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  1. 14 points
    The plan today was to chase a few dolphin fish, which was going very slow and frustrating - the dollies were not wanting to play (in the end, three did). We found a big bait ball with some pretty hefty whaler sharks near the surface. Down deeper at around 110m, there looked to be some big fish hanging off the bait. My daughter soon had a bait jig down among the bait, successfully hooking into a string of mackerel. As she got the mackerel to the boat, a large striped marlin grabbed the lot, leaving her with nothing but roughed up line from the abrasive bill. I didn't have any heavy gear, so quickly cut a lure from a skirted rig, giving me a 1.5m 130lb trace (a little on the light side). Without a fresh live bait, she simply tossed out a large whole dead mackerel which was instantly taken. Allowing the fish to get the 8/0 mustad circle into the corner of its mouth, she flicked the bail arm over and allowed the fish to take up the strain. All hell broke lose as the fish leapt from the water, ripping off plenty of line from the big saragosa. The fight went from the surface to down deep, and kept heading further and further offshore. After a gruelling 2hrs -which she mostly spent on one leg, due to all the gear in the boat - we finally had a splendid striped marlin of 3.69m (longside) alongside the boat. After a few photos, the fish was released and we headed for home. A big congrats to Georgia; a fantastic effort, especially after ranking 8th (in her age category) in a major triathlon yesterday, where over 4000 crazy people swam, ran and biked for no reason other than all being mad.
  2. 13 points
    G’day raiders, Some of you may have seen this footage on other social media that my kids have put out there but this is actually filmed by me with my boys! Most amazing day and not something that happens to many of us whilst out fishing!!! This footage goes with the report I put in earlier! Enjoy....... cheers scratchie!!!
  3. 12 points
    G’day raiders, Its been a while between posts. I have been out fishing but mainly just catching a few flatty etc. I did hook up to a marlin the other day but got busted off. Today, I manage to get out with the nephew and Jnr. We headed straight to Broughton Island and fish the sisters. Had the place to ourselves for the whole morning. Fished with sps only for snapper and managed a few with a couple of good ones! Plenty of bait there mainly yakkas, but underneath them were the snaps! Caught a pearlie on sps too! Then we went and picked up some flatty for lunch. Nephew started feeling sick so we decided to troll one of the islands. Landed 5 bonito in 5 mins plus a just undersized king! Headed for Home and was back at the ramp in no time due to the glass like conditions. Great day on the water with the team! Cheers scratchie!!!
  4. 12 points
    Hi Raiders, Went down to the local Jetty with my daughter yesterday to let her have some fun with some little snapper etc... she did well bringing in bream, taylor and snapper, but when something took hold of her little piece of prawn and ran 50m, nearly pulling her and her kids combo into the water, I realised she was in trouble. Unfortunately it ran into some moorings and snapped off... Luckily I had my Stradic 4000 there just incase, so seeing they had a taste for prawn, i floated out another piece and straight away was on... a quick fight, with a ferry full of tourists watching and had a just legal king... was surprised at how many of his mates followed him up too!! anyway was a great way to spend a Sunday morning with my daughter. As you can see from the photo, she was pretty happy too! Mrollo
  5. 11 points
    Fished livies for kings at Seaforth Bluff this am. Unfortunately no kings but after a torrid 50 minute fight on an 8lb spin stick managed this lovely longtail tuna!
