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      1. Went out for a Saturday fish around the southern bay islands, hoping to pick up some snapper before the season close. We ended up picking up seven snapper, with five just under sized at 34cm, and two a little over 40cm (no pics sorry). I also caught this 50cm fish. At first I thought it was a mulloway, except its tail didn't look quite right. I also thought it might be a teraglin, but then I thought its head wasn't quite right. Either way he put up a good fight, especially when he got next to the boat. I took a pic and let him go on his way. Any ideas what this fish is? thanks Matt
      2. Only been a member for a few weeks and everyone is so helpful and positive! Absolutely loving it
      3. Hi all so never fished the Wynnum side I live smack bang in the middle of Wynnum and Redcliffe but have been to Redcliffe on the last two trips. Keen to explore the other side and some advice would be greatly appreciated. Im in my little yak which handles north reef ok what would be some snap holding spots I could reach in the yak around Wynnum manly?
      4. took the yak out for its first trip during the week off Redcliffe chasing snaps with bait. I boycotted the chair idea I posted last week....only because the bloody fabric ripped before I had a chance to test it out in water anyway conditions were perfect no wind not cold sun setting to a high tide. Spent 3hrs drifting baits got hit a few times but no snaps. I did land a nice tailor and quickly released. heading back out before sunrise tomorrow but going to try out trolling a couple new lures I picked up today TMg poltergeists they look deadly enough so hopefully fingers crossed here snapy snapy anyone has some luck with these??
      5. GregOug

        queensland Where?

        Can someone please tell me where you can go in strong winds, in Moreton Bay, in a morning, and catch a 53cm grunter, a similar sized trevally, a 53cm tailor, smaller grunter and bream, a legal sweetlip, Cod, other sweetlip and a whiting? Sigh.
      6. Love to know what you think and if it’s going to work?
      7. Hi All, Done a search on the forum around the different types of paravanes and trolling boards. Couple of questions for those with experience: 1) Which type / design / Brand? : Makka, Hookem, Yamashita, Delta, @aussie123 sells some. Interested in which type is the most forgiving (for my poor boat handling) eg tight turns, staying at depth, false hookups. Some are metal, plastic (surfboard shape / triangle) 2) Which size for Moreton Bay - Targeting schoolies. Some of the sizing doesn't tell you what depth they typically get down to and or what trolling speed is required to get to correct depth? Cheers Hweebe
      8. Hi, All, Headed out into the bay the other arvo in not so good conditions looking for a few early season big bay snapper. Grab some live baits headed to some slightly deep water for the bay. Got set up and started some drifts. Around 4pm I hooked a good fish that ran pretty hard and dropped the hooks cold, so we marked that spot and proceeded to drift this area in hope of another bite... another 1&1/2 hrs later and finally enticed one to grab a livie and keep the hooks in it. Few seconds after hooking mine .my mate hooked up as well. . Few moments later my mate netted my fish, then I his followed , put my fish in the esky and release his hoping for an upgrade later in the evening. Managed another fish similar size which was realised also as we had plenty for a feed.... About 7.30pm headed for the ramp in solid 15knot southerly. Cheers Josh <><
      9. The weather forecast Seeing as though last weekend the weatherman predicted 50% chance of showers but it stayed sunny most of the day, we decided to go fishing despite the forecast 1-3mm of rain. At the Manly boat ramp at 1st light - not many braved the weather with the pick of any parking spot available. It had been drizzling all morning but just as we launched the sun was peeking out and the drizzle temporarily stopped. Seeing some reports on FB of people bagging out at Fishermen's last week we headed to some usual whiting spots in 3-4m of water. Tide was running in so this was ideal for this spot. Never seen so few boats at Harrie's on a Saturday - counted 4 boats. Run out was choppy but no whitecaps, we expected some with wind against tide. Zero for Fishermen's We had Fishermen's gutter all to ourselves but drifts over the usual spots for whiting didn't produce. Tried several drift lines for the next couple of hours with no success. The target was whiting but with nothing happening we headed to Rous channel, where we spotted some nice fish arches on the sounder, not huge arches but something definitely there. Rous Channel The drift was SW to NE which kept us on a nice ledge / drop off depth in the channel. Caught a few small pinkies on the drift but nothing sizeable. We came across some nice bait shows so anchored up for brunch and started a burley trail. Using old pillies as burley we started drifting out some fresh pillies and managed one Bonito. My partner continued with bait and I switched over to 30g slugs. Over the next couple of hours we managed 4 baby school macs (~40cm), one 51cm school mac and a second bonito. Guitar fish. In between fish my partner landed her PB guitar fish. It was too big to get in the boat and still had plenty of energy but it would have been 1.3m to 1.4m in length on a 6kg outfit. She was pretty stoked to get it up to the boat as each time we got close to the boat it would make a run before we could ID it. (Needless to say her arm hurts today) Nice fight and runs at the start got us excited before the familiar dead weight right under the boat got us thinking it was some kind of shark. It was not happy get lifted up to the surface. Guitar fish.MP4 Until next time tight lines - next week we are thinking of hitting Jacob's well with the predicted wind forecast. Hweebe
      10. GregOug

        queensland Deckie

        I know it’s short notice but looking a deckie for tomorrow morning. Intending to head over to Bulwer to reef fish with my boys. Looking for someone who can reverse a trailer or drive a boat on and off the trailer because my boys can’t yet and my deckie who can just pulled out. Makes it a bit of a pain otherwise.
