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  1. used them plenty of times, good bream and big whiting bait
  2. caught plenty of bream on crabs as a kid certainly good for avoiding pickers, catch plenty of bream on cranka crabs floating them down structure, they're actually pretty snag resistant with the floating claws
  3. Gotta love bream on lures they can just about make you insane Good luck in the comp, be prepared for the fish to be tough on a whole new level, Make sure you think outside the box and do something different if it looks too ridiculous to cast at then definitely give it a go
  4. March, April around Scotts Head don't have to go out far
  5. Forget the electric motor and sounder when you're starting out they add a lot of extra weight and expense An important point with kayak fishing is remembering wherever you paddle you have to paddle back, it looks and sounds easy but it's very physically demanding
  6. A few months back Amy won a random draw cash prize in a fishing comp after some discussion around the winnings it was decided we would go back up north and try and settle the score with some of the uncooperative fish, after a bit of discussion with our fishing guide it was a 2 day January Jack trip. Getting off the plane it was hot and humid and also hot really hot apparently all the ingrediants for good jack fishing. Day 1: after waing every hour to check the clock it was finally time to hit the water our first day was fishing the creeks around Cape Upstart, we started out working the mangrove edges with weedless soft plastic poppers (zman pop shadz) waiting for the tide to drop we could hear the jacks smashing stuff deep in the mangroves, we didn't manage to land any on surface but we had plenty of hits and misses right up to beside the boat certainly got the blood pumping, with the tide dropped our guide suggested a change to weedless plastic paddletails slow rolled out of the nasty structure, it didn't take long to get hammered a 41cm satan to start the trip first fish and already bested a pb a few metres along put a cast at some bream on an overhanging tree the bream took off and the rod loaded up in a serious way as soon as the red flash went past my knees nearly buckled managed to steer him out in to the middle of the creek and a solid slab of satan came aboard 48cm and thick, I've wanted a Jack like this for a long time whilst I was beating my chest and doing some weird dance Amy got her first fish for the trip with a nice blac spot Happiness was high, we kept hitting the snags for some more cod, and Amy gets belted on a perfect cast Amy's first Jack Finished with the first creek we moved onto another landing a few cod, a catfish and a couple of smaller jacks and working some really heavy timber got another nice Jack After quite a few cod the novelty had worn off for Amy when hooked onto something different a nice 40cm GT another first for Amy not long after I was belted by a better quality cod he went mid 40's I'm never disappointed with a decent cod after a bit of a slow period with a few hits but no fish my lue gets chased by some small GT's and suddenly a bigger model charges in and nails it leaving a bruise in my ribcage from the rod butt, it was a scary fight on a tight drag in a small creek and what felt like forever a solid estuary GT came aboard he measured up at 59cm gave me a heel of a scra on 20lb With day drawing to an end thought it couldn't get much better despite woring hard in the heat we had caught some awesome fish Then Amy lets out a yell the fish immediately jumps and we realise it's a barra there were nervous moments but finally the smile says it all although we weren't targeting Amy really wanted a barra, it is closed season so the barra was returned to the water really quickly with that day 1 was done Day 2: We fished the Burdekin river and some small creeks attached to it, the day started chasing queenies and GT's with stickbaits resulting a couple of missed hits and a dropped queenie and Amy jagging a stingray, we decided to head into a small creek, didn't take long for me to get smashed by a solid fish before the hooks pulled, the bait was everywhere and after a few more casts another solid jack to get the day going, Amy put some casts into the same snag and came out with a cracking sized pikey bream we worked a few more trees for a flathead and plenty of small to medium sized cod, then I get hit all I could say was "BIG" the fish steamrolled out into the creek, luckily eventually the monster and came boatside an absolute beast of a cod, he went 53cm working the banks for multiple missed hits and Amy get destroyed by an XOS Jack, a barra comes from nowhere and eats my lure no monster but still my first barra and casts later another for the tally heading out of the creek we saw some small GT's busting bait they wouldn't hit our lures so at the guides suggestion I sun it beneath and cameup tight on another fish when it jumped i realised it wasn't a GT a blue salmon, another fish I really wanted to catch with that we did some mud bank casting to fill in time waiting for the tide catching a few flathead and good quality size, when again I load up on a solid fish and to my surprise another solid jack working a muddy edge the arvo bite didn't happen most likey due to the ridiculously high water temps but Amy did managed a nice GT on surface but it self released before I could get a photo That finished the trip, we tallied up over 40 fish for the 2 days with plenty of variety it was the trip I've always dreamed of having anyone thinking of hitting FNQ in summer just be aware of the heat, it's brutal and shouldn't be underestimated cheers for reading Dave
  7. On the reel spend tge most you can afford, if it's only for freshwater use something like a shimano caenan or an abu blackmax they both go for under $200 Otherwise practice with your spin outfit cast at a bucket over and over, baitcasters take a lot of practice to master and with modern spin gear and good quality braid you can get just as good accuracy from spin gear, I use baitcasters for the stopping power for fish like jacks
  8. get yourself a cast weight or just an old lure around the size you intend to use and practice practice and practice some more I spent a lot of time flick casting a weight into a bucket, the main challenge is controlling the speed of the spool while casting you need it go fast enough to cast but not to fast and overrun,
  9. dirvin21

    caring for boats

    I go to carwash on way home $ gives me plenty of time to wash down the trailer
  10. The length varies depending on actual plane type although 1m seems exceptionally short are yo sure she wasn't talking about normal luggage, anything over 1m is usually classified as oversize For a 1m limit only real option is to get a travel rod
  11. Great lure in streams or of edge of lakes they put out loads of flash
  12. Looking at heading up to Dawson river central QLD in January, any raiders been around the system chasing Saratoga Ant tips are appreciated Looking at area around Taroom and Cracow Cheers Dave