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      1. Hey all Today my dad and I decided that because there was no tennis on this morning, we would make the most of it and try and get our name on the board for a species in Suburbs of Origin. Our plan was quite simple; keep one rod with a plastic/lure, and catch some livies for the other two. We planned to drift to the first spot, then fish that for a bit, then fish Cobia Bridge for a bit more, then drift back up with the tide. We were awoken at about 4:30AM by the alarm, and I believe we were collecting bait at about 5:30AM. It only took four casts to get about 15-20 good sized prawns, and then we loaded the yak and left. We decided to ditch the drift idea, as we thought it'd be better to paddle down with the tide and come back up with the rise. We arrived at what we call 'Three Pylon Creek', as there are three pylons out the front, and started fishing. I did my first cast out in the middle of the creek, then another one to a jetty nearby... Then to the mud bank. My soft plastic lure, a 3 inch motor oil grub (thanks @samsteele115, legend!), was twitched once. Then twice. Then I felt some weight and realised I was on. all hell broke loose shortly after, and this thing was running around as fast as a cheetah! It leapt out of the water at one point early in the fight, and I saw some silver so I thought it was a salmon. I had my drag as tight as I dared, so it wasn't taking any runs. My dad was quick to grab our kayak net, and just before this he had identified it as a flatty! We got it in just after it took a good run, but once it was on the boat all hell broke loose...Again! It went crazy in my dads legs, and was clearly very unhappy to be on the boat! After some rowers had a good time watching us muck around, we got it on the measurer. My dad called it for 55cm, so I was pretty happy with that, especially because it's only my second fish on a lure ever! Here is the fish just prior to being released While it's no biggun, it's a respectable Brisbane River fish. After that, my dad got a few nibbles and an OK hit on the salmon line, but they were all small by the looks. I had a sinker that was probably to big for shallower water but still used that so I didn't have to change it. After our adrenaline rush subsided, we decided to set sail to our next spot - Cobia Bridge! We got to the beach at about ten past seven, and did some cast netting briefly. My dad got nothing but some tiny prawns, which was unfortunate seeing as though the last time we were here we got mullet, biddies, and whiting in two throws! After some casting (only for a couple small hits), we hit the bridge pylons. We put ourselves in the middle of two pylons which kept our yak from drifting. It was pretty cosy. I dropped the lighter line line down with bait, and after a couple minutes of nothing my dad did the same. It was very deep there, and I knew if I did hook a really big fish I'd probably get spooled because I didn't have much line. LOL. We stayed in this spot for a short while, (well about half an hour), and despite some small nibbles we still got squat all. My dad was really hoping this spot would produce, and I reckon it will too, we just need to fish it a bit more! It is nice under the shelter of the bridge but the bloody trains that go by every second minute are annoying. Going under the bridge The next spot is another small creek I pass, actually on my way to school. The tide had changed by now so it was ideal to drift back up towards it. There is actually a river walk project being built there, so there will soon be some EPIC structure for cod, salmon, bream, jacks, and god knows what in there. It'd only be fish able be boat/kayak, but there will be some spots you can fish from it land based when it's done at the end of 2021! I gave the pylons some good casts with my soft plastic grub, for unfortunately nothing. The actual creek was very shallow, though I still casted in there in hope of another lizard, or even bream. I have seen a big bream on the surface there on my way to school, as well as catfish swimming out. The structure is very promising, as there is a heap of rocks around and in the creek too. Despite my best efforts, and best skim-casts, this spot proved fish-less. "Oh Well!", we thought, "Next time for sure!". We then crossed the river and fished a bunch of the jetties. It would've been far more ideal if I had changed lure to a hard body, but I figured there was not much point as I could skim-cast and cast my soft plastic better. The slow roll and twitching retrieve wasn't working, and on some jetties we even trolled the lure along, so it was disappointing to not get anything. We eventually stopped fishing the jetties, and it is actually very lucky that my school is on the river and has a jetty! We pulled up there, and had a quick break - Basically, we got onto the jetty, and I casted my lines in straight away in hope of something like a good breambo. I tied the kayak up to the jetty with some rope I put in for this reason, and my dad