  6. 11 points
    Hi guys, first post for me, so will try and make it informative. I bought a new rod and reel with the intention of getting into some nice king fish if I could find them. Around 11am me and a mate set off in a 4.2m tinny from “the hole in the wall” boat ramp heading into Botany Bay. As the is no fish finder in the little tinny it was always going to be a back to basics trip. We headed over to Molineaux Point and did a number of drifts using hard body and soft plastic lures with no luck. It started getting a bit windy so we went around the western side near the runways to escape the wind. Our very first fish was a yakka that my mate hooked on a micro jig. I quickly set up the new rod for our little catch to see if we could turn it into a bigger catch. After 10-15min we noticed the police boat cruising over to us, our little live bait was still in the water and everything was in order with us so we were not stressed. Just as the police boat got to us the unmistakable scream of the new reel. As I was the operator of the boat and just happened to be the one holding the rod and screaming reel I probably could have passed the rod to my mate while I attend to getting my boat license out of my wallet...............HELL NO! I kept fighting the fish, swapped seats with my mate and told him where to find the license in my wallet. All was good with the check and the boys in blue decided to stick with us out of curiosity to see what we had. 20min later and not even close to landing the fish they left. A total of 45min and some bloody awesome teamwork with my mate keeping us right near the monster as it traveled all over the bay it came to the surface with a big jump!!! F*#k me it’s a big shark (a conservative estimate of 3m) I said in a calm voice hahaha. With the GoPro on and my mate holding it and driving (still doing a bloody awesome job) it came up for another massive jump, this time cutting the line with its first spin. What a christening of the rod. Rod was 15-30 terez, reel 5000 twin power, line 30lb braid with 30lb leader. audio left off for good reason as we my have been a bit excited lol enjoy the video oh and after we settled down we also got onto a large school of Taylor and had a heap more fun, and my hands never touched the water again to get the fish slime and smell off them hahaha 03F9430B-BB1B-4DC9-8990-69A8DF4A8C8B.mov
  7. 10 points
    Took the kayak down bonville on Monday morning for the last of the the run in, was a pretty nice easy paddle with the tide pushing up so fast. Just trolling a hardbody along the edge of the bank while flicking a surface lure around the snags hoping to find a jack. I always pick up more fish on the trolled lure though lol. Managed a few anyway, couple of throwback flatties trolling a double clutch, a few baby trevally, and finally a little 25cm jack on surface. He's only small but it's pretty satisfying when one finally hits your lure after hundreds of casts 😂 made the morning worth while anyway! The creeks pretty wide most of the way down so it's not the best for a kayak if you want to fish the snags, would have been heaps better in a boat where you can move about easier. I tried again Wednesday up boambee where I got one last week abit bigger, but no action at all, just a little bream and another baby Trevor on surface. Was out there for 5 hours too!... Had enough of the yak for the week, and Thursday looked alright for a jew off the beach so went down and got half a dozen worms that arvo. High was 10:30 that night so we got down there around 8:00 and hooked up just on 9:00. He was 1cm short of the meter mark. Got some pics then sent him back, and he took off like a train! Pretty sick week of fishing, not complaining at all cheers
  8. 10 points
    Hey raiders friday arvo -noticed on the drive down there was no wind and very little swell .so by 6pm we were at the boat ramp stocked with squid from the frezzer from the last trip boost over to the king grounds to find there was bait everywhere , squid strips down and the first rod goes off like a freight train! Expect to see a rat king but instead we are met with a 60cm snapper with much excitement I managed to snap my other light outfit by stepping on it, this was followed by 4 other snapper then back to the boat ramp by 7:30 very happy with a hour and half fish Saturday morning- Morning start as usual at the boat ramp at 6am chuck the boat in as I was parking up the car apparently the water all around the boat erupted with splashes, I arrive at the wharf then they pick me up drive about 10m from the boat ramp get the light outfit out with a soft plastic vibe within 5 mins we have 2 bonito on board, dads fish and barely sorted we head over to the bait grounds within 10 mins we had 20+ yakkas the proceed to head over to squid grounds within 30 mins we have 8 squid on board so within a hour we are heading to the kings stocked with fresh bait After a hour or so we found the kings are in quite close to the cliffs every drift we would hook up to some decent models and then boost away into deeper water only problem with this is that we knew the first 4-5 we hooked up to where the bigger kings that unfortunately we would loose the the local seal once he was full we started stocking the boat..in the 3 hours that followed we managed 4 just short of legal kings and 6 in the 70-80cm range keeping 4 and releasing the rest the boys very happy they smashed there pbs cheers Tdogz tight lines
  9. 10 points
    A great morning crabbing at Lake Illawarra. Mrsswordie bagged out on these beauties. Swordie is almost at his bag limit. A couple of flatties has made it a great trip.
