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  1. I tried the deep water over closer to the church camps than lilli pllli only decent fish was a 43cm trevally for my grandson. Need to spend a bit more time fishing the deeper water. Another tasty feed of fish for you.
  2. You put in a good effort and a good report. I pulled the pin early I did a trip on Sunday from Port Hacking. Intended going to the south fad but too many boats heading out so did a lap out then south then back in near Marley. Result 1 only 50 cm dollie in 100 m of water No kings not much at all. Back in the queue at the ramp by 1030 Water never looked good. Who caught fish? Three donut reports so far.
  3. when the bream seems to be fighting hard for its size usually turns out to be a moses. The number in the Macleay seems to be up this year also, we not only caught them on lure and bait, we managed a 28cm model on the bait jig while catching herring. Once they get over the 25cms they have a couple of tasty nice fat fillets on them.
  4. I had a look at fish rock when I was up at swr too many boats divers and activity for my liking so went for a troll. One of the local pros trolling for mack tuna at the rock told me he was only landing just over half what he hooked the sharks took the rest. Nice haul of dollies (off the traps or the fad) the 15gm metal slugs work great on light outfits, a fast sinking fly works very well also. Hope the current picks up as this will really turn them on. bruce
  5. Hi Dave Nice to see someone braved the elements and got a good catch for their effort. Years ago I used to cold smoke the tailor and they came up very nice. Tempted to try it again but I would have to catch the tailor first. I thought the southerly would have died down by today and had planned a offshore trip but pulled the pin and worked on the rebuilding the back patio. Plan is now to head offshore Friday. (or if grandkids get in the way go very early sat). Bruce
  6. Wasn't many mackerel etc coming in from outside. A few marlin were being seen not many caught from what I could tell. Whiting, bream and some flatties on nippers. Also used live herring and soft plastics for flatties and perch. My grandson cast a SP for 3 hours 1 day for a throwback whiting and flattie and finally his hard work was rewarded with a 47 cm flattie. The grand kids eat nearly as many fish as they catch. Had fish 4 nights in a row then they had a break, sausages was there choice for tea. All fish were caught using lightweight 2kg mono outfits in water less than 50cm deep.(except perch on bait jig while catching herring) Bruce
  7. Quick report spent the last 5 days up here with son and grandkids Fishing was slow in the river till we found the fish. Had some good catches between us. Flatties whiting beam and moses perch. Released flathead including a 78cm fish Good fun fishing Bruce
  8. Good result. Fish were caught and fish to eat. We usually end up using bait to catch the yakkas near the mouth of the hacking, and take a block of pillies as back up. Small sweep etc will work as live bait. Sunrise and sea conditions look good. Doesn't take much to get hooked on FAD fishing. bruce
  9. Went out again this morning and headed north instead of South yesterday. Only managed four pearlies and a nice blue spott flathead no marlin or surface activity . Water is a nice 25deg which makes for a nice swim Haven't seen or heard of any mackerel. Think the lack of baitfish could be the reason. Bruce
  10. The forecast was good and the bar flat so headed out the macleay to catch a feed things were a bit quiet so decided on a bottom bash. Ended up with a morwong a flathead and 5 pearl perch. Then went for a troll after about 15 min the rod with the small lumo pusher started to scream. And the ocean out the back of the boat turned to foam with a very angry marlin about 60-70 kg out of the water more than in it. The battle only lasted 3 min before the line fouled around the fish on one of it's charges. I was just at the point of working out how to get a photo when the line parted. Would be easier if I hadn't been on my own. Will try again tomorrow.
