productive and some have had their day.
      4. Having the boat and my self out of action for a while I pulled my finger out and installed a new water pump and impellor, big thanks to Troy at minnkotarepairs for giving me a prop and a awesome service of my bowmount ! Took the boat for a quick “test” run up to bribie early this morning, well the boat absolutely flies along now gaining an extra 4kph and doing less revs so very happy. Would be silly of me to take the boat and not a rod, pulled up to a nice lil drop off and had spot lock working perfectly being able to work it with minimal effort and bagging afew flathead.
      5. As usual its been a while between posts for me. I hadn't been out in the boat since last year! I managed to get my newly serviced tinny (with new thermostat ) out to the Pine River a few days back, on a solo trip, and managed to land some hard-fought dinner. I started the trip by motoring towards the mouth from the deep water bend boat ramp, sounding at a few not-secret-at-all spots but not getting many returns on the Lowrance display. I fluked the tide at the shallow section between the green-red-green markers just south of Dolyes Rocks, which is getting less passable every trip I make to the Pine!? A mate of mine is a Hydrographic Surveyor for the QLD gov, which incidentally doesn't service the Pine, and his thoughts are the Port of Brisbane is saving $$$ by reducing frequency or not dredging some channels anymore. Long story short, after an hour or so I finished fishing the far-lower reaches with a donut, on both bait and lure. Bad start but not unusual in my experience in this river. The trend almost continued when I headed upstream to the Bruce HWY bridge and wrecks just west of it. I managed a couple of small bream on prawns. So I ventured further upstream as the tide was nearing high, anchoring on a bend and immediately landed plenty of small bream and flathead on prawns. Only when I through a lure did I manage a keeper - on first cast... 10 minutes later, a few more tiddlers on bait followed by... ...and 'NO' it's not the same fish photographed later! Stuck around for 30 mins until high tide, then decided to leave with just enough flatty tails for the family for dinner that night. Hard work but worth the trip.
      6. Hi I have read around a bit on this and another forum looking for a rod and reel combo for fishing on holidays. It will mostly be used in East Gippsland around Paynesville area for land based fishing of Flathead and Bream. Kids would like to do a little fishing on our summer holidays, I thought why not get something so I can join in as well. I haven't had a chance to fish since I was a kid. May also have the use of a kayak for fishing as well. My ideal rod would be 7ft /2.13m 2-5kg travel rod paired with 2500 reel as a decent allrounder. I would prefer a travel rod as driving to holiday destinations with a wife and two kids in a 2 door hatchback doesn't leave a lot of room, also means I can pack the rod and reel when visiting the grandparents in Tassie when we fly. My choices have also been limited by looking for something that is tough and can take some abuse. In all likely hood a pure graphite rod is going to get too many bumps and fail pretty quickly when trying to fish with two youngish children. Ugly Stik Rods seem to have a reputation of surviving some rougher treatment. I am a realistic parent as I'm sure the fishing rod will be used as a light sabre as soon as my back is turned . As with all things in life it will be a compromise solution, otherwise I would just buy a Shimano Raider Travel Rod or a Pfluger Transcendent travel rod. With the Ugly Stik been a bit tougher I may be able to get away with a two piece rod and manage to squeeze this into the roof pod on top of the car. When the kids get older and a bit more responsible then I can look to upgrade the gear if we all still enjoy fishing together. I'm looking at the following: SHAKESPEARE UGLY STIK GOLD Travel Rod 6'6''/195cm, 3-6kg line weight, 4 piece Action : Light/Medium - price around AUD $100 SHAKESPEARE UGLY STIK GOLD Spin Rod 7'0' / 210cm , 2-4kg line weight, 2 piece Action : Light - price around AUD $80 Could either of these rods be used with soft plastics or will these be just bait only rods? Would these be usable for my intended use of land based fishing with maybe some kayak fishing as well. ? If anyone has used either of these and has some feedback on them in use it would be fantastic. Thank You all for helping a novice out in advance. Regards The Spook.
