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      1. Hey guys. Decided i needed some essential seafood last night so went down to redland bay with my cast net and a rod. Caught a few whiting and even a legal one which was a good win unfortuantly it was at the cost of my cast net which ripped on the rocks while tryna catch some prawns. At least i got a few prawns before it ripped. So now im tossing up wether its worth reparing or if i should take a trip to bcf to buy a new one.....maybe a bigger one
      2. Around this time for the last 3 years I have promised Mrs Scaley a feed of freshly caught Moreton Bay prawns. Every year she rolls her eyes and sighs, already convinced I won’t deliver. This year, all the signs were good for yesterday - recent rain, some reports of good catches, some spare time for me. Now all I needed was a deckie to do all the hard work. As luck would have it, I had a call from the Dentist (not his real avatar or occupation) and he was expecting another bout of industrial diarrhoea on that very day so a plan was hatched to hit Southern Moreton Bay to finally end the prawn drought. Since he gets very few chances to get out lately we decided to go all out and throw everything at aa ambitious attempt at a seafood basket of prawns, crab and prawns. We launched at 5:45am to catch the low tide for some yabbies. It was then that I discovered that the battery that runs the accessories wasn’t going to deliver for one more trip like I thought, despite charging it up the day before. To make it worse, the Dentist had nagged me about it last time we went out but my thriftiness got the better of me. We laid out our 8 crab pots in a promising spot, then hit spot A for a quick fish before the prawn search began. I was first up with a nice whiting in the mid-thirties followed by a bream about 28cm. I kept the bream in case we didn’t catch a feed. The Dentist, meanwhile, persisted with 2 rods as usual and managed to trawl up all sorts of vermin, including small rays and a huge catfish (sorry for the photo quality - not my forte). After a short session in which we added a few fish to the esky we set off for the main event, the prawn hunt. We checked the pots on the way and there were muddies there, but no legals. So we were hopeful that a longer soak would yield some mouth watering monsters. Prawning without a sounder was always going to be a challenge, but we gave it a red hot crack. I pretended that my casting ability was inferior to the Dentist, so I was able to sit back and marvel as he threw cast after cast - some pancakes, a few figure eights, and I think there was even a trapezoid in there at one stage. We muscled in on a number of prawning scrums (presumably they all had working sounders) from Karragarra Island to Macleay Island and Redland Bay, but not a single prawn was sighted. No one else seemed to be getting any so I couldn’t even blame the Dentist’s casting ability. After what seemed like days but was only a few hours we decided to give up on the prawns and check the pots. No keepers so dropped them in spot B while we had a final crack at the fish. We added a few more whiting to the esky then picked up the empty pots and headed back to the ramp about 2 pm. Not the seafood basket we were hoping for, but still a nice feed of whiting (and one prawn that was ironically caught in a crab pot) and a top day out. Lesson number one from the day is that we can only do two activities in one trip, three is too many. Lesson two is for me not to be so tight and replace the battery before it dies completely. Coincidentally the local German supermarket had 100ah deep cycle batteries for $229 so I grabbed one of those today and will go prawning again soon. Thanks for reading
      3. Been fishing landbased around the Broadwater lately for a feed of whiting. Not in great numbers, but all a decent 30odd cm. Using bloodworms for bait. They are so expensive that if you don't use them all you have to go fishing everyday until they are all gone. Bugger.
      4. August is always a pretty good month to chase sand whiting at many locations around Moreton Bay and there have been a few fish nosing about the Southport Broadwater for me landbased after work for a couple of nights this week. Nothing over 40 cm so far, but a couple of reasonable fish. Bait choice hasn't seemed to make much difference with fish being caught on yabbies, surf worms and Cribb Island worms. Light leads (00 or 000) in less than a metre of water has been the go. These were caught from the beaches at Runaway Bay.