  11. Great fish You have your fish of the month so you don't need to go fishing at Wanda for a long time. Me and other fishraiders will fish your beach for you. Bruce
  12. Nice jew from the Hacking. The size looks good to me about twice the size of my jews from the Hacking. When the xmas settles down I have to make a few night tine trips in the Hacking. Bruce
  13. Intended going out to chase whiting in the Port on Wed but ended up with a crew to " HELP " me. I only managed 2 keeper whiting and 1 crab.8 yo grandson started the day and pleased with a new specie porcupine toad, then a small red bream then his fishing was a bit quiet.Next he got pulled all around the boat by a rat king which we landed measured and released was smaller than his PB of 63cm.Heading back to the ramp with clouds building it was decided not enough fishing yet so stopped on a small sand bank. He then landed his fish of the day. A nice 36 cm bream on 2 kg line a new PB. 6 yo grandson managed a steady stream of tarwhine, red bream (including his new PB of 25 cm), mullet, bream and finally a just legal flathead. Grand daughter 3 yr old caught her PB fish the first fish ever a 49 cm long tom . By this stage the southerly was blowing fresh, the 8 year old managed to winch the boat halfway onto the trailer while I steadied it at exposed Gray's point ramp. A good day had by all. Thanks Bruce
  14. The boat is hooked unto the back of the car ready for tomorrow. The whiting look like the target specie and I'll have to get my feet wet. Couple of solid ones in that group and a good feed overall. Bruce
  15. Yes they were tasty. Sent most fish home with grandson. Having the last of what I kept for dinner tonight. Looking at the weather forecast for another trip soon. bruce
  16. They are there to catch just got to find the right drift. I prefer them in the shallower water but they don't always co-operate. Bet they taste as good as mine did from sunday. bruce
  17. No legal flatties till we got to 35 meters only fished to 40 m. The 8 year old was working hard at this depth. He was very pleased to score 2 new species a bango ray which performed and a morwong. Bruce
  18. With good conditions due today, took the grandson out in Bate Bay fishing stayed in close for quite a while for 2 flounder but had to move out to deeper water to find some flatties. Ended up keeping 12 with the largest going 53 cm. Definitely more activity than on thurs. bruce
  19. Nice Jew from the hackjng I'm yet to get a legal one in the port. bruce
  20. With a break in the weather headed out in the Port yesterday. Pumped nippers then fished Lilli Pilli sand flat for the first 2 hours of run in tide. Only saw one small whiting moving around Fish were quiet kept 2 bream and 2 blue swimmers. Headed out into Bate Bay drifted for flatties kept 3. Swell was up a bit but with light wind was quite comfortable. Back into the port and fished various sand flat areas. Managed 2 more reasonable bream and 2 more crabs. Called it quits at lunchtime. Fishing was quiet caught only 1 undersize whiting and saw almost none. I'm sure Yowie will go out and catch a boatload of fish. Thanks Bruce
  21. Hi We have been going to Weipa for the last 16 years. Different guys come and go. This year we have a spare spot. Trip is on the house boat with a couple of tenders, we usually head south from Weipa and fish the beaches, reefs and bait schools. We have the boat booked 28th April till 11th May cost is approx. $1200 per week plus your airfare, alcohol and any thing other than the group food. We only have 6 on board for a bit of comfort and buy our own alcohol to keep costs down. We just divide the costs 6 ways food prawns fuel and boats Fly up 25th, 26th or 27th April fly back to Sydney when we get off the boat on the 11th of May. Could split it into two separate weeks if need be. Check out reports on my old postings as Hookerbruce. We are all mature gents who go to fish and have a few drinks we don't go to drink. We stay in the campground a night or two before getting on the boat. If your interested send me a PM and I can give you more details or even meet up with you fill you in on what gear we take. Bruce Still have a vacancy for at least 1 week
  22. Okay soap for shrimp. What is the best bait for red claw ? Hope to catch some next week.
  23. Glad you had such a great trip out we all deserve that magic trip once in a while. Broome is a great place to visit. Pity it is so far away, but that's what makes it good.
  24. Hi Phil Got GTs, cobia, big queenies, fingermark and other good fish on outside of Pera reef in 15-20 m of water. Also sound around up to 1km west of pera reef some little peaks and broken reef produced if you could beat the sharks. 3 mile was rather dead but did jig up big sharks. Only saw your pm yesterday will reply. Hi Scratchie Like a lot of other places it doesn't fish as well as it used to, but for ease of access and cost it is still the best I can find. Planning my next Weipa trip now. Sept I'll be around Burketown somewhere and on the way home by Oct. Hi Dave Heading off probably next wed up to Narrabri (Lake Yarrie no fish don't even know if there is water this year) then up to St George (on a river about 20 km out), next on to Quilpie, Windorah (Coopers Creek) and down to Birdsville Then north to the Gulf. Naturally having a fish in any river we come to. That is plan A. I've seen you anchored up in port a couple of times, kept away didn't want to scare the fish early in the morning. My son bumped into you a few weeks back at mainbar pumping nippers and said hello. Will come and say hello next time. Get bent The Norman fished dead but the mouth did produce jacks and heaps of golden trev,queenies, dart etc not big fish about a kg. I fish the beach areas with 10lb braid on a 2-4 kg 7 ft graphite rod and have a ball with a fish a cast on small soft plastics. The mouth comes alive with the run in tide over the flats at the mouth. Also about 1 km north of the norman big area of broken reef in about 2-4m of water well worth trolling over.