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Report 14/5/18

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 5:13 pm
by Nicole Penfold
The weather has changed and the cold mornings are no fun but thank heavens when the winds ease and the sun is up its quite warm,the school mackerel were hit and miss on Sunday but Monday they were so close in between green island and the hyubers light and they were good quality fish ,the squire were also hard to find on Sunday but Monday with the outgoing tide it was lots of fun a nice fish 65 and a 38 ,dropped one nice fish but that the fun of fishing near the coral at green.

The squid are as good as last year but you need to be there when they decide to go on the attack it seems to be the start of the outgoing tide picked up 8 tigers on Sunday and today was catching and releasing which was lots of fun,the cuttlefish and arrow squid are in the deeper water out from wello point and out of huybers and green in around 27 ft depth, jigs just of the bottom drifting will pick you up enough to keep you happy. Remember that the cuttlefish ink is really strong compared to the squid.

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Re: Report 14/5/18

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 3:17 pm
by sperok
Looks like some great weather comming up so enjoy the calm conditions.plenty of schoolies still about i would be trolling from well inside the hyubers to the hope banks and all the way to peel around the two greens ,plenty out there today,the squid were not thick at green but they were there if you put the time in ,they were in a little deeper water today as the shallow the water was a little murky but in the 6 ft mark quite clean and there were some big buggers.

Re: Report 14/5/18

Posted: Sat May 19, 2018 6:13 pm
by sperok
Well as mentioned yesterday saturday was glorious weather as soon as the south westerly stopped it was like a summers day.the school mackerel are really on the bite from close in betwenn green and king and all the way north east of the hyubers light and today they were also thick at the same area they showed up last year where the rous meets the small boat channel ,and had a couple of reports they are in good numbers at sharkspit,the whiting were fantastic at amity banks and it was great to see a reader of the column there with his son cattching plenty ,mathew and rory ,so a great day on the bay with my best mate the whiting master and a friend from victoria leon corstens (horse trainer) who also had a winner on the coast lots of fun on the boat today,tommorow sunday is going to be a sad day where our old friend kenny burkit will have his ashes scattered at sea.fitiing he played on my boat when he was a young teen and we fished the bay together for many many years ..but happy to remmeber him as a very good friend.rip my friend.

Re: Report 14/5/18

Posted: Mon May 21, 2018 12:09 pm
by sperok
Lots of school mackerel just before the hope banks today.

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Re: Report 14/5/18

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 5:41 pm
by sperok
Wow is all i can say to the schoolie season it has gone off with a massive bang ,have not seen it this good for a few years and really it has been great but this week is unbelievable ,took some mates out today and the whiting master and they had a ball the shoolies on the way out from the hyubers to the hope banks were big fish and so 5 was a great start ,the boys wanted to catch some whiting so off we went towards the first green just before amity banks and all hell broke loose went over an old two marks and it was like they were swimming with there mouths open 15 in the boat in an hour and another 15 to 20 catch and release.
The whiting were really slow till the tide change at amity banks but then the boys had a ball till i told them a bucket was enough for all .stopped at green to fillet and a few squid around but the whiting master did not have his squid master shirt on so he caught NONE...glad ben who was next to us caught a few. Great day on the bay.

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Re: Report 14/5/18

Posted: Mon May 28, 2018 1:04 pm
by sperok
Well the weather has kept us out of the water for a few days but looks like a few settled days ahead in between.and by the ammounts of school mackerel caught last week all over the place should not be hard to get a feed.
For anyone interested i have written a feature on where ,how,and when to catch snapper/squire in the shallows in moreton bay islands and reefs and all the tips i have learnt over the years.its in THE FISHING MONTHLY MAGAZINE JUNE EDITION ..hope you enjoy the read..

Re: Report 14/5/18

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 2:16 pm
by sperok
No the greatest day especially in front of the squalls but apart from that it was nice .plenty of schoolies on the way to hope banks hundreds in the rous channel and all the gutters in the deeper channels .if you are fishing for whiting you are bound to get a nice schoolie or Two floating out a pillie on a set of ganged hooks. I am glad I read my own feature on squire and snapper fishing .outgoing tide this morning after 9 am waited till midday for a little slower tide and 3 lovely fish. run home try and beat the squalls coming my way .not as fast as the old sharkcat. Looks like a better day tomorrow if weather forecasts are correct.

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Re: Report 14/5/18

Posted: Thu May 31, 2018 7:11 am
by sperok
turned out to be a really nice day with the south wester easing off and turned into glassy conditions ,the school mackerel went a little quite in the area from the hyubers all the way to hope banks and naval reserve are we managed two big fish but nothing to what it has been like ,this tends to happen with the big tides ,interesting pleny up on the banks where the whiting are rous channel had plenty on floating pillies and also where we were at the amity banks we had a couple swim past grabbing the whiting as they come up.stopped fro a few squire at green on the way home but all under size we did miss the run in the tide and the wind came up from the north,the squid are still there picked up 3 in a few minutes around the shallows near the yellow,plenty of arrow squid and cuttlefish in the bay at the moment wide of green and wello point in 24 to 28 ft depth,smaller tides in the comming week should see the school mackerel improve closer in.

