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Roly's barra, I'll have to try again in the morning

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thats a good Barra your turn soon i'm sure MartinWink
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Originally posted by puglee62 puglee62 wrote:

thats a good Barra your turn soon i'm sure MartinWink


Well it almost was my turn this morning. Using a C.R.A.F.T. fizzer / popper / stick bait (top little design this lure) I got smashed by another barra around the 70 cm mark at the wharf. A few jumps then just as I thought I was gaining the upper hand - a last ditch effort to the pylons - it made itCry and I was cut off immediately. A photo of my last one of these is below.

Mick dropped a barra that he reckons was under legal size at his feet and Roly caught a little 23 cm mangrove jack using his same little white soft plastic.

This afternoon Wal and I checked out the rocks at Archer Point not really intending on fishing. We saw a father and son from Cleveland in Brisbane fishing them. We gave them a few tips on fishing the area they were in. Using a stick bait, the father was just winding it back in like a high speed fizzer. I suggested that he may like to twitch the lure back as that's what works in that area close to some weeds. He asked me to show him what I meant and gave me his rod. First cast, 3 rd twitch and the rod loaded up to what felt like a good fish - then all went limp. The lure was bitten off by what we think was a solid mackerel. Wal was just roaring with laughter, along with the father and son (although the father didn't like loosing his lure but he saw the funny side of it), and I was just standing on that rock, mouth open, shaking my head.The father went back to his car and got a wire trace - like what he should have been using in the first place off these rocks. 

Driving back home I had quips coming from the passenger seat like 'you not only loose your lures, but other people's as well". Just wait until Wal looses a fish - at least I can hook themConfusedLOL

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A flick this early morning at the wharf.  There were plenty of BOOFS and from some big barra, but nobody could entice one to hit a lure. I used a Mark A "barra pop" lure and had briefly hooked up to an undersized barra - the only hook up by anybody this morning
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Well Roly did it again this morning with his little white grub - a nice fat 81 cm barra.

We were fishing the rock wall at the waterfront recreational area and there were barra, some very big, boofing everywhere. Watching them, they were only taking little hardiheads and tiny garfish off the surface. I watched where one barra was using a rock as an ambush site and continually presented my little popper there. The barra would smash all around my popper but not the lure itself. Roly was just about ready to call it quits when he hooked up on what was going to be his last cast in the area.

My popper was the right size, but seemingly the wrong profile and / or colour. I will have some more "hardihead" looking lures with me tomorrow morning. The barra are only active in this area an hour before dawn, it doesn't seem to matter what the stage of the tide is. After dawn, you are just wasting your time.



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Love the look of them salt water barra.Wink
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Originally posted by Fishalot Fishalot wrote:

Love the look of them salt water barra.Wink

I love the look of them too - if only I could catch oneCryLOL
Instead today I only got this little cod (lure is 40 mm long as an indication of the fish's size).Embarrassed
At least I outfished everybody else this morning.Big smile


We haven't had much rain in the past 3 days and the water is starting to clear up. We have about half a metre of visibility and no more rain in a week would just about see the water clarity back to normal. Hopefully this will mean the GTs and mackerel will come back in the river. The wind prediction for the next 10 days is currently not very nice. But the direction of it means that Archer Point may be a proposition.

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Martin you need to drop a Deciever in fron of those BarraWink
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Martin you need to drop a Deciever in fron of those BarraWink


Can you tie him a timber one?  He only fishes timber :-P
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Hi Martin, Just been scrolling through your posts and saw the post on the 17th February where you caught some reefies and embedded the treble in your hand on one of my lures that Billy sent up to you. Always great to see fish caught on something you have made :)
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Originally posted by puglee62 puglee62 wrote:

Martin you need to drop a Deciever in fron of those BarraWink


Can you tie him a timber one?  He only fishes timber :-P
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Originally posted by gimme gimme wrote:

Hi Martin, Just been scrolling through your posts and saw the post on the 17th February where you caught some reefies and embedded the treble in your hand on one of my lures that Billy sent up to you. Always great to see fish caught on something you have made :)
Hope the hand has healed okay
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So they are your lures? Thanks for those. They work well and they caught the biggest, ugliest flathead you've ever seenLOL.

Yes thanks, the finger healed up real well. Was also a good time to get a tetnus booster as I kept on forgetting to get one.
 
Tides today were bad. Only 3 tides with 2 lows and 1 high for very little run. I don't know of anything caught on a lure but a 50 cm giant trevally was caught on live bait. So the GTs are coming back inBig smile.