      7. I wanted a nice easy fishing session so I grabbed a 7ft 1-3 Kg noodle rod and a handful of lures and headed over to Redcliffe. After the crazy weather the night before I didn't know what to expect. The first spot was a bit grubby with a lot of floating bit's and pieces and no bites so back in the car and off to check out some other normally fishy locations. The front of Redcliffe was just awesome with nice calm conditions and the water beautiful and warm. I strolled along a stretch of beach with some plastics and picked up two little tackers then walked back along the same stretch with a hard bodied lure. This got me another three flathead, one long tom and a dropped silver thingy that decided to spit the lure. The only down side, although not that bad is a lot of people walk along the front and every time you hook a fish they want to have a chat and ask "what else do you catch here" ? At least I get to test out my fishermans stories on them !
      8. Hi all New to the Hamilton area for work for a few months . Keen to do some fishing land based flicking lures can anyone point me in the right direction what area is producing fish ? Mainly would like to target flathead , bream , jacks or a Jew . Cheers
      9. Video report link - https://youtu.be/rtzVPnZU-jM Thought I’d share a Port Phillip Bay video fishing report. We launched from Altona, the weather was perfect, and the fishing was great. We headed to shallow squid grounds towards point cook fishing depths between 3-6 meters deep. We almost bagged out on squid. Red and pink squid jigs the standout, worked slowly. We then moved on drifting and caught some really good size flathead, using squid tentacles as bait on paternoster rigs. Biggest flattie was in the mid 60’s. We also caught whiting, pinkies and a gummy shark. Despite having a banana emergency onboard, the day turned out great.
      10. Ok just wanted to see if anyone was keen to come along with me. It is in Ormiston (I think it must be the Mossops that I thought was in Cleveland) . This guy is a legend. even the best would learn something I reckon. Anyone keen?
      11. Hi everyone, I was challenged to try and catch a fish out in the bay using only an inflatable pool tube instead of a high-end kayak. Video can be seen here I was equipped only with a 1-4 kilo 1DFR spin rod, a packet of pre-rigged Fathead curl tail soft plastics, a net, orr, life jacket and pliers. This challenge came from a follower who suggested that fisherman only catch fish because they have expensive kayaks or boats. I thought best to prove a point why not use a $30 pool tube from BCF out in Port Phillip bay. Thankfully I managed to land a few fish without drowning, being stung or eaten. Watch the video carefully at 3:05 you will see something large surface right next to the pool tube. Been some debate on whether this was a stingray, shark, seal or dolphin. Have a look and see what you think. This is a classic. It was very challenging to keep balance, navigate through some issues with broken line but with persistence, I landed 2 Snook, 4 Pinkies and 2 Flathead in just over an hours fishing. All in a bit of fun, please don’t try this on your own, we acknowledge that this is a little dangerous if not done in a controlled fashion. if you enjoy the video then please subscribe to the channel Website - www.fishingmad.com.au YouTube - www.youtube.com/c/fishingmad Facebook - www.facebook.com/fishingmad.com.au Instagram - www.instagram.com/fishingmad.com.au
      12. Hey guys, So I finally went out to jacobs well to chase those flathead that I was after and what a successful mission. Unfortunately only have photos of the fish on the chopping board after I scaled/gutted and I barely remembered that. Anyway I went out in Tuesday and bought a bag of pillies but didn't really need it because as soon as we got to our spot there was livies basically jumping out of the water. Few casts with the net and got heaps of mullet and herring. We flicked these intowards the fallen in trees from the first picture I added. Straight away we were on and catching undersized flathead and eventually caught a 41cm. After high tide changed I decided to flick out two pink curly tail zmans for a troll. We headed towards tipplers and caught about 4 flathead which one was 46cm. After battling a few sand bars we finally made it to tipplers for a beer and then decided to head back to our original place to camp the night on the boat. Thank got for my GPS otherwise I would have been flying blind. We eventually got back and it was a couple of hours before high tide again. We suffered many of casualties on our live bait and went back to the pillies. I caught a 45cm bream which I threw back and then got onto a 39cm rock cod which was soon followed by a 41cm sea perch. Things settled for the night and we eventually hit the sack. Once we woke up at about 4am covered in bites we decided to tear up my cast net on some tree stumps. Once that mission was accomplished I pulled out a yakka Jig and oh was I successful. I probably caught about 10 yakkas and heaps of herring, pike along with a couple mullet. We kept trying this area for another 30 minutes and caught nothing but an old t-shirt a shell and a massive piece of drift wood. We then moved onto the second spot which is the second photo. We sat at the mouth of this little estuary and cast just behind the tree on the corner as the tide was going out and bam! Caught onto a massive dead weight which is my biggest flathead ever at 66cm. The yakkas were going nuts! About 5 mins later we got onto a much bigger one but it cut the line before it got to the boat. Happy with ourselves we decided to head back and my motor decided to fire on one cylinder again. Unsure what this issue is and not even my mechanic can figure it out. Anyway I used this as an excuse to head back to the car and troll with a hard body. Which was sort of successful as we got onto a little trev. Anyway all and all a great trip with many of bites of all kinds. I think my next target species will be threadfin salmon and I may need a bit of help with that as I have had a lot of trouble catching one. Sorry about the photos I should have had a ruler or something. They are on a massive chopping board.