  10. 9 points
  11. 9 points
    Like button now available on all posts Raiders can now like, hahah, be sad or confused please make sure you keep posting - we don’t want to just look Facebook Enjoy!
  12. 9 points
    With the fishing obsessed elder sister some 350km down the coast fishing I took the oportunity to head out with my middle daughter (not a die hard fisher but more of a wildlife lover and photographer). We enjoyed about half hour of photographing seals before the rocking action and staring through a big lens started making her feel a little off colour. We decided to head away from the seals to try and locate a giant loggerhead turtle I had seen a few days before (not normally found in our area). On our way we spotted kingfish smashing through schools of bonita with hammerheads also getting in on the action. My daughter put one surface lure cast right on top of around 20 reasonable looking fish and isntantly got a solid hook-up. After luckily dodging a few seals and sharks she had a solid kingfish of around 90cm. During the fight I turned off the engine, which wouldn't start under the key turn meaning I had to result to pull cord starting. It was quite funny as I notified marine rescues straight away of our engine fail, during the radio conversation I stated we were happily drifting south from the offshore island, my conversation became distracted as the hamerheads decided to take a close look at our boat!!! We decided to pull the pin and head home in order to find the issue with the engine. Another fun little trip and one where my younger girl can tease her big sister who is bream fishing today.
  13. 9 points
    I don't have any info only that my daughter is out chassing bream and just sent a photo of a thumping tailor. The fact she's only using very small plastics on 4lb line will no doubt have her bouncing around with excitement ( doesn't take much to make her that way ). She's also managed to catch a flounder and gurnard on the plastics.
  14. 9 points
    Hi Raiders. Just a quick report. Headed down to Evans Head for the long weekend. We had a big crowd in a hired house of 4 adults & 7 kids. Friday arvo we hit the beach for some pipis & a total of 5 rays. My mate took his Tabs tinny down & Saturday was the pick of the days to head offshore at sun up. Unfortunately his sounder packed it in & we couldn't pick up any bottom structure. The gps was still working, so we dropped as close to the marks we had & burleyed hard. Scored a few squire to 40cm & then jigged up some yakkas. Moved to another mark in 30m of water & I tossed the livie out on 30lb braid. As I was free spooling it down line started ripping off the reel. Set the hook & after an epic fight nailed my pb dolly. Fought it right out, so managed a few pics while it still had colour. Home by 1pm, cleaned the fish & then hit the beach in the 4wd's again & fished a nice gutter for a bag of dart. My young fella was stoked to score his 1st fish off the beach & we had a massive feed of crab, calamari & dolly that night. Action packed 48hrs. It felt like we were away for a week! Pic attached. Cheers, Grant.
  15. 9 points
    hi raiders decided to check avoca today hoping to catch a bonito or two. mate pick me up around 330am and got to avoca around 5am rigged one rod with whole pilly on float and another rod with squid skirt on float after 10 mins the rod with pilly went off but by the time i got to the rod the hook came off quickly put another pilly on the float and cast it to about 15-20 from the ledge decided to spin the squid skirt on float and after the 3rd cast i landed our first bonito for 2018 hi 5s with my mate the bonito bit my middle finger while i was removing the hook from its mouth while i was putting the bonito to the esky the other rod with the pilly went off so i told my mate to grab it and landed our 2nd bonito for the day in the next hour or so we had bites on pillys on float lost a few with the hook coming off or the trace got bitten off we only had about 20pcs of pillys and we run out of bait by 7am we landed 2 kingys 63cm and 67cm quickly release the 63cm to fight another day the kingys were both caught on the pilly we decided to use a chrome lure my mate got from kmart and fought over a dozen bonito and only landed around half a dozen the big bonito up to 60cm preferred the pilly while the small ones preferred the chrome lures by 830 me n my mate landed 13 bonito and only 1 kingy decided to pack up around 9am due to our arms and shoulders starting to hurt home around 11am thanks for reading
  16. 8 points
    G’day raiders, Just a quick report from this morning. Took junior and his mate out this morning for a quick session. Fished my usual snapper grounds and they didn’t disappoint! Sps only! Managed 6 legal snapper on the first drift ranging from 45-65cm. Lost a beauty boat side to a failed net attempt! We realeased the rest on the following drifts. I still have 10kg of Spanish Mack in the freezer. Thought it would be fun for the boys if we trolled for a bit. They ended landing more than 12 bonito and some big buggers too. We had plenty double hook ups! Call it’s quits after 2 hours and headed home! Cheers scratchie!!!
