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      1. GregOug

        Flattie Comp

        Details of the upcoming Flathead Classic in case anyone is interested. cheers Greg
      2. DONUT WARNING - do NOT read this if you are easily bored, or are expecting action photos or descriptions of epic piscatorial battles.. Haven’t been out for a fish for a couple of weeks so decided today was the day. With snapper off the target list at present I decided on a lizard hunt, using lures and plastics only. With the wind forecast to get up in the Bay and a lunchtime low tide, I thought I might pick up a couple down at the mouth of the Brisbane River. I started out at Boggy Creek, tossing plastics up onto the sand banks and hopping them back to the boat. Did this for an hour or so then decided to have a troll along the edges with hardbodies. Not a touch, so moved back to a couple of spots that have produced previously. Same deal, no touches. Headed closer to the mouth and fished the channels and banks in front of Nudgee for nothing. Tried trolling along the wall at the end of the port for zilch and called it a day. I guess the solunar tables were right - today was a poor day for fishing. Still, the wind was better than predicted so it was a beautiful day to be on the water. Next time I will take back up bait as usual. Interesting that a few boats were fishing in areas where the target species would usually be snapper, but maybe they were targeting cod? Anyway, we all have a donut from time to time, but it has been a while sine I haven’t had a single touch in 4 hours of fishing. Tight lines everyone.
      3. We started out early today in the brisk conditions. The water at the ramp was close to freezing even though the gauge on @Old Scaley's boat said it was around 16. We decided to hit the shallows first on the way to the yabby grounds. Spent a bit of time working it out and to Steve's delight a nice 54cm flatty took his plastic. Dinner sorted. A few individual dolphins also went past feeding on something. 'Twas good to see. We then went to the yabby bank to get today's bait supply, which we had to do quickly as we'd overstayed our time at the shallows. With the bucket full enough we began putting a feed of whiting together. I was first on the board with a nice 31 or so cm job. He was playing up on the mat and made it hard to get a decent pic. This is the best of several attempts - I thought I may have an entry into the comp, but alas @Daryl McPhee had beaten me to it. Go Southsiders. @Old Scaley managed a keeper bream at 30cm. We then slowly put a whiting feed together, taking home half a dozen good solid specimens. Then I got this juvenile cobia... Okay, maybe it's an eel tailed catfish but the colours are right. Hoping to get out later in the week for a Bay bash if the weather holds.
      4. Decided to hop on the ferry from Macleay Island to Karragarra Island this morning a couple of hours before high tide. My mum and her friend came along to keep me company. My mum's friends husband headed out on the bay in a mates boat to a special spot. I fished one of the little beaches. Landed my first flathead. Just over 45cm. No fight whatsoever - wasn't even sure there was a fish on the line. After a while going up the beach and getting no bites I returned to the spot where I got the flathead. Mum wanted to go to the toilet so I went with her. Her friend asked if she could have a go so I cast for her. Briefly told her what to do if she felt anything on the line and left. Came back to her jumping up and down about not being able to kill it - she landed a decent sized Bream. Anyway line was all tangled around my reel and had to give it up for the day. Travelled back to mums, scaled, gutted fish. Awaiting her friends hubbies arrival he had been out for hours longer than us. Thought he must be filleting at his mates. But they had no luck. I feel a little better about land based fishing now!
      5. With a fairly ordinary forecast for the rest of the week I thought I should sneak out for a quick fish today before the wind kicks in again. I haven’t fished the Port of Brisbane for a while so decided to give it a crack today on the bottom of the tide since that was conveniently happening around midday, so I could have a sleep in and a leisurely breakfast and miss the peak hour traffic. I needed to clean out the freezer of old fish frames so I took the pots for a swim as well, although I was not confident. Had some old pillies to get rid of as well so planned a mix of bait and plastics fishing. Dropped the pots about 10am and then did a bit of bait fishing hoping for a snapper or two. Moved around.a bit between regular spots for no joy so decided to target flathead on the last of the runout. First cast, and first lift of the rod and I was connected to something with a bit of weight. I was fishing light with 6lb braid and 6lb leader on my favourite plastics outfit (2-6lb Samaki Zing Rod with a 1000 Daiwa Presso Iprimi reel) and this fish was giving me a good tussle. I got her up close to the boat and could see it was a good flattie. She didn’t like seeing the boat or the landing net so I had a number of false starts with the landing net. At that point I was starting to wish I had a deckie to manage the net. Eventually I was able to slip the net under her and get her into the boat. A nice fish just on 70cm. An old fashioned Squidgy Wriggler in rum red did the damage. The drift was slow because there was not a lot of run in the water but I repeated the drift a couple of times, but didn’t get another hit. Went back to searching for snapper but could only find bream, mostly about 28cm, but I did hook this fatso. The photo doesn’t do it justice. It was only 34cm but fat as a football. No doubt there will be heaps of fat bream around as we go into spawning time. The wind was very kind today and the conditions were beautiful. No crabs, but that was no real surprise. Another great day on the water.
