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  1. Hey all, Got out the other arvo before the wind was forecasted to blow again from the south Headed for the Northern side of Mud hoping to get a snapper for a feed whilst the kids are on school holidays. Anchored up about 3pm and put some burley out and set some baits. Tide was running just nicely to float some baits back in to a little bommie in 8m of water. Didnt have to wait long as I was floating the 2nd bait back it got picked up by a good fish. Set the hooks and this one ran straight for the boat, few tense moments with the rear anchor but managed to get the net under her and fish on the deck. She went 6.1kg and about modn80cm Quick picture and straight to the esky. Decky and I thought to ourselves. Could be a hectic session. Next 2hrs nothing but catfish, 5pm came round and the wind has died off and the tide was ripping so we started cleaning and sorting the boat before dark to make the trip back to the ramp... As normal. You take your attention away from fishing and my rod goes off again. This fish ran hard for the bommie and had me tied up on 30lb gear for a minute but managed to get him out . Netted and straight in the esky. As by this stage im late for a 6.30pm appointment. . Glassed out bay made it to the ramp bang on 6pm and home at 6.30 as promised for the wife. pic below of the 2nd fish, one on the rod trying to get him back off the bommie and got a nice one of the sun setting just before hook up. Cheers Josh <><
  2. Hi all, with the relaxation in restrictions opening Moreton back up to visitors, the Mrs, offspring and I loaded up the BT and hopped on the micat last Sunday. New experience for all of us - camping with a 5 month old... what could possibly go wrong.... managed to to get all set up and as ready as possible before the rains came - we had about 35mm in an hour but thankfully I’d poured a big bourbon prior to the rain so it wasn’t too bad. monday was looking like my best chance of a kayak so I was up early and down the beach looking for a spot to launch. Swell was up, sweep was huge and tide was dropping - not a good combo. After about an hour and several aborted attempts I called it a nasty name and headed back to camp. Went down the beach an hour later with bubs, swell was down and wind had dropped out. Managed to get out, fishing was annoyingly quiet thanks to a group of spearos. managed one cracker grassy at 41cm. Made it safely back to the beach. had a bit of a flick off the beach that arvo for one long Tom and a bream. found out pretty quickly fishing opportunities were going to be quite limited as it had to work around bubs nap times and not leave mum to do it all on her own... maybe will invite the outlaws next time! I had a quick spin off the rocks Tuesday morning, nothing of note landed. Had a flick on dusk on Tuesday arvo for 5 bream and a decent tailor. wednesday the wind was more SSE but still about 15-20kn. The Mrs wanted some fillets for the freezer so I was back out on the kayak for a full 3-hr session! wind made it challenging but I managed 2 nice size snapper @ 42 and 44, a 35 grassy and a 64cm school Mack. Heaps of undersized and other bits and pieces kept me amused. I released a 38cm bream in there as well. Time for the better of me so I had to head back to the launch spot but decided to troll a slug for the fun of it. In 6m of water, near no structure at all I got a hit and then a screaming run - surely not a mackerel here! Had a good argument and a very solid schoolie at 71cm was boated. Fluke!! Shared some Mack fillets with a family who were a bit short on food - they were extremely appreciative. no fishing Thursday day time, snuck down to the beach on dusk to the same gutter from Tuesday hoping for a couple of tailor to take home. Unfortunately lost a cracker at the shore, teeth and 12lb leader not the right combo. Did land 8 legal bream, best going 34cm. Donated 2 to some guys who were relying on fish for dinner but didn’t have the right gear/technique, rest released. thankfully a dry pack up on Friday and a nice easy trip back to Brisbane. learnt a lot about #dadlife. Bubs loved the trip - hopefully a sign of many more camping trips in the future. No photos of fish unfortunately save the one filleting shot - note the assistant. cheers for reading. benno <‘><
  3. Hi all, Went over to the Sandhills the other day. I know it is renowned for its whiting but does anyone have any details such as specific areas, water depth etc to find them? cheers Greg
  4. Hi all, It had been far too long since I had a serious chill out holiday so I loaded up the truck and the Mrs and I headed over to Moreton. We arrived on Saturday afternoon and made it to North Point campground without incident, set up the camp with just enough time left for a quick dip on sunset before a sneaky bourbon and an early night. After a leisurely start the next morning, we headed up North Point beach towards Tailor Bight to check on the beach conditions and check out the gutters. I had a bit of a flick with some soft plastics in a couple of the gutters but only found a couple of small flathead and the ever persistent long toms. We then headed down the eastern beach to see if we could find some pippies, it took a bit of work but we ended up with about 40 or so. The sky was looking a little threatening and after a quick check of the radar we high-tailed it back to camp to prepare for the onslaught. Thankfully all the extra ropes and tarps hastily put in place meant the camp stayed in tact and mostly dry and the lumps in the rain weren't big enough to bother the car. Bullet dodged. So after a hot chocolate to warm up we went for a walk down the beach to be greeted by Next morning was another leisurely start involving far too much bacon. The weather looked mint so I rigged up, grabbed the pippies from yesterday and headed over to my favourite rock fishing spot. First cast I was on and the fish kept coming. Highlight for the day was a 41cm tarwhine and a heap of XOS dart that are always great fun on the light-ish gear. I had a request for a couple of meals of fish for the week so the tarwhine and a couple of big dart made it into the bag. With dinner sorted, we headed back to camp for lunch. After a feed and a cider, we decided to take happy hour to the beach so headed up to a nice gutter system I had identified the day before. The Mrs had a swim, I had a fish and managed to hook and land 2 decent tailor on my light plastics set up which was great fun. A 40cm and 45cm model were destined for a bath in some