Saturday, July 2, 2011


Queenslands Snapper review released and its impact on Brisbane Fishing Charters.
As from 1 September Max 4 Snapper 1 only over 70cm. After spending hundreds and thousands of dollars on public consultations, unnecessary closures and marketing  - a big fat nothing. To be reviewed in 2014 -  what will change?  Nothing,  still no certainty for commercial and charter operaters.  Still no reliable data collection, still no unity with bordering NSW, still nothing to address pollution and over developement.
Sunfish have been fairly quiet with the news of this release.  Has there been any "back room" deals between Sunfish and our Green Labour Party?  This release has been a big back flip from the Labour Party and nothing to do with fish management, just trying to save votes for the next election.  With the stroke of a pen we could be back to square one.
On The Fishing Front:
We're catching some really nice Snapper since moving to Brisbane, infact we have boated more Snapper in the last 6 weeks than the last 2 years on the Gold Coast, just goes to show that Snapper data used from the Gold Coast region is not a true indication of the state of the Snapper fishery in South East Queensland.
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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Brisbane Fishing Charters

Operating fishing charters on the Gold Coast, its all up hill or down the creek with out a paddle, DON'T waste your money.
Lack of fish, crap discounted charters that don't deliver, too many operators, high costs and Tourism well down are just some of the factors that has brought Frenzy Charters to Brisbane.
Now departing from Manly Boat Harbour we can offer guests a real fishing adventure from the heart of Brisbane and only 60 minutes North of the Gold Coast.
Short cruise across Moreton Bay and through the scenic South Passage, gives direct access to the best fishing in the SE corner of Queensland.

The fishing off Brisbane was excellent this month. A lot of Snapper are biting around the Cathedrals and we're catching some really nice Pearl Perch along the 90 metre line off Point Lookout.
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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Queensland Fisheries Management

WHY DID I BOTHER?With regards to the six week ban taking Snapper, Pearl Perch and Trag back in December, posted letter to state minister for primary industries.
I basically wanted to know why he had signed off on this policy with no understanding on how it would impact on charter operators in SE Queensland, and do absolutely nothing to assist the sustainability of these fisheries.
4 Months later this was his reply
Dear Gary
Thank you for your letter of 15 Dec 2010 to the Honourable Tim Mulherin MP, former Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland concerning management of the Queensland Rocky Reef Fin Fishery. As the issue now falls within MinirterWallace's portfolio your letter has been referred to me for direct reply.
The Department of Employment, Economic and Innovation (DEEDI), has released a (RIS) proposing new management arrangements for the fishery, aimed at effective management of Snapper stock over a 10 year period.
As an update I can advise that the Queensland Government has decide to remove the proposal to charge a fee for recreational snapper permit. Consultation about the rest of the proposals presented in the RIS closed on 8 April 2011.
Thank you for your interest in this matter I have forwarded your comments to Fisheries Queensland For consideration.

Gold Coast Fishing ReportFishing the wider grounds off Point Lookout producing quality Pearl Perch. Snapper showing up in good Nos on the 36 fathom reefs (smallish fish) in close off the Gold Coast fishing slow with only a few trag.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Fishing Gold Coast using electric reels

NSW advisory council on recreational fishing has recommended banning the use of electric reels with the exception of use by handicapped people. Probably driven by greens and the commercial sector.
Queensland Fisheries typically haven't followed the NSW  approach to fish management, so hopefully they will leave this bad idea alone.
Electric reels have become popular and still growing, mostly used to fish the continental shelf, and to assist aged and handicapped people enjoy their fishing. Its argued that using an electric reel isn't fishing, but ask the same person to give up his modern day electronics and the subject changes.
We enjoyed a charter to the continental shelf yesterday with a local fishing club and had some seniors amongst this group,  the eldest being Stan, 86 years young.  Using electric reels meant that everyone was equal and the same experience enjoyed by all. Where would you draw the line with age and handicap, the problem is not with electric reels but policing catches.
The bag limits for deep water species of Blue Eye Trevalla and Bass Groper in Queensland waters needs to revised as a matter of priority.  At present there is no limit on Blue Eye Trevalla and five Bass Groper may be kept, far to generous, wake up Queensland Fisheries.