      6. Hi, I'm taking by Brother and my Boss fishing Wendesday morning and was thinking of putting my boat in at cabbage Tree point. has anyone got any advice and spots for Fishing that area? What bait should we use. We will be targeting the normal species for that area, bream, flathead etc. Thanks
      7. Sorry for ripping off your title aus-bne-fisho lol anyway yesterday I rocked up to my local river which is about 2km from where I live at 3pm .I had 2 rods set up a bait rod and a lure rod bait rod daiwa aird x 2-4kg and shimano cazna 2500 with 10lb braid and 10lb leader lure rod atomic arrowz bream surface rod 2pc and daiwa aird lt 2000 with 6lb braid and 6lb leader Anyway i baited up my bait rod with some garfish I caught and froze not to long ago placed my rod on the wooden planks the tiny wharf was made out of with my bail arm open so my rod doesn’t go in the water Then set up my lure rod with some 2.5 slim swims no hits for around 40 minutes then all of the sudden I see line coming off my bait rod a fish is taking the bait I quickly but carefully place down my lure rod and walk over to my bait rod the fish is still running but slowly I set the hook keep in Mind most legal fish feel small on this rod anyway I set the hook and get a few really good headshakes and a little run which tells the fish is decent as I get the fish closer to the wharf all of the sudden the hook comes flying out of the water and the fish got away and the disappointment hits my like fraight train I then once again bait up the rod and throw a cast 40 metres off the wharf theres a drop off where sometimes flathead bass and school jew hang around I then pick up my lure rod and start flicking around my slim swim once again 15 minutes later no hits I see a few mullet jump out of the water and a bowel wave following them I quickly cast out and get right in front of the bowel wave perfect cast soon as the lure hit the water I see my line quickly shoot I set the hook and hook up to a decent size flathead which was 48cm I find that a bit strange because the water was fairly deep where the mullet were jumping out I fought a jewfish or a small bull shark was chasing them the flathead would have been right on top of the water because soon as the lure hit the water I got hits It didn’t even sink to the bottom or even close to the bottom anyway I brain spike it and bleed it out I get a few more hits on the bait rod as the sky darkens but only little fish they didn’t get hooked . Next time I do this I will bring my phone for photos also I wasn’t sure to put this in saltwater or freshwater as the river I was fishing is brackish mostly freshwater people catch freshwater fish like bass the odd carp and bull sharks but also saltwater fish like flathead bream and jewfish
      8. Managed to snag a solid 88cm flat one. 6lb braid 8lb leader. She put up a good fight and swam away without a problem.
      9. I had been keen to get out amongst it for a while and the weather and tides looked good today, I had second thoughts at 4am this morning though, it began raining pretty heavy while I was having a coffee, I checked the rain radar and it was pretty scattered, so I rolled the dice, hooked up the boat and took off, other then the grey sky, the weather wasn’t too bad at all. first runs on the board came in they way of a 55cm school mackerel, he succumb to the old floating pilly technique. Around the turn of the tide I found myself hooked up to a nice Jew, he fell for a Z Man curl tail, and put up a spirited fight on a 20lb baitcasting outfit, he managed to collect my floating pilly line during the fight, which made for some interesting net work, followed by some not so interesting untangling. The Jew went around 84cm, not a horse, but still great fun. A couple of weeks ago on a Friday, I ventured out in my mates boat, we left Vicky Pt around 7:30am and worked around some of the southern bay islands with limited success, about 11am we decided to work the Banana Banks with plastics, and it payed off, paddle tails and curl tails did all the damage. The smallest lizard in the pic was a 45cm bar tail, we probably got another 4 or five that weren’t legal size though, and about 6 or so monster sized grinners, by the end of it neither of us were calling what fish it was, as the grinners broke our hearts too many times.The bay was like glass from the time we launched, right throughout the day, you don’t get much better then that. About a week before the lizard trip, I took my mate out around Amity, and could only scrounge up 1 schoolie off the old floating pilly trick, the grinners were thick as and quite brazen too, they were smashing 7” plastics like they were going out of fashion. The last 3 schoolies I’ve caught have all been 55cm, a bit of variety in size wouldn’t go astray, but I’m certainly not complaining.
