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      1. Hi All, Its been a while since my last fishing post and a long time since I last had a fish to be honest I think Australia Day was my last fish . Headed out with a mate from Tasmania who has not ever caught a decent shallow water bay snapper before , So the pressure was on . Lucky me, with literally months off the water and know knowledge of fish on the chew any where the search was on. Headed out for a quick bay snapper session Saturday arvo leaving Clontarf around just after 1pm to grab some live baits and then find some nice hard rubble bottom to anchor up on and burley in hope of a July snapper, After spending a couple of hours searching for live baits and finding some nice rubble bottom with a little drop off we anchored up about 3.45pm and started to burley up , send some baits back hoping some fish would come on the chew, After waiting close to 1hr (5pm), the 1st rod got lit up and the decky was into a nice fish with good head shakes, few tense moment as the fish ran for drop off with great intent , but some nice rod work and Ben had his head turned and coming to the boat nicely, few more small runs and I slid the net under a great fish , as we were dehooking this fish and getting ready for a few happy snaps - the other bait-runner went off hard , so I set the hook with it still in the rod holder - struggling to get this one out of the holder, I was now onto another nice fish which I felt running hard along the bottom almost straight away., after some back and forth action I slowly had nice snapper in the net and on the deck of the boat yay me, trip successful, So we quickly rest the baits and went about a few photos, after getting a shot of Ben holding both fish , both rods went off again with a big double hook up on 2 more cracking snapper at 75 & 78cm - which went back - I went checked the esky had a quick measure and with a 81cm & 84cm in the ice box I realized we where wasting out time. Ben had set another 2 baits out and whilst holding my Snapper for a photo we had another double hook up, Ill put the photo up of myself looking away at the back of the boat holding my fish with a concerned look of holy geeeeezzzzz. . We had another crazy 20minutes with about 5 more fish hooked and released totaling 11 for the session and taking the 1st 2 home for a feed, Both fish weight 6.0kg & 6.1Kg . Hope you all enjoy the read Cheers Josh <><
      2. Hi AFO gang, Been a little quiet on the posting front for the last month or so. Have been doing some fishing here and there with a couple of great trips with @Luvit and @Luke Landrunner off Mooloolaba a while back. That was a pretty awesome day although bloody hell the weather turned shite really quick on the way back but the Grady White kept us safe! Thanks again @Luvit In between have been doing some basic whiting fishing north of Scarbs / Newport and the Cockle Banks with some pretty good success mixed in with some crabs. But I have some more time this weekend and with the weather looking the way it is I might take the Scout past the northern artificial / coffee rocks and try my hand at some reef bashing from Flinders up to Hutchies and around. Anybody been out there recently or heading out on Saturday? All the reports are showing fish fish fish and I'd love to get into some decent reef fish for a change. Cheers
      3. An interesting piece from Ern Grant - Grant's Guide to Fishes 1 hr · GRANT'S FISHY TAILS - #214 - DISGRUNTLED ANGLERS In the 1870s (Yes, I said EIGHTEEN-seventies) an authoritative book came out: Fishing in Moreton Bay. It set out a situation beyond argument: angling in Moreton Bay (Sth Qld.) was buggerupfinish. Reason? – those “tinkers-dam netfishermen”. Hold hard a minute. Their nets were tarred cotton; bulky, inefficient, and targeted mainly on Mullet. How do I know of these shortcomings? In around 1940 I used a tarred net – to the well-expressed disgust of fellow-anglers. But the book gave me a couple of specks of