      11. So I started my fishing journey largely all land based many years ago. Pretty simple really, each weekend with a mate and cousin we would scope out canals and bridges (Goldie). Being students we rarely ever purchased bait and fishing for us meant cast netting for bait, if there was no bait we would move to the next spot. Besides rain and tides, wind typically didn't factor into our fishing plans (if we were free we would go fishing) Bream, Flatties, Trevally and Jacks were our common catches. When Iooking at boats and trying to decide open tinnie or bay boat my target was for Northern bay fishing (had enough fun fishing for estuary species) so i went with a bay boat (bar crusher 575c) But where do you go with a bay boat when the Bay is playing up and conditions are rubbish? I did not realise how weather dependent boat fishing was. Wind, rain, tide, moon, swell etc. I live near Brisbane CBD (5km south) where would be some suggested estuary areas that are protected from wind and not too shallow so if when I feel the urge to wet a line i'm not constantly hoping for a forecast change on Seabreeze, met eye, windy each weekend hahahaha. Pumicestone Passage? Broadwater? Southern Bay? Trying to decide where i explore next.
      12. Still learning my way around the bay and boat fishing but keen to link up with anyone on AFO tomorrow. The misso and I don’t know anyone who owns a boat but would be keen meet some new friends and tag along in our boat.
      13. Hi all, Just joined. Based on Brisbane Northside. Just sold a 35 foot flybridge cruiser (thank goodness - never again) and have ordered a Stejcraft ss64. Not sure of delivery date yet but probably within two months. I am looking for a group/club interested in fishing Moreton Bay, or any tips/spots etc. Although I have been fishing the bay for close on forty years I now have more time on my hands, and intend to spend much more time out there.
      14. Got roughly $10k for a boat to buy. Looking at heading around moreton bay (on a good day), not quite to moreton island, aswell as primarly fishing estuaries and the bribie passage. What is a good boat that doesnt break the bank for this if possible? Was looking at the quintrex renegade (bit out of price range) and quintrex hornet trophy. Obviously buying second hand Cheers
      15. Weather looking good. Batteries are charged. Might give Moreton Bay a go tomorrow!
      16. We decided to take advantage of the fantastic weather on Sunday and join half of Brisbane out on Moreton Bay ........ wife and kids luckily got to the north ramp at Manly Harbour first and rang me while I was on my way to inform me it was overflowing, so luckily there were some spare trailer parks (that weren't taken up by cars without trailers ........) at the south ramp so we were all good. Was my first run with the new Suzuki DF100B engine so good to start running it in. Set anchor and got the teams lines in and Liam had an undersized grassie in the boat in no time. I started working on filling the scaling bag with berley (a bit of an assortment) and once it was deployed and shaken a few times I exclaimed that I reckoned the action would soon pick up - about 5 seconds later I had a run on my baitrunner and brought in a legal grassie, so one keeper in the esky . Things went quiet during the tide change (I was hoping to be there earlier ....) with just rat squire coming in, but as the tide started to turn the action picked up again with a couple of flounder caught (one kept), Liam got a keeper bream and also a legal tusky as well as an undersized tusky (geez they play up once netted - feisty buggers .....). George (5 years old) early on in the session decided today was the day he started baiting his own hooks and to his credit he continued the whole session, specialising (and requesting ...) with the head half of the bait, threading the hook through the eye of the bait and then in his own fashion securing the hook back into the bait. Not the best presented baits, which detracted from his hookup rate, but very proud of him for giving it a go. Liam quite a few times offered for George to reel his fish in and when he wasn't doing that, he did a great job at netting fish so everyone was kept busy . I will have to start getting better of getting action shots of the boys as I'm afraid I've only got a 'kill shot' of dead fish again - they'll turn into a yummy mixed feed of fish though We set one crab pot (was meant to be two but I again forgot the uprights for my larger pro pot ...) in about 6.5m of water but no reward. Very busy back at the ramp but luckily the crowd was reasonably well behaved and we were out of the water in about 15 mins so not too bad. One guy after me seemingly forgot to trim/tilt his motor up prior to trailering it and it was horribly close to the bitumen ..... Thanks for reading.