      10. I have been laying low because of the current restrictions but had to get out for a fish this week with all the signs pointing to a good week for essential food gathering. Decided to just stick around Port of Brisbane since last time I went there I got a heap of just under snaps so thought they may have grown a little since then, or their bigger rellies may have moved in. Got to the ramp just before dawn (very early start for me fishing solo) to find it was already packed. Must be a lot of people not working at present I guess. After a short wait at the ramp I was in the water and had a line in just as the sun was peeking over the horizon. Beautiful morning on the water. As usual when I have an early start there were no bites until about 8am. I felt the soft tug tug and thought “I know what this is”. Sure enough after a fight that felt like pulling up a ballet slipper, up pops a biggish catfish. Not a great start but a fish to get the day going. Not long after I felt the old familiar long pull of a flathead. This fish had a bit more go in it and turned out to be a nice 60cm model. I dropped one this size beside the boat last trip and haven’t landed a decent flattie for ages so it was a welcome addition to the esky. Just before the high tide the bream started chewing and I landed about half a dozen in quick succession with biggest at 32cm. Once the tide turned the bite slowed right down to zero pretty quickly so home I went. Not a single snapper but hopefully they will pick up as the weather cools. I have an electric motor on order that should be ready for pick on Friday so I am hoping for some more exciting reports in the future. Also looking forward to the time that I can safely fish with mates again. I like a solo trip but also enjoy a bit of banter and company. Stay safe everyone.
      11. Hi guys I was just wondering if anyone had been fishing over at Bribie Island lately. Does anyone know any spots where I might be able to take the kids to catch some whiting/flathead? Also any suggestions of where to drop a crab pot. I don't have a boat but can take a kayak out to drop the crab pot. Thanks guys
      12. went fishing this arvo first 10 minutes i got a small bream using bread as bait so i switched to a zmen slim swims 2.5 inch in opening night with a 1/8 jighead as a size 1 hook. First cast soon as the lure hit the water flathead busted me off . So I switched my leader from 4lb to 6lb a few cast later landed a small flathead basicly 5 metres away from the wharf i was fishing from and 40 minutes go past and I’ve landed plenty of flathead around the wharf all undersize but was a good session overall caught 1 bream and 4 flathead . Still learning how to fish with lures as I’ve only been fishing for a year now and I’ve just using bait for my first year of fishing . Good start with the lures btw the gear is suitable for lures I use light braid with fluorocarbon leader and a small 2000 daiwa reel with a full graphite 3-8lb rod . So i think im off to a good start. Any advice would be helpful . Btw the jigheads i was using were the tt lures headhunters . The fishing session was 50 minutes long
      13. We got 146mm of rain Friday night and into Saturday morning so when I set out for a fish as the tide came in on Saturday after the last of the scuds rolled through I didn't hold too much hope as I've learnt the flat ones don't fire up immediately after a big deluge. It usually takes a day or two. I decided to go have a poke around anyway. Seems I was right. Only one flatty landed that went 43cms. I let it go and decided to take the kayak out the next morning and fish the top of the tide in close to the mangroves. So I arrived at my launch spot at 4am and turned the car off. Then I restarted it and headed home because I had left my rods at hime. Luckily I only live 10 mins from my launch spot and I was back and on the water at 4:30am as the first of the light started to become visible on the horizon. There was plenty of bait around and there were swirls aplenty so I was feeling confident. By 5am I had my first flatty that whacked the 4inch Gulp curl tail grub as soon as it hit the water. After a fun little tussle on the light gear I had it in the net. A nice 58cm model. Into the keeper net it went and I continued to hunt around. By 6am I had bagged out. I caught a couple more and let them go and by 7am as the tide topped out they had shut down so I headed in for a cuppa.
      14. Hi all I was just wondering where some good fishing spots in jacobs well are. I am looking to target flathead with my little tinny. All advice will help.
      15. 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.
