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  1. We thought we would give the tailor a little rest and change up our diet with some whiting fillets. Something I get asked a fair bit about how to catch fish at places like Shorncliffe Pier. Most anglers overcomplicate things. You just need to keep it simple. The video from yesterday highlights the three simple points you need to consistently catch yellowfin whiting at a place like Shorncliffe Pier.
  2. Took a leisurely cruise down the highway this morning with @Old Scaley and ended up at Jacob's Well boat ramp. Luckily I had brought the boat with us. We headed up to Crusoe Island and spent an hour trolling each side of the channel for flatties, but no joy. We then headed to a spot to target some whiting. They weren't thick or large but we ended up putting a feed together, taking home six each. Biggest was 32, smallest 25. All caught on blood worms as the tides weren't right to pump yabbies. (Thank God haha) Took this photo part way through the morning to send to @benno573 to help him through his workday. Also managed quite a few bream and a noisy grunter a couple of centimeters short of a picnic. 3 worms released at the end of the day as part of boosting the brood stock in the area.
  3. It's been awhile since i've had time to enjoy a fishing session because of work commitments. Had a great night last night with my son going back to basics targeting some whiting in the shallows at a place we used to fish 20 years ago. Was good to keep it simple. Pumped some yabbies at dusk and fished the run in tide till abut 9pm.
  4. Hi all Last night I was lucky enough to be invited aboard Ellicatch with Brian ( @ellicat ) for an afternoon and night mission chasing Nerang River whiting. I met Brian at about 1:30PM at his, and we drove to the ramp of choice. On the way there we picked up some live sand worms, as well as a few snacks for the trip. We launched the boat a tiny bit after 3:00PM and were on our way to the first spot. We slowly motored through the somewhat dirty waters of the Nerang River into a crowded Broadwater, to suss out a spot that had been recommended to us. The boat glided over the sandy bottom, and it seemed that it was imperative to keep an eye out for the everlasting trails of wake from larger boats. Bright white dots littered the sides of the river - though it was speculated that there wouldn't be too many crabs in them! After cutting over a sand bar through some shallow water, and piloting the boat to avoid becoming beached, Brian had gotten us to our first spot. We anchored up in a couple meters of water and deployed the baits, in hope of some sand whiting. Soon after casting in, there was some action. After a short fight, Brian brought up a rather uncommon fish to be caught in the Broadwater. The only problem was, we needed it to be 15x bigger! Snapper...no... Squire...no... Pinky? After that capture, the decision was made to head off to a new spot. It was good to scout out a new location, but this spot seemed like a high tide only spot. The sun was ever so slowly creeping down, and we were happy to set anchor after the rather long boat trip back from the new spot. There were some people fishing landbased nearby who were using lures, but they didn't appear to catch any until they left. I cast my lines towards the bank, and Brian cast his out towards the middle of the river. Our hopes were high, but after 15 minutes here it was looking a bit quiet. I noticed a bit of commotion on the tip of my rod and it turned out to be a small tarwhine, which was good (because it meant we were both off the donut). We gave it a little while longer at this spot, but as the sun sunk beneath the horizon, the decision was made to pull the anchor and try a spot further upstream. Off the donut Once we got to the spot, there was a plentiful amount of bait busting up around the boat. I assumed it was herring, and I imagine that something would've been chasing it I also saw a couple of larger mullet leaping out. Maybe a bull shark was in the area. At this spot, it was quiet for around the first fifteen minutes, and then the boat slowly began to turn with the tide. Brian was telling me that the run out is prime time for Nerang River whiting at night time, so it was only fitting for him to hook the first keeper of the night, which came in at around 27CM. It put up a decent fight, and we were both happy to see some silver in the esky. After that one, Brian landed another keeper of similar size! I was getting flogged! 