gold. Reproving his fellow-anglers, the author tells us: "Your Bream average just under a pound (500g), and your Whiting run five-to-the-pound." (about 100g each!) Well, wonders will never quit ceasing. That comes awful close to our catches, made after 145 years! Anglers have always needed to find excuses for poor catches. When the French were exploding atomic bombs at Muraroa Atoll, way out in the Pacific, my desk was protesting under the weight of bottles of seawater, to be tested by the Gummint Analyst for radio-activity that fouled-up fishing. Radioactivity? - not a chance. In the southern Bay and the Broadwater - a favoured resort for the well-off - anglers' success rates were so poor that, annually, fiery protests and complaints came to my Minister and myself. And these people, too, blamed netfishermen. So in the 1960s, my Senior Biologist tried placating them by cancelling ALL net-fishing in the whole of the region. Did catches improve? - not a chance. And about the only adverse influence? - rampaging speedboats. Its cure is ever-present: practice, practice, practice. How the devil do you think I've been able to write and illustrate a book of 880 pages on fish unless I'd caught most of them for myself? - Go thou and do likewise. 24You and 23 others 2 comments
      4. http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2019/6/25/fishing-initiative-not-just-a-passing-fad?fbclid=IwAR3XMWNHtTAE2DkvMVXUuzhn1QHSZ3JlIvHsUGC4GnsSbYlpmCJ7MLQueWs outh-East Queensland fishers are set to reel in a bigger catch with the installation of fish aggregation devices along the Sunshine and Gold Coasts and in Moreton Bay. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said devices, called FADs, were a floating buoy that gets tethered offshore and attracts fish. “We’re investing $1 million in rolling out a series of FADs that will attract sports fish species including Mahi Mahi (dolphin fish), cobia and mackerel,“ Mr Furner said. “The added benefit of making it more likely that you’ll hook one of these species is that it takes some of the pressure off snapper and pearl perch, which are currently overfished and stocks are very low. “Over the next year we’ll be developing a design and installation plan for the FADs in consultation with stakeholders. A FAD monitoring and maintenance program will also be developed.“ Member for Lytton Joan Pease said enhancing the fishing experience in Moreton Bay was good for fishers and for local jobs. “For many people fishing is an important part of Bayside lifestyle, but it also drives more visitors to our region and that creates jobs,“ Ms Pease said. “This is a great initiative because it will enhance our reputation as a great place ot drop in a line, and that means more jobs in businesses servicing those visitors. “We are investing in jobs today and for the future, and delivering infrastructure for our state.“ Mr Furner said the State Government would also be exploring oppportunties with potential partners who may be interested in matching funding to roll out even more FADs in South East Queensland or more widely. “NSW Fisheries has already demonstrated success with FADS installed along its it east coast, which attract large numbers of dolphin fish,“ Mr Furner said. “We believe that this initiative will help to strengthen world class recreational fishing in Queensland while giving snapper and pearl perch an opportunity to rebuild stocks. “By encouraging recreational fishers to target species other than snapper and pearl perch, we can ensure that our kids and grandkids will be able to enjoy fishing for these iconic Queensland species in future.“
      5. Hi, Hope a few forum members are taking advantage of the weather this weekend. Put the boat in yesterday arvo till after dark, fished around Redcliffe/ Scarborough in the hope of getting a few tailor. Caught some legal bream and plenty of undersized fish. At least this kept the young bloke entertained Anyone has any luck catching tailor yet around northern Moreton Bay?