This weekend  the weather bureau confused Gold Coast boaters and fishermen with strong wind warnings, charters where cancelled only to find light winds .
Fished the Continental shelf yesterday.  After a slow morning fishing picked up for a good catch of Blue Eye Trevalla, the biggest going 33kg.  Gem Fish and Rock Cod topped the day off.
In close Trag and a few Spanish Mackerel were caught on the 18's and 24 fathom reefs off the Gold Coast.
Today the first Humpback Whales were sighted migrating north.  This also signals the start of our Snapper season.
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Full Day Fishing Charters Gold Coast

Gold Coast fishing charters have been hit hard with tourism numbers way down and our local market affected heavily by floods and cyclones. Queensland Fisheries closures and lack of regulation on charter fishing licenses ie no capping of licenses, have also added to our pain.   This has lead to most Gold Coast fishing charter operators offering  heavily discounted charters.   People shopping around for the cheapest price will get what they pay for and it is hard to feel sorry for them. At Frenzy Charters we have gone the other way.  In fact the value of our charters have risen, now offering a 10 hour charter to fish more remote grounds, breakfast on arrival, bbq and fresh gourmet rolls. Daily prizes and fish of the month competition.  Our competitors all claim to have the biggest, fastest, best of everything, this all means nothing if you're not where the fish are.

The fishing leading up to Easter has been great.  Pearl Perch have been in good numbers off Point Lookout and the 36'sNE of Gold Coast seaway producing Snapper early morning.  Yesterday for the lucky ones, the odd Spanish Mackerel, small Spotty Mackerel were caught in close. 
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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Gold Coast Fishing Charter Reports 17th April 2011

Regularly we hear from visitors to the Gold Coast, went on a Gold Coast fishing charter last year, caught nothing, bad experience all round. DON'T let poor quality Gold Coast fishing charters spoil your fishing day. Avoid terms like, DISCOUNTED, LOWEST GUARANTEED RATE, CHEAP, HOT SPECIAL unless your looking for an over crowed boat ride.
On the fishing front HOT and COLD. With calm seas Thursday, Friday and Saturday the 50 fathom reefs fished good for mixed bags of, Snapper, Pearl Perch and Pig Fish. In close on half day charters Trag and the odd Snapper. Sunday 17th  fresh southerly winds, conditions still okay fished the 50 fathom reefs NE of Gold Coast, But fishing was slow very slow with only a hand full of Pearl Perch, Snapper and parrot fish. Had a drop on the 36s sounder showed little of interest, caught heaps of through back Snapper.
April and May have typically been known as transition periods as water temperture drops, Expecting to see the first Whales migrating North any day. Visit our web site

Monday, April 11, 2011

Gold Coast Fishing Charter Reports

The Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle show was a great success.  Numbers were down on Friday due to the wet weather, Saturday and Sunday the car parks were full and their were long queues at the check outs.  The Charter Division stand was manned by Frenzy Charters (Noelle) and Keith from Incredible Charters.  This was a great promotional opportunity for charter operators in south east Queensland.  The raffle was a huge success and won by Perry from Brisbane. 
On the fishing front the weather has been fairly ordinary on the Gold Coast with no activity during the week.  We fished Saturday 9th April on the 50 fathom reefs NE of the Gold Coast for a good catch of Pearl Perch, Snapper and larger Pig Fish. Finished off the day on the 36's east of Jumpinpin for a hot bite of pan size Snapper.  Sunday 10th April saw the weather improve dramatically with  glassy conditions and very little current.  Fished the 50 fathom reefs SE of Gold Coast for a mixed bag of Snapper, King Fish, Pearl Perch, King Snapper and Flathead.  As the water temperature drops expect Snapper and Pearl Perch to be more plentiful.  There has also been big areas of Striped Tuna and along the beaches Bull Sharks have been chopping into bait fish. 
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