      5. Regulars on here will remember a @kjohnson posting on here that he would be visiting Brissie from Canada and was looking for some information about fishing in this area. I am always keen to meet new people from other countries and learn a bit about how things are done there and to show a little hospitality to visitors because I have had that opportunity given to me in the past. Anyway, we had a loose arrangement to catch up while he was in town. Unfortunately the timing wasn’t great as the weather was a bit blowy and rain was forecast (but didn’t happen), so we arranged to meet for a land based session at Colmslie. It was a really pleasant couple of hours where Kevin outfished me by landing one small tailor while I landed zero. Long story short, Kevin gave me a brand new ice fishing rod that he had brought with him from Ontario. I was totally blown away, and a little embarrassed since I had brought a Shimano cap as a gift for him but got totally trumped. I love this little rod. It is about 60cm long and really nicely made. I knew immediately that I had to catch a fish on it rather than just putting on display. I am without a tow vehicle at the moment while my usual tow car in at the panel beaters following an unusual incident involving 2 vehicles without drivers or passengers and neither are autonomous. Go figure. Fortunately this site has many generous people and both @benno573 and @ellicat offered to provide a tow vehicle in exchange for a day on the water. @benno573 was the first available so we planned a Sunday trip to Cabbage Tree Point area to chase whiting and flathead. We had and early start so we could pump yabbies on the low at daybreak then fished a few of Ben’s many spots down that way. The fish weren’t chewing their heads off but we managed a decent feed of whiting and bream. We (Benno) did land about 4 flathead during the day but all were undersize. Sorry no pics except for the highlight of the day - my first fish on an ice fishing rod. It was so much fun that I will definitely be doing this again. The little rod easily managed a 35 cm whiting and despite Benno’s best attempts to put me onto a ray just to test it out, that did not happen. Top day out as usual @benno573. And thanks @kjohnson
      6. I have been promising to take Uncle Drop Bear out for a fish for many years now. He is a legend former Banana farmer from Mulumbimbi. He has a tinny down there and dreams of fishing the Brunny but never really gets around to it. He is up for the show today and we are going out to take advantage of the magic weather conditions expected for tomorrow. I'd love to take him offshore but I don't think he has had much experience in the deep and he is getting long in the tooth so, to make it a nicer day, a whiting trip is planned. With all the talk about cuttlefish I am keen to try for a few of these around Green on the way out. Perhaps try a drift or 2 for a snapper with a whole cuttlefish head then run over to the Sandhills to try for some whiting and some more squid. Uncle Drop Bear is only comfortable with Alveys (bless his cotton socks). That should mean I will only need 20 rods for the day. One whiting rod each, one squid rod each and one snapper rod each as well as 1 rod with a slug if we see some Tuna. I might chuck in a shark rod as well to try the sink hole as we will over that way. This trip has really been more than 30 years in the making. I hope I can get him onto a few fish. Wish us luck!
      7. I am heading to Moreton on Friday back Sunday. It will mostly be a social trip that I go on each year with a bunch of South African Australians. Lots of Beers and laughs. I am the camp cook for our little group so packing the camp oven for a bit of fun. I hope to get into a few Tailor at high tide in the holes and perhaps get some whiting in the gutters at low tide. Wish me luck. Report to come about this time next week.