      13. Entries Now Open To 2019 Tuross Challenge 8th - 10th March 2019. Tuross Head, NSW. www.turosschallenge.com.au www.facebook.com/turosschallenge Prize Categories Largest Bream 1st & 2nd Male, Female & Junior, Largest Flathead 1st & 2nd Male, Female & Junior, Largest By-Catch 1st Male, Female & Junior *Prizes to be announced soon* Tournament rules Each angler will receive an Angler ID along with a tournament bag Catch & Release only No bait or berley to be used Photos of the fish must be on a brag mat with Angler ID Flathead over 65cm (Overall length) & Bream over 38cm (Fork length) must be seen & verified by judges Fishing is permitted in the Tuross lake system as well as Coila lake All Anglers must comply with all state fishing regulations including licenses, Life jacket ETC: No dead or disfigured fish will be allowed to be entered Registrations & Briefing will commence at Club Tuross on Friday 8th March at 5pm – Bar & BBQ will be open for purchases Fishing times are Saturday 9th March 7am – 4pm --- Sunday 10th March 7am – 3.30pm Presentation will commence at Club Tuross Beach Bar at 4.30pm What do I get? Entrants receive on registration night (Friday) Tournament bag with tournament shirt, dinner ticket for Saturday night (at Club Tuross), bag also contains packets of soft plastics, stubbie holders... Plus more!
      14. A couple of shots of some of the little flathead encountered over the holidays. Lot's of exploring and wading the shallows.
      15. Hey guys sorry about the lack of post, I've been quite busy and slightly broke lately. Anyway a recap on my last adventures. I was trying to target flathead for about 2 weeks very unsuccessfully so on boxing day I decided to try something different. I was already going down the Gold Coast to do Christmas with my fiances side of the family so decided to take my boat out to palm beef reef. So I've never crossed a bar before in a boat and I can definitely say that the currumbin bar crossing was pretty average. But I just waited for a gap in the waved and just fanged it. My boat just ate the waves and from there it didn't take too long to get to the reef. I was there about an hour before high tide and couldnt be bothered flicking any lures so just had a bunch of dirty pilchards which I put on my shark rod with a ganged hook and a running sinker. On my other rod I just had a paternoster rig. I was only there 2 hours and I had 3 runs and probably about 6 snap off's. The paternoster rig caught about 7 or 8 stone fish lol Anyway I'm at work but I will attach a photo and I'm thinking about going out in the bay this week. Any tips or places to go in Moreton this week guys? VID_20181226_114047_389.mp4
      16. Took a mate down to Jacobs Well today. I thought there might be a few muddies around after the recent rain, and surely there will be plenty of flathead and a few whiting at this time of the year. Left the boat ramp around 7am with a high tide around mid morning so too much water to pump yabbies. We picked up some fresh prawns, small Phillies and a few live worms from the Gem on the way so I thought we had most bases covered as well as having plastics and hard bodies on board. Dropped the pots in a spot that has produced good crabs before and headed towards the pin. Conditions were pretty good but there was an annoying little SE breeze making it hard to keep the drift right and keep the lines where we wanted them. We started to catch a few small winter whiting so I used one as a live bait. A few minutes after dropping it in I had a hit and brought up a nice 52 cm flattie. I persevered with the live whiting tactic and got smashed a couple of times but didn’t get another hookup. A few summer whiting turned up and I thought we would be in for a good session but they were few and far between. I ended up with 4 around the 27 to 29 cm mark and my mate had the same. Once the tide turned the bite completely stopped. Still a bit too much fresh maybe? So off to the pots. I was very confident and when the first pot came up with a jumbo muddie I was pretty stoked, but alas, he was a she so no joy there. The next 3 pots yielded one female sandy and nothing else. so over all a tough day but at least I scored a feed.