      16. Hi I have read around a bit on this and another forum looking for a rod and reel combo for fishing on holidays. It will mostly be used in East Gippsland around Paynesville area for land based fishing of Flathead and Bream. Kids would like to do a little fishing on our summer holidays, I thought why not get something so I can join in as well. I haven't had a chance to fish since I was a kid. May also have the use of a kayak for fishing as well. My ideal rod would be 7ft /2.13m 2-5kg travel rod paired with 2500 reel as a decent allrounder. I would prefer a travel rod as driving to holiday destinations with a wife and two kids in a 2 door hatchback doesn't leave a lot of room, also means I can pack the rod and reel when visiting the grandparents in Tassie when we fly. My choices have also been limited by looking for something that is tough and can take some abuse. In all likely hood a pure graphite rod is going to get too many bumps and fail pretty quickly when trying to fish with two youngish children. Ugly Stik Rods seem to have a reputation of surviving some rougher treatment. I am a realistic parent as I'm sure the fishing rod will be used as a light sabre as soon as my back is turned . As with all things in life it will be a compromise solution, otherwise I would just buy a Shimano Raider Travel Rod or a Pfluger Transcendent travel rod. With the Ugly Stik been a bit tougher I may be able to get away with a two piece rod and manage to squeeze this into the roof pod on top of the car. When the kids get older and a bit more responsible then I can look to upgrade the gear if we all still enjoy fishing together. I'm looking at the following: SHAKESPEARE UGLY STIK GOLD Travel Rod 6'6''/195cm, 3-6kg line weight, 4 piece Action : Light/Medium - price around AUD $100 SHAKESPEARE UGLY STIK GOLD Spin Rod 7'0' / 210cm , 2-4kg line weight, 2 piece Action : Light - price around AUD $80 Could either of these rods be used with soft plastics or will these be just bait only rods? Would these be usable for my intended use of land based fishing with maybe some kayak fishing as well. ? If anyone has used either of these and has some feedback on them in use it would be fantastic. Thank You all for helping a novice out in advance. Regards The Spook.
      17. 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.
      18. 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.
      19. A great weekend trip with Terrigal Bluewater Fishing Charters, masters had good fun and a nice feed of various tasty fish!!! Rod: Alpha Tackle Deckstick Reel: Daiwa Tanacom Bull 500 Reel - Master RG: Daiwa Saltist Reel - Master J: Shimano Stella SW 8000 Reel - Master L: Shimano Biomaster 8000 Mainline: number 2 high quality braid Leader: 22 pound flurocarbon leader Jig: Shimano Bottom Ship Jig for Snapper
      20. Hi all. So I just got my car back from the shop, after burning a MASSIVE hole in my bank account. With Christmas coming I decided to limit my spending, which meant no big trips to land based spots around SEQ, and staying home. However the fishing craving never subsides... the addiction is too strong... SATURDAY I had never tried the closest body of water to my house being Enoggera Creek behind the RBWH, so I decided to give it a crack with some bread on light bream gear after seeing some of @curranboy99's posts up at Kedron Brook. So a shout out to him, as without his post I wouldn't have a report to post, thanks mate. I walked down yesterday afternoon with a loaf of white and gear in hand, to the the spot just under the Lutwyche Road foot bridge. I decided to aim for structure, hoping for some bream. Rather than using a float set up, I decided to option for a weightless single hook setup instead. I was using my new Stradic 1000HG, Gloomis DRS820 GLX, Sunline Super PE 8 braid in 6lb with a meter of 12lb leader tied on with my altered slim beauty knot, and a size 4 Penetrator hook. The tide runs slowly this far up the system, and it was halfway through the run-out tide. I used the crust of the white bread to burley up the water, then compressed pieces of the white center into a small ball, hid the hook inside the bait, and threw out in with the burley. At first there was no action, until a few minutes later a heap of bait were fighting over the burley. From what I saw it was small mullet, and maybe some small herring, but I can not be sure. So i decided to throw in just behind the bait, in the hope some larger fish were in behind, trying to have a crack at the live bait. Within a few seconds of my bread hitting the water, it was hit pretty hard, and the fish ran out to the middle of the creek. It didn't get far, as my setup is a litter overpowered for the smaller fish species, but very fun with the right drag settings. I ended up landing a very healthy catfish. After 4 more, I called up my brother-in-law to come down from our place to have a crack as well. Over the next few hours we ending up going through the whole loaf, and landing roughly 15 catfish. While not a desirable fish, it was still a very fun session in the rain. i believe the biggest one for the day went 38cm. SUNDAY After a successful session the day before, my brother-in-law decided to step it up and get some pilchards. So around 9.00am we headed down to the same spot again, this time aiming to fish the last of the run-in tide. With a small bag of frozen pilchards and a couple pieces of bread, we decided to use all the bread first to see if we could find the catfish again first. This time however, my brother-in-law after two casts with bread, produced two very healthy BREAM!. His first was not legal, however the second went 28cm strong. This got me excited as I love chasing bream on light gear, however all I could produce was another 5 catfish. After the bread was gone, we swapped to cubing up the pilchards into 1.5 cm chunks, hiding the hook in the flesh around the back-bone, and casting in on the same rig setup. After only landing 2 catfish between us in about an hour, we deiced to move further upstream to a pedestrian bridge near the dog park at Downy Park. We used the same setup however targeting deeper water surrounded by mangroves, hoping for something more toothier. First cast in, and straight away I get a hit and weight on the line. At first I thought it was a big catty, but as it surfaced we were shocked to see a decent sized FLATHEAD! I was very appreciative of my decision to not go ultra light at this point... After my initial shock, I quickly realised I couldn't lift this girl up to the bridge we were standing on, so while keeping her head in the water (VERY important with flatties), I swam her over towards the bank on the Windsor side of the foot-bridge and landed her, JUST. As I got her out of the water, the leader snapped.... After a quick pick myself, and a local walking past who caught all of the action, I decided not to eat her and we let her go. I very rarely keep fish, however now and then I will keep the odd tailor or Flathead as I love the gamy flesh. Today I decided against it, mainly because I didn't know how healthy the ecosystem is in the river, and I don't want to take a bigger breading female and predator out of the system. I'm all for sustainability. After this not much happened. In the next 2 hours the tide stopped and turned, and still nothing. Using the last of the pilchard we had just cut up, I ended up getting one more catfish, and then to my surprise, a decent sized TAILOR!! Again I was shocked, but this one I think would had just been shy of legal size, so i decided to try pole it up to where we were standing on the bridge. However this time the leader did not hold up, and it snapped as I watched the tailor swim away to fight another day. Sorry for the lack of photos, it was raining mostly all weekend and I only had my phone so I did not want to get it too wet. All in all a good weekend. I was left in disbelief as after catching 4 different species and a couple legal fish, left me thinking I may have to seriously reconsider why I travel hundreds of kilometers in the search of fish, when such a fun time can be had literally a couple hundred meters from my house. Thanks for reading.