and I ate some lollies and a PB sanga (well I ate the lollies and he got the sanga). The drifting we did before this was not very productive, with nothing but a snag and some deep rocky areas which could possibly hold fish. Me looking very jolly like with the three finger salute The tide was well and truly ripping in by now, so we paddled up back to Three Pylon Creek. My dad and I started the drift prior to the creek, and drifted down. There are a heap of ancient looking pylons there, so I'm wondering if it was an old wharf when they used to ferry logs and stuff like that up and down the river. We got to the creek which was far higher, and decided to actually go up it. I put the casts through the middle, in the snags, and on both banks, for nothing. We kept going up and up and up though, until we got to a bridge and the creek rocked out. It was also a bit stalemate and not much flow here, so we figured it was time to go back (that, it was getting hot, and we were exhausted). Up Three Pylon Creek... With a Paddle! The final paddle back was quite hot and tiring, though we eventually made it back to the jetty. After we unloaded the yak, had a quick snack, and packed up, we were off to home. The session was pretty fun overall, with the flatty and the good exploration trip. Some interesting things to note may be that there was a absolute truckload of bait at Three Pylon creek (mainly mullet and herring), the flathead came out of about 20cm of water on a very muddy bottom, under Cobia Bridge there wasn't much bait and not many fish, and finally, around the new river walk project the pylons haven't been there for very long, maybe why the fish aren't there? That's the full session though, and here are the stats of the trip - Tide: 6:50AM, Low, .3M, 12:50PM, High, 1.7M Moon Phase: 90% moon, so quite a bit of run Bait used: Live prawns Lures used: 3 inch Motor Oil Z-man Grubs on a 1/6th jig head Bait caught: Prawns Fish caught: 1 x Dusky Flathead, 55cm Weather: Glass out, hot, slightly cloudy Time fished: 5:30AM (or so) - 9:40AM Tackle used: 12lb, 14lb, 30lb braid mainline, 20lb, 30lb fluorocarbon leader, 1/6th jig head on Z-man Motor Oil 3 inch grub, 4/o suicide and circle hooks, large barrel swivel, size 2 and 6 ball sinkers, size 2500 Shimano Nasci and Diawa Shinboi, size 650 Penn reel, 8 foot Ugly Stik rod, 6"6' Abu Garcia Venomat? rod, 2M Rogue Firepoint boat rod. Air Pressure: 1020 Overall Success Rate: 80% - at least I got one good one! OK, that's the report done everyone. Thanks for reading this session, I hope you guys at least somewhat enjoyed the report Stay safe with COVID-19! Cheers Hamish Some good bait prawns
      2. Hi all Just wanted to say a massive thanks to @samsteele115 for mailing me some bream lures and leader! They're in great nick and look fabulous. I cannot wait to catch fish on them (hopefully!) Excitement! Woohoo! I can't thank you enough Sam. Also, my dad and I are hoping to get out for a session this weekend so we're going to try these at the mouth of a little-ish feeder creek. (If we find time for a fish). Cheers Hamish
      3. Hey guys, What lures have you guy had success on for medium-large size pelagics off the rocks and surf? specifically targeting GT/Mackerel/Tuna/Kingies/Austraia Salmon. Did some research and found that the following are pretty decent: - Halco Roosta Poppers - Halco Max 13 - Rapala X rap long cast - Spoons Would love to hear what you guys suggest. Cheers!
      4. Hey guys, Wanting to pick up as many of these as I can find - discontinued by gillies and seemingly no longer in clearance bins. if you have any, or have seen any around in stores please let me know! Any colour, any condition. Cheers!
      5. Just wandering what type of success have the local cod enthusiasts had with Norman lures?
      6. Hi all.Just would like to showcase some new Australian made lures that are on the market.Attached are photos of 2 lure types available First we have a shallow diver weighing in at 7 grams, casts really nice. Lure is a floating style cranking down to around 1 metre with a nice stable action. Second we have a deeper diving lure weighing in at 9 grams, again casts like a dream and is a floating style lure but cranking down to around the 4 metre mark holding that nice stable action. If any catch your interest be sure to get your hands on them asap as they are currently on sale for $5 each up until christmas.Both lures can be found here: Baits social media link (also can link you to the store by clicking shop now) Regards,Barton Baits
      7. Picked up a tackle box second hand and has these goodies in it, since I have zero use for them I thought someone on here might! I want to keep the trays tho
      8. The Australian Lure Expo is being held at Beenleigh this weekend if any one is interested. I’ll be there for a look from 9.30am tomorrow. Beenleigh Showgrounds, 38 – 44 James St, Beenleigh QLD 4207
      9. Hi everyone, Just asking for some help on picking out some lure (hard/soft) for flathead or bream. I'm fishing around the canals.
