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  1. I was at Mum's on Macleay Island for the weekend. Friday night was hot so I turned the ceiling fan on high to cool down. I thought it would be a good idea to pick up my rod to rig up for an early morning fish. Result: The weekend was not off to a good start. By early Saturday evening the weekend had not improved - no keepers and had to trudge around the island with a surf rod (no surf beach in sight). As I was contemplating the rest of the weekend I got a message from @GregOug asking if I was available to go out on Monday. I made myself available. We headed out Monday at about 6am from the Port of Brisbane boat ramp and waited just off the ramp for Greg's mate to arrive and show us a couple of spots for some Grassie Sweetlip. Greg had been instructed by his mate on the appropriate rig and in turn had passed the info to me. We were rigged up and ready to go (thanks Greg). We headed out to Green Island and anchored up alongside his mates boat. Greg was almost immediately on with an under about 29cm. Greg now had the feel for these beauties and was soon on again and shortly landed the first legal fish of the day. A Grassie Sweetlip 31cm and 463g. Greg released it to the eskie (as @ellicat would say). Greg was hooking up and landing every couple of minutes, however, all further Grassies were just shy of legal. We lost count eventually and I was so busy jumping up and down for the landing net I missed all my chances of hooking one of those beauties (that's my excuse and I am sticking to it). Greg also landed what we think is a small Tawny Shark. We released him back to the bay. Greg's mate and his deckies were also landing only unders so they decided to head to Mud. Greg and I stayed a little while longer then packed up, pulled anchor and made our way to Mud. Of course we passed Greg's mates boat and reached Mud a few minutes before them. I estimate we got at least 20 min more fishing time. That Green Machine can fly. However turns out Greg's lifejacket can also fly. Luckily his mate lagging behind spotted it and picked it up out of the water. Lol. At Mud there was a little more traffic and nothing seemed to be showing on the sounder. We eventually decided on a spot that looked promising. There were lots of pickers it seems. Greg landed an ugly unidentified thing. Greg had a few promising Grassie runs but didn't hook anything. Greg obviously chose the right side of the boat again! Anyway, I decided to swap rigs as I clearly needed a change in luck or equipment. I now had my heavy boat rod with my Nasci 2500. The Nasci was upgraded to 20lb braid (my 10lb was old and failing and @deegee12g had donated some 20lb braid and the heavy boat rod to my growing tackle store). I had 15lb Fluro leader and a 3.0 octopus hook. We were getting pickered and seemed to be constantly re-baiting. I got a couple of tugs that seemed promising but nothing seemed to eventuate. I waited a minute and decided to check my bait again. Alas I started winding in the line and appeared to be snagged on the reef. Oops no maybe a fish? No fight just heavy unmovable wait - definitely a snag. Trying my best to free my tackle from the bottom I again felt some movement. No it is definitely a fish!! Wow there was some weight to it. After a nervous few minutes expecting my line to snap any moment I landed my overall personal best - Gold Spotted Estuary Cod. Greg was there with the landing net and we jumped up and down and high fived and cracked open a beer to celebrate. After releasing him to the Esky (lol), we settled back down to try our luck again. After another little wait I had felt a few small bites and started winding up to check my bait again - again I felt resistance - was it a snag? Movement? Yes. This time I recognised the reaction (or inaction) and tightened the drag a little and began to reel him in - a few minutes later I was pausing as I was exhausted, this thing felt like a monster - it was going to be my new PB!! We could see the join in the braid to leader - he was almost there. Then snap. This time it was jumping up and down but no high fives and I can't repeat what I said on this family friendly site. About this time the wind was up a little and we heard from @ellicat and @Old Scaley so we pulled anchor and went to say hi - hold up our prizes to show each other and headed back to the ramp. Oh and thanks for the Grassie Greg it tasted fantastic. Great day out. Cheers Kat P.s If anyone is thinking about being deckie for @GregOug think again! The above was all an elaborate untrue story Greg forced me to post. In reality he treated me like a slave and the day was boring, as usual no fish were landed. The photos are doctored with the help of Photoshop.