3-1! Elbow Slapper After we were both pickered one or two times, I checked a rod I had casted directly upstream. Surprisingly, this line had a whiting of about 30CM sitting on the end, not doing anything! It wasn't until he got right under the boat he pulled a little bit of drag, and even then the fight was lousy! With three fish in the esky, hopes were high for a couple more good ones to come along! It was getting a little later now, and the whiting had become extra finicky. They were often nibbling the baits straight off the hooks, and I dropped a decent one which spat the hook beneath the boat. Around this time, Brian hooked up to something which was pulling a bit harder, but unfortunately, only a small stingray was revealed. He got away on the gunnel of the boat, which was lucky for him as I was going to keep him for bait. Around this time Brian also caught an undersize whiting. My first whiting of the night After that, we cut up another sand worm or two, and got them back out on our lines. Brian hooked another alright whiting, which was quickly released into the esky, but also another small ray, which was dispatched quickly for some shark bait. At this point, it was a little past 9:00PM, and the esky had a healthy population of whiting. I chose to fish with two rods, and just after Brian had finished giving a speech on how you end up having bites on both then loosing both fish, it happened! But of course, Brian set the hooks into a fish, whereas I missed mine. Lol. The fight was on, and the 8 foot Ugly Stik was getting a workout. Brian was generous enough to let me fight the fish for the final moments, and we were all happy when a respectable 36CM whiting was swung in and out and in to the boat! Technically Brian's fish! After that, we were both stoked, but the bite went a bit quiet. We were going to give it about 20 more minutes, and we decided that we may go for a drift for the last part of the trip. We ditched this plan when Brian hooked a respectable low 30's whiting as the last fish of the trip. With no more bites we decided to motor back to the ramp, where someone took about 15 minutes (no clue what they were doing though, lol). Anyway, despite the fact Brian flogged me (four or five whiting (though one was undersize), two stingrays, one little pinky) 8-3, I still had an awesome night on the water. I went to bed a bit past midnight and cleaned the fish this morning, which I think I did alright at . Thanks for taking me out Brian, I hope you didn't mind having me along! The final haul, which was delicious! 25cm fish vs 36cm fish Here are the stats of the trip for anyone interested - Stats of Trip: Tide: 8:30AM, 1.2M, High, 3:50PM, .4M, Low, 8:00PM, .7M, High, 2:30AM, .1M, Low Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous. It was supposed to be 83% although looked less. Location: Nerang River, Gold Coast Tackle Used: I was using a 6 foot 6 and 8 foot Ugly Stik Gold rod, both in the 2-5KG size. One had a Diawa Shinobi 2500 and the other had a Shimano Sienna 1000. Brian was using similoar, although his rods were around 6 foot 6. I was fishing with 6 and 10 pound leaders, as was Brian. We both used around a size 4 ball sinker, with a medium sized barrel swivel, and small long shank hooks. I conducted an experiment to see if red tubing would make a difference - the 36cm model was on red tubing. Bait Used: Live Sand Worms Bait Caught: - Fish Caught: Whiting x 7 (one undersize), Stingray x 2, Tarwhine x 1, Pinky x 1 Air Pressure: 1011 Humidity: 62-68% Weather: Slightly windy, sunny with a few ominous clouds nearby Temperature: 24-28 degrees Celcius Overall Success Rate: 80% - a great day/night on the water Thanks for reading! Cheers Hamish
  5. I dug some worms yesterday at lunch time for a solo whiting trip last night - boy was it hot and humid , luckily it only took 35 minutes to get more than enough. The water is still a rich chocolate brown colour , but surprisingly I only caught two tarwhine ,a catfish eel and a stingray as by catch - no undersized bream ! The whiting were patchy and very timid but luckily I managed to put a feed together with a few decent fish amongst them. Regards Neil
  6. Took my Dad and two boys, Liam and George, out for a fish last Thursday. Left a bit later than planned after a bit of messing around getting organised so got a shorter time than planned targeting whiting in the small boat passage. George got one in the first minute of the first drift and we continued to pick one up here and there on subsequent drifts. I had a squid jig out under a float each drift but got no visits unfortunately- there were reports the were around so would have been nice to get some bonus calamari. Wanted to fish the last of the outgoing tide for snapper/grasses at Green Island so got ready to move on. As we motored into the channel we noticed plenty of bait so tried a quick troll with a paravane in hopes of a mackerel but no luck so off we went. Hopefully with the bait building up in the bay the spotties will soon arrive in numbers . The fishing at Green didn’t work well as it was wind against tide so after no love we headed home as a storm was coming from the south, although didn’t reach our area in the end. Taking the boys again tomorrow so hope another report coming and a snapper to put on the board for the all-conquering Southsiders .
  7. The kid and I have been doing well on the landbased whiting in the Broadwater. Today was a really good day in terms of the quality of the fish, with the best being 44cm. Cribb Island worms were the bait.