      10. Have fished Narrabeen Lagoon a few times during our last few Australian trips. It really is a lovely place and great to take the grandsons to. They have caught bream,whiting and puffers,even the wife caught some. Was wondering if lures are worth a go and if so what type ? We fly out 06 Feb for 3 months and will be staying at our daughters at Warriewood. Any of you fishos live around there and fancy showing a wrinkly auld pommie barsteward the ropes feel free Have caught fish by the caravan park and just upstream of Pelican Bridge. Will add a few images from trips we had there Grandson Joshua getting some casting tuition from his dad. http:// Me and my good lady. http:// Grandson Joshua giving grandson Theo a few pointers http:// Joshua with a bream http:// Dorothy with a whiting,as usual she outfished me !!! http:// John
      11. Hi everyone, just wondering if anyone knows anyone in Aus who has experience in soft plastic lure mould design and manufacture? I would like to get some moulds CNC'd for small scale commercial production but have a unique design so talking to someone who can/has done this would be very helpful! Cheers, Nick.
      12. Last time I had the boat out was in October. So it was good to get out again. Fished Bronte lagoon for five hours. It took us three and half hours to land our first fish. We ended up landing four in the next hour which saved us from blanking. First time I have used S-Factor on my hardbody lures and it won't be the last. Thanks for watching. Clint.
      13. Had a quick session on my local river. It was a bit tough but still managed a few. Enjoy. Clint.
      14. Hey, just wondering what lures worked well for flathead around the Ballina area as iv'e only caught one flathead about 20cm while winding in a bit of mullet skin because the bream stripped the meat off it.
      15. Went fishing this morning to Scarborough harbour got up early and was confident of getting a few. After 3 casts with the new lure thought I was snagged, walked along the rock wall to try and unsnag the new lure and realised there was a fish on the end, reeled it in to find a stonefish on the end, having left my lip grips at home and wanting my brand new $30 lure back I hesitantly tried to get the lure back, which was only just hook in its lip, pulled the line back trying to keep away from the nasty parts of the fish and it gave a kick, and I **** myself with lure spitting back at me to impale into my thumb and finger. Off to the hospital it was
      16. I had an interesting conversation with a person, who I respect very much when it comes to lure fishing for Barra and the like. He has caught more Barra than I have had cooked breakfast's, and has the photos to prove it. He told me that he fishes braid straight to his lures. A little unconventional I thought. He has experimented over years with the differences between running an mono leader vs braid straight to the lure, and reckons braid straight to the lure is better. His reasoning was that the fish (at least Barra, Threadfin and Mangrove Jack) don't know the difference, and he has lost more fish, running a mono leader. He said that the accuracy of casting lures for pin point presentation is lost, when the jointer knot has to bump through the rods line guides upon casting, and this also weakens the knot over many casts. I have converted over to running braid straight to the lure for over 2 years now, and I have not noticed any difference with strike rates. I troll far more than I cast, but casting now 'flows' far better than when running a long mono leader. I have caught the likes of Barra, Threadfin, Mackerel, Cod, and Trevally effortlessly since. If going for these species and the like, you could save yourself a lot of hassle, and try running braid straight to your lure.
      17. I do a lot of trolling. My bibbed diver bodies are being grooved out and ruined over a long period of time by the centre treble hook points, as the lure vibrates through the water. Changing to a centre double hook changed the wear to under the lure body by the shank. Then I saw on Big Angry Fish, where the centre treble was held to the body of the lure with a rubber band off the rear wire loop - maybe this was to stop a loose treble from flying around whilst travelling, or maybe it was to stop the wear caused whilst trolling. I have tried trolling with the rubber band, and the lure still tracks well, but at this stage it is hard to tell if it has reduced hook up rates (in the past it is mostly it is the rear treble that has had the hook up though, as I tend to troll faster than slower in the salt), or if it is spooking the fish. Any thoughts or experiences with this issue?
      18. Hi there. Couple hours ago was casting and retrieving a zman swimmerz under the Gateway Bridge in between the 2 pylons on the southside of the river. Something grabbed it and screamed off and wouldnt stop for quite a while. Once it did stop, it wasnt long until it busted off due to being wrapped around a rock. Was thinking a threadfin or jew, trevally, mangrove jack even? What do you guys think?