      8. Fished another Toorbul monthly comp on Sunday. Haven’t been putting up reports each month because the reports will all be the same. Been averaging 10-12 legal fish each trip. Being the start of the school holidays and nice weather there were jet skis and boats flying around everywhere. The middle of the passage is a maze of shallow water and islands with the deeper water in some places outside the marked channel. The sound of outboards running up sand was constant. Jet skis fly through like they own the place, skipping over sandbars which would have boats high and dry. It was with great delight that I watched rider after rider drag their skis off the many sandbars. I managed to get the boat up some skinny water to where the fished weren’t spooked. Ended up with 10 good whiting all over 30cm, 5 average bream and a trevally. unfortunaley no prawns at the mouth of Hussey Ck, so didn’t venture up any further
      9. Hi all, After exploring a new area on my kayak two weeks ago and seeing a heap of good crab sign - as well as free walking muddies on the mud flats which is probably the best sign of all - a plan was hatched between @Old Scaley and I to make up for our last two dismal attempts at crabbing. The area was only accessible at high tide so the plan was to head out on saturday to set the pots and then collect them on sunday. Owing to other commitments, the Scaley one was unavailable on Saturday but was kind (or keen enough for a feed of crab) to hand over the keys to his boat to me for Saturday. So I employed the old man as a decky and launched out of Jacob's well about 8am Saturday. We snuck into the new spot and set our 8 pots. Signs were good as we again saw a muddie just walking along the bank on our way out. We went for a bit of a fish on the last of the incoming tide, unfortunately we were plagued by mongrel pike eels - mine was the biggest though at about 8ft long. Given the tide was still just running in, I decided to do a quick check of the pots before they became inaccessible, mostly to see if I was on the right track. Turns out I was, every pot had crabs in it after just over an hour in the water, we pulled 4 full-as keepers out of the pots and re-set. We headed off for a bit of a fish, the tides weren't right and we didn't have the best kind of bait but we still managed to have a fairly constant stream of fish coming over the side, a GT of about 35cm was kept for the old boy's dinner. Scaley then met me at my place at 5am Sunday and we launched about 5:45. We shot straight to a yabby bank that was fast disappearing and despite a few pump issues managed to secure enough bait for the day in the available time. We weren't yet able to access the pots so we went to one of my favourite spots to fish up to the high tide. The bite started slowly but what was coming over the side was pure quality. Getting towards the top of the tide things went a little crazy for about an hour and the final wash up was 8 whiting to 38cm with only 1 under 30, 2 grunter, a GT and a 34cm bream. We then headed back to check the pots. The pots had a heap of crabs in them and after sorting out the heap of undersized crabs (about 7 or 8 that were 14-14.9cm) we were left with 4 more very full keepers. Not exactly the big result I was hoping for but at least Mrs Scaley would allow Steve back into the house this time. A field goal in extra time still counts as a win I guess! Interestingly, only 2 jennies in all the pots, the rest were undersized bucks so might be a good area to target early in the next season after they have all had another moult. We then headed back to my favourite outgoing tide spot where I was hoping to add some more whiting and hopefully a couple of grunter to the already good looking esky. The bite again started slowly but schools of fish kept coming through and we ended up with 20 whiting in the esky and another decent bream. Despite landing a heap more, we were not able to add to our grunter tally. Steve thought he was onto a really good one at one point only to have a different kind of grunting fish appear - a catty about 45cm long. Steve again called a good fish not long after and a mulloway of about 50cm was boated - and then promptly released without charge. I managed to hook an unlucky sand crab that was easily legal size so he was also added to the box. Huge thanks must go to @Old Scaley for allowing me to both decky on Sunday and skipper his boat on Saturday in his absence. It was great to have a day out on the water with the old man again, something we haven't been able to do since the good ship rebel-t left the family. Hopefully the crabs were well received on the home front mate! I'll upload some more photos tonight when I pull them off my go pro, here's one to get you started. Cheers, Benno <'><
      10. Hi everyone Video Link - ( please sub if you enjoy the video ). Thought I'd share a fishing report from the weekend. We launched from St Helens boat ramp. For bait we were using pippis and small strips of squid. We found some shallow weedy areas. Berleyed up. We had 2 rods each. One a simple running sinker rig and the other a whiting flasher rig. Once again, we caught plenty of good size whiting, a heap of undersize pinkies and some flathead. A couple of weeks ago I posted a video catching plenty of whiting from around Corio Bay. Shortly after I received heaps of questions from followers, so I have put together a short video with some tips and to answer many of those questions whilst hitting the water and catching a few more. Best Regards Alan from FishingMad