  17. 8 points
    After last Monday’s donut, I was anxious to get out today and save face. My wife was going to join me but changed her mind so I was solo again. I cleared the heads by 6 and headed straight to Cabbage Tree for livies. Met fellow Raider Backcruncher there. Picked up a heap of big slimies in no time. The new berley pot works a treat. 😎Was getting 2 or 3 slimies at a time on the jigs - don’t they go! Imagine if they grew to 20lb! A bonnie hit the jigs and made a mess of ‘em, so I headed to Broughton. Tried the Sisters, Middle Rock, North Rock and Cod Rock but could only manage undersized reddies and a couple of bonito. It was great to get a couple of calls from RickMarlin62 and Scratchie with tips and encouragement. Decided to try the Huon kingfish pens again. Got there in pretty quick time and there were only a couple of boats there and they were hooked up so it looked promising. 😎 I had no chewing gum so put a slab of slimey on and tossed it towards the pens. Bang! It was hit in seconds and the king headed straight for the pens but I managed to turn him and with a bit of effort, eventually got him into the boat. He went 67cm and was very fat. The next fish appeared huge and he smoked me in no time - straight to the pens on 20lb braid. Rather than waste time re-rigging, I switched to my 15kg game stick (JS980, Rick). It was not easy casting with the Tyrnos 30 and a king hit the bait while I was still in free spool causing an overrun but I managed to untangle it and get him in. I still got smoked 3 more times on the 15kg outfit but I didn’t go behind strike drag... maybe I should have pushed it to the max. At least it was simple to tie a new hook on as luckily the 80lb leader was breaking close to the hook. Finished the day with 5 fat kings: 2 at 67cm (2.88 and 3.41kg); 71 (4.91kg); 72 (4.08kg); 73 (4.12kg). I’m so out of practice it took me a hell of a time to fillet them. Good thing the wife didn’t come or I might still be going! 😂 My son is kicking himself for passing up the opportunity to fish with Dad! Got a good feed and stretched my arms a bit! Have to do it again soon!
  18. 8 points
    When my son was about 8, I took him fishing in Swansea channel in my 10ft punt. We launched at the ramp on the north side of the channel and east of the bridge. I got him to sit on the rock wall and hold onto the boat while I parked the trailer. I got back to the water to find him hanging onto the boat for dear life... I’d left the bung out and the boat had about 8 inches of water in it... the tackle box was floating around! I had to drag it up the rocks to let the water drain out. Somehow he didn’t believe me that the inside of the boat needed a good wash anyway!
  19. 7 points
    Kings are so fickle at times, the last few days they've been hellbent on smashing jigs. Still plenty down here around Montague if anyone is heading this way but my advice would be to head north as the amount of boats and comercial operators can make what should be an enjoyable day out rather stressful. We often just take one fish as thats more than enough for us, yesterday it was race for first fish between my son as the loser had to do chores at home, I won on my second drop then he fell seasick. We sneaked into the protection of the island for a few pics of the seals before he drove home (the faster you go the less sick you feel he claims!!!)