      21. Went for a land based session with a mate yesterday evening in Redcliffe. Had to take advantage of the weather, wind and tide. Would have taken the tinnie out but with a curfew placed on my mate we had to maximize fishing time. Within 10 minutes of arriving I had missed a run and then my mate reeled in a decent 40cm Tailor. We got our hopes up for a solid Tailor session. What actually followed was an on/off patchy bite of mainly flathead. The best two going mid fifties. Nice and plump fish but the laziest fighters I have ever come across! Bait was a mix of prawns and pilchards. Hope more Tailor arrive in the bay soon.
      22. This info is taken straight from Smithy's Fishing Charters website. Some great info on there about the different reefs up here on the coast and i thought this may help some members. Also found the graph below on his website which i found very helpful. Typical Reefs Visited Teewah Coffee Rock I really only go here during mackerel season. The mackerel get on the numerous bait schools in the region. Noosa locals go well here on reefies and some spots hold good jewies. North Reef Normally fished by the Noosa charter boats, I sometimes end up here during cobia season on a couple of the wrecks in this region. If does fish well for all sorts of species but it is a well known snapper spot. The Noosa boats also seem to get a fair few pelagics whilst at anchor here. Massouds Reef This is a sneaky little reef south of North Reef, a bit inside Chardons Reef and a bit outside Misery Reef. It is named after the Massoud family who also have a park named after them in Noosaville. It is a snapper/pearl perch reef that is also home to the other usual suspects like sweetlip, parrot and cod. At times it also holds good bait. Sunshine Reef Sunshine is pretty heavily hit by the Noosa tinny brigade and the Noosa charter boats. I mostly go here in mackerel season. I have had the odd soft plastics session here for some grass emperor and squire. The bonus in mackerel season is the odd coral trout off the downrigger on livies. If I am fishing here a bit I usually get a few a season. Chardons Reef Chardons I hit a bit. I have had good snapper bites here in August and it is a great live bait reef for marlin and other pelagic species. It has mackerel on it at times as well as wahoo quite often. If the bait is in I have had good sessions here on cobia and the odd longtail tuna. It turns up all sorts of surprises like cracker pearl perch, legal red emperor, a few gold spot estuary cod, the odd legal brown maori cod and I have had some ripper sessions here on reef flathead. Chardons does not look like much on the sounder but if it has bait on it has fish with the bait. It is mostly small ledges with wire weed. Castaways Reef/Victor Bailey Reef I have had some great snapper sessions here. A long way from Mooloolaba and the Noosa boats have to go past a lot of good country at Sunshine Reef to get here so not many people bother. Nice little bommies in flat ground I am pretty sure there are trout here but have been unable to land one. Some good bustoffs seem like trout. In summer I have heard it gets mackerel on it but I have certainly caught quite a few cobia here on the bait schools at times. Victor Baileys is a great little reef in close to get out of the wind. It is a good place to get a few mixed reefies. I have even got a legal red emperor here at night and another good session on school mackerel. Coolum Reef/Arkwright Shoal The Coolum area also takes in Hancocks Shoal and the area around it and off Stumers Creek. In summer this is a good reef for spotty mackerel and in winter snapper. Early winter it is also good for grey mackerel and Spanish mackerel and the freedivers even get them here shore diving. Some springs see the school mackerel thick here. Mixed in with the snapper are a few good grass emperor. A new wreck exists here and it will be interesting to see how it fishes with the wreck of the ex HMAS Brisbane not too far away. The Gneerings The Gneering shoals out from Mooloolaba are very rocky reef reefs. I mostly fish here for mackerel in summer and snapper in spring. Being so close to Mooloolaba they are very heavily hit. They are very shallow and dived on by lots of freedivers who see a fair few mangrove jack and coral trout down there yet as anglers we don’t tend to get them. I do have one friend who has the trout wired and does well in autumn for them. Many of the tinny brigade also get the Gneerings wired for snapper and other species like parrot and moses perch that call this place home. I tend to do better off the big reef structures and fish the gravel with bait schools for mixed reefies like brown maori cod, gold spot estuary cod and grass emperor. Murphys Reef Murphies is also another favourite of the tinny brigade. At time good bait moves in here and with it are good schools of big ajs and kingfish. Mixed in with them are cod, trout and jewies feeding on the