  8. Went to Mum's for the weekend - she lives on Macleay Island about 1 min walk from her place to fantastic Yabby banks and beach. A mate lives right on the beach and I shortcut through his place and fish and pump yabbies literally at the end of his boat ramp. So me the BF and his kids arrived on the ferry about 8am, stopped for some groceries and headed straight to Yabby pump as it was a 9am ish low tide. Yabby pumping didn't take long as they are plentiful and easy to pump. The BF decided to head out on the flats a little further for a look at some exposed weed beds and ended up thigh high in mud ha ha. His first time there. Anyway went straight back to the house to jump in the pool with the kids and wait until the water was higher enough to start fishing. Once there was enough water we started at the far end of the beach. The BF landed a decent sized Bream about 32cm first cast. The whiting were chasing the yabbies there but were babies so I started moving up the beach casting until I landed the first legal - which I think was about 26cm. The BF followed and we set up eventually where I have always had the best success. Right in front of my friends house. According to the BF I was slaying them! I was pulling in whiting at least every second cast for about 1/2 hour. Some were unders but some were legal and it was beginning to look like we would be able to provide my parents with a feed of whiting at least. My catching slowed and the BFs picked up (dammit - thought I might be able to outfish him). We lost count but ended up about even - with me landing the biggest ha ha. The biggest whiting of the day was 29cm and once we started pulling in small ones all the time we decided to leave and start the filleting process. All in all there were 19 legal Whiting taken home and one Bream. We all had whiting for breakfast and I imagine my parents had a good feed of whiting again last night. As an afterthought I would also mention that at this particular spot almost all the whiting I have caught have been with a slow retrieve of the bait. Very rarely can you let the Yabby waft around in the current and catch a fish.
  9. Hi AFO,ers I am after some suggestions on a new whiting rod and reel. For both land and boat based fishing (not for surf beaches). Ideally it should be something that can handle the Flattie bycatch too. But predominantly bait fishing for whiting. One of my land based fisho mates on the GC has a Catana (8ft I think) spooled with 8lb braid and he regularly outfishes me in terms of the size of whiting - 37, 38, 39's. Probably technique mostly but I do regularly catch 30 to 35cm whiting (although not recently - still getting used to boat fishing). But I have had a fish with his outfit and I do like it but was hoping for similar in a shorter rod. The rod I currently use was a much appreciated hand me down from a friend and is a good all rounder but definitely not whippy - blackhawk Ecooda have it paired with my Nasci 2500. Any suggestions of a rod and reel pairing/combo would be appreciated. Preferably ones that are readily available to check out at a local tackle shop . Cheers Kat
  10. After having an offshore charter trip off Fraser cancelled due to bad weather, @benno573 and I went for a whiting trip down the Pin area. We launched at 5.30 and the tide was perfect for pumping yabbies. Benno is much better at this than I, so I left him to pump while I gathered this time. We did a quick troll for some flatties and Benno landed a legal one just over 41cm. We tried about half a dozen spots during the day, with plenty of bream and stingrays annoying us, but one spot stood out with this elusive beauty - coming in at 41.5cm and thick - you couldn't get your hand all the way around it. Other notable catches were a nice 50+ flattie on yabbie and a clutch of solid mid 30's whiting. So that's 3 over 40 for the day. We've had more productive days but it was good nonetheless and we managed a feed and scratched the itch left over from missing the charter.
  11. I decided to go for a whiting fish ,so dug some rock wriggler worms on Thursday afternoon and let the body recover before going for a fish on Friday night. Arrived at Southport just before dark and launched the boat at the Sundale bridge and proceeded to head upstream to fish a couple of my old haunts. First cast I got a 41 cm specimen , so got off to a pretty good start , I worked three rods through to about 11pm for 28 nice whiting and a couple of bream ,then decided to have a sleep in the cabin till sunrise . I had a few more casts and got two more whiting to top my bag limit ,then went back in . Pulled the hose out the back of the car and washed the boat and trailer at the car park and headed home with just the fish to fillet.
