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      1. Sorry for the lack or reports of late. Lack of internet and loads of work have gotten the better of me. As many of you know I have moved to Bowen about 8 months ago and have now finally got the hang of GT fishing the inshore areas. From having never caught a GT over 5kgs about 6 months ago my new gear and lure collection is finally showing its worth! Just going to post bulk pics from the past few months as I cant remember too much detail, too many beers between sessions maybe.... Plenty of sessions involving double digits and some of those solo too. Biggest so far ~30kg.
      2. Today was meant to be some amazing GT fishing but unfortunately my 8 month old Yamaha 4stroke had other ideas and I was forced to take my mexican (NSW) visitors fishing landbased. We decided to chase some jacks with an arvo storm looming, and although it wasnt red hot I was happy to nail my PB by 9cm. I stalked up to my favorite snag and landed my lure right in the edge of the drop off and had a huge swirl on my Nories wakebait within seconds and a more commited stike just seconds later. After a long nerve racking tussle I managed to clear the jack of danger on my 2500 stradic with 8lb braid and 12lb leader to guide it into the net. Stoked to hit 63cm landbased! My dad managed a solid fish of about 40cm on a plastic also which was a pb. Overall a good result considering the lack of boat. Hopefully be back on the water tomorrow!
      3. Hey lads, I may be getting moved to Rockhampton for 10 weeks of work at the local high school and was wondering if anyone knows what the fishing is like up there? I will be land based I don't think I'll tow the boat the whole way up there as I will be on my own and it's a bit too much on my own sometimes.. I'll be based in Yeppoon.
      4. Haven't been down the beach in a couple of weeks with the wild weather. Live mullet at a creek mouth at dusk did the trick again yesterday.
      5. Mate Mark flew up to Cairns a fortnight ago and brought a yacht. He had it slipped and surveyed and it only needed a few things fixed so he said yes. He has never sailed before but has had some lessons from the Southport Yacht club a few years ago. After a few teething problems such as only replacing 2 bungs in the tender ( It actually has 3) he made it ok to Townsville where he topped up his fuel. ( He did a fair bit of motoring as wind was notfavourable) 150 litres of diesel used at just under3 litres per hour. He picked up a decky in townsville who is an experienced sailor and that has made it a lot easier for him; Yesterday they were moving along sedately and they found a spoon in the miscellaneous stuff that came with the boat and hung it out the back and scored a 1m queeny so they now have a few meals of fresh fish. Cheers Ray
      6. Hi All, Long time no post for me - have been living in Singapore for the last 3.5 years but got over it because the fishing is terrible. Was time to take a pay cut and move back to Aus and fortunate enough to get a job back home in Cairns. Been back two months and hitting the beaches for the spring salmon run; found the key is reasonable sized live mullet late afternoon and wearing my lucky fishing t-shirt (seem to catch only sharks if not wearing the brown shirt with a shark on it). The odd barra (just before closed season but released anyway - I'll wait for February to take one home) and queenfish has been in the mix, plus a couple of spoolings on unknowns. Looking forward to two weeks off at Christmas when there should be some big king salmon lurking at night. Here's a few recent fish. 2.mp4 3.mp4 4.mp4 6.mp4
      7. To continue my Bowen adventures I decided to explore Abbot point jetty. My colleagues told me about the unstoppable GTs and I wanted a taste. A glassy morning allowed for a quick run across. Whales became a navigation hazard as they breached all around me. The jetty held mixed amounts of bait. I had no action on the top water so opted for a soft vibe. This technique bought some solid hits ending in bust offs from what I suspect to have been cod and finger mark. I eventually had a solid sounding and came up tight on my first Bludger Trevally at 76cm. As the top of the tide approached I went back to targeting the GTs on surface. The bite was hot but my ability was not. I waved goodbye to 6 lures as monster GTs collected their souvenirs. Running locked up drag and 200lb wouldn't stop these 40kg+ brutes. I put my tail between my legs and decided to chase some mackeral on the local grounds. It was a fish each drop with schoolies and spot ties. I kept 2 and headed back towards the ramp to have a few more casts around the rocks for a GT or other pelagics. I had a few follows but didn't connect to any GTs but did manage a solid 110cm Queenie. The following day I snuck out for another quick session at the rocky outcrop near the ramp and the queenies were biting well. I managed about a dozen from 80-110cm all on the topwater. Amongst the school I also managed a solid 118cm longtail which was a nice surprise and took my lure at the rod tip before a huge first run and a 15minute fight. Got a few quick snaps and sent it back after a 15minute recovery swim. Overall I am enjoying the Bowen life an look forward to nailing a few of these BIG GTs once I have geared up properly and have figured out how to drag them out of the pylons!