  2. @shaun1800 and I headed out at gentleman's hours from a very busy Port of Brisbane ramp this morning. Conditions were great and better than forecast. We arrived at spot x and deployed our lines, with Shaun opening the account with an unders squire. This was the theme for the day with grassies, squire, bream, tuskies and a fantail leatherjacket. In amongst them were two decent hookups and one capture. Shaun, who was playing on 4lb line, locked horns with what we thought was going to be a snapper or mack. He played it like a champ and patiently brought it to the boat after some very good runs. I slipped the net under what turned out to be one of those clean silvery bay catfish. Disappointed, Shaun declined the offer of a photo, feeling a little deflated after the promising start. About 15 minutes prior to this my 15lb setup got absolutely smashed. It reefed me before I could tighten the drag right up. I'm suspecting it was a good snap and was disappointed to wind in a roughed up leader. So, tonight I'm heading back for the high tide to have another go with heavier gear. Who knows, I might be able to get my hook back.
  3. I couldn't stay home with the forecast conditions today looking great. I decided to have a go at Harry's. Haven't been there in over a decade. It was packed, so I sounded around and eventually found some bait showing on the sounder. Taking @Allnighter's recent tips I had a bait jig rigged and ready, but got no joy unfortunately. So I anchored up and deployed a couple of lines while I sat there and observed the other boats not showing any action. The conditions for boating were superb. After no love for an hour or more (not even a touch) I pulled the anchor and decided to go have a look at some marks I made at Mud last week and also have a sound around looking for structure in deeper water. Didn't find any so went to mark 61. Put out a couple of lines again - one with a small pilly and the other with a squid. Squid went off and had a bit of weight to it and peeled a bit of loose drag. Hopes were dashed when I saw this - Then the pilly went off and in came this little fella - Caught a few of his siblings before I started to get snipped off. I suspect little mackerel from what the sounder was showing. A couple more snips and I decided to quit that spot with no entry into the comp and have another look around before heading home. Found a great piece of structure in some deeper water that is now mark 79 that I'll be back to next time I go to Mud. Back at the ramp at 1.30pm where I once again enjoyed the thrill of the electric winch., For now I'm just watching the weather for Thursday when @Leosonfire and I are going to head up to Curtain in an attempt to get demolished by Kingfish.
  4. If I can talk the missus into it, we will hopefully be heading south around 8ish from Bribie Island to the Mud Island area on Monday. Seems that the weather may be playing ball again and coincides with the first day of holidays for the missus. I want to take the boat for a trial spin as we will be heading up to Agnes Waters the following week, so just want to make sure that there are no more gremlins lurking in my boat before heading North. Are there any areas around there that are worth fishing for for snapper, macks, tuna etc. I have never fished that area before so don't know what to expect. Anyone else going there on Monday?
  5. Well with a friday off work and with a wet and windy weekend coming, i pondered the thought of heading to Mud for a quick solo session. Checked the radar, didnt look too bad and besides the weather bureau always seem too early in their predictions. Lol So hooked the tinny up, grabbed the rain coat and headed out. ZERO trailers at the boat ramp, yep its official i'm the only mad idiot. Conditions ended up being not too bad across to Mud's western side. Arrived at spot x, hit spot lock on the minny and enjoyed the serenity while looking back at brissy's ominous weather. Anyways, landed a couple of good eating size snaps around the 65 cm range. Headed home before dusk, made it safely back and happy i went afterall. I should add that although wet, the forecast was only for 10-15 easterlies.
  6. Weather looks great this weekend, looking at taking the tinny over if anyone is Keen? Will be going over in the dark and working the tide as it comes in.
