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Post Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:33 am    Post subject: Low tide lock in at shoal bay

Hi Guys

I've been reading posts on here for a while now and found some great information. So thought it was about time I joined and got more involved.

I recently went for my first trip out to shoal bay for a low tide lock in at king creek mouth. Started the morning with a hour or so trolling big lures at the mouth with a few other boats doing the same. About 20 mins in sure enough the boat next to us hooked up just as they were passing.... typically..... 93 I thing the lads said it went. Unfortunately after that the tide disappeared so did any fish. We walked and flick the banks and had a few lives out for nothing. A long wait for the tide to come back with only a few crabs for a feed.

I was wondering if any of you veterans could point me in the right direction for other areas to lock in maybe somewhere that holds a bit more water??? I dont expect anybody's go to spots just looking for an area where you could maybe move around in the boat a little more or even an area we could walk between some good holding holes???

I'm thinking of heading out this weekend after the neaps. The water should be as bit clearer then...

Thanks in advance for any information


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Post Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:15 am    Post subject: Re: Low tide lock in at shoal bay

G'day mate,

I generally look for creek junctions on deep bends, hole sin the front of rockbars. You generally don't need deep water for a lock in. A metre depth will hold fish as long as there is bait. It generally tends to be a feast or famine scenario.


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Post Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Low tide lock in at shoal bay

Google Shoal bays black book some tips on there

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Post Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Low tide lock in at shoal bay

Cheers guys
Yeah I've had a listen to shoal bays black books very handy tips. That's also the kind of approach I'd have to finding places. I was really wondering if there is a low tide hole that tends to be bigger than the rest giving you a bit more space to roam in?
I'll get out over the weekend and have a go. I'll let you know how I get on


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Post Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Low tide lock in at shoal bay

Welcome! I'll pm you a deadly spot to lock in


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Post Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Low tide lock in at shoal bay

Cheers mate appreciate it.


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Post Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:33 am    Post subject: Re: Low tide lock in at shoal bay

Welcome to the forum.

spot 8 on the fishfinder on the lower howard river will give you about 300m of water up to 2.5m deep to cruise around with the leccy in or you could also anchor up near scrubby ck mouth and walk back to the barra hole. Livies are more effective than lures here but super boring if no fish are around. Take a few pots too as there's usually also a couple of decent crabs but be careful getting to far away from the SECURELY ANCHORED BOAT as the tide will race in once it turns. Good luck.

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Post Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:21 am    Post subject: Re: Low tide lock in at shoal bay

So I've made the decision the head out Saturday arvo on the high tide. Will spend an hour or 2 checking out a few spots mentioned. Then make a decision where to stay for the night time low. Probably not the best time to learn/see or think about walking the sand banks but...
I've not long had a new addition to the family and the misses has told me to go Saturday night. I wont be told twice haha.
I'll be sure to let you all know how I get on.

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Post Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Low tide lock in at shoal bay

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Post Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:10 am    Post subject: Re: Low tide lock in at shoal bay

If your overnighting at Shoal bay you could do worse than hang around the Rock. There is deepish water all round and waaaaaaaaay less midges and mozzies.
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