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Rocket01
30-01-2008, 10:01 PM
Hi everyone,

My name is Ron and I will be shortly moving from the UK to Townsville.
I love boat and shore fishing and normally go fishing at least once a week, even more in the summmer months.
I'm looking forward to fishing with you guys, as the easiest way to catch fish, is by going out with someone who know what they are doing (hopefully).

So everyone has a fish of a lifetime they want to catch, apart from Barramundi over 1m in lenght, what other trophy fish would I be looking to catch?

oldboot
30-01-2008, 10:18 PM
Take your pick up there mate.
sharks... various
marlin
sail fish
mackerel... various
giant trevalley
reef fish various
There is a spiecies of cod up there that reach the weight of a medium sized car, but A/ you wont stop em...B/ they are protected

If you are realy game..... floating handbags have been known to put up a good fight on light tackle.

BTW...... what sort of boat will you be buying;D
In townsville if you don't have a boat or access to one ( of any size) you are considered either under privaledged or weird.

I hope you like the heat & humidity...... there is plenty of that up there.
But the roads are good & nowhere is very far from anywhere else.

cheers

Cammy
30-01-2008, 10:31 PM
yer oldboot pretty much covered it, even though i dont live or ever been there its still a great place;D .

y the move?

cam

Rocket01
31-01-2008, 01:42 AM
If you are realy game..... floating handbags have been known to put up a good fight on light tackle.

BTW...... what sort of boat will you be buying;D
Floating handbags? I take it thats an Aussie joke or either a member of the Skate family.
I dont know what boat I want to buy atm, but I am looking to start my own fishing holiday business if possible.

Rocket01
31-01-2008, 01:43 AM
y the move?
I tell the missis it a better life for the kids, buts it the fishing really ;D ;D

Rocket01
31-01-2008, 01:49 AM
Cammy that one ugly shark in your photos
Not as ugly as the wolffish we catch in Europeon waters

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o304/rocket577/040603_wolf_fish.jpg



http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o304/rocket577/WolfFishlowqual.jpg

gone_phishin
31-01-2008, 05:14 AM
Floating handbags? I take it thats an Aussie joke or either a member of the Skate family.
He means a Saltwater Crocodile Rocket1...more than enough of them up that way and you have to be wary.

Geoff

Rocket01
31-01-2008, 05:19 AM
He means a Saltwater Crocodile Rocket1...Why didn't I guess that ::P

gone_phishin
31-01-2008, 09:08 AM
Why didn't I guess that ::P

I figure 'cause they're not exactly rampant around the rivers and shorelines round your way at the moment;D;D;) Global warming might change that in a few hundred years though::)

Geoff

Rocket01
31-01-2008, 06:18 PM
I figure 'cause they're not exactly rampant around the rivers and shorelines round your way at the moment;D;D;) Global warming might change that in a few hundred years though::)

Geoff
A few Great whites have been know to lurk these waters over the past few years.

steve99
31-01-2008, 06:24 PM
Hey Guys,

That wolf-fish looks like my science teacher from school.

Cheers Steve99

Rocket01
01-02-2008, 02:00 AM
I went fishing in the bay of Islands NZ 2 years ago, and was catching Yellowtail kingfish and Harpukas, is there anything around the area that fight as hard if not harder, game fish excluded.

oldboot
02-02-2008, 09:54 PM
Floating hand bag...... swamp dog........never smile.......four legged snapper.......salty...........hooks demise...... steve irwin's mate.......big lizard.....Crocodylus porosus......salt water or esturine crocodile;D .

Typicaly grows to 5 metres and 800Kg or so.

Looked in one of these fishing atlas things in the news agent the other day....the map for townsville had " salt water crocodiles in this area" written in red in several places.

serioulsy though..... they arent real common in townsville & the locals don't seem to be too concerned....... but they don't swim in the sea or the creeks too much;D

When I was up there last august out fishing with the bro' inlaw in a small creek off the ross river ...he said.."Yeh there was a real to do a while back....someone saw a big salty crusing a hundred metres off the strand & they evacuated the place.......mutter mutter public servents......look over there.....you can see where a salty used to bask on the bank.......havn't seen that one for a while..... been here for years......never bothered anyone "

Was speaking to my brother....." nah they dont bother me "...."nah there not a problem arround here YET, But I've just replaced my boat with one with higher sides";D .... "like the outboard.... good deal that one..... has electric start.... baught it off a bloke with one arm":o

cheers



cheers

PaulMark
02-02-2008, 10:23 PM
Those long nosed short legged terriers are a bit nippy aren't they.

gone_phishin
03-02-2008, 06:05 AM
In my ten years in Gove in Arnhem Land I probably saw a total of about 20 crocs, and the tourists that used to come and wade up to chest height in croc territory, having a fish, were unlikely to see one at all...hence the wading, but they are there. In 1996 there were an estimated 55,000 along the coast with Arnhem Land the most densely populated... no cull since.

Whatever you do Rocket01, don't become complacent, because it's always the croc you don't see that takes you.

Geoff

Vindicator
03-02-2008, 07:20 AM
Just remember rocket, we consider carp a pest and certainly do not eat them nor throw them back lol

Cheers
Kezza

oldboot
03-02-2008, 11:38 PM
anything that fights........hmmmm

If you go for a walk out on the breakwater anything might happen by....mackerel various.......certainly shraks...... barra of various sizes...... queen fish......trevaley.


Even the whiting & bream can give a good acount of them selves if they are in the mood

Remember out the front of townsville would be open ocean if it wasnt for the reef so anything could just happen by it the conditions are right.

If you want to get a bit of a run down.....google "fishing landbased in northern queensland"..... that should give you something to think about.

cheers

Rocket01
04-02-2008, 12:12 AM
Just remember rocket, we consider carp a pest and certainly do not eat them nor throw them back lol

Cheers
Kezza
Better not tell that to the Europeon anglers, who spend thousands of dollars each year trying to catch 1 over 20lb/10kg

STUIE63
04-02-2008, 08:38 AM
Rocket look in the meet and greets section the Townsville f,f,f is coming up maybe you could tag along if you are here in time looks like plenty of boats going and plenty of spare seats
Stuie

mattooty
04-02-2008, 09:25 AM
Rocket mate, if they're after carp, send them down to aust! Around canberra they regularly get them up to 15kg on all sorts of gear (fly included!)
But you're on the right track moving to townsville. Theres a HUGE variety of fish to chase. Just set yourself up with a couple of good quality baitcasters with good quality drags and start throwing lures and liveys in every direction!

Rocket01
04-02-2008, 03:03 PM
Rocket look in the meet and greets section the Townsville f,f,f is coming up maybe you could tag along if you are here in time looks like plenty of boats going and plenty of spare seats
Stuie
Cheers Geeza, But Visa not going to be ready until Mayish, but we are looking to come and check out the area soon, so maybe I will try and book flight for then :).
Hope the weather is nice there today, as I'm just off fishing and its snowing a little, I love my fishing but cant wait for the better weather :)