      18. Good news is I've been fishing a bit the last two weeks (first time since school started back I think ....), the bad news is I've been slack with putting reports up, so I'm doing a combined one to cover my Saturday arvo/evening and Sunday morning trips over the last two weekends. Been fishing a new spot which is a drop off from about 4m to 7m and seems to have a fair amount of wire weed. I went solo both Saturday arvo/evenings and unfortunately it was quite windy, and took longer than expected to settle down both times, meaning my plate centre console was banging around on anchor and my baits were dancing all over the place. Been using winter whiting heads/frames, whole bay squid and both live and dead herring that I castnetted at Manly harbour (on Sunday just gone the whole harbour was packed with them and hardyheads, of which I got a few). The first solo trip only produced one just legal grassy sweetlip before I opted to go home in case the storms came into the bay from the south-east. Then Saturday just gone I got a cod and another just legal grassy. I seem to have not taken a photo of the gold spotted cod, which went about 43cm, and was baked whole (as was the sweetlip) with garlic, teriyaki sauce and kaffir lime, yum!! I taught my sons Liam and George the delight of eating the meat from the cheek area and also the gooey bits around the eye, so sadly it looks like I'll need to share this with them in future (they were fighting each other over the last eye). The session two Sunday's ago was overall quite quiet given the good weather, but eventually the boys picked up a bream each and I got a nice fat 35cm sweetlip on a whole squid bait right at the end of our session as we were getting ready to pack up (thank goodness ...... ). We'd decided to put some crab pots in as we'd heard there had been a few around. As always, I took the lazy option and just spread them out in about 3.5m of water to the right of the Manly leads (only 3 pots as I'd forgotten the uprights for my larger pot ...) so that we could head fishing. Sadly on our way back to check them, we discovered the first two had the float and a few metres of rope but no pot. I wondered when I pulled the first one in whether it had been run over (and then wondered how, as I have a couple of bits of lead crimped onto the rope to stop it floating on the surface and they weren't in a high traffic area) but when the second one was the same (and both ropes were quite cleanly cut ....). My suspicions were confirmed when, to my surprise, the third pot (closest to the leads) was still actually attached to the pot, but when I pulled it up there was no bait in it and no crabs. So we were a bit disappointed about this, particularly the boys. Obviously I'll need to start only setting them near where we are fishing. I would have thought being the middle of the day and so close to the harbour and channel they would be safe, but obviously there are some out there brazen enough to still do the wrong thing. I reckon they mustn't have beaten us to them by much as the two floats not attached to pots were floating around very close to where they'd been deployed. Oh well, life goes on . To my surprise, this Sunday just gone George wasn't in the mood to come fishing with us so we left him at home (to a surprised mum when she woke up ....... ) so just Liam and I went. As stated, we stocked up on herring (we kept some live), a few hardy heads and one small mullet which we also kept alive. Unfortunately we were plagued by bites (and bite off's) from little 70cm school sharks, but at least Liam got to catch one on his bream rod, which provided him with some fun and some good practice and fighting something a little bigger/stronger than he is used to. I'm glad I decided late last year to put my old Wilson landing net in after a grinner put a whole (which has been repaired) in my Berkley catch and release net. Not long before we packed up, and right as the tide slowed before the low tide change, the live mullet rod took off (am suspecting shark but who knows) and made a few very powerful runs. I gave my Sienna combo to Liam to wind in so it was out of the way but it was either snagged or had a fish on (I think the former) so I attempted to swap rods with him, but as I did so the shark/large fish bust (or bit) me off, so I tried swapping back with him, but didn't make sure he had a good grasp of it, so into the drink it went (second time for this combo, hence the reel made a slight noise). Liam was devastated but I cheered him up, let him know it was my fault, and also informed him that one of the eyelets popped out that day so all in all it was the right combo to lose and on the plus side we now get to replace it .......... . Thanks for reading, hopefully we can continue to get out and fish as it's good for the mental health and quality family time. I've got a large underfloor fuel tank (about 120L) so the good thing is that with these small bay trips I don't need to fuel up real often, reducing the risk of coronavirus . Stay safe all and thanks for reading. I'll try and take more photos (and landscape ones ...) in future .
      19. Another link. This time about prawning.
      20. Hi, after all this rain we have had in SEQ. What are your thoughts on fishing in Moreton bay now and the next month? Anyone experienced it from previous big rain events? cheers Towknee
      21. Just attaching a link to a short article about the Moreton Bay flush out after all the rain. cheers Greg
      22. This is my first post here. Had to come tell someone!! What a rush. First time out with the fly rod down near Victoria point Moreton Bay. Wasnt a monster, but still its a bream! Im so stoked right now!!
      23. 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 ....
      24. Anyone got any tip for locations to hit this weekend. 19 foot Haines so pretty open to anywhere in the bay or out to the Cape or outside Bribie. Not much preference, just need to get the boat out and havent been out for a while. Any tips apprecited
      25. Hi all, new here! Grew up fishing the Noosa river with my younger brother, 15-20 years later we have just bought a bigger tinny than the 11ft x 6hp we used to strap around in. We keep the boat at his place in Noosa but I live in Brisbane and I'm keen to get into the bay to chase some pelagics or the river for some salmon or jewies, typically I always use lures but i'll never say no to a live bait session. Any tips or tricks you can share will be much appreciated, particularly how far into the bay we would have to venture to chase decent fish will be handy. 4.2m Stacer x 30hp Yamaha - Lures - Brisbane - Noosa