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Re: Report 14/5/18

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:22 am
by sperok
All i can say hope some of you looked at the weather and went fishing friday saturday as it turned out to be wonderful weather,the predictions of strong winds did not eventuate and lots of fisherman missed going out and from some of the emails i recieved not happy ,but what can we do if you dont listen to the official weather sites who can you listen to they all copy what bom says (by law) so just have to kick the cat (not really) have a few choice words under your breath and hope next time you are able to get out fishing the predictions are at least nearly correct..
The tides will be smaller this comming week and the school mackerel will be back on in the deeper water ,plenty in the shallows cutting whiting in half as they are pulled towards the boat many caught with a floating pillie on ganged hooks while whiting fishing,and plenty of cuttlefish and arrow squid in the deeper water of wello point and green island, the tiger squid are along the forshore and around most weed banks around the islands and the banks .

Re: Report 14/5/18

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:24 pm
by sperok
Lots of mackerel south east side of the hope banks.wherever you see bonito mackerel are under neath..

Re: Report 14/5/18

Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 3:18 pm
by sperok
What great days on the bay if you like your fishing ,firstly let me say it was great saying hi to the 3 boats came and said hello it was great to put faces to the names,
The fishing was fantastic ,my wife and i left on friday around 9 heading to peel for the next 3 days as south easters were predicted ,so out went the diving boards starting well inside the hyubers light area ,went over the same spots but nothing at all got to the trench before the hope banks rise nothing starting to feel like maybe we had the wrong tides as it was outgoing,but no as soon as we went past the first bank heading to the first green towards amity banks it was on for young and old ,we had 10 school mackerel and 6 bonito in the boat with only one circle beeing done i could not believe how thick they were where there were bonito under were schoolies it was crazy and that was all in an hour and judging by the reports i recieved over the week end many readers who tried that area got plenty of fish.
The whiting were in very good numbers and quality at the amity banks and at the rous channel .
the squire were in good numbers with the outgoing morning tide at the lazaret picked up some lovely fish ,in the afternoon and evening tides lots of small baby sharks.
There were plenty of squid the small boat channel weed banks and also plenty of arrow squid in the 25 ft drop on the eastern side of green,so plenty of fish for all to enjoy and would it not be great to see the beacons read calm for 7 or 8 hours straight like they did on saturday afternoon and evening..happy days on the water.

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Re: Report 14/5/18

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:32 pm
by sperok
The schoolies were a little slow yesterday especially in the morning with the big high tide and the water was quite cloudy did not get a hit going over for some whiting at palican banks ,plenty of whiting there but we decided to head over to the rous to see how the whiting were there and also if the mackerel were swimming around ,the whiting were on off till the tide run started and then it was like someone rang the lunch bell they were on we anchored up and it was one after another and good quality not as big as amity banks,but the schoolies came cruising past trying to hit the whiting caught one on a whiting rod that grabbed the piece of squid which was lots of fun but we did manage to land it after a good fight .we managed another 2 on the troll on the way back on the south western side of the entrance to the small boat channel and i am convinced its the cleaner water on the eastern side of the bay,as the bonito were there also .as the tides drop and the water clears i am pretty sure they will be back closer to the mainland.

Re: Report 14/5/18

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:15 pm
by sperok
Well they did decide to come back on today south west of the hope banks with the last of the incomming tide and in the rous thick on the troll with spoons or just anchored up with floating pillies ,took a friend out today and he had a ball .fish everywhere we only had a dozen pillies and once they went we even caugh 7 on whiting fillets ,unbelievable day and the glassy conditions were fantastic..try and get over to the rous its worth the fun.oh and the whiting are thick as well.

Re: Report 14/5/18

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:50 pm
by sperok
another nice morning on the bay lots of boats in the bay and lots fishing for whiting and school mackerel half way up the small boat channel all the way to where the rous joins in it was good to see everyone catching a few, the whiting were in good numbers if you anchored up when you found them i did and picked up 35 in no time and with the pilchards out on a float at the back of the boat 4 really big schoolies and dropped a few more, so lots of fun this week, looks like a few windy days ,time to spit and polish and get the boat back in order for the next calm day.

on a point regarding amity bank and the 2 mt green zone,i have had so many questions re what does the 2 mt zone mean and where you can fish as on most maps there is a drawn line on them that most assume tha'ts the mark but its not ,i have spoken a few times to fisheries and parks and wildlife and i have been told its the 2mt mark at low tide. i asked a few times as i wanted to make sure and that's what i was advised by both government departments.hopefully that clears it as its been bothering me for years,and that also goes for all 2 mt zone marks like the maroom banks as well.

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Re: Report 14/5/18

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:39 pm
by BWClark
Hi Sperok. Came across this forum recently and I must say I enjoy your regular reports which were both entertaining and informative. Keep up the good work. I personally try to get out as much as I can but life normally gets in the way but I do manage to sneak in a few hours every now and then. I have some success trolling and spinning for macks but have never caught one on bait (possibly because I never tried). When you send a pillie out on a float, what's the length of leader below the float? Do you keep the bait drifting along naturally or do you lock up the reel once you're happy with the distance behind the boat at anchor? Cheers Ben.