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      1. 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!
      2. Gday legends! sooo how do u convince the better half that u need a boat? Is it; 1. that u will be providing a plentiful supply of fresh fish for the family 2. It will be good for your mental health 3. u will obsess 4. u will be gone for long periods of time 5. all your spare cash will be spent on tackle 6. Bunnings will no longer be your favourite store 7. utube will now eat your data not xtube 8. the second car will now sit on the street instead of the garage 9. When u are home, you will spend nights tinkering with your new toy 10. fishing in a boat is safer than my yak now she wants a cost benefit analysis so if that’s what she wants that’s what she’ll get! So if you have a spare moment please help me in preparing this report all comments will benefit my cause...just think of it as a go fund me page without actually coughing up hard earned. forever grateful Leon
      3. The weather is looking too good to miss out on this week. So Monday @Old Scaley and I are heading out, Tuesday @Leosonfire and I are heading out and on Wednesday @shaun1800 and I are tagging up with @GregOug and decky and heading up Curtain way. Tuesday is showing up as an 'Excellent' day for fishing according to the almanac, with Monday and Wednesday showing as 'Good' days. Hopefully with 3 days on the water there will be something to show for it (other than an early tan) and the reports will keep those who have to work entertained.
      4. Hello all, I am going fishing at Flinders Reef in a few weeks and was wondering how to fish it. Should i throw poppers and stick-baits towards reef, troll or bait. I am really hoping to catch larger size fish such as Dolphin Fish, GTs, Macs, tuna and any other large pelagic species rather than small whiting and bream. Would really appreciate any advice given. Thanks
      5. Next week’s weather is looking good. Seeking interest in a exploration trip of Moreton Bay on Monday. Anyone who doesn’t like speed need not apply.
      6. Hi all is king island worth a paddle in the yak come snapper time?? Anyone had good success? chers leon
      7. Scored 4 of these nice looking specimens with crazy sharp fangs off Scarborough in the yak today. Species?
      8. Heading out at gentleman's hours today with new member @shaun1800. Hoping for a real mixed bag - some grassies, whiting, mackerel, flathead and the inevitable grinners as well as anything else that happens along. Late report to come.
      9. Boom! just received my yak battery for the sounder I picked up courtesy of @ellicat hopefully wind dies so I can test it out this weekend
      10. Can’t believe it. Just finished organising a trip out in the bay tomorrow because the forecast was great and just checked now and it’s changed. What are 10 to 15 knots south to south-westerlies going to do to the bay? Do you think it’s worth still going?
      11. Hi, All, Headed out into the bay the other arvo in not so good conditions looking for a few early season big bay snapper. Grab some live baits headed to some slightly deep water for the bay. Got set up and started some drifts. Around 4pm I hooked a good fish that ran pretty hard and dropped the hooks cold, so we marked that spot and proceeded to drift this area in hope of another bite... another 1&1/2 hrs later and finally enticed one to grab a livie and keep the hooks in it. Few seconds after hooking mine .my mate hooked up as well. . Few moments later my mate netted my fish, then I his followed , put my fish in the esky and release his hoping for an upgrade later in the evening. Managed another fish similar size which was realised also as we had plenty for a feed.... About 7.30pm headed for the ramp in solid 15knot southerly. Cheers Josh <><
      12. Seeing we have a whole month of no snapper fishing I was thinking of hitting up the winter whiting to use as baits when the snaps are back on! What do you think Of the plan? Surely snaps can’t resist after a good mating session. They need to get there energy back up and running Any tips on good whiting spots legends?
      13. After reports on FB about winter whiting on the chew headed over to rous/small ships channel. Launched from Manly @1st light (6ish). Tide was running out at start of session but turn of tide was only a few hours later. Have found that ideal scenario is first light, incoming tide and either wind or current pushing our drift about 0.5-1knot so our guess was the bite would be hot around from 7 to 9am So we pulled up in the middle of spot x and we were straight on. For the next hour and half the action was non stop, between me and my partner we ran three rods, two in the water and one in the boat with whiting to be dehooked and rebaited. We started with peeled prawns but bite was too hot and swapped to squid which was being readily taken as well as Berkeley red worms. (I run 3 droppers). Action was hectic and as we were out at first light only a handful of boats around. By about 9am we had 60 in the bucket. By this time quite a few more boats probably grown to 30 boats. Even with all the boats we could see everyone was catching just not at the same rate from earlier in the morning. We decided 60 was enough to fillet and also we like to our whiting fresh. We left the the whiting still on the bite but I was was keen on having to constantly adjust my drift with so many boats around. Could have continued fishing but Back at the ramp by 12pm no ramp rage to be seen . Sorry no photos other then what we cooked up for lunch. So good and fresh as.... Tight lines. hweebe
      14. Only been a member for a few weeks and everyone is so helpful and positive! Absolutely loving it
      15. Went out for a Saturday fish around the southern bay islands, hoping to pick up some snapper before the season close. We ended up picking up seven snapper, with five just under sized at 34cm, and two a little over 40cm (no pics sorry). I also caught this 50cm fish. At first I thought it was a mulloway, except its tail didn't look quite right. I also thought it might be a teraglin, but then I thought its head wasn't quite right. Either way he put up a good fight, especially when he got next to the boat. I took a pic and let him go on his way. Any ideas what this fish is? thanks Matt
      16. Hi all so never fished the Wynnum side I live smack bang in the middle of Wynnum and Redcliffe but have been to Redcliffe on the last two trips. Keen to explore the other side and some advice would be greatly appreciated. Im in my little yak which handles north reef ok what would be some snap holding spots I could reach in the yak around Wynnum manly?
      17. took the yak out for its first trip during the week off Redcliffe chasing snaps with bait. I boycotted the chair idea I posted last week....only because the bloody fabric ripped before I had a chance to test it out in water anyway conditions were perfect no wind not cold sun setting to a high tide. Spent 3hrs drifting baits got hit a few times but no snaps. I did land a nice tailor and quickly released. heading back out before sunrise tomorrow but going to try out trolling a couple new lures I picked up today TMg poltergeists they look deadly enough so hopefully fingers crossed here snapy snapy anyone has some luck with these??
      18. GregOug

        queensland Where?

