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      1. I got sick of putting a baitjig over the side at 4$ a pop and then torn to shreds in seconds,,,so i thought there must be a better way. I try to get a northern species of yakka, But when the school macs are around or down south, the bonito.. your jigs dont last too long. So i made this. I use wire on mine due to school macs. The wire is then albrite knotted strait to mono 50 lb. I use 3 jigs on my but im sure you could go more. I use heavy gear i guess for bait because once one mac or trevally hit usualy more do. Anyway it may be of use to someone. You need : some nylon filament.. The stuff that goes on woghead lures for Spanish macs. (Good tackle shops should have this) Lumo sleeves 40lb single strand wire.. ( if your making yours no wire then you will need a thicker wire to put hole in nylon melt {see below}, then remove, then poke your mono thru) Hooks and mono of choice. a lighter too. and bit of braid. 1- pinch of filament, couple colours if desired.. then tie bit of braid around bunch and slide to within 1 cm of end of bunch.. the braid gathers it together to allow easier melting of mono filament strands. 2- Burn the end of the filament bunch to melt together.. Do a couple of times. and while still not hard poke a piece of wire thru the middle of the burnt glob of nylon. {make sure glob isnt to large that the lumo sleeve wont jam over,) 3- put hook on wire with haywire twist. I put twist around hook shank to shorten the distance. 4- trim a lumo sleeve to desired size and slide over melted glob, filament and hook end.. Draw eyes on with pernament texta if ur keen. 5 -trim filament to desired length 6 - make a rig with charter loop knots or alike. say 3 loops and 2 tag ends that one goes to swivel and other to sinker. 7 - Albrite wire to mono. and there u go.. If your not using wire just poke the wire thru the melted glob..put bit wd40 on wire so dosnt stick to melted nylon. then pull out wire once set, leaving a hole to poke ur mono thru and tie on hook. In these i put about 5 cm wire for toothys. and a mix of bluey purple filament and whit filament.. i trimmed both ends of the lumo sleeve to about 2-3cm total. Trim filament tail to size reqd.. i make long to begin with as it is easier to handle and burn. I reckon theyed make ok fly fishing thingys. Im not a fly fisho. I used this one night and instead of a lead i had a lucanus jig as the weight. Just with the boat bobbing a 8 kg cobia took the lucanus..Because the whole rig was sound and well made i got the cobia.. Later i caught 3 small barracuda on the jig that i kept alive and on dawn they were turned into spanish mackeral. Daylight has seen plenty of school macs have a go at it. anyway there easy enough to make. If you do make some post a pic to see what else people come up with for bait jig material..
      2. Well it had been a long time since I had a bait fish, so I pulled a couple of pots for some shrimp and headed on down the dam trolling.Picked up some trolling before doing some casting, was lucky enough to get a yella on first cast then another on second cast.Picked up some more bass trolling ,then had a nice little 30 bass session on the bait.More trolling and then home. All up 66 bass and 2 yellas, better than watching TV. Dino
      3. Hi A friend of mine caught a nice 17kg Spanish Mac in Moreton Bay yesterday. I am concerned about the possibility of ciguatera poisoning. Are there any reported cases in Brisbane that you are aware of or are my concerns over the top for this area? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
      4. HI Guys Lost a big Mackerel on the weekend and an expensive Rapala Deep Diver which is fine but I have been mixing it up lately to see the difference with Strikes and land rates. Sadly this one seem to be cut or busted on the cloth part of the wind on leader but it was the only hook up of the day whilst we have another three with traces in the water that didnt get a strike. Does anyone have personal trolling experience and not use Wire Traces with their lures. Interested to hear your stories and best success stories Cheers
      5. These are a good item. Save your line above the hook when reef fishing so your line dosnt get chafed Also help tidy up a rig, see diagram below. for when using 2 hook rigs in deeper applications they streamline it all and prevent twists, Hide your crimps, loops etc. Good for saving your rod tips when you got a few novices that try wind the swivel thru the tip. Put one above your coastal snap swivel However can lead to bite offs with mackeral or jackets as they attack the sleeve above your swivel. And i have caught plenty of mac tuna chasing the sleeve as you retrieve line to boat. They eat empty hook with these sleeves over your hook. I have also literaly put a small ball or bean sinker strait onto a hook and pulled into one of these sleeves. then you got a castable lure, or you can troll them for mac tunas, im sure aussie salmon or tailor would go em. I use them when the tuna are eating small fish, School macs love them to. Cheapest lure out there, Pack of 20 usualy 5$, Im sure 100 pack would make price per unit cheaper.