bait. Murphies has its momemts with the snapper and mixed reefies but I tend to fish away from the main area. A bit south is a bait area we get marlin and cod. To the east and west are some big structures that hold jewifish, amberjack and yellowtail kingfish. Raper Shoal/Currimundi Reef Raper Shoal is not far off the beach and virtually joins up with the coffee rock at the Wurtulla surf tower one side and all the reef off Moffat Headland the other side. Our from Rapers is Currimundi Reef and out from it is the Currimundi 8mile/9mile area. All of these areas are snapper/grassy/mackerel spots. Mostly school mackerel in August/September and spottie and Spanish mackerel from November to May. At times I have caught big snapper up to 82cm in very ripe condition here and they move right in close to try and spawn. My biggest grass emperor have also come from this area. The close in area is hit hard by the Mooloolaba and Caloundra tinny brigades as well as kayakers from the beach at Moffat Beach. Caloundra Coffee Rock/The Corks/Brays Rock/The Peg/The Peg Reef/Hamilton Patches/Spoil Grounds All of these close in reefs off Caloundra are hit by the Caloundra tinny and yak brigade, either through the bar or from the Kings Beach boat ramp. The peg reef is a great mackerel reef in summer and snapper reef in winter. I also get a few snapper off the corks as they usually hold bait. That is why the peg reef if good, all of the bait. To fish it conventionally with bait on the bottom you would think it only holds rubbish but on soft plastics you only get the good snapper and grassies. This whole area also has bait schools at any time, great for jigging or the mackerel and tuna get on them as well. My biggest mackerel of 24.8kg came from the peg reef. Caloundra 5mile Reef The 5mile is one of my favourite reefs. Mackerel in summer and snapper in winter. It holds good bait at times and that is why the fish are there. It has thrown up some great fish for me over the years including an 18kg amberjack and a 93cm snapper. The snapper here at times mark up like text-book sounder shots of big fish mixed in with the bait. The sharks can be a pain though when they hone in on the mackerel schools. Caloundra 9mile Reef This reef goes by a few different names but usually the 7-8-9 mile. It comes out of 35m all around and is a football field size plateau of 30m depth on top. Like all of the Caloundra reefs it is a mackerel spot in summer and a snapper spot in winter. It is not as consistent as some of the other spots and really needs bait on it. When the bait is there, the fish are there. Caloundra 12mile Reef The 12mile is a massive area meeting up with the Currimundi 9mile in the north and stretching all of the way down to the Wild Banks in the south off Bribie Island. The 12mile has a very specific mackerel area on the western side though. It could turn up any species of fish and is one of the main reefs I fish on half days. It also has numerous bait reefs scattered amongst it. Caloundra Wide Caloundra Wide is another massive reef system virtually starting at the Barwon Banks and stretching to Cape Moreton. It takes in a couple of wrecks straight out the front of Mooloolaba which are great for cobia. Teraglin or trag jew are the second most common fish from these wrecks but they turn up all sorts of fish from nannygai to snapper to cod. Caloundra Wide proper is mostly ledges running N-S with wire weed on top of them. All of the usual reef species call it home. Cape Moreton I get down to Cape Moreton a bit, usually chasing pelagic fish at Hutchison Shoal but also at “The Trench”. Lately I have even been venturing down the front of the Cape to Shallow Tempest, Brennan’s Shoal, Roberts Shoal, Smiths Rock and all of the ledge country through here. It holds good bait and has great natural reef, just that it is close to Brisbane, a city of nearly 1.5million people so this area gets hard hit. I have also done well here on livies on AJs and kingfish with cod and cobia getting in on the act. It also has its moments as a snapper spot and throws up surprises like great GTs but the sharks can be a problem at times. From October/November on, it is a bit of a special for wahoo and mahi mahi with many marlin getting in on the act as well. Barwon Banks The Barwon Banks is a massive reef structure about 20Nm due east of Mooloolaba up to in line with Noosa. It has many areas from the shallows, the gravel on the west side, the wire weed ledges to the south and numerous drop offs and bommies. You can do worse than just drifting the shallows out here picking up a mixed bag of fusiliers, tusk fish and tropical fish like hussar and red throat emperor. In the day it was covered in red emperor and snapper. They are a bit harder to temp these days. A few of the big ledges are also home to wahoo and spanish mackerel in the summer and amberjack and kingfish in the winter time with random fish like jobfish and dogtooth tuna thrown in. The 85m Ledge The 