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  1. Hey everyone! Just an update. It's been a while since I've drifted onto here, but it crossed my mind. Plenty of familiar members and many new ones it seems! What a community. Anyways I work for QFES now at straddie part time after over a year of training and study, and also a barista on the side. This leaves lots of spare time for fishing and gardening (I try to be self sufficient with about half of my meals). To aid in this I've purchased a brand new offshore kayak weapon! Coulda bought a boat with that money but it falls into place with my sustainability project; I can go out for free if I'm hungry A few pics from recent times
  2. Went through the Tweed river bar a couple of mornings ago and out to the Fad. 1st drift we had a double hook up and my friends 2 kids caught their 1st dolphin fish. Next drift was the same double hook up and dollies jumping around us. The new boats arriving drove fast straight up to the Fad and spooked the fish so it all went quiet. We decided to move back to the 9 mile reef where it was a lot calmer. 1st drift my friends son hooked up to a good snapper and after a dogged fight he reeled in his 1st snapper and a beauty at 66cm. The bottom went quiet so we trolled around the 9 mile reef for some pelagic hoping for a Spanish or marlin but it wasn't to be. We called it early and went back to the camp and filleted our catch. A big bbq fed plenty of family and friends at camp that night.
  3. Hey all, new member here. Heading out offshore tomorrow morning, was thinking of hitting the wider ground. Any suggestions as to what is working and firing at the moment. Thanks in advance.
  4. so it is glassy out there. @Old Scaleyand me are going to make the most of it today. Heading to the Oyster Lease for some mapping stuff we need to do then offshore. Wish us luck.
  5. be pretty crook tomorrow the doc said lack of salt so i have to head off-shore to get some leaving raby bay around 4 hope the day out there will get the salt levels back up.
  6. Going to head out offshore tomorrow before the cyclone blasts the coast line and chase some pelagics. The water temperature is high around 26 degrees + and nice and clear in close so the mackerel should be chewing. Stay tuned for the report this feels like it could be a cracker of a day.
  7. Headed offshore on Wednesday with my son Liam, a niece and nephew, two brothers and my Dad (family day out!!). After a 3:30 alarm we headed off from Manly Harbour, through the Rous Channel and to the SPB. We were amazed how light it was at 4:15am and realised we could easily have gotten up an hour earlier ...... maybe next time. As @Drop Bearreported the bar was a bit lively but there was better than half tide on it so we picked our way through it and headed to the live bait grounds where we worked hard to put a few yakkas plus other assorted stuff into our buckets (no plumbed live bait tank yet - will be organising that!!!). Having secured our live bait we headed to an area we'd tried fishing a month or so ago and hoped that this time the current would allow us to get a bait down (last time it was roaring!!!). Dad had bought a larger parachute that we could use if needed but luckily for us the current was only around 1-2 knots. We found some decent shows of fish on the sounder but unfortunately all but two of our yakkas had died enroute so myself and my brother dropped them down while Dad put a dead one down. On the first drift I hooked up to a good fish and after a good fight, up came an approx. 6-7kg amberjack (I think??? Originally I'd thought Samsonfish but I'm now thinking AJ) and the vibe on the boat was good. Unfortunately our other livie died (not hooked properly) so we now had to hope they would take dead baits. I put on a whole Californian squid while the others tried whole dead yakkas - my squid was getting attention but they were only picking at it, until I managed to hook up when I was about to wind back up, thinking I'd be out of bait. We were very curious what it would be, and as I exclaimed it could be a pearlie I immediately remembered you should lift and wind with pearlies due to their soft mouths and no sooner had I had that thought and the fish was gone. Noooooooo!!!!!!! We had many more drifts in the area with the sounder still looking very good but they weren't taking the dead baits so we looked around a few more marks, with just a couple of undersized squire hooked and then decided to call it a day as the wind was picking up and all three kids had been seasick (think I'll wait until Liam is a bit older and can actually fish offshore before taking him again). Dad's boat has compartments with lids in each back corner that we are thinking about getting plumbed in to use as live bait tanks - they are long and thin and not real deep so I'll take some measurements and some photos and seek some opinions on their suitability. Also had a morning out with the wife and our two boys on Thursday morning with a friend tagging along - had hoped to go chase winter whiting but the wind was stronger than expected so we opted to stay at the southern end of Green Island and caught an array of smaller stuff - tuskies, squire, tarwhine, etc and Liam caught about a 60cm green sea toadfish which is his biggest fish so far (his long shank hook was a bit mangled afterwards!!).