      19. Nog

        Lure And Fly Expo

        Hey all Lure and Fly Show on again this weekend at the Ipswich Showgrounds. The Brisbane Fly Fishing Club will have a stand so come along and give us your best sledge. Cheers Norm
      20. As always a great read. Makes me wish i was younger,fitter and richer. Do not forget to click on the emag. What is new at Fish Head? The Tight Line Vol 8 Some of you may have noticed that the Tight Line E Mag hasn’t been around lately. We have resolved some software issues and it is all up and running again. Check out the new issue with stories about the infamous red bass, mighty PNG black bass, Northern NSW Murray Cod and for good measure, a pictorial from the Montebellos in WA. Click Here to view New gear at Fish Head An avalanche of new stock has arrived at Fish Head this month, headed by a giant shipment from FCL Labo! We have a bunch of new lures and new colours on old lures as well as some new jig, barra and swimbait casting Zenaq Rods are just about to arrive including the new Tobizo bluewater casting rods, Defi Muthos rock fishing rods and more of their fantastic Glanz Swimbait rods. We have also had Chug Norris poppers arrive from Nomad and next week another shipment of ASWB and Reefsedge lures are due to hit the store. The latest lure from FCL is the EbiSC 220. If you are not familiar with the myriad of FCL models, the Ebipop is a long blooping popper lure and one of the originals in the FCL range. SC stand for ‘shore cast’, meaning that these models are slightly narrower in the cup and more tail weighted than the larger heavy duty GT models. This new 220mm 100g version is the largest of the SC range and was built at our request for a long casting popper to suit kingfish, mackerel, tuna, big reef critters and naturally the odd GT too. The EbiSC 220 cast really easily, chugs, bloops and chops very nicely. The fast chugging retrieve is perfect for kings and mackerel in SE QLD and balances well with PE4-6 tackle. The SPP 140 lure has been a staple of our FCL range for a long time. We now have the SPP 140 slim in stock! This model has all of the action of the original, but has a more aggressive swimming action, swims a little deeper and has better hook exposure due to the slimmer design. This is perfect for GT and other large pelagics like big tuna, mackerel, wahoo and more! Many anglers are using the larger models of FCL lures, but we are also stocking some of the small FCL designs as well. The MOP50 and 2KR55 are a popper and fizzer designed for bass, bream, sooties, jacks and jungle perch. They have the same heavy duty resin construction as the larger lures, so the durability is top notch! Tight Lines, The Fish Head Team Call or Email us!! Phone: +617 5596 3444 Email: The Ebipop SC 220 is the perfect mid size popper choice for PE #5-6 when targeting Trevally, Kingfish, Coral Trout, Red Bass, Mackerel and Tuna. Buy Now The chiseled face on the CSP S220F helps the lure dig in and swim with a irresistible action. Long slow sweeps, fast twitches and rips all work great. It can also generate a skittering action when worked fast on the surface. Even on a straight retrieve the CSP will wobble seductively side to side enticing Kingfish and GT's to take a bite Buy Now The CSP55SP-F is easy to work across the surface with a walk the dog action but really comes alive when you twitch it under the surface with an erratic action. The flat sides generate plenty of flash from the excellent paint/foil design calling in fish from a distance. Buy Now The FCL TG 163 is a highly effective casting minnow designed to be cranked just under the surface. The TG Minnow is a great casting lure and is is very sucessful in all conditions as it swims just under the chop in turbulent water and will not spook fish on calm days. Buy Now Cheers Ray
      21. Skull dragged the kayak up some narrow creeks and it was all worth it in the end !
      22. Hi Guys, Was thinking of trying some lures from the shore at Deep Water Bend. Any suggestions of lures to use and techniques too? I'm a complete lure noob. Thanks. Lex
      23. Hi Guys, I believe I came across some ox eye herring the other day near my place. They had very large tail fins breaking the surface and almost seemed to be gulping for air in-between chasing small baitfish. I had a quick google search and found they might take spinner baits and small poppers. I had a crack, no beans. Can anyone please suggest tips/techniques on catching these guys? from their body/profile, they look like they would go hard. Also, can you target them at night? Thanks everyone!
      24. Hello fellow fisherman and forum dwellers. After suprisingly catching a few undersize school mackerel off Mooloolaba shark nets I have grown more interested in targeting Pelagics like Mackerel, Long tail and Mack Tuna however am completely new to this form of fishing with metal lures and am pretty new with a sounder so live bait hunting is new to me also. I tried trolling a few 15g gillies pilchards attached directly to the end of line (no trace coz I had none) but the problem that I had was that the lures kept surfacing and splashing around. Basically im asking you fellow fisherman for any tips on what I should be doing as far as targeting pelagics in the area go and what lures you have found work best. Also the one thing I can't work out is what is the optimum distance behind a boat to troll your lure? Thanks you Amy help in advance, cheers, Kjaimer