      6. Took the wife and two boys out fishing after Liam's soccer game on Saturday morning, heading straight to our usual haunt at Green Island. The boys love it because we always catch plenty and yesterday was no exception, with the first hour resulting in small squire one after the other - I reckon they would have caught close to 15 in the first hour and there my partly rigged rod (to put a floater bait out the back) lay to prove it ....... (nothing changes - perhaps I should start planning ahead and rigging it up at home ......). We had a very large green sea toadfish on Georges rod (I fought that one for him), Liam got a just undersized tusky plus a small grassie and a nice big bar-tailed flattie but unfortunately a big grinner (@Old Scaley the boys could give you a run for your money ..... ) had put a whole in the silicone net (right - no more grinners going in this net!!) and the flathead went straight through it. Turned out it was still on the line but unfortunately in attempt number two it threw the hook and won it's freedom (much to Liam's displeasure - not a happy chappy!!). Dropped the family back to the ramp about 2:30pm (they lasted a bit longer than I was planning .......) and then back out to do some trolling for mackerel. Got one not far from Green Island and kept heading towards the Hope Banks, marking a couple of decent shows of bait along the way. Got a Watson's Leaping Bonito close to the Hope Banks then decided to go back to where I had marked the shows of bait earlier (was then hoping to head to the eastern side of St Helena Island outside of the Green Zone to find some new fishing spots but didn't get there - next time ... ) and bingo, the sounder was impressive!! Trolled the area back and forth a few times picking up three more bonito and another mackerel. By this stage it was about 5:15pm so decided to anchor up and fish with pillies to see if I could add to the esky. The pillies were getting picked apart by the baitfish so I put out a whole squid on ganged hooks and then also plucked a couple of whole yakkas out of the esky. Had three sharks on in about a half hour period which was a lot of fun - the first one broke me off when it dove back down beside the boat so I upped the leader size and had a good fight with the next one, with it jumping and thrashing around on the surface a couple of times a fair distance from the boat. Got it beside the boat and it was dark by now and my headlamp was in need of new batteries - much around trying to tail it and also trying to gaff it before it eventually busted me off as I was messing around. Grr!!! Caught and landed the next one after again mucking around trying to land it - good fun solo in the dark!! Busy back at the ramp with about a 15/16ft tinny towing about a 20ft fibreglass boat in. After I retrieved mine a guy came over to ask if I had a detachable winch handle as his had bounced off in transit - I didn't but luckily he only had a 15ft tinny and a couple of guys to help so seemed to be in control. My boys were excited to see the catch when I eventually got out of bed this morning ....
      7. Hey, I am looking for GPS marks for fishing spots in Moreton bay. I used to live here when I was younger but moved to Sydney for work for 17 years. I have know moved back but can’t find any fish here anymore. I am looking for marks ( you could PM me) from About Victoria Point to Green island maybe a bit further north. If someone could respond that would be fantastic.
      8. Mental health day on Friday Tried a few spots around Mud early morning but only to be plagued by Pike so went to Harries/Tiwi Pearl for a look as I'd never never been before. Used the pike as strip bait but only got pickers. This bait game is still a bit new to me. Picked up a mackerel on the slow troll, some sandies and a few squids on way back home. Magic day to be out on the water alone Mothers day was beer battered Mackerel
      9. So I’m on holidays from tomorrow. Got the boat ready and the young boys are keen as mustard! Due to wind (not mine or theirs) bay is looking ordinary so we see are going to hit the Pine early. I’ve bought the boys baitcaster gear so will try soft plastics etc before cast netting for some bait or pump the sand banks on the low for live bait. Also dropping the pots in. Weekend saw 4 muddies for my first go although only one keeper. Report to follow!
      10. What a cracking day yesterday on the bay! Planned to use the light southerly winds and long period swell to hit the coffee rocks again with my 2 boys, but as I was going to be out all day decided to drop the youngest from the roster as he packs it in after a couple of hours. So hit Scarbs just before 7 (wasn't too bad at the ramp considering) and then headed north east. Was scratching my head as the wind was up a bit more than forecast creating a less than desirable ride. Did a quick check of the M4 but there was no bait so kept on moving as I had plenty of frozen yakka from the last trip. Freeman passage was breaking on either side but got through without too much trouble but always pay to hang off and check when you are in the middle of the tide change around there. Got to a couple of marks from before and dropped the motor guide. Plenty of fish on the sounder. Fished for a couple of hours moving around to not much luck. One small parrot was landed but the rest was whiptails and rubbish. Had a couple of good hits but nothing would stick. Decided this time round to not use the paternoster and go ball sinker to hook. Reckon I should have changed and maybe my luck would have improved. Son had a ball as he caught the parrot fish and also an occy that casually bit a hole in the bottom of the net and slinked away on the bottom of the boat! Wind had dropped off and was torn between going to the artificial but son was starting to feel a bit green so headed back via the M4 again to replenish the bait stocks. Coming back was awesome and really did match the forecast with it almost glass like. After 2 trips to the coffee rocks I am thinking I might spend a bit more time focusing on closer to home. I know I can hit the cockle banks and get a fee of whiting with a high chance of probability. Scarb / North Reef is really hard due to the boat traffic and small fishing window of early morning / early evening. Beacon bashing is almost over...and kind of get a bit bored sitting around a beacon with plenty of over boats. So what to do ... guess I should start using the Scout's pro's and focus on the southern bay islands and also The Pine. Even though I had a great day on the bay ... definitely feel a bit deflated with not a lot of fish for the efforts.