      6. My wife and i went camping up at Kenilworth for the weekend with a group of friends with our caravans. This was my 1st time to this township and the plan was to do some exploring through the neighboring national parks and some fishing in the Mary river. Friday arvo we set up camp at Kenilworth Homstead on the grassy bank of the Mary river. There only time to have a few drinks and settle in but what a place to watch the sun go down. Saturday morning I walked the Mary river flickng lures but had no luck then cooked up a mad breaky. The plan for the rest of the morning was to explore conondale national park doing some 4 wheel driving. The entrance to the park was only 7km away and our 1st stop was at Charlie Moreland camp ground for a swim and look around for future trips. Then we doubled back and found boolumba creek road which changed from tar to dirt at the park boundary. Here you cross the creek which was only 600mm deep then you pass the 1st of 4 camp grounds. After a 2nd creek crossing the forest changes and you start to here bell birds. The track heads up the mountain on a very steep gradient for 2km till you reach the lookout. Looking down the from there you can see boolumba creek again and across to a fire tower on the next peak. We travelled onwards till we reached the car park where you set off for boolumba falls and the bread knife rock formation. I had a swim at the falls which were still running even in this drought. The call was made to head back to town for lunch and the bakery was just the perfect stop. Famous for its 1kg cream doughnut I just had a very tasty pie as I needed room for a few cold beers. We also visited the cheese factory and picked up some tasty cheese and yogurts. The afternoon plan was to have a fish in the river and while most of our group fished the bank I paddled up river on the yak. Flicking lures at all the likely looking spots I saw a few rises then bam I am on. The rod buckled and the fish jumped you beauty I was connected to a Saratoga the 1st for me in nearly 30 years. I have only targeted them a couple of times at lake booromba the last couple of years. The fish after a good fight was next to the kayak and I slid the net under it and paddled to shore to dehook him. A quick photo and release had him swim off strong. I paddled the yak further upstream and found a dozen bass in less than a meter of water very cool to see. No more fish was caught by sunset and dinner and drinks was calling. The night went by quick and I slept well before having another fish early the next morning. Had a bass follow the lure right up to the yak but that and a few bumps later was all I could encounter. Breakfast and pack up camp followed before a good cruise of just under 2 hours home. Definitely going back to this area again in the future plenty more to explore.
      7. My research group recently hosted Greg Lamprecht from Wicked Fishing. He has been donating fish frames for our research for more than 5 years. He did a great job of showing the process of estimating fish age on his FB page it is worth a look if you are interested!
      8. Anyone know this one or caught one? caught in 130 mtrs on shelf off cairns on bottom. Tasted ok, dried out easy. no teeth, i think cigarfish looked similar but someone might know better. thanks
      9. Another good day it took us a while to find some fish with only 12 fish on the counter by 10am. We decided to have a look between the 2 islands and found some fish in 26 feet of water to finish up with 52 bass and 2 yellas. On wednesday we moved 2 redclaw pots to a new location and today we ended up with 16 good sizes redclaw in the 2 pots and nothing in the other 2 so we moved them to a new location further down the dam to see how they go. Happy I had a couple of fit deckies when we got back to the ramp as the wind really got up and was blowing across the ramp I would not have had a chance by myself the only way I would have got the boat on the trailer would have been to skulldrag the boat up the ramp and then winch it onto the trailer off the ramp.
      10. Hello guys, I was just wondering, why don't I see people eating the giant river prawn - Macrobrachium rosenbergii - in Australia? I mean, it's a delicacy in the East Asia region, but why aren't people in Australia eating them. The most common prawn I see people eating is the tiger prawn, why? Does it taste better?? Thank you if you take the time to answer, but I am just down right curious as to why people don't eat the as much and only eat the tiger prawns. *Please note that I do know there are still people eating them, just not a popular option. And I want to know why.*
      11. From abc news site. Something positive after all the terrible fire newsOther Bushfire warning For the latest updates on the bushfires in New South Wales, check the NSW RFS website. For information on the bushfires in Queensland, check the QLD RFS website. Next Ticker ItemPrevious Ticker Item Print Email Facebook Twitter More After being dredged to nearly nothing last century, Australia's lost shellfish reefs are roaring back to life By Ben Knight Updated about an hour ago PHOTO: New reefs now cover an area the size of the MCG in what was once just sand. (Supplied: The Nature Conservancy) At a secret location, nine metres under Port Phillip Bay, divers are combing a newly created oyster reef with a high-powered camera. Up on the dive boat, the pictures on the video screen are a window into Bob Pearce's teenage years in the 1960s — before overfishing, pollution and disease wiped out 99 percent of Australia's shellfish reefs within a few decades. "We were left with a marine desert," he says. But this two-year-old reef is teeming with life — created from seafood shells collected from restaurants that would have otherwise ended up in landfill. PHOTO: The shells are recycled once diners have enjoyed what's inside for a meal. (ABC News) "It's an amazing thing how critters know there's something there, and they come to it," he says. "Crabs, oysters, starfish, octopus, squid, snapper — you name it, they're