      11. Hey guys Been a few months since i have posted a report. Been busy with work, xmas and a quick holiday to Agnes Waters where i watched the the wind blown20-25knots for 7 days straight . My 9yr old has been some what not so keen on fishing in the Surtees since i brought it about 18 months ago. Finally he agreed to leave his rugby league ball, cricket ball, runnings shoes and ps4 alone for a few hours and come for a run this moring to chase a few whiting and maybe a flathead if he was lucky . Now i havent fished for whiting much in my years fishing moreton bay. So i rang a pro fishing mate of mine and he gave me an area of interest east of the mouth of the cabooluture river and we set off armed with some live worms (wow there not cheap) few 6lb handlines and the young fellas 10lb spin out out fit. Started our 1st drift in glass out conditions about 7.30am and proceeded to fill the esky with winter whiting around the 22cm to 27cm getting 16 in the 1st drift and thowing any back under 20cm. Als got that flathead he came for but it was just undersize and jumped out of his hand while trying to get a picture. Started the 2nd drift and put 8 more in the esky with both of us on the double hook ups!!!!. After that and with the Northerly kicking in we made a dash for the ramp and headed home with a good feed of 22 solid winter whiting for the us and the grandparents . Gotta love a kids smile when they are having a great time. Panckro bread crumb whiting for dinner. Yummo Cheers Josh <><
      12. Just a quick report from my Noosa trip over Christmas. It was very quiet. I caught 3 little Trevs land based at a spot that @Angus pointed me to. I trawled for a few hours up the river for one nice foul hooked scat. Cool fish really put up a fight. We yabby fished a nice whiting... my father in law wont stop bragging about it I am really glad he got it and it is great that he gets to brag about it. I don't even remind him that it was my boat, my rod, I put the hook on, I caught the bait, I put him on the spot and told him where to cast haha. We had a great tour of the everglades. Such a stunning spot. Also it was great to visit the oyster reefs up there. I couldn't raise any fish form them even though I tried pretty hard. Great to see them though and I hope they are a huge success.
      13. Took the wife and two kids out to the Small Ships Channel yesterday so see if we could locate some whiting. Leisurely 10:30am at the ramp and plenty of spots left (thankfully as the weather was brilliant). Got distracted on the way out by some birds working which on closer inspection had tuna busting under them (not sure if macks or longies - out of practice ....). Rued the fact that for once I hadn't put in a rod with a slug on it but luckily had one larger combo so quickly rigged up some ganged hooks and threw a pillie out. That school moved away for us but I hadn't got around to rigging up the whiting rods and there were a few packs of birds and tuna in the general area so I figured I may as well prepare the rods there with a line in the water rather than when we pull up for whiting. Ended up hooking a small (bit over a metre) shark that I got to the boat but unfortunately (for me as I wanted a feed of flake, but my wife wasn't too disappointed) it made a sudden dive to the bottom as I reached for it's tail and popped the swivel (note to self - loosen the drag near the boat and also double check I haven't used a swivel more suited to whiting fishing ......). Moved off to the Small Ships Channel and started scratching my head about where to fish (still a novice about this) before settling on an area slightly deeper (approx. 5m). Drifted to the south through the middle of the channel and the wife picked on nice winter whiting up (25cm), followed by another one for my son Liam a couple of minutes later (at which point we realised how far we had drifted), then my wife caught another one straight after so we decided to anchor up. Good decision - 21 whiting in total (half a good size and half smaller but they were swallowing the hooks so we kept them all). Also had two small grinners and at least 15 of these tiny little emperor with a dot on them (not moses) so a busy and fun time was had by all. My 3 and a half year old George also had an undersized sand crab get tangled by his line while it was eating his little emperor so that was added fun, as was the dolphins, turtles and two or three dugongs that we saw. We were using s small pack of bay prawns I'd bought at the fish shop at Colmslie last weekend - peeling them and cutting them into half kept me busy, as did dealing with all the fish .... Good problem to have, but next time I'll buy peeled prawns Saw even more birds (and some tuna) working on the way home but we'd stayed out longer than expected so did the right thing and kept going. Had a drama with the motor stalling and not re-starting (for a while) when back at the ramp which put a slight dampener on things but regardless an awesome family day out that we'll hopefully replicate (and better) many times over. Had the fish tonight (gave some to the in-laws) and now we're out, so George has declared that we have to go get more (after we get the motor looked at ....) . Liam didn't waste any time putting his new Alvey combo that he won at last week's Wynnum Fishing Classic to good use ..... And I've now got some prime snapper/grass sweetlip baits ready to go. I cut the frames into small pieces and put them in with the heads so I have ready made berley.
