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Hey guys, Me and a couple of friends have recently been trying to target small shark in the Sunshine Coast area. I live in Caloundra and have tried the pumestone passage numerous times, as well as moorochy River, and Mooloolaba River. My set up is simple, 30lb braid, wire trace, circle hook. Bait we try to switch up, mullet trunks, eel and when we have time live bait (poddie mullet). Over the past 6 weekends of fishing we have only been successfull once, catching a small bull shark in moorochy river. So my questions are; Does anyone know of the best place in Caloundra for catching small shark? Does anyone know of the best bait to use? Does anyone know the best location to catch mullet using a cast net in Caloundra? I would appreciate any help, and I thank you in advance. Zak.
I feel like most of my reports start with “after many hours on the water for nothing, I finally hooked into some action” Does anyone else seem to have numerous bad sessions before stringing a few catches together? Maybe its just me.. Anyway, this trip could have easily ended in disaster (ill explain later) but it turned out to be a good morning out. Motored to our spot, rigged up and threw some freshwater eel baits out. I hadn’t even sat down for 60 seconds before both rods go off. My initial thought was that one has gone off and tangled/ taken the other line with it. So I grabbed one rod and set the hook while my wifre grabbed the other so we could untangle them…as she wound the drag up, she hooked into one as well! DOUBLE HOOK UP! A few minutes of chaos followed by two bull sharks in the boat, fun times. Hooks out, quick snap and both released. We both ended up with another shark each totalling 4 for the morning. We had another 4 runs but no hook ups. Super fun fishing on light gear. On another note, we broke one rod in the process but continued to fish with it. Ended up boating the biggest for the morning at 1 meter. Must say, hooking and catching a 1m shark on 10lb line with a broken rod is a challenge haha On the way to the ramp, I noticed the trailer started to tow strangely, one side was bumpy. Being so close to the ramp, I just soldiered on. Launched the boat, came back from a few hours of fishing to see this…. Completely flat tyre that was absolutely shredded! Must have hit something on the highway. Scary stuff, could have ended a lot worse. Luckily, I had my spare ready to go. But it has put the wind up me, so im not boating again until I get new tyres. So lesson learnt…always have a spare ready to go! also made a short video montage of the day. Enjoy!
Launched the boat at 6am on Sunday morning with the intentions of a lazy morning on the water with some music and food with my fiancé Lauren Dropped the anchor, setup the two rigs and threw out two baits….2-3 minutes later (literally, I had barley sat down and just opened a bottle of water) one reel starts peeling off line. Set the hook (I have a new found love for bait runners) and the fight was on. It was a fairly lazy fight of only about 5 minutes and we had our first shark for the morning in the boat. Only a pup at 78cm but still a fun catch. Popped a tag in its back and back in the drink he went. An hour passed with a missed hookup before we had another run. Though this next run hit the bait at speed and was swimming against the current. I had to wind in a lot of slack line about 30m worth before I felt any weight, then as soon as I felt the weight the little bull shark started going beserk! Must have had something to do with having a hook in its mouth…maybe he was just in a bad mood…who knows? Another 5 minute battle and we had bully number two in the boat. Another little male that went 77cm, but it fought much harder than the first. Tag went in and back in the water to fight another day. Happy with twofor the morning, we called it a day. Back home with the boat and gear washed and away by 10am, sure beats sleeping in! I never ever get sick of catching these beauties on gear intended for bream. Gear was a 3000 reel, 2-4kg rod, 8lb main line, 40lb mono leader (50cm), 80lb wire trace (50cm) with an 8/0 circle hook. Fresh water eel as bait (always) On a side note, just after we got the first on in the boat some bloke went screaming past on his jetski with a big smile on his face. So I held up the shark and showed it to him....I've never seen someone's smile disappear so fast and turn into a worried look, we cracked up laughing after that Im hoping to be able to offer a decky spot or two in the coming weeks for anyone who is interested.
In the space of 45 minutes of a 2 hour afternoon session produced one of the more productive afternoons I’ve had chasing little bullies. I had 5 runs in 45 minutes and landed 3 all around the 70-85cm mark. first run of the day went dead after a few gentle runs, deciding to check it anyway I felt a good weight and set the 7/0 circle hook. 5 minutes later in comes my first for the arvo. Few happy snaps then back in the water she goes. Another 15 mins past and I get a solid run this time. Set the hook and tried my best to keep it out of the snags...but despite my best efforts she got nice and tangled. Climbing down the bank to pick the bully up from the shallows I hear my other rod start screaming. Luckily I had pliers in my pocket so I was able to de hook the first bull, send it back on its way and race back to the other rod.....missed the hook up. The line went slack, so I checked the bait which was torn to bits. I threw it back out, cracked open a drink and had a rest, re baited you other rod and threw it out too. I hadn’t even got comfy in my camp chair again before the rod started screaming again. Half way during the fight it became tangled with my second line...which eventually ended in heartbreak. I fought it into the shallows, sighted the fiery little bull and bang! The line snapped and off it swam! Angry to say the least, and only one bait left...I prayed for another run...which didn’t take too long at all. The last bull for the arvo was much easy to land. All in all it was a fun and frustrating session. Made all the more difficult by using 8lb main line. Bait go choice today was the old freshwater eel.