  20. 7 points
    G’day raiders, just a quick report for today because I’m completely stuffed. Left the bay at 130am with mate Dom and Bevy. Arrived at Wooli at 7am. Boat in the water by 730 and headed out the bar. For anyone who hasn’t done that, take a change of undies! Anyway, we collected bait, headed to our mark. Trolled live bait for a while then we seen a whoosh. The boys threw some sticky’s and we’re on! Long story short, managed one big Spanish each (12kg range) a couple a Mac tuna released and made it back to the cabin safely! Bring on day two!!!!!!
  21. 7 points
  22. 7 points
    We are in England at present at my daughter’s wedding, a grand and beautiful event in Welwyn Garden City about 30 mins out of London. Wedding over and Swordfisherman Stewy decides to try fishing. As “luck” has it there just happened to be a tackle shop 2 streets away from our hotel! Loaded with a new rod, reel etc etc he went to a local lake. Of course he met up with some local young folk camping there and fished with them. Hello to young anglers Charlie and Lauren and Dylan. Look at his first capture and the smile says it all. On another note thank you Stewy for your support and helping behind the scenes at the wedding. You earned your fishing day enjoy it and tight lines xxx
  23. 7 points
    got bored last nite and went to the locsl jetty again stocking up on bait bit slow but ended up with a few
  24. 7 points
    With a few great looking clouds about I pulled out the little Sony again for a few shots. The shot of Montague was pretty special as I had just set the tripod up for a time exposure of 10 seconds when the sun lit it for 15 seconds, talk about timing and once in a lifetime shots. There was fishing over the weekend also but it was a case of dropping two of my kids up in the mountains for a 7hr kayak paddle and bass smash.
  25. 7 points
    thinking about this from the basics. when a bream tried to take a popper it’s acting as a ‘ram and suction’ feeder. Not it’s normal feeding mode and not something it’s very good at. basically, it opens its mouth and lunges at the popper, but the popper is pushed aside by the bow wave created in front of the fish. Every time. You can see what is happening if you put some small, floaty objects in a bathtub of water and try to catch them in a cup. Every time you try to catch them in the cup they are simply pushed aside. The water already in the cup and the bow wave in front of the cup prevent entry. Think of the bream with a wide open mouth as a cup. its the same with the surface lure. The problem is made worse because the lures are so lightweight and easily moved by the bow wave. A small fish is a bit different - they are dense and comparatively heavy, plus they are streamlined and slippery so the bow wave tends to rush past them leaving them behind, so the fish get to swallow them. im pretty sure that’s what is happening. I used to fish for rat kings on fly-poppers a lot and because everything was larger and closer you could see it happening. solution. Well, a denser, heavier lure will be easier for the fish to get into its mouth. A stinger hook will trail behind the lure and be more available to the fish. Generally, it’s just an inherent problem with lightweight surface lures. if it makes you feel any better, the bream is probably just as confused and frustrated as you - baffled by the fact that it just can’t grab this strange looking fish.
  26. 7 points
    Hey guys, For many years I have been looking up the raider for reports and endless amounts of information helping me with my fishing. About time I start sharing my fishing experiences with all my fellow fisherman. It brings me joy and peace to be able to walk up to any fisherman up here on the coast and have a yarn about the pass time we call fishing. This brings me to one of many good luck runs I have had on the beaches of Stockton and Black Smiths and Brisbane Waters. Decided to go for a mid week session at Black smiths last Wednesday. Bought my annual permit at the Star mart in Swansea and headed for the night. Arrived at 6pm with just enough time to scout out the best gutters, rips, sand bars and also where there was least amount of blue bottles and sea weed. Pretty windy heading from north east with cloud rolling in. . The pressure was stable at 1023 through out the day as I was monitoring the weather system on my computer at work. Marked a couple of waypoints on my GPS heading north from Awabakal Ave, as I.m driving on the beach I come across a deep dark rip going out to see with sand bars either side of it. The gutters leading up to the rip looked deep and this was on low tide so later that system would fill up and create deeper systems hopefully holding some big fish. Set up camp, fixed the rod holders baited up and now the waiting game. I used three rods either side of the rip and one bang in the centre. Mid night came and I was feeling defeated as knowing I was going to work the next day with little sleep I kept at it knowing something will hit as the conditions were perfect and the moon just starting to crest over the horizon When suddenly the rod keeled over and shaking, it stopped and started taking line. Rod showed all characteristics of a Mulloway going for a run, so I let it run knowing I've got plenty of line. Fish slowed down and I started reeling it in with sporadic runs I decided to not do up the drag. Been busted of in the past so I learnt from that mistake. Fish kept taking line and was heading south so I walked it down the gutter waiting for it to tire. Did up the drag a little and started timing the waves to bring it closer. Finally the last wave pushed it up on the shore as I pulled it in. You Beauty! A Mulloway of decent size measuring 90 cm, looked healthy and fat probably from the summer spoils of bait. Decided to keep it and try for another. With a little luck I landed a Bull Shark measuring 125 cm at 2.30am and a 45cm tailor to finish the night off. In my swag for some shut eye ready for another day. Cheers guys.