      14. So I had a call from a mate yesterday. Unfortunately he had succumbed to a severe bout of industrial diarrhoea, and as we all know, the only cure for that is a day on the water chasing fish and crabs. As luck would have it, I was planning to take advantage of an all too rare (at the moment) break in the wind to do exactly that. Let’s call him the dentist, not because he is one, nor because he is always looking down in the mouth, but because he can’t show his face on the World Wide Web whilst undergoing this highly confidential treatment. The dentist has a few favourite spots down the Pin area so we head there with a yabbie pump, assorted rods, plastics, hard bodies, 8 crab pots, a bag of chicken frames, and high hopes for a successful recovery. We launch at 5.30 am and head to spot A to try for some flathead in a small drain on the low tide. The dentist was confident but the fish didn’t play the game so off we went to drop the pots in known mudcrab territory. Pots successfully deployed, we headed to the yabbie bank to gather our bait. Heaps of yabbies with a bucketful in no time. Then it was off to spot B to try for whiting. Not there long and the dentist nails a nice fat whiting of around 32cm. It was quiet on my side for a bit, but once I pulled in a small ray we knew it would be ok because @ellicat has this crazy theory that you won’t have a good whiting session until you land a ray. We landed a few more whiting which were all good size (biggest was a donkey at 36cm) before that spot went quiet and we headed to spot D which the dentist assured me was good for whiting, grunter and more rays. His prediction was correct and we ended up with 3 legal spotted grunter, a few more jumbo whiting and a shedload of small rays. The dentist saw a bull shark jump and next minute he was onto a good fish. We speculated about the odds of catching a bully on yabbies but dismissed that theory as the battle continued on light line. Eventually a juvenile GT popped up which was soon bled and tossed in the esky with the rest of the catch. Things went quiet on the tide change so we pulled the anchor and went to pick up the pots. Not a single crab in any pot which was both disappointing and surprising, but we couldn’t complain after a good session like we had just had. The dentist was well on the way to a full recovery by the time we pulled the boat out of the water at high noon. It was a good morning on the water with the final tally of 9 good whiting, 3 spotted grunter, one lonely bream (gut hooked) and a 42cm trevally. The dentist donated his share of the catch (all the good ones) to me, which has made Mrs Scaley very happy, but not as happy as if I had come home with muddies. Here is another of my woeful photos of dead fish. Thanks for reading.
      15. A freezing start greeted us Sunday morning for the Toorbul monthly fishing comp. We really struggled to find quality fish with a lot of undersized bream coming over the side. There was no breeze and the water was the clearest I have seen it in the past year. I think this may have scared off the fish from their normal areas in the shallows Final tally 3 whiting all 31cms and a couple of bream
      16. Headed out for a fish and managed a couple of unusual catches. Caught my first ever crab!!!!, and also managed to hook up to a one eyed whiting. Both caught on soft plastics. Picked up quite a few small flatties as well which were all released.
      17. Hey guys, Going over for the weekend this weekend leaving Friday and coming back sunday on the Micat. I will be land based and was hoping someone could give me a bit of a run down on a good sport to grab a feed over there. I am going with the better half and a group who aren't that into fishing so I might only be able to get away for a few hours. We're planning on staying close to the resort. Any decent spots within a relatively quick drive that is worth a fish on the Eastern side of the island. Last time there looked like there some pretty good gutters and I still think it is hard to go past a good feed of whiting. Any time saving spots I can head straight to to maximise my time soaking a line would be much appreciated!
      18. Managed to capture a great trevally strike right at the side of the yak last weekend. Water was only around 40cm deep and there must have been around 10cm of line left. Took me by surprise thats for sure. Also managed a few other fish on the surface and soft plastics.