  12. Hi all, had a bit of an interesting start to my whiting and sand crab session with some mates on their boat last Saturday. the boat lives in the dry dock at horizon shores and given the forklift driver doesn’t start until 730am and we asked for it to be put in the water the night before for a 6am start on Saturday to meet the low tide. Arrived bang on time, no boat in water... twiddled thumbs... twiddled thumbs... finally boat gets on the water and away at 725... we headed straight to one of the yabby banks to try and get the days bait - seal failed on the yabby pump, no suction. Spare seal on board, not able to get the wingnut undone to replace. Spray spray spray... wait wait wait... swear swear swear... finally got it undone by which stage the bank was underwater. Dropped the pots in quickly to try and salvage something from the day at least. Drove 15 minutes up the road to another bank - finally had bait sorted. Then drove back to the chosen spot, first line hit the water just after 930. So much for the early start... the fish weren’t in huge numbers but the quality was there. We also landed the obligatory quota of bream that we’re all released and a couple of undersized grunter. We managed 14 whiting for the boat with the best at 36.5cm and only one under 30 in about 2 hours before the tide slackened and we stopped for lunch. A good recovery given the start! As we were eating the tide just started to run out and I got a hit on a rod I had left out in hope. This was a good fish and peeled some line and everything and had my hopes high for a nice grunter to add to the bag. My hopes were dashed when this pesky fellow surfaced and was promptly bled and released into the slurry goes to show everything loves a yabby. He went a bees thingo under 40cm on the stick. we then pulled the pots for an average haul of 6 legal sandies before heading home to meet some deadlines and keep the brownie point balance in positive territory. my share of the catch Whiting is very popular on the home front too cheers benno
  13. Hi all Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be invited out as a decky on the Nerang River, with Brian ( @ellicat ), and Steve ( @Old Scaley ). The game plan was to fish for the iconic Sand Whiting, and hopefully land a 40CM whopper. It was a very enjoyable day on the water, and we all caught at least one legal fish each. I met Brian and Steve at about 8:30AM, and after a quick stop in at Gem Bait and Tackle to pick up live worms, we were at a boat ramp on the Nerang River. After going back to grab my life jacket (which I left in the car), we anchored up at the first spot near the ramp. Live worms were deployed, and our hopes were high. Unfortunately, after about a half hour fishing here, we had not yet managed to pull up any fish. Steve had gotten one small bite and that was it. The call was made to move to the next spot, so we motored along in hope of a whiting. The next spot was somewhat more successful, and after a quick toilet stop on the way there, and a wrong turn, we were anchored up in front of a sandy park. Brian was kind (or trusting) enough to let me drive the boat a little bit, so for a while I got to drive the boat at 5 knots! Woohoo! Driving is fun! This spot was slightly more successful than the first, and Steve was some fish to begin with. After a of couple bites, he had pulled up a small bream. I missed some bites and then Steve got another little fish, which was a Moses Perch with stripes and a darker skin colour. Steve hooked another bream here that would've been just legal, and I hooked a small one too. Seeing as though we were being plagued by small stuff here, we moved down the river to another likely looking spot. Straight away at this spot, there were bites. After a little while, I was onto a fish. This was a bit bigger than the pickers which were constantly biting our lines, and it was a just legal bream. Seeing as though he was gut hooked we kept this one. Brian eventually jagged a bream as well, which was good as it meant we were all off the donut. At this location, Steve managed a legal tarwhine - or at least I think so. I was looking forward to eating some fish so I asked if I could take him and no one minded. We managed a couple more small bream here but after that the call was made to move back to the first spot. The tide had changed now so the theory was the whiting would be on the bite. It was getting a bit later in the day and surprisingly the wind had not picked up, but it was still quiet on the whiting front. We decided to cross under a bridge to fish one of Brian's spots on the other side. At first, we anchored quite close to the bank, near a sandbar. In a matter of minutes, the first fish for this spot was boated - an undersize bream that Steve had hooked. I then proceeded to get a couple of bites, but I did not hook any fish. After a little while longer, Brian's rod bent over in the rod holder. There were tense moments as the fish was coming up, and when it was landed we were all happy to see a 32CM whiting! The best whiting for the day After that whiting, we decided to move along to slightly deeper water (in front of a sand bar). We were hoping the fish would be here. I got some surging bites, which we predicted to be a flathead, but now I think back it was probably just my sinker on the bottom. While we were sitting down, the wind kicked up. This was only in the last hour, so we didn't really complain. It had been pretty calm for most of the day! Steve then hooked up to something large, which was either a flathead or