  27. 7 points
    A few more recent shots between catching a few fish.
  28. 7 points
    Lookin thru some old fotos for a laugh port stephens 1987 stardrag senator 50lb line home made bent butt js980 72kg
  29. 7 points
    The ramp at Tunks on Saturday was pretty busy and only roadway parking left at daybreak. Trolled around Dobroyd and Washaway for 3 nice Tailor in quick succession but then lost contact. Tried the troll around North Headbut no takers there. Headed out through sloppy seas to DY wide and started the drift at the hard stuff drop off where the snapper hit every drop but unfortunately they were all about 25cm, so stuck to the gravel patches. The seas smoothed out a bit and we kept a few small spikeys and then managed 5 larger bluespots and marbled flathead. Got a medium sized cuttle which may mate likes for Kingfish bait. Coming back through the harbour noticed the charters pulling Kings so anchored and used the cuttle for bait we got 6 between 65cm and 73cm but lost a few to the reefy bottom as they were hard to stop. A few months ago most seemed to be around 62cm but they must have grown as they were a good size and only 1 less than legal; went back. They liked the fresh cuttlefish. Picked these out of the ice for a quick photo.
  30. 7 points
    G’day raiders, Junior scratchie wanted to head out today and take a mate with him! Another great excuse to go fishing. The fish were still there and still biting hard! Got our bag and headed home! Juniors mate was a little inexperienced which cost me a rod (high sticked) and a few lures but watching his wrist lock on a good king was priceless!!! little boy helping big boy....... the result.........
  31. 7 points
    Had a good day out from Terrigal yesterday, fish were taking the smaller shotgun lure further away from the boat, was some nice blue water out at the Terrigal Fad reading 24.2, didn’t spot too much bait out there, all the bait is still in close. On the way back in spotted some Stripeys and Macs working and spent forty minutes chasing them for only a couple of bonito so called it a day.
  32. 6 points
    My best fishing mate ran off with my wife ........................ Gee I miss him .