      8. Hi all, I recently have moved up to just north of Bowen for work and have managed a few sessions out since being here. My first day out was a cracker with my old man who helped me move up. We went out to Gloucester island and did some exploring. As we circumnavigated the island we started fishing the edges with plastics and stickbaits. It wasn't long before a school of small longtail appeared at the front of the boat and smashed my stickbait. Unfortunately I pulled the hooks and my dad didn't hook up. The next bay around we were graced with the company of 2 mantas circling the boat. We continued down to hydeaway bay were we managed a selection of small reef fish as well as a legal coral trout. With the sun getting high in the sky and the the fishing slowing we decided to head back. As we were heading in I spotted some splashes on the surface. I sounded over them and saw some solid arches. I told my dad to send out the bait rig whilst I jigged. Within seconds he came up tight on a solid fish. 15 minutes later came up the biggest jew I have ever seen maxing out my 130cm brag mat. Unfortunately due to the fight and susceptibility of Jew to barotrauma we could not release this beast. I had one quick jig on the school again and came up tight on a fish a bit smaller but still a p.b for me. This one had a shorter fight and didn't go deep so released with a weight. Cracked start exploring new ground!! More to come of my latest adventures
      9. Hi there, I’m heading up to Port Douglas between 31/08 -10/9. I have been given day off from the fam to hit up some reef fishing. Looking for a few people to share a full day fishing charter out to the reef. Don’t want to go with a huge amount of people, 3-4max. Don’t feel like having to fight for Fish on a bloody big charter boat with 15-20 on-board. If you’re keen, message me. I was hoping to fish for a full day on Friday, 07/09. Saltaire fishing charters has been recommended. Also, do you know any other charter companies that are good operators in Port Douglas?? Cheers, Lucas G.
      10. Hi there, I will be travelling to the Whitsundays next week and want to do some fishing, I will be running a 3000 reel with 15lb braid, bringing some squid jigs, hooks, sinkers, I would like to catch squid as bait and to eat (good locations for this) and bait up hooks with it to catch fish, what types of fish would I catch and where are good locations for this?
      11. Hey! Heading to Stanage for 10 days from June 1. This is for a change from my annual 1770 migration. Should be a very good trip. Lot's of preperation. Been working a lot of truck and boat for the trip. Longest diatance I've towed. My goals are to make it to Percys and... A big and.... Swains, if weather is right. And the crabs... Biggest ever!! Stay tuned!
      12. Hello i will be visiting townsville in june for 6 weeks from the uk and i will be land based lure fishing, i will be going for gts.queenfish and mackeral etc,i will be doing some camping as well ,so i am hoping to travel north and south of townsville 4 hours driving either way,would you still get the macks and queenies in june SOUTH of townsville,and do you need clear water for spinning, i dont expect any fishing marks given to me,i just want a bit of help and advice so i can go fishing in the hope of catching a fish of a lifetime, i will also try a couple of budget boat trips if i can afford them, and i will post a report when i return to the uk,many thanks
      13. Hi all, this is my first post here. I moved to Yeppoon about 12 months ago from Adelaide, I’ve been doing a lot of estuary & inshore fishing here but not really catching anything. What’s the secret?
      14. Hi all i am heading to baffle creek at the end of the month. Just wondering what the fishing be like? Any resonce would be appreciated. Regards Chris
      15. Go Fish is doing a bit of research for the tourism operators in North Queensland. When you think of fishing in Cairns and the north, what's the first thing you think of? Mackerel? Barra? Coral Trout? Ideally what sort of accomodation do you stay in? Does the distance to the Cape or the Gulf hinder your decision? Any other opinions about fishing in Far North Queensland? Thanks! Go Fish
      16. hi Guys, it has been a while... so sharing a little vid of a couple of recent trips out wide of Thursday Island, Torres Strait Cheers, Matt
      17. This trip all stared when we checked the weather for the next few day realised the weather was perfect and the weekend was near, so we pack the boat stocked, up on a few lures and started our trip to the magical wonders on the sea. It was still pretty early so we decided to stop the boat and go for a vertical jigging session was not much to show but a greedy cod and 2 HUGE hook ups but both busted me off in seconds, after the drag stopped peeling and the jig bite slowed down we went to the island to setup camp for 2 night. As we finished setting everything up and i had some time to burn on the island i went for a flick with some zman 2.5 inch slim swimz on 6lb braid and as you can tell by the photo the Gt was pretty big, 43cm to be exact it was pelling drag and almost spooled me 3 times with 200 yards of line, the bite had been tough but this gt was hungry and followed my lure right to my feet and went Mental over my lure! After catching that GT i had a flick for another 30 mins and i decided to grab my dads setup with 6lb but this time i had a zman 2.5 inch grubz on, kayaked over to the reef and pulled out a solid 41cm stripey snapper on 8lb fluro! after 7 solid mins of this fella peeling drag and chasing him away from sharks i landed him and decided to feed the fam as he wasn't releasing to well. And just to top off the trip I managed to catch my first ever squid with a storm so-run 90mm with the bib broken because it hit a rock and that squid made the day by giving us 1.2kg of pure calamari!! Over all was a good trip and will defiantly be doing some more reports for you guys! Hope you enjoyed!
