Moonee Creek

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Moonee Creek

Postby easy launch » Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:05 pm

Launched from Moonee Beach this morning. Nothing much happened in the Creek to be honest. Saw a few stingrays and a few flaties but that was it. Nothing much happened until I hit the thin blue line on the GPS, that's the point past the bridge and further up the creek/river. There's a few shallow sections, but nice pools that work a treat if your stealthy around them.
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Lots of little bream around structures, they're always fun to target as long as you put them back.
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Got my first mangrove jack on a gulp!!! Not huge, but you've gotta start somewhere...and even at this size they pack a solid punch.
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25cm of lead I tell you.
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not sure what this was, but i followed it around for a couple of minutes. this fish was probably 3-4kg, 60-70cm long, rustic orange and looked like some sort of carp. it was also completely blind...scar tissue left eye and no real reaction to motion on right hand side. it was swimming slowly and constantly bumping into structures...this old brute has learned that if you run, when blind, it usually ends up hurting.. i tried to lure it with gulp, but it wasn't interested and thus came to the realisation that I'm a complete failure to the art of fishing, it's the only logical conclusion when you can't catch a disabled fish a rod's breath away from you.
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Finished off with a nice flathead on a halco lure, i dub thee Gold member.
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And lastly my flight plan...as I said, nothing much in the lower reaches.
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Does any one have any idea of what that yellow disabled monstrosity was?
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PB: Flathead 48cm, Mangrove jack 25cm, Bream 28cm, Gt 14cm.
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Re: Moonee Creek

Postby worleybird » Sat Jun 23, 2012 11:03 pm

Nice session mate. always nice to get a jack in no matter what size.

Definitely a big ol carp. If you can catch em make sure you kill them. There's a fair few in the top of moonee, I think they've been stocked into those dams up near the highway. Extremely irresponsible if you ask me. :cry: . Could really damage the bass habitat up there!!

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Re: Moonee Creek

Postby easy launch » Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:38 am

jip, looked like a carp, but an ugly orange brown colour...I saw 2 round the upper reaches of moonee...could've caught the one with a net if I had one, but wasn't sure what it was. also had different eyes - small pin point compared to your regular carp eyes.

Thanx for the info.
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Re: Moonee Creek

Postby Jamie D » Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:21 am

Nice report and well done on the Jack, well respected catch there. :grin:
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Re: Moonee Creek

Postby tommo1 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:54 am

Good one Easy L

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Re: Moonee Creek

Postby Bassa » Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:57 pm

that ugly thing is a jap Koi carp will take any thing with a sweet sent on it
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Re: Moonee Creek

Postby ronaldo » Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:34 pm

That was a great session EasyL
Flattie fillets again :love: ......and a prized Jack.
Well done and thanks for sharing
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Re: Moonee Creek

Postby easy launch » Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:33 pm

Thanks Ron, but they all went back in after a quick photo...I'd like to catch them again later when they've dubbled in size hopefully :lek: !!!
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Re: Moonee Creek

Postby spectrum » Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:26 pm

Wow, I have heard there are mangrove Jacks around Sydney but never really heard or seen of a capture, so well done.

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Re: Moonee Creek

Postby pazz » Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:22 pm

Hi spectrum,
Easy launch was in Moonee Ck, north of Coffs Harbour. Not in Moonee Sydney.
There are some big jacks in the creek - hope they chew down on the bloody carp.
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Re: Moonee Creek

Postby PopLock » Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:32 am

Did some one say that B word..... BASS-tard!??
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Re: Moonee Creek

Postby Fishmond » Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:46 pm

Poplock... Dude!
Shhhhhhh, I just forgot about them for a min, now I'm realising its still a month and a half away from open season :(
lol, joking.
Nice report and great photos EL :grin:
I live in Queensland and I'm still yet to land a Jack, I think I only ever hook them up on my bream gear and get smoked.

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Re: Moonee Creek

Postby sharksaus » Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:26 am

Yep it sure looks like a Koi carp
Maybe released from some ones fish pond when it got to big or the area flooded ??????? :?:
We catch heaps of carp down this way and it looks a different species to what we get.
I dont think it is your fishing ability that you should qustion regarding catching it on a soft plastic as I have never seen or heard of them taking them "BUTTTTTT" it wasnt till earlier this year I saw and managed to catch them on hard body lures.
Only ever thought you could get them with bait.
Who knows maybe he wasn't hungry
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Re: Moonee Creek

Postby easy launch » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:40 pm

Thanx guys, I've been trying hard to hook another Jack...but no luck so far. using the halco scorpion on troll and casting and seem to be hooking decent bream and flatties...one can only hope.
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Re: Moonee Creek

Postby worksux » Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:39 pm

For me, jacks are like that, I catch them accidently but cant get them when I target them,,a bit like jews. :?:
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