      11. Wondering who is fishing Moreton Bay today? what's the weather like? any success?
      12. Hi all, Finally got a small window - family wise and weather wise - to get out for a fish...feels like months but it has only been 3 weeks or so. Was going to hit it super early but decided to have a snooze in and have breakfast with the family before heading off around 7.30 for Scarborough. The weather was looking pretty good with only a blow up from lunchtime onwards. Ramp was a bit busy but still managed to get on the water at 8.30 and just decided to take it easy and headed to the mile in the hope of some Macks...but to be honest I just wanted to get the boat on the water and cruise with the new Merc 90CT...having only 3.5 hrs on it makes me itchy. Highly recommend anyone looking in the 90 bracket to take a look at the Merc as well....bloody awesome, quiet and definitely a bit more downstairs in the torque department compared to the Yamaha 90 - which is a great block as well...and my previously preferred choice. Bit of chop on the way out ... nothing the Scout couldn't handle at 28kts got to the mile and there was only one other boat there anchored. Did my stealth crawl in with the motor guide and just keep eyeballing the sounder seeing ridiculous sized schools going underneath me. I kept spinning but to no avail...moved around the beacon trying to get some livies which was hard going but got two small yakka ... both out on a live bait rig but never touched Spent about 2 hrs with not much to show at all. The other guys got some small Macks but nothing else. Plenty of birds on the surface too with schools blowing up here and there. Had to head home feeling a bit down but still had a cracking day... check out this sounder image it was like for most of the morning.
      13. Hey guys, sorry about the lack of posts I got a bit overwhelmed with the last one I was supposed to do and didn't end up doing it lol. Been pretty average lately and haven't even taken the boat out but hopefully that will change. Looks like I have to find work in the next two weeks as I will be getting the flick from here. Anyway back on topic, I was wondering if anyone knew any good squid spots by boat or land, it doesn't really matter. Also whats the most popular size, style and colour of squid Jig to use. Anyway I better get back to work. If anyone knows of any work around Brisbane let me know. Cheers Jordan
      14. Hi Guys Got 20-30 kg squid fresh I'd like to pass on. Not frozen import. Local stuff. SM Arrows Canx order. Boss says must go by midday 07/03/19 as fresh caught. Brisbane pick up. I'll check in again at 11pm then 2-3am off to freezers after that. PM for details
      15. Latest news from the working group for bedtime reading https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/fisheries/sustainable/sustainable-fisheries-strategy/fishery-working-groups/moreton-bay-working-group/communiques/communique-15-february-2019 Norm
      16. Met eye has it under 10 knots all day tomorrow. I have to do some oyster stuff so cant go outside but will put a few rods in and troll some spoons on the way home. There is a decky spot available tomorrow on my boat. If you are keen to come out and learn about oyster farming and oyster reef restoration with a little bit of fishing on the side let me know. It is a late start and will leave Wynnum at about 11.30am due to tides.