      17. Hi everyone im wanting to book a holiday house for Easter next year for 4 adults and 3 older kids plus 2 small dogs. We love fishing for things like flathead, bream, whiting etc and I was wondering if anyone had any good suggestions for places to try or if you’ve stayed in great accommodation yourself and can recommend it. I’m just outside of Brisbane so anywhere up to 4 or 5 hours north or south of Brissy would be fine. We have stayed at Evans Head before and loved it but they are pretty booked out already. Thanks guys.
      18. So I had a call from a mate yesterday. Unfortunately he had succumbed to a severe bout of industrial diarrhoea, and as we all know, the only cure for that is a day on the water chasing fish and crabs. As luck would have it, I was planning to take advantage of an all too rare (at the moment) break in the wind to do exactly that. Let’s call him the dentist, not because he is one, nor because he is always looking down in the mouth, but because he can’t show his face on the World Wide Web whilst undergoing this highly confidential treatment. The dentist has a few favourite spots down the Pin area so we head there with a yabbie pump, assorted rods, plastics, hard bodies, 8 crab pots, a bag of chicken frames, and high hopes for a successful recovery. We launch at 5.30 am and head to spot A to try for some flathead in a small drain on the low tide. The dentist was confident but the fish didn’t play the game so off we went to drop the pots in known mudcrab territory. Pots successfully deployed, we headed to the yabbie bank to gather our bait. Heaps of yabbies with a bucketful in no time. Then it was off to spot B to try for whiting. Not there long and the dentist nails a nice fat whiting of around 32cm. It was quiet on my side for a bit, but once I pulled in a small ray we knew it would be ok because @ellicat has this crazy theory that you won’t have a good whiting session until you land a ray. We landed a few more whiting which were all good size (biggest was a donkey at 36cm) before that spot went quiet and we headed to spot D which the dentist assured me was good for whiting, grunter and more rays. His prediction was correct and we ended up with 3 legal spotted grunter, a few more jumbo whiting and a shedload of small rays. The dentist saw a bull shark jump and next minute he was onto a good fish. We speculated about the odds of catching a bully on yabbies but dismissed that theory as the battle continued on light line. Eventually a juvenile GT popped up which was soon bled and tossed in the esky with the rest of the catch. Things went quiet on the tide change so we pulled the anchor and went to pick up the pots. Not a single crab in any pot which was both disappointing and surprising, but we couldn’t complain after a good session like we had just had. The dentist was well on the way to a full recovery by the time we pulled the boat out of the water at high noon. It was a good morning on the water with the final tally of 9 good whiting, 3 spotted grunter, one lonely bream (gut hooked) and a 42cm trevally. The dentist donated his share of the catch (all the good ones) to me, which has made Mrs Scaley very happy, but not as happy as if I had come home with muddies. Here is another of my woeful photos of dead fish. Thanks for reading.