stingray. It ended up spitting the hook, which was a bummer. Someone in a speedy boat came zipping by yelling something at us (none of us knew why - if we had not been there and he followed where we were he would've hit a sandbar, and we weren't anywhere near the channel), but just after Brian hooked up to another fish. It was putting up an OK tussle, and the biggest bream for the day came aboard the boat. With this, we gave it a little longer, but then it was time to reel in our lines and head off. I clumsily and accidentally tipped out the remaining worms and water instead of just the water from the bucket, which was embarrassing. We motored back the ramp and pulled up. At home, I filleted the fish (Brian and Steve were kind enough to give them all to me), and they will be tonight's dinner. I will scale, gut, and head the next bream I catch - cooking them whole would be easier! Thanks again for taking me out @ellicat and @Old Scaley. I had a great time!!! Here are the stats of the trip for anyone interested - Stats of Trip - Tide: 6:40AM, .2M, Low, 12:00PM, 1.0M, High, 6:50PM, .2M, Low Moon Phase: Waning Crescent Bait Caught: - Bait Used: Live Bloodworms Fish Caught: Many undersize bream, 1 x Moses Perch, 2 x Legal Bream, 1 x Legal Tarwhine, 1 x Whiting Tackle Used: Size 2 and 4 ball sinkers, small long shank hooks, small swivels, 6 and 10 pound traces, light mainline. I had an Ugly Stik 2-5KG with a 2500 Diawa Shinobi with 12LB Braid - I'm not sure what Brian and Steve were using. Humidity: 54-57 percent Air Pressure: 1015-1020 Location: Nerang River, Gold Coast Overall Success Rate: 70% - while the target species were scarce it was still a fun day with some keepers! Cheers Hamish
  14. Hi all I was lucky enough to be invited out for the second time in the school holidays on Brian's ( @ellicat's ) boat, along with Steve ( @Old Scaley ). Kat ( @Kat ) was also coming along in her boat, and the plan was to meet at the ramp at about 7. It was a public holiday, so we did think it would be busy. After meeting up at 6 and driving to the ramp at Jacob's Well (and stopping at Gem Bait and Tackle for live worms) we were putting the boat in a bit before 7. We decided to head off and meet Kat on the water, so after a short boat ride through the vast expanse of mangrove lined saltwater we had arrived at the first chosen location. We all cut up some worm and lowered our baits into the water. This was the weather for the whole day. It was windy but that kept us cool at least! After a short period of time and a few little nibbles, Steve began the day with a small whiting. I followed suite shortly after, and a bit more time passed. Brian nailed a little one now, as well. I gave my worm a big cast, and after about five minutes I had a better hit on my rod. This fish was pretty decent, and we were all happy to see a 41CM flatty surface beside the boat. After a bit of mucking after dehooking and brain spiking it, he was quickly released to the esky. Yum! I retied my hook and trace, and then got another bit of worm out. This time, my line was smashed! It was a good bite, but I called it for something little. That was until it got near the boat. My little 2500 sized reel began to feel the sheer strength of this large fish of some sort as it tugged hard on the end. It ran down deep and in it's desperate bid of freedom to escape almost tangled in the prop. Luckily, Brian expertly slid the net under the large whiting just before it could escape. We were all excited - it went 34CM on the measuring stick. That's a new PB for me. Woohoo!!! Good Whiting At this spot, we all got a couple more nibbles, and if my memory serves me correctly, Steve and Brian pulled in some more undersize whiting. It got pretty quiet here though, which was a bit of a bummer, but we moved on to a spot that had proved successful before. After a long and treacherous voyage where sandbars and anchored boats were treated like the balls in a game of dodge ball, we were there. The anchor was dropped and our worms were deployed. We were running low, so some of the frozen worms were used. Unfortunately, despite upping the sinker size, and braving it out in the wind, we could not entice any fish whatsoever. Around this time, Kat came along in her boat, and we met up. We all hatched a plan to go to a nearby spot where we could beach the boat. We drove here, had a quick chat, and planned the rest of the day. It was good to catch up Kat! And thanks for the delicious snacks We managed to get to the next spot without drama, so we anchored up and deployed baits. The comp was on now - yabbies (on C-jay, Kat's boat), and live blood worms (on Ellicatch, Brian's boat). Now, this is where good 'tings started to happen. I believe Steve got the first keeper, which put up a fun fight once it saw the boat, followed by Brian. It was looking good for Brian when he pulled up a large whiting which almost made it to the 40CM mark, at 35.5CM! A great whiting! I eventually managed one too, a couple centimetres below this. They were all sizeable, but the bite was timid, and until they were really close to the boat, the fight was timid too. I believe at this point it was 3 all, to all of us, and the tide started to slow. Steve nailed another large whiting, which was a very similar size to Brian's big one. I think this biggun was 35.5CM. One of the biggest for the day! Another biggun. One of mine I cast my bait out towards the bank, and Brian and Steve kept theirs's out on the deeper side. I felt a little bite and before I knew it, I was winding in another slick silver