      17. Good morning guys, I finished work this morning and have had a couple, but I'm thinking about taking my boat out and sleeping on it for the night tomorrow night. I've recently just brought an underwater light to attract bait/squid but I'm so torn on where to go. Last time I went out I hit up jacobs well and had a lot of success. I was thinking about doing the same again and testing out this new light, with the hope of a jew fish... But I'm also thinking I could go out tomorrow during the day and sleep in horse shoe bay but have my light on to attract squid near the western side rocks. Then once it hits an hour or two before high tide maybe hit up a reef or something. I don't know what is going well in the bay at the moment. All I know is that it's never as productive as I think it's going to be. Anyway I know the wind my be an issue at points but I suppose what I'm really after is someone to tell me where to go. High tide is during the night and just on sunrise so I probably need to figure out what I should do. I'm unsure where to catch live bait in the bay but I know plenty of places in jacobs well. All suggestions welcome guys. Hope everyone is having a good day Cheers Jordan
      18. Hi AFO'ers, Hit the nautical mile on Saturday to give the new MotorGuide and Merc90CT. Happy to report that both work well and the Scout is even better than before. I can now see why they say an electric will change your fishing forever. Being able to move around the beacon without anchoring quiet as a mouse is just awesome. So easy to catch live bait this way.. I was hoping to get onto some Macks but they seem to be somewhere else apart from a stray undersize. Had a couple livies get smashed hook line and sinker ... Then this ol' chap decided to grab and run...he / she might have been the original culprit as well. Doesn't look like a bull shark anyone got any ideas? Was released for another day. Pulled up stumps and headed towards Tangalooma to get some more hours on the engine. Could see some bust ups here and there but could get anything to take a bite. I knew the engine upgrade was the right choice when I was sitting on 4400 and was doing 26kts and had to keep checking the engine was on! Also love being able to use the Lowrance to control the motor guide ... bloody handy with that shark as I just hit a couple of arrows and took myself away! Not the most successful day but loved it anyway! Tight lines
      19. Guys here are some marks i found on another website. QUEENSLAND: BRISBANE & DISTS. Datum WGS84 Canyon/Mark Location Latitude Longitude 29's Metro Bris 27.19.500S 153.33.000E Alf's reef Pinnacle Metro Bris 27.44.220S 153.33.270E Amber Jack Metro Bris 27.15.091S 153.36.004E Artificial Reef Metro Bris 27.29.260S 153.20.070E Cathedrals Metro Bris 27.34.700S 153.35.750E Cathedral Reef Metro Bris 27.29.640S 153.36.220E Cleveland Point Metro Bris 27.30.227S 153.17.386E Coffee Rocks Metro Bris 27.08.620S 153.26.230E Curtain Reef Metro Bris 27.06.600S 153.21.750E Flat Rock Metro Bris 27.23.310S 153.33.100E Franks Reef Metro Bris 27.06.668S 153.28.803E Harry's Artificial Metro Bris 27.23.998S 153.18.374E Henderson Reef Metro Bris 27.07.500S 153.28.500E Jew Reef Metro Bris 28.04.260S 153.35.550E Les's Reef Metro Bris 27.07.074S 153.34.310E Moreton Island Reef Metro Bris 27.16.100S 153.25.370E North Moreton Trench Metro Bris 26.56.300S 153.23.400E Pearlie Reef Metro Bris 27.19.795S 153.36.689E Raby Bay Metro Bris 27.30.360S 153.16.530E Smith Rock. Moreton Is. Metro Bris 27.00.290S 153.28.050E Spit Beacon Metro Bris 27.30.339S 153.19.324E The Square Patch Metro Bris 27.14.692S 153.36.872E QUEENSLAND: GOLD COAST Datum WGS84 Canyon/Mark Location Latitude Longitude 12 Fathom Reef Gold Coast 27.59.650S 153.28.710E 24 Fathom SE Gold Coast 28.00.400S 153.31.527E 24 Fathom East Gold Coast 27.57.442S 153.30.598E 36 Fathom Reef North Gold Coast 27.39.220S 153.30.557E 36 Fathom East Gold Coast 26.56.015S 153.38.139E 36 Fathom SE Gold Coast 27.59.678S 153.39.210E 50 Fathom NE Gold Coast 27.51.102S 153.44.600E 60 Fathom SE Gold Coast 28.01.845S 153.47.431E Burleigh Reef Gold Coast 28.04.250S 153.29.500E Cottons Reef Gold Coast 27.47.002S 153.33.000E Focus Gold Coast 27.59.649S 153.28.710E Kirra Gold Coast 28.07.200S 153.35.160E Nine Mile Reef Gold Coast 28.11.904S 153.38.040E Palm Beach Gold Coast 28.06.385S 153.28.810E Scottish Prince Gold Coast 27.57.600S 153.26.150E Traps Gold Coast 28.01.240S 153.45.880E Tweed Canyons Gold Coast 28.12.767S 153.52.362E Tweed Canyons 2 Gold Coast 28.13.983S 153.53.027E