      19. Hi all, I recently purchased myself a new vessel - well, new for me, second hand for someone else. After a quick shakedown run to check all was working well last weekend and a vist to @Zim man to top up the lure supply, I loaded up with way more lures than I could possibly use and headed to Cabbage Tree Point on Saturday morning with dreams of crocodile sized flathead in my mind. I hit the water about 6:30am and peddled towards some spots I used to fish in my "real" boat, thankfully the extreme shallow draft and higher tide meant that some short cuts were available and within about 20 minutes I had two lures deployed and was trolling along a deserted stretch of a back channel. Things were a bit quiet at first, one small flathead took a liking to a pontoon 21 crackerjack and was promptly released. Unfortunately eel grass was a big problem and the lures were continually being fouled up, so I headed a bit further afield towards a generally cleaner bank I had had some success on in the past. Again a pint sized flathead took a liking to the crackerjack but things were quite slow so I stopped on a nearby sandbank to stretch the legs and back out a bit. The tide was dropping out fast and as more banks became exposed the fish started to come on the bite a bit. I had something a bit bigger hit a trolled lure, a 32cm bream appeared, not a regular lure capture for me at all. Just to prove it wasn't a fluke I repeated the process another 3 times in the same area, all were decent fish 29-32cm but they weren't what I was really after. The crackerjack did the damage on all. With the tide nearing low, I headed towards my favourite flathead spot and it wasn't long before I was into them. I landed 4 in quick succession on plastics, with the water quite murky bright colours were the order of the day. 2 in the high 40's were released into the esky, the other two were just legal and nicely lip hooked so were let go to fight again. One small flattie was dropped yakside, note to Santa - landing net please! After things went a bit quiet in that spot, I peddled quickly towards another spot, and made it there just before the turn of the tide. Two more flathead were landed, one more released into the esky. I also hooked up on a small bullie in about 18" of water, he played up a treat and jumped about all over the place but soon won his freedom - 12lb leader was never going to last and probably easier to deal with that way than on my lap. By now the bite had shut down, the tide was now running in, the NNW had kicked up to about 15-18kn, making a yucky wind vs tide short sharp chop to look forward to on the way back to the ramp. I took a slightly longer way out so I was running with the wind and chop but against the tide. It was a slow and steady trip back to the ramp but it never felt unsafe or unstable - and I was mostly dry as well. Several people at the ramp were bemoaning the lack of fish for the day which made me feel a little better that I hadn't been as successful as I'd hoped. I didn't get a lot of photos for the day given my lack of any sort of waterproof photo taking device, the waterproof case I got for my phone unfortunately ruins the camera function and I'm too chicken to take it out of the case on the water. According to google earth, I covered about 11km for the day. Thanks for reading. Benno <'><
      20. Hey you lot Been getting a few fish up my way. I'll let the vid tell the story. I'm pretty new to doing vids so go easy on me. I need to hold a few up to the camera from now on hahahahaaa
      21. Had planned a trip out on Moreton Bay today with a mate looking for mackerel. Unfortunately he called it off last night due to work commitments. I just laughed, having almost forgotten what work means. Anyway I decided to have a solo trip and to use up the fish frames that have been cluttering up the freezer. I have had my eye on some very crabby looking territory but needed a high tide to get to it and enough water to get in and out. So I got there about 90 minutes before the high and dropped four pots. Then I went to amuse myself for a while throwing a soft vibe around some threadie country. Got 2 bumps but no hookups. The bumps could have been blue jellyfish because there was no shortage of them. Also tried drifting over a couple of banks throwing soft plastics around in the hope of a flathead or two. Nothing interested in my plastics at all so I head back to the pots, about an hour after the start of the runout. First 2 pots had nothing. The third pot felt a bit heavier and bingo - a nice healthy buck that was obviously legal so into the esky he goes. I was feeling pretty happy about that because Mrs Scaley loves muddies even more than I do so I know I will get a warm reception at home, if you catch my drift. Then onto the last pot. Definitely some weight in this one, and up comes crabzilla. Chocolate brown and sporting the Maltese cross. I love it when you don’t have to measure your crabs. Called it quits then and headed home to clean up and cook the crabs. Crabzilla went 1.7kg and his little brother was just under the kilo. I think I have found my new crabbing spot for this summer. Now I just need the prawns to start running and the fish to get hungry and it could be a very merry Christmas.
      22. I couldn't decide if I wanted to fish the fresh or the salt Sunday morning. The tides were looking good so salt it was. I usually fish half the time with hard bods and the other using plastics. All fish were taken on plastics with only one double clutch snagging a very large stingray..by by double clutch ! Four OK sized flathead with the largest going 55cm and one little tacka. I was working a snag when a spash right behind me caught my attention. I simply lobbed the lure back over my head and something long and silver grabbed it instantly. It peeled drag fast then jumped, shaking it's head like mad, the lure was spat straight out. I have no idea what it was but I do know it was fun trying to fight a fish backwards. Back to the fresh next week to wash my lures off I think.