  7. I have been using up the last of my long service leave on the way to retirement and to any fishos out there who are close to the end of their working lives, I can thoroughly recommend tossing it in as soon as you can afford. No more sitting in boring meetings on those days when you know the Bay will be glassed out, just wishing you could be anywhere on the water. Last Thursday was one of those perfect Brisbane weather days so I knew I had to take advantage of it. Contacted a few potential deckies but no one available so I was all set up for a solo effort. I do like the solo trip but also appreciate the company on other occasions. Anyway, at 5am @ellicat sent me a message to say he was recovering from his man flu and was keen to join me so I arranged to pick him up on the way through to the ramp at the port. The plan was to get to Mud around the turn of the tide and hope that a couple of bigger snapper may have been patrolling the area before too many boats moved in. The ramp was relatively quiet (ah, the joys of the work day fish) and we put in just as the sun was coming up. By the way if you are looking for a good bait shop around the Bayside try Mr Bait in Violet Street at Hemmant. Good stuff at good prices. I lost my marks for Mud a while ago when I did a factory reset of the sounder so we sounded around until we found a nice drop off. Baits we’re deployed and I had a a plastic working as well. The baits were being attacked regularly but only pickers. @ellicat was on a mission to show @jon how to wrangle a big tusky and it wasn’t long before he was battling his own pb. I have no idea why I can’t insert photos where I want them anymore but there is a pic below of the man himself with his monster from the deep. Over the next couple of hours we landed babies of a heap of species including snapper, grassies, tuskies, lancer, bream, stripies and more, but nothing near a keeper. We decided to move to the front rock wall at the port where I had some success a couple of weeks ago. Stopped at a favourite flathead spot on the way but no touches on bait or plastics. The wall was a bit more productive with a few bigger but still not legal snaps. We did get busted off a couple of times and lost connection with a few better fish. I managed a 41cm snap for a baked dinner but that was it for the day. No crabs either. Al in all, a very enjoyable day in perfect conditions despite the lack of keepers. Not the most exciting reportbut then reports have been scarce the last few days.
  8. Took Liam and some bloke we met at the ramp (who was too sick for work but can't be named for legal reasons ...... ) on Thursday and headed to Mud for a fish and to throw some puts in (with PLENTY of mullet fillets to tempt the nippered ones). Bit more wind at the ramp than we'd anticipated and I forgot how slow my tinny is with 3 POB (even if one was a 6yr old ....) but conditions were good once we got past the front rockwall so off to Mud we went, opting to stay on the western side rather than going around to the east. As a result, the pots were put in and then off to our first fishing spot, which was a nice drop off with some wire weed. With a combo of squid or pillies for bait, our guest was the first to pull a fish in, an undersized grassie. My turn next with a little shark that was released unharmed, and then Liam's rod went off and line was peeling off before another shark, bigger than mine (of course ...), thrashed about on the surface at a distance and just like that the hook was gone and so was he (probably not a bad outcome ). We seemed to be catching the bottom a fair bit (leading our guest to suspect we weren't quite anchored in the right spot) and with the fishing quiet, we decided to go and try another spot. Unfortunately, despite the sounder looking good we received no bites so didn't give it real long and decided, as it was now around 5:30pm, that we'd go back to the first spot, re-anchor and see if they'd come on the chew nearing sunset. Couple of small squire showed themselves and our guest had a good bite on his floater bait but no hook-up and before long it was almost dark so the call was made to go and collect the pots while we could still see our way, which we did with only one proving a bit hard to find after dark, but we found it. The first pot had two very nice sandies and we were hoping this would continue, but we ended up with 6 out of 8 pots, with one of them being the largest sandie our guest and I had ever seen (slight shame one nipper wasn't full size, but a cracking sandie nonetheless at about 16cm notch to notch). Chugged our way back to the ramp, which took about an hour and with me getting a little wet, then home. I had intended to go fish the Measured Mile for mackerel the next morning but by the time I sorted things out at home I decided the time I needed to wake up was far to close so opted for a sleep-in (must be getting old ....).