all there." Follow this story to get email or text alerts from ABC News when there is a future article following this storyline. Follow this story This is one of 10 pilot sites in four Australian states rebuilding the enormous chain of reefs that once stretched along the coast from Noosa to Perth, that were all but wiped out by dredge harvesting last century. PHOTO: Bob Pearce says the results of the project have been staggering. (ABC News) "They tore the reefs to pieces," Mr Pearce says. "It broke my heart." Back in the 60s, when Mr Pearce first joined the Albert Park Yachting and Angling Club, he remembers being able to collect buckets of oysters in the shallows of South Melbourne beach. PHOTO: Schools of leatherjacket fish now swim in the new shellfish reefs in Port Phillip Bay. (Supplied: The Nature Conservancy) "If you felt like a feed of mussels, you'd just go and get them off the pier pole," he says. "Every house along here had a mussel rake. We used to have them with a bit of brown vinegar and pepper. "People told me not to worry about the dredging, but it's left us with a marine desert. I just put my hand up at a club meeting one night and said 'We should do something about this'." It was the start of what became a multi-million-dollar project to begin rebuilding Australia's shellfish reefs, funded by philanthropic giant The Nature Conservancy, with help from state and federal governments. It has restored more than 100 similar reefs in the United States — and now wants to do the same in Australia on a similar scale. INFOGRAPHIC: Much of Australia's south and east costs used to be hugged by shellfish reefs. (ABC News) INFOGRAPHIC: The team wants to restore the coast to its former glory. (ABC News) "We'd love to build reefs in 60 places across southern Australia," says Rich Gilmore, who heads the conservancy's Australian arm. "That'll take an investment of about $100 million. State and federal governments have provided some support for the projects underway so far, but we want them to invest so we can quickly scale up. "If we can get that, this can be a game changer for water quality and fish stocks in Australia." PHOTO: Rich Gilmore wants to see the successes of this project replicated around the country. (ABC News: Kyle Harley) The conservancy is lobbying to get the project funded in the next round of state and federal budgets. It's pushing hard on its value as a job-creation scheme in the regions and also as a way of preventing coastal erosion. "We need them to understand that these reefs are part of our national infrastructure. It's just that they are alive. And we've got a way to go to convince them of that." In just a few years, 8 million native angasi oyster hatchlings have been placed in the waters off Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia, on the recycled mollusc shells collected from restaurants. PHOTO: Bob Pearce has spearheaded the creation of the oyster reef nine metres under the ocean. (ABC News: Kyle Harley) They've turned empty, sandy seabeds into thriving ecosystems — covering an area the size of the MCG in Port Phillip Bay. "The results so far have been staggering," Mr Gilmore says. "A single native oyster can filter a bathtub of water every day. That's billions of litres of clean water every single year of being filtered." Mr Pearce says every time he goes back, it reminds him of the bay he once knew. "There's thousands of pink snapper swimming on that reef that wouldn't have been there otherwise," he says. "If we can just keep doing this a chunk at a time, eventually we'll have something fantastic again." PHOTO: Juvenile oyster shells harvested from newly created reefs in Port Phillip Bay. (ABC News: Kyle Harley) Topics: oceans-and-reefs, environment, fish, fishing-aquaculture, environmental-impact, environmental-management, melbourne-3000, vic, albert-park-3206, geelong-3220, portsea-3944, point-lonsdale-3225, australia First posted about 9 hours ago
      12. I see people are always cutting fishes throats to bleed them. By doing this they are actually cutting both sides of the pump and they wont properly bleed out. It does work to a degree BUT there is a better way that is more effective and il explain why. Do the usual bat over the head to knock em out or brain spike. Then lift up the Gill plate and cut thru a whole set of gills on one side with either a knife or a set of snips, Whatever you have. Cut where the gills U curve the most (near their pectoral fin area). Then if your boat permits put the fish in the live bait tank or bucket of water , or for say a tuna strop rope their tail and hang over side for 5-10 mins to bleed out.. watch out for seals and sharks. After 5-10 mins then put your fish in the ice salt water slurry in eski. Fish are best quality when left in icewater slurry for few hours to set before filleting. By cutting their throats you are cutting both sides of the pump. (heart) It will keep beating but wont be causing any flow of blood. BUT By cutting the gills the heart keeps pumping for 5-10 mins and keeps sending the blood to the gills to be re oxygenated. Thus eventualy pumping nearly all the blood out through the cut gills.. By putting in water (not ice water) the blood wont congeal and allow a close to full bleed out. Head down if able. Then into eski.. This way they are also not rolling around in an eski of congealed blood to. yuk. Water/ice slurry will be a light red /pink Next time you catch 2 of the same species, say king fish, or spanish mackeral, Do the old throat cut on one and Gill cut on the other. Allow a full 10 min water bucket bleed out. When you fillet compare the meat and it will become apparent the difference. The fish will also freeze alot better and taste better once defrosted. .Taste better in general especialy if you sashimi it. Hope this helps someone. Especialy if you catch tailor.. but should realy be applied to any fish. Dunno how much better it could actually make Aussie Salmon though. Guess theres always room for improvement there. And you get a better dead fish photo, no throat hanging out.
