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Post Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:44 pm    Post subject: Big skinny

Hi all, does anyone on here have success on big queenfish? Like, 90cm plus size fish? I have no difficulty catching small queenies (30-40s) but cant seem to find a horse fish, have tried chromies, poppers and stickbaits at the east point area for no results. Anything i could be doing wrong? Thanks


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Post Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Big skinny

It'll happen mate , reckon this w/ends big tides are perfect for a big skinny LB at EP or LP . But you should also try live baits I get most of the biggins on livies :catch:

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:18 am    Post subject: Re: Big skinny

Get a ride to a better spot ...for starters is my advice. Both these areas mentioned already get thrashed hard everyday. Do the miles and all that...


Channel island beach over 6m high tide if dead set on getting one in the harbour. Or mandorah wharf area headlands on sunrise high tides are probably better spots to target locally.
Mason pt and Raft pt in bynoe produce good numbers of 70s LB. as does the highway to heaven at crab claw

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Bare Sandy Island would be the better spot to go if serious about getting a few .... again LB. Once you're there.

A 90cm Plus QUEENIE landbased is a decent capture which I've already ticked off the bucket list aswell as a couple of upgrades .not something you'll forget anytime soon .....good luck with your quest younggun.

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Big skinny

Biggest skinnies I've ever seen were floating in the harbour on the way out to Six Mile and beyond a few years ago. Figured a pro boat must have ditched them on the way home, they were monster fish.

Funny thing was, a visiting fishing writer was pictured in the NT paper that week with a huge skinny he caught ... I did wonder.

Guess I showed lack of incentive :D

Biggest skinnies I have caught have been out the front of Bynoe around the islands and reefs, and around the drying rock outcrops in Fog Bay. They can be caught landbased at Dundee. Mandorah jetty produces a few big ones. Lee Point too.

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Big skinny

Thanks guys, unfortunately probably cant get out to bynoe or dundee anytime soon, but will definitely head over to mandorah soon


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Big skinny

Definitely head over to mandorah, I pick a good size one up fee weeks back on building nears last half of incoming tide. I had boat sitting just in front of the rock walls in front of the old pub. I was working an Eddie that was forming at end of one of the rock walls. Third cast got one on a 10cm halco popper in pillie colour, fish went 87 to inside of tale and 97 to end of fork. We sounded plenty of fish and bait but I think I got lucky on the popper as they were feeding on 2inch sardines. I reckon small chrome slices would of been the go. Just be careful on any rocks on building tides mate.


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Big skinny

Oh and experiment with retrieve and lure types until you work out what triggers the bite, poppers, stickbaite, chromies, hardbodies and soft plastics. Persistence pays off good luck


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Big skinny

Thanks gibbsy, will have a go


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Post Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Big skinny

got a 6kg model off 6 mile in the bait schools, always found big fish out there, they get smaller as you get closer to land or further into the harbour i have found.

match the hatch out there, smallest lure you have and even more fun if you use the lightest line you feel brave enough to use, landed mine on 2kg line!

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Post Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Big skinny

Ok Andy, ive heard that some big fish hang there. Just need to get my friends boat out


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Post Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Big skinny

Haha Matt that same writer was in a creek with us for a few hours catching nothing (and had caught zip). We got a few and lo and behold next week's paper has him catching a bunch of fish on a 2hr trip but no photos....


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Post Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:04 am    Post subject: Re: Big skinny

I think that might have been a world record on fly capture.

My biggest skinnys have been caught around the Navy base wall and wharves. Although I did catch a 99cm fork length at Barra Hole up West Arm on a 10inch mullet. Thought it was a big barra when my line was rocketing to the surface

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Post Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:05 am    Post subject: Re: Big skinny

Ok, cool


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Post Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Big skinny

Landed this one in the harbour today.
They were feeding on bait about 20mm long.
Very hard to match the hatch when the bait is that small!!!


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