85m ledge in front of the Barwon Banks is the traditional home of snapper fishing on the Sunshine Coast. Mixed in with the snapper are a few pearl perch and fish like splendid perch and black spot pigfish. The odd amberjack also gets in on the action and random fish like jewfish. The Hards Kicking out to the NE from the Barwons are the Hards. They run out to about 40Nm NE of Mooloolaba. The southern Hards gets up to about 53m and is great snapper and amberjack country. The northern Hards can produce anything from tusk fish to snapper and pearl perch and the odd hussar and red emperor. It can be well worth the run out here in favour of the Barwons. The Mud East of the main ridge of the Hards is an area people call the Mud. Scattered through here are numerous little bumps and ledges off the main reef complexes. There is also a sunken trawler wreck in this area. The 97m Ledge Out in front of the Hards and running down and joining up with the 85m ledge is the 97m ledge. At times this is where all the professional line fishermen fish for the snapper and pearl perch. It is deep but can be rewarding. The Deep Wrecks Out where the trawlers work there is a line of wrecks where they have snagged the bottom and toppled over and sunk. These are great spots for amberjack, kingfish, snapper and pearl perch. At times they also hold jewfish and the odd comet cod and bar cod comes off them. Go out here armed with live bait and jigs and you will see some action more times than not. The Lauren G. One of the latest wrecks out there. A local Mooloolaba boat that went down out at the Hards in 97m of water. A long way from home so fishes well but more and more people are getting the waypoint. I believe the skipper went down with the boat and is known by a few of the guys I know. Amberjack, kingfish, jewfish, pearl perch, snapper and bar cod have all come off this wreck. Was commercially smashed of all the pearl perch off it at one stage and does not fish anywhere near as well for snapper or pearlys since. The Tiger Kelly. Another local trawler that went down east of the Barwon Banks. 127m of water and fishes well at times. Does cop a hammering though. It has probably had it’s glory years. It does turn up things out of the box at times like 76cm pearl perch another charter boat caught off it. The Tempest Near the Tiger Kelly. Don’t know much about this wreck. Very hard to find. The Plane Wrecks I have a few marks for plane wrecks out here. One day I did mark something but have been unable to find it again. Trawlers most likely move the parts around with their nets. Suppossedly at the end of WWII planes were dumped off the aircraft carriers in this area. Bits of aircraft have definately been trawled up by the local trawlers in their nets. The Anna Jay The AJ/MJ/Angela Jane is in 135m off Caloundra Wide. Not much left of it on the sounder and is a very hit and miss place. Sometimes the fish are here and other times they aren’t. Depends on what you see on your sounder. The Kosi or Wendy Joy This wreck in about 110m always has a great show. Also seen Has been hit hard. Doesn’t yield much considering the show. Lots of small pearlies. The Kerry Anne About the deepest one I will fish. 145m. Not much show and not much go most of the time considering how deep it is and a lot less hit than the others. The Uglbar In 135m and certainly has its day. Hit hard by boats out of Brisbane/Bribie/Redcliffe. Similar wreck species to the rest. The Jennifer K This trawler lies in about 82m NE of Hutchison Shoal. It shows up good on the sounder but is plagued by small pearl perch and hit super hard. It has had its day unfortunately. The Kyogle Also known as the Centaur but it has been proven that the Centaur is in ultra deep water off North Stradbroke. The Kyogle is in 180m and not really worth the effort considering the depth. I’ve only ever pulled rat kings off it. The Containers The shipping containers that fell off the ship the Pacific Adventurer lie in about 130m off Cape Moreton. They fish well for pearlies in the early part of the season but later on after they have been hit it is frustrating to pull up undersize snapper and pearl perch from that sort of depth. One trip we got owned by big kingies and AJs here too. Sharks can be a problem at times like all of these deep spots eating your fish half way up or hooking the livies themselves. The 50m Wrecks On the 50m line there is another line of shallower wrecks. These are bait spots holding yellowtail and slimey mackerel. Attracted to the bait are very often cobia in cobia season. The Tall Ship I have also heard it called the Missi or Mississippi. It is about 9Nm SE of Double Island Point in 50-60m of water. I think between the pros out of Rainbow Beach and the Noosa Charter boats it has been flogged but like all wrecks, on any given day they can go off. Grinners have also made these sorts of places home and can give you a flogging. I believe it used to have quite a few red fish