      23. Hey guys, I start my new roster this week and have basically Monday to Friday night off every week. It's sort of come to my attention that when I'm fishing I don't really target one species I just go for what ever I can catch. Which is great but I think that's why I always come back with not a great deal. Anyway I am going to try and target one specific fish each week so I can tick it off my list. First one on my list is a nice big flathead. Something that I have to throw back. I was wondering if there was any land based suggestions for this one as I am going to work on my boat this week. Basically I live in toowong and can travel almost anywhere from North Brisbane to the Gold Coast. Any suggestions for what spots and for what soft plastics or hard bodies I should use. I would probably just be having a flick and not using bait. But if you think I should go the bait option let me know. Thanks again guys. This group has been so helpful.
      24. Hey everyone Went out to Tingalpa Creek to check out the area and was hoping to try and catch some bream and flathead and ended up with a little Jewfish. This is my second jewfish ever and first on a plastic caught from a boardwalk near to the mouth of Tingalpa Creek right near the canoe club. Didn’t expect this fish, was not going for this species at all and it certainly put my new light rod to the test. Was only small for a Jewfish 58cm but with 8lb braid and 6lb leader I didn’t think the line would hold. Now I’m wondering if people regularly catch them in here or was I just lucky and if so how big can they get in this system ?
      25. Hi all, It had been far too long since I had a serious chill out holiday so I loaded up the truck and the Mrs and I headed over to Moreton. We arrived on Saturday afternoon and made it to North Point campground without incident, set up the camp with just enough time left for a quick dip on sunset before a sneaky bourbon and an early night. After a leisurely start the next morning, we headed up North Point beach towards Tailor Bight to check on the beach conditions and check out the gutters. I had a bit of a flick with some soft plastics in a couple of the gutters but only found a couple of small flathead and the ever persistent long toms. We then headed down the eastern beach to see if we could find some pippies, it took a bit of work but we ended up with about 40 or so. The sky was looking a little threatening and after a quick check of the radar we high-tailed it back to camp to prepare for the onslaught. Thankfully all the extra ropes and tarps hastily put in place meant the camp stayed in tact and mostly dry and the lumps in the rain weren't big enough to bother the car. Bullet dodged. So after a hot chocolate to warm up we went for a walk down the beach to be greeted by Next morning was another leisurely start involving far too much bacon. The weather looked mint so I rigged up, grabbed the pippies from yesterday and headed over to my favourite rock fishing spot. First cast I was on and the fish kept coming. Highlight for the day was a 41cm tarwhine and a heap of XOS dart that are always great fun on the light-ish gear. I had a request for a couple of meals of fish for the week so the tarwhine and a couple of big dart made it into the bag. With dinner sorted, we headed back to camp for lunch. After a feed and a cider, we decided to take happy hour to the beach so headed up to a nice gutter system I had identified the day before. The Mrs had a swim, I had a fish and managed to hook and land 2 decent tailor on my light plastics set up which was great fun. A 40cm and 45cm model were destined for a bath in some red curry paste and coconut milk, man that tasted good! Next morning I was a little more motivated and got up early and went for an explore of some areas I though may hold some decent flathead. I landed 6 flatties, 3 were legal but only 1 was really worth keeping, a nice 51cm model. All fell victim to Z-man 3.5" paddle tails in a variety of colours. I also landed the obligatory long toms and a decent bream that were all released. The Mrs was keen for some snorkelling so we headed down to Tangalooma for a look-see around the wrecks. Other than me deciding to headbutt a bit of steel covered in oysters, splitting my head a bit and creating a decent shark burley trail, it was an awesome swim. Other than the usual suspects of big bream, parrot, damsel fish, wrasse etc, I saw a juvenile coral trout, a huge mangrove jack and a big flathead that would have been pushing 1m long, as well as a massive school of big eye trevally. After stopping my head bleeding, we got back in the car and headed up the western beach around combyoro point to check out the gutters at that end of tailor bight. Nothing that great was found so we headed back to camp, stopping in the champagne pools to get showered by some waves. We again took happy hour down the beach, I had a bit of a half-hearted flick around and managed to land a decent bream and a