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Caboolture River Tilapia
« on: December 30, 2010, 07:35:20 PM »
After chatting with my cousin Shane and telling him about my new rod and reel here needing to be spooled up and christened a plan was made.

shortly after he arrived at home and we had the reel spooled up and ready to rumble, first stop was the Caboolture weir as i had never been there. we struggled to find a track thru the bush down to the waters edge and found it very hard going with mud everywhere and very little room.

then we decided to head upstream in the caboolture river, finding a nice little waterhole we tried many different lures and had no luck at all, many fish were spied lurking in the lillies but we found it impossible to entice a strike, was good to get some time flicking lures but will be nice when i finally land a fish on a lure!!!

we then decided to try and catch one with some good old garden worms on a hook under a float and only moments after the float hit the water I had my first fish on the bank, a bloody tilapia!!!!

after another hour the total had reached 12 of the bloody things, we made a pacht to make it a regular event to try and thin the numbers when we can as often as we can.













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Re: Caboolture River Tilapia
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2010, 08:23:59 PM »
Good on you redline. Keep killing the things. They're ok eating to, although its illegal to have one in your possession & illegal to let one go. Just eat them & dump the carcass away from any waterway.  :thumbsup

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Re: Caboolture River Tilapia
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2010, 08:30:34 PM »
didn't know they were ok to eat? how do u recommend cooking it?


this lot are destined to be worm food in the worm farm which will make more worms to take fishing to catch more of the mongrels.


the rod and reel loaded with stren braid worked perfectly and very happy with the setup :youbeauty :youbeauty

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Re: Caboolture River Tilapia
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2010, 08:55:39 PM »
Good report.  I am afraid we have to live with them.

I carry a small spade in the wagon now and just bury them.  It saves stinking the district out.

Somerset is just as bad, I believe they will have a Talipa busting weekend there one day.

Apparently it happens in a lot of dams in Queensland.  We could get Fisheries, Local Councils, Clubs behind it and get some good numbers.

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Re: Caboolture River Tilapia
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2010, 09:02:21 PM »
re the spade gordan my worm farm is gonna love them to munch on.


this hole is within 3 min from my place so i am going to try and put a dent in the population so to speak but it would be awesome if we could organize something on the forum to get a number of us there to hit them hard mate.

small float, hook and a handfull of worms is very little cost to thin them down a bit surely??

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Re: Caboolture River Tilapia
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2010, 04:00:33 AM »
Bugger, thats my local (which we stock with Bass - the Caboolture Fish Stocking group) didn't know those sods were in there. Been there a while to by the size of those!

Access is much easier from down at Centenary lakes. Between the Morayfield Road bridge and the footbridge is usually ok for some bass on lures. Just wander along the walking track and sneak between the shrubbery at likely looking spots. The bass do prefer the shopping trolley snags over the wheellie bin ones though  ;D


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Re: Caboolture River Tilapia
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2010, 02:15:53 PM »
these were caught in a lagoon not the main river system but there sure to be in the river too :thumbdown :thumbdown


lemme know if u wanna catch up for a session thinning there numbers :youbeauty

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Re: Caboolture River Tilapia
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2010, 05:19:02 PM »
Might have to see if the boys in the stocking group want to give them a hit up, supposed to be doing a tagging day (delayed by the rain and subsequent flood).

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Re: Caboolture River Tilapia
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2010, 05:21:32 PM »
if u guys decide to go down for a session lemme know and i can pop down at a moments notice mate,  :youbeauty :youbeauty

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Re: Caboolture River Tilapia
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2010, 05:56:17 PM »
I think I responded to your PM twice instead of one post here!

But Basically I'm  a member of several local stocking groups, details in the PM's. happy to take you along to a meeting, I dont think any are meeting in January.

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Re: Caboolture River Tilapia
« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2010, 11:47:13 PM »
sounds good thanks mate,



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Re: Caboolture River Tilapia
« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2011, 10:22:37 AM »
Been present in the catchment for a while in various lakes and small bodies of water, the flows of autumn 09 would have spread them pretty much everywhere.
Got some juvies in the lagoon/swamp on upper King John ck. last spring when collecting Ornate Rainbows.
With this last big flush WILL spread even further  :thumbdown

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Re: Caboolture River Tilapia
« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2011, 05:55:18 PM »
went back for another stab at em this arvo


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Re: Caboolture River Tilapia
« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2011, 08:09:03 PM »
The rain seems to have brought them on the chew, my father was getting stuck in to them on NPD today.

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Re: Caboolture River Tilapia
« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2011, 11:13:12 PM »
yeh there were hundreds schooled up along the edge of the lillypads and were taking insects or something off the surface,

has anyone had them take a lure?

 

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