ingot of whiting. This was one of the smallest for the day, at a mere 26CM. I also caught a small flatty at this spot, which was about 10CM (beyond me how I hooked it). After a little while longer Brian wound his line in and to our surprise a very sizeable whiting was residing on the end, which didn't even put a bend in the rod until it was in close. We were all happy with that! After this, we stayed here a little bit longer. I began flicking a lure around but I had no luck, and the bait fishing was quiet. The decision was made to head over to the Tiger Mullet Channel, where we would continue our whiting quest. Kat followed us along and we both trolled a couple lures on the way other, for no fish. The sounder was showing a little bit of bait in certain spots, which looked promising at the beginning. At the TMC, the skipper of a larger boat flagged us down because he had hit the bottom. We did some reconnaissance to find the deepest area he could be in around the boat and then he was on his way back in the channel . At the chosen location, which was near a sandbar, I continued to flick my plastic around. A prawn imitation lure I was using got some nibbles, from a presumed whiting, but unfortunately, I did not catch anything. Steve and Brian, on the other hand, each managed catches of weed, and undersize whiting. Lol. The final spot of the day was on the opposite side of the TMC, and I resorted back to bait here. I hooked an even smaller flatty than before, which I couldn't even feel on the line, and apart from that it was quite quiet here. On my next cast, I flicked my line so hard that it snapped. It was tangled around my reel and I did not notice. That was annoying, but after that, I was tasked with pulling the anchor up and we were fast tracked to get back to the ramp. After retrieving the boat and the rather uneventful drive home, we divided up the fish. There were 13 keeper whiting and one keeper flatty in total. My share have all been filleted and are tomorrow night's tea. The final haul My fillets. I did a very bad job (even in my books) so scooped out everything I'd missed. Thanks for having me out again Brian and Steve, I hope you didn't mind! Kat, it was good to catch up too! I hope everyone enjoyed this report as much as I enjoyed the day fishing! Stats of Trip - Tide: 2:42AM, .4M, Low, 8:20AM, 1.5M, High, 2:30PM, .3M, Low Moon Phase: Waning Crescent, 5% Bait Caught: - Bait Used: Live Worms Fish Caught: Whiting x 13 (keepers), Flathead x 1 (keepers) TAckle Used: 12LB braid mainline, on a Ugly Stik Gold 2-5KG and Diawa Shinobi 2500 reel. I did not look at what Steve and Brian were using. We were using 6-10 pound leaders, with size 2-4 ball sinkers, small long shank hooks, live worms, and barrel swivels. Humidity: 32% Temperature (air): 29 degree High Air Pressure: 1004 Overall Success Rate: 95% - a great day out!!! Cheers Hamish
  15. It was another good day at Shorncliffe Pier. Cribb Island worms and yabbies produced a nice mixed bag of fish for a few hours effort in the afternoon.
  16. Although they can be found throughout the year, around the full moon in August is when the sand whiting get a bit more active as they start to roe-up. It's also the time of the year when there are still a few tailor around. We fished Runaway Bay today and we got a good feed of whiting. The area we fished during the day tends to be dominated at this time of the year by fish between 27 and 32 cm. We used Cribb Island worms for the whiting. There were some tailor there as well with the best 42cm on pillies so it was a good day overall.
  17. Hi all The forecast for today was looking good... I had a pupil free day at school today... The dates and weather aligned perfectly, so Brian (@ellicat), Steve (@Old Scaley) and I planned a fishing trip in Moreton Bay. The gameplan was to fish in the Rous Channel for reefies (cod, tuskies, sweetlip, and more) and mackerel. It was a great day overall, with mint weather and a fair few fish caught as well! We all met up at about quarter to seven, and we drove off to the Manly Boat Harbour Ramp. Gear was loaded up into Brian's boat, and the boat was launched into the pristine, chilly waters of Moreton Bay. We motored out of the harbour, and then picked up some serious velocity travelling to the Rous Channel. It was very calm, and while there was a tiny bit of chop, the boat handled it fine, and it was like a flat ride on the way over. I was in the back Once we got there, we deployed between the two Rous spots. The best of both worlds, haha. Brian started off by floating a pilly out to see if there were any mackerel hanging about, and Steve and I started fishing the bottom. Straight away, we were getting pickered. The fish would nibble the bait, and I can only assume then narrowly miss the hook. Eventually, Steve got on the board with a little grassy - Twice the size would've be nice! After that Grassy, we both continued to get pickered. I kept striking but failed to hook up to any fish. Soon, we had some pastries. While we were eating these, I put out a mackerel line, to see if anything would happen for me. I threw out my shiny pilchard in hope something would take it. It was just after this that I heard a reel screaming. Steve was on to something big! It had a couple good runs, and it was probably close to the boat, but at that moment the fish spat the hook. Blast! Steve proceeded to catch another grassy, about 25CM. It had gone a bit quiet for all of us, mainly because we could never hook any of those annoying pickers. Come on, bigguns! It's your time to bite... or