small stargazer, both of which were released. The next morning I was up early and off down the beach again, hoping for a bit more success than yesterday. It started very slowly with only a couple of very small flathead landed. Once the tide turned and stared to run out, it was like someone flicked a switch and the fish came out to play. I landed a 48cm model which went into the bag, a 41cm model which was hooked up around the gills and unlikely to survive and then hooked something a lot bigger that took me for a merry dance. After a few tense moments in the shore break I had the fish I had been chasing, a lovely 64cm flathead. Again the 3.5" paddle tails did the damage with opening night the winner as far as colour goes. Stoked with my morning, I headed back to camp. After releasing the flathead fillets into the freezer, I suggested we go to the pub for lunch so after a quick dip in Blue Lagoon we made our way to the Gutter Bar at Kooringal. I decided to heap up the western beach to go back to camp, haven't driven that section for some time and probably won't bother again, very soft and not really that much to look at. The Tangers bypass track was chopped up and soft as so I was pretty happy to get to the end of that and back onto the eastern beach via middle road. The Mrs wanted to go for a swim so we headed up north point beach to a nice little gutter where on my first cast with a soft plastic I watched a decent tailor snip the plastic clean off. I re-rigged with a halco 20g twistie and the first three casts resulted in 3 tailor, all about the 40cm mark. I rigged another rod for the mrs and she managed to land her first ever fish on a lure before the school moved on. I persisted moving up and down the beach and eventually landed 12 tailor for the afternoon before the sun disappeared and we had to head back. Epic little session, given we still had fish in the fridge and freezer, all tailor were released. Thursday morning I went for another flathead mission despite the NNW, only managed the one decent sized fish, a bar tail at 52cm. The day was a little cooler and overcast with some light rain showers so I gave in to the mrs request to hike the Rous battery track. Unfortunately, as we got there, the skies cleared, the sun came out and the temperature rose about 6 degrees. We didn't quite make the full 10km one way before turning around, we got to 7km along and my dodgy knee decided that was enough and we turned around. It was a really nice walk, ours were the only footprints on the track. Unfortunately there was a lot of signs of damage from pigs, there were a few traps set and signs about 1080 around so hopefully they manage to cull the numbers soon. We headed back to camp, I really enjoyed the A/C on the way back along the beach. We stopped to try and get some pippies, I only managed to find 5, with a trip back to the rocks planned for the next day this was potentially going to be a very short fishing session. We took happy hour up the the lighthouse to watch the sunset and full moon rise. We caught the edge of a storm just after dark, spectacular lightning, thankfully not a lot of wind and rain. I awoke early the next morning to a 20kn NNWer in the wake of the storms so I promptly rolled over and went back to sleep. I made the call to head back over to the rocks, hoping there was enough W in the wind to afford us some shelter, thankfully there was and our little corner was breezy enough to be cool but not that windy that it was painful. I managed to turn 5 pippies into 6 fish, I kept a dart and filleted it up for bait to keep on fishing. After a couple of decent bream and tarwhine were caught and released, I decided to throw on a 40g slug just to see if there was a trevally or similar in the whitewash around some rocks. Third cast I hooked something solid but pulled the hooks shortly after. A few more casts and I saw a big flash of silver behind my lure, hooked up and the reel started singing away. I was only on 10lb line with a 15lb leader so I tried to play this one as much as possible away from the rocks. After about 10min of back and forth, the fish was tiring and I went for it, managing to land a very nice 55cm fat tailor. Given we were heading home the next day, I decided this guy could come back to the mainland so bled it out and went and buried it in some cool sand. I fished for a little while longer and ended up hooking a little whaler for a short period of time before the tide dropped far enough for me to get onto my favourite rock for a bit of a snack. We headed back to camp after this for some lunch, then went up to champagne pools with a few drinks to wallow in the cool water for the afternoon. The next morning we packed up early-ish, got away by 11:30 and headed to Tangalooma for another snorkel before getting on the 3:30pm Micat for the trip home. All in all an awesome trip, a much needed unwind and a few bonus very nice fish along the way. Thanks for reading if you made it this far. Cheers Benno <'><