Base pic: Misty morning, Laguna Bay, 29Oct14 (pic by sunshiner)
Hi there yakkers
Communication, critical to success of humans working together for a common goal, is what makes Noosa Yakkers a viable group. Reading this small online publication you are reaping the benefit of the efforts of Noosa Yakkers members who have gone to some trouble to share information about kayak fishing which perhaps entertains, and certainly informs you. This information is shared primarily so that Noosa Yakkers' members have a better chance of catching fish from your kayak in the Noosa area.
So, how long since you provided useful kayak fishing information to your fellow Noosa Yakkers? Within the group we have numerous ways of sharing info. Firstly, at the most timely level, is information contributed as it is happening with your radio on our own channel while out on fishing trips. To your companions, your announcement of the capture of a snapper or sweetlip or other species is not just idle bragging (a little bragging is surely OK and gets the competitive spirit going), it's also confirmation that fish are present and biting. So pass on a little more info such as approximately where you are, the depth you're in, and the technique used to get the hookup. And of course, please turn your radio on as soon as you launch so that you can help your mates if they call for assistance and to share the fishing info. Remember also that on-water and on-beach pictures are worth the small trouble necessary so if you have a camera with you, take a few shots, as they will sometimes be even better than words to pass on the info about your fishing trip, even if it is after the event.
Once you're ashore (and for some, even while on the water) you have the ability to tell us all about your trip and experiences via your smartphone, tablet and computer. While the simplest and easiest method is to use the group email facility, accessible only to members, one problem with email is that the information conveyed is seldom stored for future reference and another is that a deluge of unwanted emails is usually not welcomed by recipients. So better to send your email about your trip to one or two of the committee members and ask that the info be published in our blog. Note that we are always happy to have ordinary members contribute to the blog (and this newsletter) and quite a few have taken up this offer and have been given clearance to post their information directly to the blog. If you are interested in doing this just contact a committee member and you'll soon be on the way to blogging directly (some useful computing skills will be acquired in the process).
Then, of course, there's our Facebook page which is available only to Noosa Yakkers (through gemini). At this time we have 46 members who are able to communicate within the group using Facebook. Some are regular contributors while others seem content just to hang around and soak up the info. It's very noticeable that timely and useful information, such as the presence of feeding pelagics in Laguna Bay as weeksie passed on during October using Facebook, is appearing very quickly on our Facebook facility. If you're a Facebook user or lurker I recommend you consider joining our Facebook page. As for me, I was not involved with Facebook at all until this page was created. I joined up just to find out how it worked and whether it is useful, and still my FB activities are restricted to that single page. So clearly you don't have to do the whole range of life-dominating Facebook stuff if you sign up with Facebook. Want to be part of it? Just contact one of the committee members (Matt, mainly).
So, to reiterate my first point, Noosa Yakkers thrives on useful yak fishing info and everyone can contribute. Next time you're out there and catch something interesting or find out something you reckon would be useful to fellow members consider passing on the info. Think about how often you've used the info passed on willingly by fellow yakkers in our blog, by email and on our Facebook page, then make the small effort to spread the word.
See you (and hear you!) on the water
|Picturesque Maroochy River|
|DeeCee's 35cm flathead caught in the Maroochy River|
|The largest of DeeCee's four bass caught in EMD - all four were between 25-30cm|
|Sunshiner's 65cm Snapper caught on a soft plastic at Jew Shoal|
|Sweeties, Snapper and Bonito caught at Jew Shoal|
|Sunshiner's artistic shot of his 57cm Snapper caught at JS on a soft plastic|
|Kingies has been reported in the bay. Tunny picked up this little fella.|
|Sunshiner's Bonito caught at Jew Shoal on a trolled HLP.|
|A nice haul from Jew Shoal|
|Josh, Tunny, Diesel|
|Tarzan hooked up to a leaping Marlin at the Boneyard.|
Just to note the NY committee recommends wearing a PFD at all times when out kayak fishing.
No new members this month (maybe we've peaked?).
No new record claims for October, but from a read of the last TR of the month, one should be forthcoming.
The Committee (in callsign order)
From top left, doctor dog, eyetag, gemini, jaro, jimbo, pedro, redwood, sunshiner, turtleboy.