      18. A little edit from fishing Cape York’s westcoast in September.
      19. Recently got back from a week up at a place call Molongle Creek about an hour and a half south of Townsville. tried it all while i was up there put down the crab pots, threw lures in the creek for barra and jacks, trolled for mackerel, plastics for trout, poppers for gt's had varying amounts of success but sure did have a good time. I made a small video of the trip something i have only done a few time. take a look and see what you think of the place. Cheers Stu
      20. Hey guys. A group of us are into Land Based Spinning with spoons, jigs, plugs etc and are looking to do a trip to North East QLD targeting GT / mackerel etc off the beach / rocks. We specifically dont want to do a charter of sorts and are more looking at a fishing adventure where we can explore a couple places by 4x4, move around a bit, while camping. Its a difficult question to ask, as a fishing spot is somewhat secret. We are more after an area where we can do this type of fishing, where we could possibly expect to catch and release any of those species. Really appreciated. Thanks.
      21. Hey everyone!!! Long time since being on here, I've been flat out working setting my business up and catching bugger all every time I get out. Ive been fishing the Fitzroy for a few it's now it's been way to windy for my Little tinny and I have not caught anything decent. I knew that I had to persist and eventually I would get results, today I went down the Fitzroy with some friends we threw the net catching prawns for bait and when we had enough we move down to a spot where I had had very minimal success(dropped a very nice kingy netting it) and thought I'll give it a crack. The day started with all of us bringing catfish over this side then I hooked up and I knew it was something different from the fight and I got to the boat and to my shock it was my first ever king threadfin I was stoked I measured it it went 61 it was legal not by much but still I'm happy I little later again I got smashed this time Buy a blue salmon that went 52. I've never eaten any of these fish but I've read they are great fresh.anyway thanks for rating I'm hoping to get out fishing more and see success and hopefully have some more reports for you guys thanks a lot hope everyone is catching fish. Cameron Ps can anyone identify the third fish? Is it a juvenile black Jew
      22. Hi all, Reports a couple of weeks late, been having puter trouble couldn't load photo's. Anyhow we went crabbing earlier in the month, got these two keepers. Got about 6 others but were all couple of mills under so returned them for some other. time. Everything caught were bucks, only soaked for about 3 hrs as we had shopping to do and a 2 hour drive home. Got a few bream but all were undersized,returned for another day. Cheers Gary.
      23. Just want to do a big thank you to all the AFO folk that came to 1770 from the 1st to the 16th. This was by far my most enjoyable trip and it was the folks that came that made it. I got out 7 times, including 2, 3 day trips. Without my boats photgrapher, my second over nighter is lacking pics... To the blokes staying in my house, you left it in an awesome state with barely any cleaning needed before I left. Lots of memories from this trip! Few highlights: - Robbie on Gin - Hippo porn - Damo fish guts removal - Land sharks - Fish piggin - Depth messuring by Lance and Robbie - Wombat Lyoyd
      24. Hey Folks! I have just booked a house for 1770 from the 1st - 16th of September. The point of this thread is; I booked an extra week to give some people a chance to visit and I'm posting so early so holidays and such can be organised. The house is in an awesome location with a short tumble and roll from the pub and various backpacker establishments... 1st - 9th I can accommodate 4 - 7 people, and 3x 6m+ boats. Accommodation is not expensive and you'll be looking at roughly 85p/n if there is 6 blokes. I'm also open for people doing a few day stays at a time or the whole two weeks! 10th - 16th I can accommodate 4 people and 2x 6m+ boats. I will have some deckie spots going for the first week, so even if you're boat-less sing out. Also to note, you don't need a big boat at ALL to enjoyably fish 1770. There is lots of awesome ground out front of the bar and in the local creeks like Middle and Pancake. All my fishing will be at the outter reefs and on these trips I generally stick to only 2 days, however if the weather is awesome for a 4-day forecast, I might make the run to Sawins...
      25. Hi all, Left home 4am Wednesday, 2hr drive to new boat ramp in Townsville, absolute dream to launch. Dropped 8 pots and went out the front of the new port area to do some fishing. Was looking for Whiting/Bream/ anything with fins. Using prawns/squid for bait ( frozen from trawler ) pretty fresh. Used half tank fuel , got a couple of nibbles, nothing to get exicted about. Moved south to the sand bars on the making high, never even gat a show, at least thought we'd get some whiting. Moved up the creek fished the rock walls and mangroves still nothing, yes did have lines in the water. Pulled pots late afternoon pushing low tide got one 100mm crab. Fished deep hole at mouth of sh@t creek and got 1 x 100mm bream. No worries, got to use new sounder and leccy motor. Pulled out late arvo and headed home to some nice cold rums. No pic's wasn't worth it. Good day anyhow. Cheers Gary.