  8. Hi all, Can I ask whether the newer hull designs that have a strong reverse chine or almost a tri-hull design are capable for more lumpy seas off the coast ? It seems to me the Millennial hulls of this world are best for estuary, dam or rivers but not the bar crossings and beyond. I like their smoothness across chop, dryness and speed but worry about the offshore abilities. Cheers, Steve
  9. Hi All, So finally I had my set up ready and I went for fishing today, this is my rig. I used 950 ssm, 30lb braid, 30lb fluorocarbon leader. And my drone. I was able to cast far away, however I was not able to catch any fish. May be because of the bait I used.. I used goat liver as bait, it had blood in it and I thought I would be ideal for snapper.But I never got a single bite for more than 20 minutes. Questions: 1) I had wind knots, so I had to cut the braid and tie it together using double Uni Knot. I hope this won't affect the line strength. While reeling in, some sea weed was caught in my braid, will this reduce the braid's quality if it rubs against the sea weed? 2) May I know if meat can be used as bait?
  10. I had a great little trip offshore on Thursday last week. The plan was to meet @tugger ans @straddiebrad at wello and follow them out. I have some friends from Germany here at the moment and they were meeting me at the Amity Jetty at 5.30am. We had 15 knots from the south early. it made for a bumpy and wet crossing from Wello until we were tucked in behind Peal. I was following Tugger and at one point had to dodge a large glass boat that probably didn't see me. Lucky I saw it or it would have been the end of the Bear. I had a good jacket on so the splashy splash wasn't too bad and it wasn't too cold. The trip up the rainbow was lovely. The moon, stars and growing grey dawn reflected beautifully in the almost glassed out Water. The Rainbow Channel is an absolute gem of a water way. Protected from anything with any Easterly the shallow sand banks and weed beds are pristine and beautiful. My guests were waiting in the dark and easily jumped on board and we put on life jackets for the South Passage. It was a southerly swell so the bar was easy but that annoying wind persisted and had swung to the East. Probably why the Rainbow was so nice. We bashed our way to Shag rock which afforded us some protection where we deployed 2 Halco Lazer Pro in Red/white to see if there were any Spanish around. I have had a good session on Spanish at Shag Rock in the past but they were not there today. We towed lures around for a while with not much luck but picked up a Tuna at Boat Rock Tugger and Brad had pulled up. They had visited the bait grounds and found the Yakkers. We stopped trawling and used the electric to hold us in place next to Boat Rock. This was ok but the spot lock was playing up but I made it work manually. The wind had dropped out now and the swell was being much more kind. Joanna caught a great Moses almost right away and I thought we were onto them. But nothing much was home today. We caught a few of the red cod but even the Trevelly that can be prolific were not biting. Tugger and Brad got a few on the livies but they were struggling as well. The whales were everywhere and my German guests were probably more happy to see the whales and turtles than fish which was probably just as well. video-1535242517.mp4 We decided to do a bit more trolling and Chris picked up another Tooona fish. This wasn't working so we did a bit of whale watching before Tugga sugested we head out to another reef he has marked up. The caught a few nice fish to put in the box but we struggled to loose a bait. I didn't really fish much on this trip as the Germans needed a bit of a hand from time to time. Time to head back. Conditions were much nicer especially with the wind behind us. It was more like 5-10 knots now. I dropped the guests back to Amity and cleaned the Moses for them. They were so excited to be having fish for dinner that they had caught. They really had a great day. They sent me this photo. Looks delicious. Not much better than Moses. I sped home in the glassy waters. I did a bit of an explore around the 6 knot zone north east of Peal. Beautiful sea grasses and starfish all around the abandoned oyster leases. It was good to see a few leases are still being used. So a really nice day but not many fish to talk about. Sorry for the delay in getting this one up Its been a busy time with a conference in Ballina on Friday and Saturday for Fishers for Fish Habitat. I wish we had these in QLD. Oysters from Shucks bar Sunday. Oysters from @Old Scaley on Monday and GPS plotting for the oyster reefs Monday Afternoon... Fangs