Tomorrow's tides are going to be worse at 1:52 am high at 2.11 metres with a low tide at 7:28 pm at 1.25 metres. There is not going to be any run in the water at all. But I'll go down to the wharf and give Roly some "immoral" supportWink .
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Originally posted by puglee62 puglee62 wrote:

Martin you need to drop a Deciever in fron of those BarraWink

Yep the local fly guru does quite well - when ever he decides to fish, which is not very often. Have been seriously considering it.



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Well not much at the wharf this morning as predicted. Roly got a little GT on a live bait and most people pulled the pin pretty early. But the water quality is much better and there was a surprising amount of bait around. From tomorrow onwards the tides are back to the usual 2 highs and 2 lows a day so hopefully the bigger GTs will start to show up again.

I had a quick flick up a freshwater river today. I scored a little 17 cm jungle perch before I lost the lure. The lure was cropped out of the photo because the maker doesn't want to show it off just yet (a prototype).


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You lost a prototype after proving it worked?
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Looks like Roly's kicking your arse HH. You need a Seaweed Barra, see me at the Expo, got a few deeper versions this year as well as the usual.
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Those Jungle Perch look like a great little fish. The equivalent to the Spangled Perch a bit further south here in magnificent QLD.
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Yeah Ducks, got a couple of coral trout on it as well but I wanted a barra.        Will catch up with you at the expo Tony.    We have spangled perch up here as well - aggressive little fish. Too bad they don’t grow larger. JOs grow larger then a spangled though and weight for weight they pull a barra backwards. My biggest JP went around 46 cm ( depending upon what you used as a yardstick in my photo it was either 46.4 or 47.8 cm) and I thought it was a 70 cm plus barra. Gee they can pull.        Still with small tides today I only went to the wharf as a social event this morning and this evening. Nothing of note was caught even by those using live bait. But the water is clearing up more and for the first time in weeks, the Windy apps are starting to predict some lighter winds towards the end of next week. I’ll still go down to the wharf tomorrow morning as I might be tempted to have a go.
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The last few days have seen me flicking lures around the place at all times of the day and night. ;Pretty frustrating when you see a barra and as soon as your lure gets near it, it stands on it's head refusing to look at it. Kind of like the marine version of an ostrich burying it's head in the sand. Even Roly hasn't bothered to fish in the last 4 mornings.

With the wind, I get all excited about a predicted forecast of winds in the early to mid 20 kph in a few days time, only to have the prediction change to above 35 kph the next day. 

Well today I  broke my hoodoo and scored my first barra for the season on a Howard Kelly minnow. A nice fat 69 cm fish that I waited for over an hour for the tide to drop far enough so I could walk out onto the sand bank to cast to a pile of rocks and the eddy behind it.






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good to see you've finally beat that hoodoo mateThumbs Up,jeez that Barra looks tastyTongue
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Great stuff Martin, nice fish! Thumbs Up
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Well all good things must come to an end. And so it was with the above Howard Kelly lure. I snagged it in a little creek (which has at least one 1.3 metre croc and we suspect a 3 metre + animal that had once followed me as I walked the adjacent beach). I tried to unhook it with a long stick and .....  yep, sadness filled the air as the line brokeCry.

Across the creek though I saw a lure hard up amongst the snags. I re-rigged with a sinker and after about 50 casts I managed to get that sinker into a tiny little gap in the snags to pull out a Classic f18 (?) mackerel lure. I feelings I had was akin to when my name was drawn second in a compwetition and I scored a bar fridge instead on a street legal replica of an Irwin Tools Bathurst special race carConfused.

A walk on the beach, keeping an eye out for any crocs, and .... well .... as a beach comber I would starve to death.LOL. I went back to the scene of the crime (the creek) to reminisce my lost lure. I then notice a suspended leaf, it wasn't moving upstream with the incoming tide. A move to the left to cut out the glare and YES .... hooks hanging off it - my lure. Happiness and joy could once again be used to describe me as I went back for my rod. The first cast connected to the leader and pulled it off the log. The second cast went over the now floating lure lure and tangled up with the belly trebleBig smileBig smileBig smile. Glee warmed my heart as I walked back with my wayward lureLOL.

OH, no fish today even after trying half a dozen spots - but I got my wooden lure back with interest (even if it is only a plastic lure).


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Forgot to mention. Roly lost a big barra at the wharf with his little white grub. He doesn't rinse his lures and the hook rusted. The hook broke right at the point where it exits the soft plastic, the rust had eaten away about a third of the thickness of the hook.
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