Report 25/12/17

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Report 25/12/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:10 am

Well xmas has already gone and new year is upon us.lets hope the fishing in the bay stays as good as 2017.

the spottys have arrived not in amazing numbers but have started in pockets around the bay,the schoolies are pretty thick around the beacons and on the western side of moreton towards the sandhills and sharkspit,the whiting keep on keeping on and the squire and snapper are
in good numbers at peel island green and mud.so no complaints at all.

took out some friends the other day (greenslope doctors guild and friends) and two boys thomas and joseph who were fantastic on the boat picked up the first spotty of the season and a few schoolies and caught heaps of whiting i think they showed up there dads,and they wanted to learn how to scale and how to fillet,wonderful young fisherman who were eager to learn,and i would think fisherman of the future,great day on the water nothing better then seeing the young ones enjoy the bay.

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Re: Report 25/12/17

Post by sperok » Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:58 pm

The spottys are getting further and further into the bay but not enough in most areas to bait ball the bait it wont be long ,there are a few patches east of mud but plenty of ones and twos swimming near the surface,caught 3 at the sandhills and a few caught north of sharkspit just east of the two beacons ,next few weeks should be allot better.
Plenty of whiting in the small boat channel all the way to the rous and small boat junction and also east of the green at the start of the rous all the way to fishermans gutter,the sandhills near both yellows had plenty of whiting as well and there some big schoolies and spottys on diving boards as well.
A few windy days by the looks of it but should be ok next week hope you all have a wonderful and happy and healthy new year and the fishing is as good as 2017..
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Re: Report 25/12/17

Post by scrapperdog » Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:39 am

Hi Spero, great to hear the Spottys are coming into the bay. Are you catching them by purely trolling, spinning or via paravanes? I'd love to land one, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Cheers

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Re: Report 25/12/17

Post by sperok » Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:32 pm

We got most of them the other day trolling with diving boards on spoons like we do for the schoolies ,we managed a few on the surface but it was only one patch that i saw up i think after this blow in the next few days then the first calm weather they will be enough in the bay to start balling up the bait as there is lots of bait inside at the momment,my suggestion is to troll in the triangle between harrys artificial towards the sandhills and then back towards mud island 53ft depth is my favourite to find them in.there were also a few swimming infront of the big sandhill just to the south east of the floating yellow in 23 ft depth.
hope you get a couple i am sure you will in the comming weeks

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Re: Report 25/12/17

Post by sperok » Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:45 am

Lots of schools at shark spit and lots of spotties south west of sharkspit towards mud 85ft depth

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Re: Report 25/12/17

Post by sperok » Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:05 am

Northerly all night not to comfortable good news schoolies and spotties up already just wide of shark spit

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Re: Report 25/12/17

Post by sperok » Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:00 pm

Looks like the predictions were on the mark spent 3 days on the water around sharkspit and the mackerel fishing was fantastic,the schoolies were in good numbers in front of the sandhills all the way up to the yellow at sharkspit especially an hour each side of the high tide and the same on the low many fish were caught ,caught a couple anchored up on floating pillies.
Out wide and in 85 to 90 ft depth were plenty of schools of spottys but better with the run in tide and staying up a long time they are very hungry,there were small schools also on the northern side of lucinda bay all the way to tangalooma point out to the beacons,its just a matter now of fine weather and calm seas to find them and catch a couple ,plenty of boats on some schools on saturday and it was lots of fun watching everyone casting and hooking up.
I have to say i laughed but i should not have seeing a fisherman washing the mackerel over the side and seeing it slip out of his hand ,we have all done it but it was funny,but never at the time,and remmeber no wire traces i saw a boat casting and casting without a hit while everyone else was hooking up.
so fun times ahead especially me trying to get to a feeding school at 6 knots ,i do miss the old sharkcat during spotty season time,but a few fish is allot of fun on the surface.
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Young Rowan with his dad Conrad. This was Rowan's first spotty.

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Re: Report 25/12/17

Post by sperok » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:14 pm

Lots and lots of spotties between the beacons and shark spit and west of that line but it was really hard work trying to get them to take a lure or a spoon on s diving board .watching everyone not many fish came to the boats considering there were thousands of fish everywhere.afternoon seemed better then morning .managed a couple and a half bucket of small froggies as they hid from the mackerel against our hull.. Could be they are so full that chasing lures with there stomachs full is not am option. Tommorow is another day

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Re: Report 25/12/17

Post by stanau » Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:50 am

Hi feasting on spotties backbone as well.Sperok you are spot on the backbone is great eating as good as the rest of the fish Yum

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Re: Report 25/12/17

Post by sperok » Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:19 pm

Another great day on the spotties. Moved further in this morning with the incoming tide more towards the front of the sandhills and in the no-fish zone. Interesting was the schools further in, the fish were hitting the lures much better as there stomachs were empty, and there were lots of schoolies at sharkspit and in the basin in front of the sandhills. looks like the next few days is rest and rerigging.
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Re: Report 25/12/17

Post by stanau » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:33 am

Hi last year the spotties moved to the Hanlon Light area in a south east blow they could this year as well. Hope so

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Re: Report 25/12/17

Post by sperok » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:55 am

yes after a big blow it seems the swim into the wind thats the old theory not sure if it is correct,but there was lots of bait further in the bay all last week but no fish on them,maybe when they eat all the bait on the north eastern side they might come further in closer to home.

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Re: Report 25/12/17

Post by sperok » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:53 am

Spotties have moved into the bay both sides of hope banks and also towards peel on the first green .all big fish
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Re: Report 25/12/17

Post by sperok » Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:14 pm

The weather had not been bad at all mornings are very good but come the afternoon and it becomes not to pleasent at all.as mentioned this morning some spottys have moved all the way into the bay this morning there were a few chopping on the northern side of the hope banks with the outgoing tide and then nothing till later in the day further in west of the hope banks. The school mackerel ate back in the same area and a few good size amongst them. Fished lazaret Sunday afternoon with the outgoing tide with the south Easter and there were some really nice squire . the whiting are still of the chain banks but not in the weed banks they are on the sandy parts. .out for the night and popping out to see if the spotties will be up early like today.
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Re: Report 25/12/17

Post by HDPElagic » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:10 pm

Good luck sperok. Your reports give me hope!

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