red curry paste and coconut milk, man that tasted good! Next morning I was a little more motivated and got up early and went for an explore of some areas I though may hold some decent flathead. I landed 6 flatties, 3 were legal but only 1 was really worth keeping, a nice 51cm model. All fell victim to Z-man 3.5" paddle tails in a variety of colours. I also landed the obligatory long toms and a decent bream that were all released. The Mrs was keen for some snorkelling so we headed down to Tangalooma for a look-see around the wrecks. Other than me deciding to headbutt a bit of steel covered in oysters, splitting my head a bit and creating a decent shark burley trail, it was an awesome swim. Other than the usual suspects of big bream, parrot, damsel fish, wrasse etc, I saw a juvenile coral trout, a huge mangrove jack and a big flathead that would have been pushing 1m long, as well as a massive school of big eye trevally. After stopping my head bleeding, we got back in the car and headed up the western beach around combyoro point to check out the gutters at that end of tailor bight. Nothing that great was found so we headed back to camp, stopping in the champagne pools to get showered by some waves. We again took happy hour down the beach, I had a bit of a half-hearted flick around and managed to land a decent bream and a small stargazer, both of which were released. The next morning I was up early and off down the beach again, hoping for a bit more success than yesterday. It started very slowly with only a couple of very small flathead landed. Once the tide turned and stared to run out, it was like someone flicked a switch and the fish came out to play. I landed a 48cm model which went into the bag, a 41cm model which was hooked up around the gills and unlikely to survive and then hooked something a lot bigger that took me for a merry dance. After a few tense moments in the shore break I had the fish I had been chasing, a lovely 64cm flathead. Again the 3.5" paddle tails did the damage with opening night the winner as far as colour goes. Stoked with my morning, I headed back to camp. After releasing the flathead fillets into the freezer, I suggested we go to the pub for lunch so after a quick dip in Blue Lagoon we made our way to the Gutter Bar at Kooringal. I decided to heap up the western beach to go back to camp, haven't driven that section for some time and probably won't bother again, very soft and not really that much to look at. The Tangers bypass track was chopped up and soft as so I was pretty happy to get to the end of that and back onto the eastern beach via middle road. The Mrs wanted to go for a swim so we headed up north point beach to a nice little gutter where on my first cast with a soft plastic I watched a decent tailor snip the plastic clean off. I re-rigged with a halco 20g twistie and the first three casts resulted in 3 tailor, all about the 40cm mark. I rigged another rod for the mrs and she managed to land her first ever fish on a lure before the school moved on. I persisted moving up and down the beach and eventually landed 12 tailor for the afternoon before the sun disappeared and we had to head back. Epic little session, given we still had fish in the fridge and freezer, all tailor were released. Thursday morning I went for another flathead mission despite the NNW, only managed the one decent sized fish, a bar tail at 52cm. The day was a little cooler and overcast with some light rain showers so I gave in to the mrs request to hike the Rous battery track. Unfortunately, as we got there, the skies cleared, the sun came out and the temperature rose about 6 degrees. We didn't quite make the full 10km one way before turning around, we got to 7km along and my dodgy knee decided that was enough and we turned around. It was a really nice walk, ours were the only footprints on the track. Unfortunately there was a lot of signs of damage from pigs, there were a few traps set and signs about 1080 around so hopefully they manage to cull the numbers soon. We headed back to camp, I really enjoyed the A/C on the way back along the beach. We stopped to try and get some pippies, I only managed to find 5, with a trip back to the rocks planned for the next day this was potentially going to be a very short fishing session. We took happy hour up the the lighthouse to watch the sunset and full moon rise. We caught the edge of a storm just after dark, spectacular lightning, thankfully not a lot of wind and rain. I awoke early the next morning to a 20kn NNWer in the wake of the storms so I promptly rolled over and went back to sleep. I made the call to head back over to the rocks, hoping there was enough W in the wind to afford us some shelter, thankfully there was and our little corner was breezy enough to be cool but not that windy that it was painful. I managed to turn 5 pippies into 6 fish, I kept a dart and filleted it up for bait to keep on fishing. After a couple of decent bream and tarwhine were caught and released, I decided to throw on a 40g slug just to see if there was a trevally or similar in the whitewash around some rocks. Third cast I hooked something solid but pulled the hooks shortly after. A few more casts and I saw a big flash of silver behind my lure, hooked up and the reel started singing away. I was only on 10lb line with a 15lb leader so I tried to play this one as much as possible away from the rocks. After about 10min of back and forth, the fish was tiring and I went for it, managing to land a very nice 55cm fat tailor. Given we were heading home the next day, I decided this guy could come back to the mainland so bled it out and went and buried it in some cool sand. I fished for a little while longer and ended up hooking a little whaler for a short period of time before the tide dropped far enough for me to get onto my favourite rock for a bit of a snack. We headed back to camp after this for some lunch, then went up to champagne pools with a few drinks to wallow in the cool water for the afternoon. The next morning we packed up early-ish, got away by 11:30 and headed to Tangalooma for another snorkel before getting on the 3:30pm Micat for the trip home. All in all an awesome trip, a much needed unwind and a few bonus very nice fish along the way. Thanks for reading if you made it this far. Cheers Benno <'><
  5. Hi Guys, Getting into the cooler months - just looking for advice or updates about any Spanish or Kingies getting around and / or recent catches offshore past Moreton. Looking at heading out over the weekend and any advice would be great