      13. Hey Legends, I have often been told the best way to catch Spanish Mack Trucks is to slow troll a rigged Gar. I have heard lots of methods with 3 x 6/0 Gangs and a cast net sinker or premade rigs and using soft plastic squid heads over the top but I have actually never done it. Does anyone recommend it and do you have any tips on how to rig and how fast to troll etc?
      14. Hey there fishos, I've been a bit busy and haven't had time to put up too many reports but t here's a vid I made of Sunday's exploits before the bloody northerly wind got up and ruined the day.
      15. Stole this from Grant's Guide to Fishes' FB page. This remarkable-looking fish is likely to be a Lancetfish, possibly the Longnose Lancetfish (Alepisaurus ferox). The name is descriptive, as it translates (roughly) to "ferocious scales-less lizard". Lancetfish are found offshore in every Australian state except the Northern Territory - and inhabit the oceans around the world. They are found from the surface to over 1800m deep, and have been recorded to 2.15m in length. With fangs like those, they are voracious carnivores. Another notable feature is the long, high dorsal fin.
      16. Recently tried Zman.. WOwwww, I used to go by gulp always but they dont last one bite, Zman seem almost indestructable, And you can scent them
      17. Going up camping on the Mary river going to have a crack at some bass etc fingers crossed I snag something. Hope to have a fun filled report I will try to take more photos I do get slack on that.
      18. Sun was up bright and early yesterday, so the edge bite was down a bit.However there was still plenty of bass to be had jigging and trolling.Managed a few from the weeds on spinnerbaits, some casting blades and some trolling hardbodies.Sun ended up getting a bit hot ,so headed home early managing 34 bass no yellas. Dino
      19. That right folks 1 meter of flathead was caught today ! I caught a 54 and the better half caught a 52. Both come home for a feed as there perfect eating size. Misso says I can go fishing when ever I like as long as I bring something home for her to eat or she comes with as she loves both catching and eating fish.
      20. Another good day today picking up a few bass and a yella first up halfway down koala straight. Nothing much furthur downstream apart from around 12 redclaw out of our 4 pots. Few bass and yellas off the floats before we went towards the old far marker for more bass and the odd yella. Ended up with 51 bass and 11 yellas. Best bass went 45cm best yella 44cm and 1.5kg
      21. Having a bit of time off after recent surgery has given me the chance to give my casting arm a bit of practice. Electric trailer winch is the next thing I need as putting the boat back on the trailer is killing me. Heres some pics of my recent outings.
      22. Hey Gang, We are setting up for the Wynnum Fishing Classic again in May 2020. It is a catch and release competition run over the Labour Day long weekend and finishes with the Wynnum Manly Seafood Festival. I am wondering if anyone can give me any leads on sponsors? Thanks.
      23. Good day at NPD today with Hai,Craig and Miller. Got a bit boring with Miller standing in the bow repeating himself just quietly repeating himself saying I am on. He had a bit of a problem with the bigger bass and yellas having to get Craig to give him a hand supporting the rod. His biggest bass went 49.5 with Craig saying if he had caught it it would have been 50cm. Took us a while to locate a school but it got a bit hectic when we found it with one quadruple hook up and numerous triple hook ups. Going to pull my redclaw pots as we only caught 2 redclaw from 4 pots. I will wait for about 4 inches of rain to bring them on again. I was slack on the counter but but recorded 62 bass and 6 yellas. It was a delight to have Miller on board it bides well for the future generations when you meet a quiet well behaved and polite young man. He is a credit to his mum and dad. Cheers Ray
      24. Went offshore with mopar kev on Thursday and what a magic day the weather was perfect. The bite was early and we both landed a couple of good snapper kev was 1st with 1 going 65cm then I landed a 75cm snap. The quality was good and even found a few nice pearlies and a tusky. We had a look at the waverider bouy but to many boats had the dollies spooked. The new fads the state govt is putting in will be better as they tend not to spook as easily with proper fads. Back home we drank beer while filleting our catch and cleaned the boat. Took a few pics