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      1. Well weather was amazing and tides lined up so I finished school at 230 and snuck away went to BCF got some dodgy prawns and some metal slugs gradbed some diesel and headed straight to Farnborough beach. Drove the 17km to the top where the mouth of the river is and was surprised it was like 500m-a lot longer across with pools of water throughout. Since I was on my own I decided to stay safe on the hardish sand. Parked up about 100m from low tide mark as there were loads of holes al over place full of ghost crabs and toad fish... 1.5hrs later not a single bite. saw a big break of herring splashing just out of casting distance. If I had of known the beach better I would of parked close to water line and had my 13ft surf rod with metal slug ready for the salmon or mackerel that were chasing the herring....Alas I am new to the area and learning.... Good tides and reasonable moon on Saturday so I might go again then.... Tight lines.
      2. natang

        north queensland Yeppoon

        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.
      3. 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.
      4. rayke1938

        north queensland Queeny

        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
      5. 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
      6. Ovington

        north queensland Bowen Bliss Pt.2

        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!
      7. Lucas G

        north queensland Fishing Charters

        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.
      8. Baitangler999

        north queensland Fishing Whitsundays

        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?
      9. demarc

        north queensland Stanage June

        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!
      10. 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
      11. 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?
      12. 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
      13. Go Fish Australia

        north queensland Cairns Or The Cape?

        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
      14. 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
      15. A little edit from fishing Cape York’s westcoast in September.
      16. stuchambers

        north queensland Molongle Creek

        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
      17. 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.
      18. 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
      19. 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.
      20. demarc

        north queensland 1770 Thanks!

        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
      21. 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...
      22. 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.
      23. Just wondering if anyone has fished the Port Douglas area recently? I've been living here for the last few years and can't believe how bad the fishing is. They make it sound like it's the best fishing on the planet yet in reality it's pretty pathetic. I've fished all my life and have lived in great fishing locations but this is one of the worst. Every now an then you catch some good fish in the rivers but all in all it's pretty bad. I've spoken to a few long term locals and they've said that barra netters have fished it out which if true is sad to see. The inshore reefs are pretty flogged out as well which you would probably expect, but you'd think an area renowned for it's fishing that something would be done about it. I've even done a few charters and had no luck and they just give you the old you should have been here yesterday crap. All I can say if you're thinking of having a fishing holiday here to catch barra and stuff, don't waste your time.
      24. Only having one 15kg bag between us limited what gear I could take with me to the Whitsundays, so I opted for a 3-5kg travel rod matched to a Shimano Sahara 2500 loaded with 10lb braid and 16lb leader. Threw in a few bags of soft plastics, hard bodies and I was ready to fish. We flew into Proserpine then transferred to Airlie Beach for one night. Then we had a boat transfer to Long Island the next day departing from Shute Harbour. For anyone who has been to the Whitsundays, you will know how awesome of a place it really is. For those who haven’t been id highly recommend going! If not for the fishing then for the pure relaxed lifestyle they live up there. You can still see some cyclone damage, but they have done a great job to get back on their feet again. Second morning on the island, e managed a load of small tuskies on bait land based, then on the last afternoon we really had our hot fishing session. We had tried a few other times trolling some hard bodies behind a kayak for no luck, but on the last afternoon I tied on a ZMan 4inch Streakz in glow white…the poor lure got hammered time after time. We headed out the front of our resort in a two man kayak to try the edge of the reef area. For my fiancé, it was her first fish on a soft plastic which was pretty special catching a wire net cod. I managed another tuskie and a flounder before I nailed a new species… As I slowed hopped the SP over some coral clusters I felt a small tug, so I set the hook to find it was a small critter, but when it reached the top of the water…I was yahooing pretty loudly. My first ever coral trout…though it was only a baby, I was absolutely stoked. Few happy snaps then back in the drink. As then sun started to set, we made the call to head back in... but before we did I said to Lauren “just one more cast” lobbed it out, and started the retrieve. About 5 m from the yak it got hammered, the poor little 3-5 rogue BCF special travel rod loaded up and the fight was on. I knew that with only 16lb leader, I had to get it out of the coral fast. I cranked it off the bottom as fast as I could, I knew it was a decent size as I could feel its weight the whole fight to the surface…I couldn’t believe my eyes! She measured 39cm…my first LEGAL trout. If I thought I was happy before, now I was ecstatic! The only downer on the after was the fact that the measuring ruler I had didn’t have QLD coral trout size on it, so rather than potentially taking an undersized fish, I let it swim away to freedom (I know, it’s a cardinal sin to release a legal coral trout) but given I wasn’t sure of its size, I didn’t want to risk it. I was just happy to be fishing in such a beautiful location, catching such stunning fish. Just goes to show, that “one last cast” could potentially land your most prized fish to date, you just never know!! Oh yeah and the resort we stayed at (Palm Bay Resort at Long Island) was awesome. Secluded, quiet, picturesque and relaxing to say the least. It’s a fully self-catered resort (all food must be organised, prepped and cooked by ourselves) at a big communal kitchen. They did have a little store to buy food from at the resort, but we just loaded up with food from woollies at Airlie beach before we went there. This style of resort isn’t for everyone, but we loved every minute of it. Cracking sunsets, cabins on the beach, bush walks with breath taking views, whales, turtles, eagles, goannas and some amazing fish just to name some of the highlights. 10/10 holiday!
      25. Potter

        Fishing Cape York

        G'day all, just sharing a little clip of our crew fishing Cape York. Cheers