at least that's what we all wanted. Just as I was rebaiting though, I heard the ratchet on my overhead reel clicking like no tomorrow! I picked up my rod, but unfortunately, it got tangled with Brian's line. It was a mess of knots, and looked like a jungle of braid. Brian handlined my so called 'mackerel' in, and the tension was building, especially since we thought we'd lost it (then we saw the float go under again). That is why it was really disappointing when we saw the infamous shape of a big, fat, toadfish. At least I was off the donut. Lol. \ We got rid of him quick smart. After that fiasco (and a big thanks to Brian, he cut all his braid that was tangled and didn't touch mine once! ) we got back to fishing. The mackerel lines were deployed again, this time with a bit more thought put into the location and making sure they don't get caught up. We kept persisting at this spot, for a lot more pickers, and not many more hits. I was snagged, and busted off all my line, so I used a smaller hook to try and hook some. Brian had a bottom line and mackerel line in at one point as well, which probably gave us a decent chance at a bigger model. Steve also got snagged, and then changed to a little plastic. To my surprise (I'm a very novice lure angler), Steve pulled in a Lancer, which was filleted and kept for bait, and a stripey, (also kept for bait), in quite a close time proximity to one another. Neither Brian or I had gotten any substantial hits on the mackerel line, though it is worth noting that when we had to deal with the tangle fiasco Brian's pilly had been mangled to bits. Everyone was getting annoyed at the pickers, and at this point, I brought some lollie snakes out. Around this time, I also heard another reel going off. I looked over at Brian's side of the boat, and the mackerel rod was bent over like a banana. There were no tell tale signs of a toadfish, so hopes were high. We got colour of the fish, and then sooner or later it was boatside. A nice tailor was landed, to get Brian off the donut. If only it was a couple centimetre's bigger; it would've been legal then. With a bit more hope going around the boat, everyone deployed lines back out. It was back to the waiting game now. Unfortunately for us, it seemed the pickers were getting smaller and smaller. We couldn't hook them at all, and while it was relentless action, none of it involved landing any fish! Eventually, after about 40 minutes odd, Steve hooked up to something big. The call was made early on that it was a bottom feeder, or ray, and after about 5 minutes later, we realised we were right (ish). A large Wobbegong Shark had been brought boatside, which was about 1.8 metres. Jeez! 3 metre flatty After that capture, the bites just got slower and slower. I was not getting as many pickers, and I don't think Brian and Steve were either. After another considerable time period, where turtles, and a possibly dugong was sighted breaching the surface, the call was made to move spots to a nearby location where we could drift. I pulled up the anchor (anchor duties for me, Lol) and Brian drove us to the new spot. Straight away, Steve was on. He fought it for a tiny bit, and up came a pinky. Man, we didn't even want a snapper, haha (close season). I shortly followed suite after missing a couple bites, with a slightly larger specimen. I believe Steve managed another, but this one was even smaller than the first. The spot was looking promising, with some OK shows on the sounder. Alas, no one hooked any fish here, which is what provoked us to move a bit more. First pinky in a while We got to the next spot, and continued drifting. Nothing was interested in the mackerel lines, except a sea bird, which had a go at Brian's. While we were here, we decided that we would go to one of the weed/sand banks, and fish for some Winter Whiting. The reefies were not biting, but the new plan to move to Fisherman's Gutter seemed like a good one. Rods were re-rigged, and while we didn't exactly have the right gear we were close enough. We motored over nice and quick to the, now smaller, clump of boats. We lined up a drift, chopped up a few small bits of squid, and began fishing for the whiting. As we were just beginning we saw someone towing a scaling bag, so obviously someone was having success. To kick off our whiting campaign, I got a nice hit after about 10 minutes. I did not have the 'white' touch (get it ). I got about three more hits, but each time, I would feel my line go tight. Then, there would be a vigorous shaking. Then, there'd be nothing. Whether it was because I wasn't striking hard enough, or just plain bad luck, I don't know, but Steve and Brian eventually got in on the action too. Brian snuck a cast of to the right, Steve had one going out the left, and I had one straight out the middle. The two whiting warriors began getting a couple on board, which left the pressure on me. They were good fish too, and they were tugging the line alright (by the looks of it). Brian got a nice one (well, more like five) Steve's Whiting, 29CM. Anyways, while Brian and Steve continued to pull in whiting after whiting, I struggled to even get one to stay on the hook. I took their advice eventually, which was to change to a standard running ball sinker opposed to a paternoster rig. This worked a treat, and I pulled in my first ever sizeable Winter Whiting. Yay! We finished this drift, and then decided that it was time to motor back up. Our next drift was a bit more quiet, and we struggled to get any nibbles. Brian did manage a toadfish though. Lol. As