Fishing in North Queensland


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Site Updates

Posted by Dan (Admin) on June 10, 2015 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (3)

Hey Guys, I am in the process of updating the site. Some changes have begun this week and further updates will occur over the next fortnight. Cheers,Dan

Email hassles

Posted by Dan (Admin) on February 8, 2013 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi Guys, just a quick one. It seems my site contact email has been playing up, until I sort out the problem feel free to contact me directly through my profile (that one has been ok).

Hope you have all been out in the new year,


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Posted by Dan (Admin) on December 23, 2012 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey members! I can't believe we have found ourselves at the end of another year!!

My freinds and I have celebrated in th best possible way (going fishing of course!). Some of the best estuary fishing of the year has made this holiday period extra special for us! Good numbers of big flathead and whiting plus big topwater queenies. Its hard to beat these balmy summer days and hot fishing action. Merry Christmas and a happy new year! I hope to see your catches in the photo gallery next year! :-) :-)


More bassin action!

Posted by Dan (Admin) on October 25, 2012 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey guys, I have continued to enjoy decent bass action near bundaberg with another cracker session on Tuesday. My young mate Cameron showed me some awesome techniques and we were into em' the entire day. At least twenty fish were caught in the session including another new PB at 53cm. This is addictive fishing, eventually I will create some albums once I sort through all the piccies.

P.S- Thank you to the members posting their catches in the photo album. Some excellent recent additions from one of my favourite locations- Trinity Inlet in Cairns. Gotta love snag casting for barra n jacks! We all appreciate seeing these pics!

Till next time!

Bassin' in Hervey Bay

Posted by Dan (Admin) on October 19, 2012 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

G'Day guys,

Time has flown this year with many new advancements taking place. Due to work reasons I reluctantly left the dusty inland for the town of Hervey Bay approximately four weeks ago. It was only yesterday that I was able to enjoy a trip to one of the local lakes in search of bass. These were (until yesterday arvo) one of my bogey freshwater species. Things were very quiet for most of the day but when the sun dipped on the horizon it was hard to keep the lures away from fish. The largest of the lot consisted of a 48cm bruiser that smashed a skitter pop. Interestingly a decent barra struck at the same lure during the trip but failed to hook up. II was also able to recover some tagging data from the largest bass. This fish was tagged on 28/11/04 @ 29.5cm, a pretty slow growth rate I thought, but apparently this is normal for bass.

This morning it was a mighty good view on the Bay esplanade. No red dust or dog kunu to be seen!

Till next time!


Follow up trip to Julius

Posted by Dan (Admin) on August 6, 2012 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (2)

Hey Guys,

A while between posts after a slow year of fishing in Mount Isa....but glad to be coming back with some good fishing news! Beautiful Lake Julius provided some good fishing as Isa local Peter Langdon and I encountered last weekend. We were joined by other locals from the Mount Isa stocking group who all competed for a communal lure prize. Straight up we got onto approx a dozen fish from one point located in a shletered arm of the lake. Small vibes and medium depth minnows worked well early and gave us some thrills till' they shut down. A few fish to 43cm were caught in this initial flurry of action, all from a five metre area. The mid morning was very slow in comparison, barely any fish were caught until Peter Fricke in the boat nearby landed a stonker sooty on a jackall. We worked that area pretty throughly with small vibes but decided to return to the rocky points for a last shot at some action. Upgrading lure size to trusty fltaz rats was the key. Ten minutes of casting produced two large sooties for each boat inlcuding brute fish exceeding 45cm. Thats what we came for! They certainly fought well on light tackle too. Julius is a special place and stands out over the other Mount Isa dams in my opinion. Unspoilt clear days. postcard scenery, big sooties on light tackle and good doesn't get much better! Now... where to fish next with my new lures:-)... Till next time!