  33. 6 points
    Took Johnno out for a shot at his first EP and luck was on our side with a double hook up and a cracking 43cm EP for Johnno.... well done bud and thanks for a top day again with plenty of bream,perch and breambos all caught on 65 ml squidgee wasabi with 2g jig heads
  34. 6 points
  35. 6 points
    Headed out this morning with a short window of opportunity. Up at 4:50am at the spot and lines in water before first light. Before long the hand reel starts spooling, first crab let got before the surface 😡 fished from first light to 7am and managed three 😃 a monster let go at the boat. back home and, cleaned the boat and had the boy at the pool for swimming lessons 8:30am. Thanks for reading
  36. 6 points
    Last week we headed up to the Nymboida full of confidance that we were going to hit some fish. As soon as we pulled up I knew we were in trouble the river was up not by much but it only takes a 6 inch rise to make the Nymboida basically unfishable. After the mandatory swear words plan B was formed and a quic phone call and it was off to chase some trout. The trout creek was also up a bit, but atleast it was fishable It certainly is a magic looking spot The fishing started slow and I mean worryingly slow but after some persistance casting the runs a decent rainbow came from nowhere and smashed my lure I nice 30cm fish good sized for the creek with a bit more confidance kept working my way up the creek with some hits and dropped hookups and finally the hoos stayed in again for another rainbow apologies for the crappy picture quality I kept hooking fish but couldn't keep the hooks in the hits were far between so dropping the fish was frustrating, nearing the top of the property with only 2 fish on the board I pinned the hooks in something more solid the fish didn't flail around like a rainbow and sure enough out came a nice brown a prize capture in this creek measured up at 32cm a new pb and a quality brown for this area not a lot of fish landed and wored hard for them but avoided driving 2 hours for a doughnut and a new pb on a tough day always feels more satisfying cheers fro reading Dave
  37. 6 points
    Today is a big day for Fishraider! I’m excited to let you all know that Fishraider has been acquired by Deckee, Australia’s leading reviews and recommendations website for marine enthusiasts, to provide more helpful tools and services to everyone that loves getting out on the water. Whilst Deckee is now the owner of Fishraider, I want to firstly assure you that the Fishraider forum will not be going anywhere, and neither will I. Fishraider will continue to operate as a standalone website, and I am thrilled to be continuing on as your Community Manager. It will also remain 100% free to use. Fishraider will still be your favourite place to come and post about your fishing adventures, share your tips and fish recipes and chat about latest tackle and boating. Our moderating team will still be as obliging and attentive as usual! Deckee is revolutionising the marine industry here in Australia with their broad range of free tools and services for anyone that enjoys being on the water. Their vision, values and approach mirror what Fishraider has been focused on since 2004. Stewy and I are thrilled to join forces with the Deckee crew with a continued commitment to helping fishing and boating enthusiasts learn, discuss and connect with one another in a safe and welcoming environment online. So a big welcome Mike and the Deckee team, and I sincerely thank you all for making Fishraider the amazing community and resource it has become. Exciting times ahead!
  38. 6 points
    Hey Raiders, It was my first time putting the boat in the water since moving down to Gerringong 6 weeks ago. My mate drove down Friday night for an early start in the morning. Our plan was to hit the Kiama Fad then chase either kings or snapper on the way back in. I received a message off another mate saying the fad doesn’t fish that well, but we decided to stick to our original plan. We launched and Gerringong at 5:45am to see only two trailers in the car park. We found some bait not too far from the boat ramp. The yakkas were thick in numbers! We had about 10-12 so decided to call it and head out to the fad. The wind and swell made it a bit of a lumpy and bumpy trip out, be we arrived smack on 7am. Only about 4 other boats out there at this stage. We put out a few livies and threw stickbaits on the first few drifts. The stick baits only caught the smaller speciemens ranging from 50-60cm. Great fun on light gear, especially when they get aerial. However the livies did the trick on the bigger models. My mate caught his fist ever Dollie going 66cm that went in the esky and about 4-5 others, all released. I managed a keeper, my biggest going 77cm and about 3-4 rats. The wind was picking up and we were down to our last two livies so we decided to to one last run. About 100m past the fad, I start losing line quickly. I saw this one come out of the water and it was the biggest of the day... I tightened up the drag a little as it was heading towards another boat after some solid runs! After a 10minute fight, a failed gaff shot, a failed tail grab we netted her!! She went 102cm and went into the esky for a feed. My mate stil had his last Yakka and we did two more drifts for nothing. Decided to head in to a spot at the back of Rangoon island for some kings. We threw plastics and jigs for some rock species them my mates livie got hammered! He had two really solid runs and he couldn’t stop it and it ended busting him off on the reef. We called it for a good king, even though we didn’t get a look at it. The wind started to get up so we called it quits and headed back into the ramp to clean the fish. Pulled the boat out at 11:30am. Dinner was sorted for our family, my friends family and the neighbours for last night and tonight!! Absolutely loving the south coast! Tight lines, Stu.