it neared 2:00PM, it was time to head back in. So we said bye to the Rous Channel, which had treated us kindly with mainly flat seas all day. The ride back in was comfy, and the majestic ocean swirled away as our boat glided across the surface, like it was ice. Eventually we were back at the ramp, so we loaded the whiting up (grand total - ten ) and got stuck into the packup. The boat was tied up, and while we were at the ramp I sussed the fish-ability. I was told it may be an OK spot for tailor, so when I get my surf reel/Alvey, I will need to try for them here! We drove back, and then said our goodbyes, until the next time we may go and see one another again. It was a great day on the bay! N vnbco one doughnuted, and courtesy of Steve and Brian I got to take home a nice feed of Winter Whiting. It was awesome fun chatting and fishing in the boat, so thanks for having me out guys!!! Also, thanks @Cavvy for letting me go! If you are still here, I hope you enjoyed this report. Here are the stats of the trip - Statistics of Trip - Tide: 4:30AM, 1.95M, High, 11:00AM, .46M, Low, 5:40PM, 2.18M, High (according to WillyWeather) Moon Phase: Around First Quarter Phase Bait Caught: Stripey, Lancer Bait Used: Prawns, pillies, squid, stripey, lancer Tackle Used: I had a 15LB and 20LB braid mainline set up, and I believe Steve had 16LB, and Brian something similar. We were using 3/o-5/o circle hooks and suicide hooks, and gang hooks for the mackerel. Brian and I each had torpedo floats on. We had 15-30LB leaders for all lines, made out of fluorocarbon. Sinkers varied throughout the day, with a 3-6 ball being predominately used. Brian had a Shimano Symetre reel, I had a Shimano Stradic and Abu Garcia Barra King, Steve had a Shimano Stradic. I had a Shimano Raider Snapper, And Ugly Stik, and I do not know what everyone else had. Fish Caught: Pinky x 3, Grassy x 2, Tailor x 1, Toadfish x 2, Whiting x 10, Lancer x 1, Stripey x 1 Air Pressure: 1016-1019 mbar Humidity: 54%-69% Wind: 3 knots Weather: 22oC, Sunny. No squalls or rain in sight! Overall Success Rate: 80% - we did not get any mackerel, but it was still a great day, and Plan B worked out marvellous! Cheers Hamish
  18. New episode is up, hope everyones enjoying the winter so far and is getting their lines wet *cheers* *sips beer*. The flattys are going wild locally and tailor are going off up towards cochin creek thank you all - Keith
  19. Okay, so first - the good. Today 9:56am - Counting the whiting as we head back across the bay. Final count 147 whiting, 5 decent squid. Note the slightly ominous rain clouds on the horizon when Alex pans the camera around to the bow. Next, the bad. 10.08am - In just a few minutes the situation has changed totally. Finally, the downright ugly. Photo of what was actually approaching us (courtesy of the Weatherzone site). And what we endured and survived for probably twenty minutes or so. It got worse than this even, but by that stage Alex needed to just hang on, rather than try to film. The huge seas, driving rain and freezing cold paled into insignificance though compared to the lightning strikes happening around us and the deafening booms of thunder that actually shook the boat. In winter! At 10am in the morning! What the ……. IMG_0848.MOV IMG_0844.MOV IMG_0841.MOV
  20. Does anyone have any particularly good whiting or squid recipes?
  21. hi allhas anyone fished the Nerang river for whiting lately i tried on Thursday for no results cheers snap
  22. Hi all so I finally managed to get out for a fish for the first time in around 2 years and I think I’ve rediscovered my love for it. I ended up hiring a boat from cabbage tree point for only 4 hours in the hope to get a feed of muddies after all the rain. Unfortunately not one muddy was caught. I didn’t really have my pots in the right spot as I wanted to fish as close as possible to them as I’ve had them stolen in the past. I fished around tabby tabby island because I didn’t really have time to be venturing around. But I had a fun four hours catching 2 nice whiting 30cm, 21 bream not big ranging between 24-26cm. A small mulloway and a small flattie. My mate lost something very decent, never saw it lost it as it took a dive Under the boat. Just kept the whiting, bream etc went back in the water. I don’t see the point keeping bream under 30cm, don’t get a lot of meat off them. Happy I get to have a feed of whiting for dinner anyway.
  23. Hi Brains trust.. Has anyone on here had experience fishing Coombabah Creek or Coombabah Lake? ive got my 2 boys BEGGING me to take them fishing tomorrow but I don’t like the wind forecast n this pocket looks little sheltered....
  24. Does it matter if you use short or long shank hooks for whiting, I'm going to use nippers for bait, I've got the short size 4,hooks, but thought maybe I could use the longer ones. Interested in experienced fish as views, cheers John. Ps just fishing the flats.
  25. Hey everyone, I'm trying to go catch some fish at the beach but I don't have a proper beach road so I just want to go for some whiting, bream, tarwhine and dart or something I can catch close to the edge of the beach. I have a Knight Sure Catch 20gm and 60gm. I am thinking of using the 20gm to try catch some fish. Would this work? What lure should I be using? I also have some soft plastic minnows that are about 4 inches I could use. Thanks! https://www.hookedonline.com.au/20gm-surecatch-knight-metal-fishing-lure-jigging-s (The 20gm is the 07 colour and the 60gm is the 10 colour)
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