      19. I've attached a link from the video I put together from a couple of mornings ago. Cheers.
      20. Fishing the picturesque setting of Walpole WA for King George Whiting when my bait was taken by and Eagle Ray. No chance, right? What and see! :-)
      21. With the windy weather of late the boat has been stuck in the garage but my desire to get out hasn't gotten any less. With an afternoon off I decided to throw the yak on the roof and head down the coast for an explore and maybe a GH fish. I got to a spot near the goldy where I had caught GH in the past but the water didnt look as good as I had hoped and I slipped over and drowned myself and my spirits before I even wet a line. I decided to head back along the coast in search of a sheltered sandflat to pepper instead. It wasn't until I reached Wellington point that I found shelter from an angry southerly and decided to wade the flats given I had already been swimming and it was raining. I could see plenty of bait and activity on the mangrove edges and it wasn't long before I came tight on the first fish on the sugapen. A healthy bream came ashore as a consolation prize for persevering in the less than ideal conditions. Only a few casts later came a solid hit which found an algae cover pneumatophore to pin me to and earn its freedom. Luckily I managed to get my lure back. In the distance there was some solid surface action with large baitfish showering and the odd boil which looked to be either mackerel or trevally but were out of range of my lure. As I continued to wade the edges the bite really took off with whiting fighting over my lure cast after cast. My final tally was in the mid 20s of whiting and another bream in the mix as well as a few longtom. One of my highest whiting scores on lures. I would estimate about 8-10 legal fish with the largest being 30cm and as fat as they come. Overall a good outcome given the unfortunate start and poor conditions.
      22. Fished the Monthly Toorbul Comp yesterday. Fished the mouth of Coochin Creek early for the annoying pony fish (atm my most hated fish!)and undersize bream. Moved to Hussey Creek to find more under size bream. The wind got up so I decided to try Coochin again. It payed off this time boating 10 nice whiting. Inbetween them where the normal rays and long toms to keep the little reels screaming. One of the whiting was this horse at 40cms. A couple of cms under my PB but was still stoked to get it. Little hands always make for better fish photos
      23. Hit Jacob's Well with this mystery man today. Turned out it was only @Old Scaley with a buff on. Forecast wasn't the best with possible storms and 20 knot winds but there's always someplace to hide down there. The fishing wasn't great but we got onto a good feed of whiting while we waited for the 4 crab pots to fill....and fill they did. Mostly with water, but the first pot showed promise with two big muddies, one being a buck. Yayyy. The next 3 were all under size unfortunately. Never mind, one is good. Whilst fishing I scored a very pretty purple spotted morwong of sorts (??). Steve'll post the pic later. Right near the end of the day, with me being confident my 30cm whiting was going to be Fish of the Day, Steve's rod buckled and in came a nice 35cm specimen. I tried some of the tips on photography but alas my skills are still lacking. Whilst not a great day on the fishing front it was good to get the doughnut monkey that's been around for a couple of months off our backs. Upwards and onwards, Steve. Top day out.
      24. Great morning. Hit a Tweed coast tidal lake this morning hoping to get some whiting. Lots of yabby banks made things look promising but kicked off the morning with a green marlin... Hmm. Not to be put off kept going and managed a few mini bream. Finally on a nice sandy flat Joel pinned something better. After a good fight presto... Our target. Thay was about it for the morning. Slower than some but every dawn on the water is awesome. We got home to be regailed with how good the Whiting were in the surf. Tanya's dad had managed 6 in a quick pre breakfast session. Eating like kings this weekend. If only weekends were longer.
      25. Headed into the creek today to drop some crab pots in and rustle up some bream. Pots down and a few bream later it was time to head back... Back down the beach for one more dig at the Whiting for dinner (there are 9 people). Not a bad little crack and a good feast coming. Hopefully we can replicate tomorrow plus some crab Then little time with the boy before beer o'clock. 3 reports in one day... Not bad