      20. Hey guys Been a few months since i have posted a report. Been busy with work, xmas and a quick holiday to Agnes Waters where i watched the the wind blown20-25knots for 7 days straight . My 9yr old has been some what not so keen on fishing in the Surtees since i brought it about 18 months ago. Finally he agreed to leave his rugby league ball, cricket ball, runnings shoes and ps4 alone for a few hours and come for a run this moring to chase a few whiting and maybe a flathead if he was lucky . Now i havent fished for whiting much in my years fishing moreton bay. So i rang a pro fishing mate of mine and he gave me an area of interest east of the mouth of the cabooluture river and we set off armed with some live worms (wow there not cheap) few 6lb handlines and the young fellas 10lb spin out out fit. Started our 1st drift in glass out conditions about 7.30am and proceeded to fill the esky with winter whiting around the 22cm to 27cm getting 16 in the 1st drift and thowing any back under 20cm. Als got that flathead he came for but it was just undersize and jumped out of his hand while trying to get a picture. Started the 2nd drift and put 8 more in the esky with both of us on the double hook ups!!!!. After that and with the Northerly kicking in we made a dash for the ramp and headed home with a good feed of 22 solid winter whiting for the us and the grandparents . Gotta love a kids smile when they are having a great time. Panckro bread crumb whiting for dinner. Yummo Cheers Josh <><
      21. Hey guys, we are taking the boat out between north straddie and Moreton bay next weekend. Do you guys know what is biting or have you had any luck recently? Thanks
      22. Merry Xmas fellow AFO’s, Weather has settled down finally and looks good for the lead up to New Year Slightly embarrassed to report I’ve swapped boats ... gone for something a little smaller and centr console. I’ve loved the Lewis but it was just too big on my own and I’ve always wanted an open boat. Luckily the guys at Brisbane Yamaha scratched my itch and I’m now a proud owner of a Scout 175 sport fisher. Took it out on Friday and it’s exactly what I wanted! Handles the chop well, dry as a Nun’s..., and goes like a rocket with the older Merc 90 2 litre 4 stroke. Only had 60 hours on it...frugal as as well. Caught a school Mack so the boat has been bloodied but can’t wait to get it out tomorrow and the rest of the week. Going to do some beacon bashing and potentially bottom bash beteeen Moreton and Bribie conditions permitting ... need to get a radio installed ... Just happy the weather has settled a bit wind wise
      23. So heading to Straddie today i saw an unfamiliar site. The mud flats coming out from the harbor at Cleveland were... sand flats. I don't remember them ever being anything but mud? Is this the case or am I not remembering properly? Could this be the result of all the silt mitigation that we do on road works and construction sites??? Could we have a sandy western Moreton Bay again full of shellfish and Coral???? Or should I just calm down... Oh and by the way i have never seen so many boats at horseshoe bay as there is today!!!! Happy New Year!!!!
      24. Hey all For your holiday reading pleasure. https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/fisheries/sustainable/sustainable-fisheries-strategy/fishery-working-groups/moreton-bay-working-group/communique-14-december-2018 Trying to make the Bay work for everyone Norm
      25. Hey guys, I've been a bit down of late, working night shift and having life stuff to do on my days off makes Jordan a sad soul. I haven't had my boat out in almost two months but was thinking about taking it out tomorrow and sleeping on it all night. The species I would love to catch are bullsharks, threadfin, Jewish, cobia and snapper. Just because it's easy I was thinking about fishing the mouth of Brisbane river using live bait and probably pilchards if I can't can't anything. Any suggestions on spots, rigs or what bait to choose. I could go Moreton Bay but the weather is so unpredictable at the moment and can always sleep under massive bridge. Anyway I wish I could be camping but this stupid weather hey. Any suggestions always welcome