on it (nannygai and red emperor). The Sunken Cruiser The sunken Cruiser lies in about 60m of water outside of North Reef off Noosa. If you can get past the grinners it holds cobia at times as well as jewfish. Nannygai, snapper and pearl perch can also be caught off it like all the wrecks on this line. The Barges/American Warship I have quite a few barge marks in this North Reef area but I have yet to find anything conclusive. Maybe some of the locals know some of the spots but so far all of my searching has turned up nothing. The K-Lyne I have also got this mark as Tippy Toe. Lies in 50-60m inside of the Hards. A good cobia spot in season if you can get past the grinners. Also had some good sessions here on the trag jew. The Dolphin Early on I used to fish this mark a bit and it held good Cale Cale Trevally. It has been flogged by the Noosa charter and rec boats and doesn’t fish anywhere near as well. I have pulled the odd snapper off it as well. It lies in 50m of water at North Reef. The Bermagui Star Lies in about 29m of water inside of North Reef. Can hold good bait at times. Marlin and mackerel come off it but it has been fleeced of its reefies. The Landing Barge Sunk filming the Kylie Minogue movie the Delinquents, this wreck lies in about 50m of water east of Mooloolaba. It has had its best days but still turns up the odd cobia if you are the first boat there after two weeks of poor weather. I know of jewfish, cod, snapper, nannygai and pearl perch to have come off it. The FV Jodie The Jodie lies SE of the Cobia Barge and has its day if you can get past the grinners. It also gets good Trag Jew on it at times. Various Cape Moreton Wrecks Wrecks are a dime a dozen down off Cape Moreton. Some are productive and some have had their day.
      23. Having the boat and my self out of action for a while I pulled my finger out and installed a new water pump and impellor, big thanks to Troy at minnkotarepairs for giving me a prop and a awesome service of my bowmount ! Took the boat for a quick “test” run up to bribie early this morning, well the boat absolutely flies along now gaining an extra 4kph and doing less revs so very happy. Would be silly of me to take the boat and not a rod, pulled up to a nice lil drop off and had spot lock working perfectly being able to work it with minimal effort and bagging afew flathead.
      24. As usual its been a while between posts for me. I hadn't been out in the boat since last year! I managed to get my newly serviced tinny (with new thermostat ) out to the Pine River a few days back, on a solo trip, and managed to land some hard-fought dinner. I started the trip by motoring towards the mouth from the deep water bend boat ramp, sounding at a few not-secret-at-all spots but not getting many returns on the Lowrance display. I fluked the tide at the shallow section between the green-red-green markers just south of Dolyes Rocks, which is getting less passable every trip I make to the Pine!? A mate of mine is a Hydrographic Surveyor for the QLD gov, which incidentally doesn't service the Pine, and his thoughts are the Port of Brisbane is saving $$$ by reducing frequency or not dredging some channels anymore. Long story short, after an hour or so I finished fishing the far-lower reaches with a donut, on both bait and lure. Bad start but not unusual in my experience in this river. The trend almost continued when I headed upstream to the Bruce HWY bridge and wrecks just west of it. I managed a couple of small bream on prawns. So I ventured further upstream as the tide was nearing high, anchoring on a bend and immediately landed plenty of small bream and flathead on prawns. Only when I through a lure did I manage a keeper - on first cast... 10 minutes later, a few more tiddlers on bait followed by... ...and 'NO' it's not the same fish photographed later! Stuck around for 30 mins until high tide, then decided to leave with just enough flatty tails for the family for dinner that night. Hard work but worth the trip.
      25. I wanted a nice easy fishing session so I grabbed a 7ft 1-3 Kg noodle rod and a handful of lures and headed over to Redcliffe. After the crazy weather the night before I didn't know what to expect. The first spot was a bit grubby with a lot of floating bit's and pieces and no bites so back in the car and off to check out some other normally fishy locations. The front of Redcliffe was just awesome with nice calm conditions and the water beautiful and warm. I strolled along a stretch of beach with some plastics and picked up two little tackers then walked back along the same stretch with a hard bodied lure. This got me another three flathead, one long tom and a dropped silver thingy that decided to spit the lure. The only down side, although not that bad is a lot of people walk along the front and every time you hook a fish they want to have a chat and ask "what else do you catch here" ? At least I get to test out my fishermans stories on them !