-Dan (Admin @

Lake Julius sooties

Posted by Dan (Admin) on April 11, 2012 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I hope all of you were able to get on the water over the Easter break. On Tuesday my mate Heinrich and I set off for Lake Julius located approxmately 90mins drive out of Mount Isa. 8)


On driving the Lake Julius road we noticed a pair of camels unknowingly obstructing traffic which forced us to stop. The smaller of the pair appeared to be an albino so upon seeing this I naturally I grabbed out my canon for some shots. Two seconds later the low battery signal popped up, but I had just enough time to fire off  a dozen pics before they dissapeared. Keeping in mind that I had a spare rechargable battery I wasn't too concerned- but it turned out to have also gone flat! (a long time between trips). An indifferent start to the trip! After casting to snags for six hours it didn't seem to matter because practically all we had caught were vermin. Namely hordes of small catfish, one large longtom and only three sooties.

We eventually realised we were using the wrong tactic. The sounder showed sooties were holding in huge schools in deep water of around six meters. Throwing out a pair of flatz rats behind the boat saw us both hooked up instantly- the spot was promptly marked on the gps. For the next hour we were constantly hooking, fighting and releasing sooties (and the bloody annoying catfish!). We ended up boating twelve sooties and six catfish from a ten metre zone that lit up with fish on each pass. The biggest sooty went 42cm, but I'm sure we lost larger fish. During the trolling I was smoked twice into the timber (with 15lb braid/30lb leader and moderate drag) costing me two flatz rats. One one run we also registered a triple hookup between the two of us! (two fish on one lure).


I reckon with what we learnt that day we will get much better results at Julius in future!:)

* Check out the photo album in the near future to see our photos and take a look at the other site updates.

Till next time!

- Dan (Admin @





Site maitenance

Posted by Dan (Admin) on April 11, 2012 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey Guys,

I have been busy updating a few sections of the site over the last week:

* 'The fish' page now has more info added to it and should be more user friendly. I am going to be adding more here over coming weeks.

* 'The Fishermen' will also be changing as I complete the angler profiles. Thank you to Ryan Harris, Jamie Hitchings and Steve Polzin for completing theirs.

*'The Stories' now has small thumbnail pictures so guests can choose stories visually.

*'Photo album' has grown recently thanks also to Innisfail angler Brett Guy.

There is more to come, but I am happy with how it is travelling.

Please send me any feedback or suggestions for improvement!

-Dan (Admin @

Site updates!

Posted by Dan (Admin) on April 4, 2012 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi guys,

Its been a pretty chaotic since my last entry on including a great trip to the east coast, change of job, two family weddings, a restocking project, and the usual Moondarra fishing escapades. A big thanks goes to Shane Astwood for flying the flag highly in the photo gallery- some great captures of large mouth nannygai, barramundi and various other tropical species.From all accounts the towns on the east coast have produced some great fish, in particular barra, in early 2012.

While Townsville and Cairns copped a solid wet season the Mount Isa area did not recieve much at all. Things have reached a turning point now, with any remnant rain pockets totally gone- we could be in for a dry year out here! The rain in early December was enough to boost Moondarra to a high level and this caused fish to spread through the dam. I took out young angler Scott Gorman in March 2012 for a large sleepy cod and usual longtom by-catch. When the dam level recedes I believe the action will improve markedly.

Catchments north of the Isa did recieve decent flows of fresh so I would suspect the run-off fishing to be good over the next month. The stocking group guys have been talking of trips to the more remote dams like Julius and East Liechardt now that access is simpler. My sooty lures are ready for action if these trips come to fruition!

***Site updates for 04/04/2012

- Seven new stories added

- Four new photo albums added wishes all members and guests a happy easter! hopefully including a sneaky cast or two!

Till next time,

-Dan (Admin @

Top Weekend!

Posted by Dan (Admin) on October 31, 2011 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi guys,

Last weekend Oct 29-30 saw the running of the much anticipated 2011 Xstrata Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic. Good weather insipired many local anglers to compete and the organisers were kept very busy for the whole event. Personally I was dealt a cruel wrist injury only one week before the event eliminating my fishing chances. Even still there was heaps of entertainment and a few celebrity anglers to make it an enjoyable couple of days. A steady procession of fish made it to the recording station throughout the event. The variety was most striking: barramundi, sooty grunter, sleepy cod, catfish and long tom all weighed in. Nine barras were recorded from 76cm-111cm- all carefully released. The weekend was a pretty good learning experience hearing everyone's different insights and theories. I am putting together a more comprehensive wrap of the event in December Fish and Boat, so make sure you get a copy. Oh, and don't forget November while you're at it! :)