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  1. Groper, as long as it is in a nice way, it's all good
  2. Some nice reds there mate and good conditions too!
  3. Nice fish mate, well done! Particularly on the lighter tackle. They pack some punch once they get 125cm + in shallow water. It looks to be around the 20-25kg
  4. We spent just under 4 weeks in total between port douglas and the whitsundays. 6 days were also spent driving! Cargo05 - yes the boat is a 450 Topender powered by a 60hp Yamaha. I have not had any issues towing although i made sure everything was in good order before leaving. The trailer is from boeing (not quintrex). The boat handles well, I have always been very happy with the hull. There isn't any swell inside the reef but when the wind is up it can whip up some fairly nasty chop which you do need to be wary of when driving. I do a lot of offshore work in this boat along the cliffs and out
  5. Farvos, yes, I am based in Sydney. We drove to the whitsundays in 2 days. But they were long days on the road - 14hrs and 12 hrs (which included 2 breaks of about 0.5hrs each). The drive from the whitsundays to port douglas was 9hrs with one 0.5hr break. I also re-did the trailer bearings and replaced the springs and brake pads on the trailer prior to the trip. Luckyfil, we were aware of ciguatera and from what we understood some species are likely to carry the toxin and very large specimens of predatory species could be carriers. So we did not eat the big coral trout pictured or my mate's la
  6. It has been a long time since posting but here is a quick recap of my recent trip to north Queensland.... I have always wanted to tow the boat up to the northern parts of Australia to explore some of our northern fishing hotspots. It has been hard to get it together due to uni, work, mates not having the time etc. But with my brother and a few mates also heading up and the predicted el nino (weaker trade winds) I took the plunge to tow the boat up and fish with the boys and (after they left) flew the newly wed wife up to continue the expedition. We spent our time between port douglas and the
  7. I think you will find it had more to do with less boats than the tide. We kept moving away from the main pack and found a couple of schools that had tightened up and we hooked-up straight away. Then 10 boats surrounded us and the school thinned out and the bite turned off. Later when there was only 3 of us there it was non stop action for about an hour and a bit with the fish around 75-85cm
  8. It went hard after you left mate, we ended up with around 25-30 fish. Got smashed by hail on the way in though which wasn't fun
  9. Nice fish taken off the rocks mate. A mate who dives says he saw a small pod last week off Sydney so it looks like a few may be around!
  10. Congrats on landing your first marlin mate!
  11. Irrespective of political preference, marine parks should not apply to recreational fisherman until a few other critical issues are sorted by our so called leaders. 1) The most common fish that are targeted are migratory (snapper, kingfish, tuna, marlin, mahi mahi and even bream). Restricting a recreational fisherman from targeting say, kingfish which may inhabit a sanctuary zone for several weeks, only to be slaughtered like lambs by a commercial drop liner when they move on is kind of pointless. Perhaps we should look at closed seasons during breeding like they do in South Australia. Bream
  12. So here we go again...... 2 years ago we faced the same issue. The government giving approval without public consultation to allow the operation of factory vessel to fish the baitfish from Southern Australian waters. Once it was well known, it faced fierce opposition and the public managed to turn this vessel around. Now they are back with a smaller vessel to skirt the laws imposed at the time. Nonetheless with a quota of 16,500 tonnes a year!!!!! Targeting red bait and mackerel - the stable food source for our tuna and billfish. Just imagine if this vessel pulled up at the carpark off port
  13. Congrats on your first mate. A day for the memory bank!
  14. Unreal!!! Nice work on a what turned out to be a great day
  15. We got a fish on the troll and got them taking cubes at the back of the boat today. They are still there, just not as crazy as Monday by the general sounds of things
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