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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-14-2013, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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Australia bound..

so im heading down under for 2 months. flying into Brisbane and we will be slowly sailing up the coast to hit the great barrier reef. we are going to be diving and fishing the whole way.

so i was wondering if anyone has info about patterns lines and so on???

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-15-2013, 12:40 PM
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White clousers for the tuna. Big baitfish pattens for Queenies. Strong hooks. Lotsa backing. Spend some time around Bribie Island. Longtail tuna in shallow (30`) water. Just north of there, in Mooloolaba, is Tie n Fly outfitters. The only fly shop around. Talk to Gavin, and he will give you the skinny. Awesome guy. Say hi for me. North of there is Hervey Bay. All sorts of stuff there, including the occasional Marlin on the flats of all things! Hervey is also a breeding site for Humpbacks. Hundreds show up every year. Have fun.

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Awesome tom! I'll call you well before I leave so I can pick your brain!!
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Drop Ozswitch a PM, I am sure he will be able to fill you in on some of the fishing up that way.
Sounds like a great trip, post some pics when you get back!
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High and dirty has the right idea, although bribie is dead at the mo, tuna season for there is around April, southern Moreton bay and Moreton bay itself has "resident" long taill tuna schools but even these have been scarce and flighty when they do show up at theo.
Mackerel tuna are always about (false albacore over in the state's?) and readily eat flies if u can get your boat close enough, Harvey bay should fish well at the moment for a bunch of different species, tuna, queenfish, gt's and golden trevally on the flats on fraser island (yellow and white clousers).
A single hand 10wt would do u justice with a reel holding approx 250m of 30-50lb braid, clear intermediate lines in a tropic core, don't be to fussed on presentation, it's more about line speed to the fish that counts, that being said don't hack and slash your way through it
You might be able to catch Gavin at tie n fly outfitters on the sunny coast, he is out of the shop a lot working a boat further north.
The whitsundays should give u many an option to fish if u can get away from your sailing boat (not the most maneuverable vessel I'm sure) in a punt or tender (if it's safe to use to fish from that is).
For tuna surf candies tied with polar fibre in sea foam green with uv purple flash on top has been my lean on fly for over a decade and keeps working.
Clousers in white and white and yellow and deceivers to fish deep under mac tuna schools for bigger cruisers, clousers for flats fishing in h'bay to.

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I got...

2 10wts
2 9 wts
1 8wt with a spare tip

I have a tarpon and a outbound short on the 10's and 9's and bone fish for the 8. stocked up on fluorocarbon and I will be putting gel spun on all the reels before I go. I will bring a small kit with me, so I think it should be fine.

we will have a small inflatable that we can cruise around in to chase some fish, so I'm really looking forward to the trip!

leaving the 10th of march and getting back on the 15th of may... if nothing else i should have a sunburn and some good stories...

thanks for the input guys.
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U will be here in the peak of the longtail tuna season.... I wouldn't be surprised if u come across these fish on your travels over here.
Weather should settle a bit by then to, march is the beggining of our autumn (fall?)
Sounds like u have the rods and lines sorted

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Sounds like a great trip, Ben, I'm pretty much all greened up with envy!
Now don't do anything I wouldn't do. heh heh.

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