        Can someone please tell me where you can go in strong winds, in Moreton Bay, in a morning, and catch a 53cm grunter, a similar sized trevally, a 53cm tailor, smaller grunter and bream, a legal sweetlip, Cod, other sweetlip and a whiting? Sigh.
      19. Love to know what you think and if it’s going to work?
      20. Hi All, Done a search on the forum around the different types of paravanes and trolling boards. Couple of questions for those with experience: 1) Which type / design / Brand? : Makka, Hookem, Yamashita, Delta, @aussie123 sells some. Interested in which type is the most forgiving (for my poor boat handling) eg tight turns, staying at depth, false hookups. Some are metal, plastic (surfboard shape / triangle) 2) Which size for Moreton Bay - Targeting schoolies. Some of the sizing doesn't tell you what depth they typically get down to and or what trolling speed is required to get to correct depth? Cheers Hweebe
      21. The weather forecast Seeing as though last weekend the weatherman predicted 50% chance of showers but it stayed sunny most of the day, we decided to go fishing despite the forecast 1-3mm of rain. At the Manly boat ramp at 1st light - not many braved the weather with the pick of any parking spot available. It had been drizzling all morning but just as we launched the sun was peeking out and the drizzle temporarily stopped. Seeing some reports on FB of people bagging out at Fishermen's last week we headed to some usual whiting spots in 3-4m of water. Tide was running in so this was ideal for this spot. Never seen so few boats at Harrie's on a Saturday - counted 4 boats. Run out was choppy but no whitecaps, we expected some with wind against tide. Zero for Fishermen's We had Fishermen's gutter all to ourselves but drifts over the usual spots for whiting didn't produce. Tried several drift lines for the next couple of hours with no success. The target was whiting but with nothing happening we headed to Rous channel, where we spotted some nice fish arches on the sounder, not huge arches but something definitely there. Rous Channel The drift was SW to NE which kept us on a nice ledge / drop off depth in the channel. Caught a few small pinkies on the drift but nothing sizeable. We came across some nice bait shows so anchored up for brunch and started a burley trail. Using old pillies as burley we started drifting out some fresh pillies and managed one Bonito. My partner continued with bait and I switched over to 30g slugs. Over the next couple of hours we managed 4 baby school macs (~40cm), one 51cm school mac and a second bonito. Guitar fish. In between fish my partner landed her PB guitar fish. It was too big to get in the boat and still had plenty of energy but it would have been 1.3m to 1.4m in length on a 6kg outfit. She was pretty stoked to get it up to the boat as each time we got close to the boat it would make a run before we could ID it. (Needless to say her arm hurts today) Nice fight and runs at the start got us excited before the familiar dead weight right under the boat got us thinking it was some kind of shark. It was not happy get lifted up to the surface. Guitar fish.MP4 Until next time tight lines - next week we are thinking of hitting Jacob's well with the predicted wind forecast. Hweebe
      22. GregOug

        queensland Deckie

        I know it’s short notice but looking a deckie for tomorrow morning. Intending to head over to Bulwer to reef fish with my boys. Looking for someone who can reverse a trailer or drive a boat on and off the trailer because my boys can’t yet and my deckie who can just pulled out. Makes it a bit of a pain otherwise.
      23. So I started my fishing journey largely all land based many years ago. Pretty simple really, each weekend with a mate and cousin we would scope out canals and bridges (Goldie). Being students we rarely ever purchased bait and fishing for us meant cast netting for bait, if there was no bait we would move to the next spot. Besides rain and tides, wind typically didn't factor into our fishing plans (if we were free we would go fishing) Bream, Flatties, Trevally and Jacks were our common catches. When Iooking at boats and trying to decide open tinnie or bay boat my target was for Northern bay fishing (had enough fun fishing for estuary species) so i went with a bay boat (bar crusher 575c) But where do you go with a bay boat when the Bay is playing up and conditions are rubbish? I did not realise how weather dependent boat fishing was. Wind, rain, tide, moon, swell etc. I live near Brisbane CBD (5km south) where would be some suggested estuary areas that are protected from wind and not too shallow so if when I feel the urge to wet a line i'm not constantly hoping for a forecast change on Seabreeze, met eye, windy each weekend hahahaha. Pumicestone Passage? Broadwater? Southern Bay? Trying to decide where i explore next.
      24. Still learning my way around the bay and boat fishing but keen to link up with anyone on AFO tomorrow. The misso and I don’t know anyone who owns a boat but would be keen meet some new friends and tag along in our boat.
      25. Hi all, Just joined. Based on Brisbane Northside. Just sold a 35 foot flybridge cruiser (thank goodness - never again) and have ordered a Stejcraft ss64. Not sure of delivery date yet but probably within two months. I am looking for a group/club interested in fishing Moreton Bay, or any tips/spots etc. Although I have been fishing the bay for close on forty years I now have more time on my hands, and intend to spend much more time out there.