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Planning to head to Meola this weekend, supposdley the tides are good? Never been there before. Any tips/ things to watch out for?
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the rocks they are razer sharp. best have a good pair of shoes. i wore thigh waders with gumboot bottoms. although this gets a little crazy if miss getting back before tide too high. 

the first pool is always good and the far channel. i have had good success casting as far to other side can and dead drift down for snapper or standing at top current and swinging fly round and hold it in current for kahawai.
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Useful, thanks, Brad. What's the best spot to park and access the reef? I still haven't fished it!
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End of Garnet Rd is the usual Tom, then just head straight out over the flat aiming for the reef. Just keep an eye on the incoming so you don't get cut off. Either way calls for a bit of wading across the not very deep channel. Take a stripping basket or similar - those oysters are hell on fly lines! They're hell on everything - shoes, ankles, shins, you name it!

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Hi Tom & Landroverlover,
If you want to fish low tide, generally you would want to exit the first pool about 2 hours after full low to wade back to Garnet Rd. If you are going to exit via park then you can basically retreat a bit later but there are other channels to cross about level with end of Pt Chev peninsula. Also you get lots more rocks and oysters to tramp over!
Most people dont seem to know you can fish the reef through to high tide as I did last weekend. But it really requires berley (usually takes 15-20 mins to get the fish, esp snapper) into your casting zone.
Beware the rays that hoover up your trail though - I foul hooked one last year and it took a good 15 mins to tire out the pest - luckily it broke off before I got around to chopping the leader.

May see you out there as I am planning a quick Sat morning visit myself.
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Thanks for the advice, planning to head there with a few mates on Sunday. Hopefully it should produce.
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I wonder how the place fishes further into the tide? Because of the tidal cut-off for walking everbody is only fishing that lowest part of the tide. It would be interesting to be there on half incoming or half outgoing. Just need a kayak to get home I suppose.
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Good question Craig - once I get my kayak transportation sorted i'd like to hang around some of the channels and pools through the flood and see if they still fire. I've heard rumours of tailing snapper on the mussel beds once they get some water over them ...Wink
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My friend who lives locally has a small dinghy, so we were thinking of rowing out and casting of that into some deep channels to see how it goes. Maybe beat you to those mussel beds Mark! Tongue
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I liked fishing just after high and casting ( no burley ) towards the harbour bridge , over the flats and into some of the gutters , then kept pushing out sometimes crossing areas upto waist deep with the out going tide rushing. Sometimes I would get 3-4 snapper from an area then move on. For kings fishing the low incoming , but doing a lot of standing and watching ( gordy is the master ). Most guys fished the deeper areas on the low tide but some surprising snapper came from little pools.

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If Fishing over low, access from Garnet rd is best, just cross the creek and you are out there!
If you want to fish from high down, access via the Meola Dog Park, keep to the left of the reef and push out with the tide until you are past the mangroves, then you can fish either side of the reef.
Have a great time and let us know how you go!
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My experience there is if ya fish the side of the reef that the wind is blowing onto, youll pick up a lot more fish.
Having a yak is the game changer, can basiccly fish all day and stay dry., and access the whole reef.
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i have heard that kingis come up the main channel but the water must be lot higher than i have ever been there so must be closer to high.
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Sorry guys wrong pic last time, here you go.
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That's showing them Mike.
You forgot to indicate the mullet nets!LOL
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Wow, that's helpful! Thanks a lot Mike Smile
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Fished the incoming at Meola today. Great conditions but weak tide. No kingies spotted.
Lots of bait though so should fire as the tides strengthen. I fished for 5 hours after the low. Could have done more but had to leave. Good luck tomorrow
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Fished Meola this morning got there about 2 hours before deadlow tide. That first pool had a lot of predator activity including a big surface smash with a whomp sound that I'd guess was a king.
Caught a couple of snap just undersized but fun on the 6wt. Bite waned as the tide bottomed.
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Just a heads up, ive got a Yak just sitting in the garden gathering snails if anyone wants to borrowover summer,
relly opens up your options if wnt to landbase the reef a lot,
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Looks like this thread has been quiet for a while but iv got a couple of question hopefully someone on here could help me with.

I walked out an hour before low tide the other day, there seems to be a lot of life out there, saw a couple of fish jumping out the water, some rays swimming in the pools, but got 0 bites, any tips on which side of the reef to try, or if I should try my luck with the pools that form in the low tide of try walking out further along the peninsular. I tried casting off the west side with the incoming North easterly but kept getting snagged. Any pointers of bait, location would be appreciated. Also I’m not a seasoned fisherman and don’t have a lot of money, so if that offer to use your kayak is still there, I’d love to take you up on that.

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