  39. 6 points
  40. 6 points
    Hearing mixed reports lately of some Jew poking around I thought it was about time I gave them another crack with a high change just after dark. Threw a combination of plastics and soft vibes and marked some good fish but could not tempt them. Landed this cracker flatty though as a by catch which was 2cms shy of my PB but was well and truely heavier. She was released after a quick photo. Kept a few smaller models for some beer battered flathead tails tomorrow night!!!
  41. 6 points
    One decent red one longtail report tmrw
  42. 6 points
    So Jewdreamer (aka "stuff up record holder") finally arrived at my place to go fishing. He was very late and full of excuses, like the generator blew up and they had to get another one (as if). Anyway, benefit of the doubt, here's a picture of him arriving into my back yard. I must admit one thing...he certainly looked the part. He had one of these suave, city slicker angling shirts on and a rod and reel that were last seen in the movie JAWS. Being the kindly country dude that I am, I let it ride without comment. After some pleasantries, we headed to the river where the water level was LOW and the current was NIL. Talk about being ill-prepared, he'd also forgotten the carton of beer and the case of wine. I thought to myself "this city slicker has no idea how hot it gets out here, we'll probably die of thirst and be found drifting around, in a few months time". So I let that ride too. Undeterred we launched the boat into the shallows and set of to the Murrumbidgee FADS. More to follow...WATCH THIS SPACE. (Over to you city slicker) bn
  43. 6 points
    Caught this nice bag on Saturday morning off the beach on the rising tide. 27 - 34cm. Quite spread out so needed to do a lot of searching. Identified a likely location where I caught one or two and kept at it until the results came, on the last of the run in/first of the run out, even when the sun came out at 11am they were still biting. Left when I ran out of beach worms.
  44. 6 points
    G'day mate fished the shoreline of Bradleys Head area for over 40yrs, from childhood and whenever it was too rough to go ocean rockfishing. The old stone wall near the mast of The Sydney facing up harbour is a reasonable spot for casting out wide(abt 70 mtr's to channel) for bream with a long rod, big lead and long trace- only bait to use is live worms due to long cast as they don't come off. Closer to the wall are a few flathead & lots of leatherjackets. It has also long been a top luderick spot,even after the destruction of the old wharf. Flathead caught here have often had heaps of small seahorses in their gut, so I guess there are plenty of them as well. There is a much better spot on the eastern front between Bradleys Head and Taylor Bay with access from either end. To get there from the Southern end,go down the road past the fort and the road turns left then back towards the city, you'll see a railing with steps. At the bottom of the steps you will be looking towards Sydney Heads. If the steps lead to a lighthouse you've gone too far,go back up and towards the heads. At the bottom walk to your left and about 250-300 mtr's north you will see a low platform Walk along the shoreline and there will be a white cliff face behind you when you get to the spot. This is "white rock or white wall" and it a great spot for many of the harbour's species. From the other end there is a track down that is adjacent to the entrance gate,walk straight down, don't turn left at the bisecting track as turning left it goes all the way around to Clifton Gardens and right goes to Bradleys Head, Just go straight ahead past the bench seat and follow the narrow track down to the water, which is the mouth of Taylor Bay, then go back towards the city. This way is a bit harder and you need to clamber around a huge boulder at high tide but quicker once you've done it a few times. Looking towards the water, the spot is made up of 4 main flat ledges covering about 35-40 mtr's of frontage with about a metre wide 'gutter' dividing these from the shoreline, to simplify things, from left A,B,C,D. SPOT 'A'- Only fishable from far left end as visible reef in front. Leatherjackets,Black Trevally(Spinefoot) in close and few luderick and odd Rock Blackfish at high tide. Long cast towards the heads with big sinker lands you on sand in about 5 mtr's of water. Mainly Bream off this end. SPOT"B'- Largest rock with a small pool on left end. This is the main spot for general fishing,with kelp patches on a sand bottom. You can either fish with small ball sinker(size 0,01,1)straight onto hook or a large sinker above a half mtr trace(leader) and 'long-cast' to marginally deeper water-roughly 6-7 mtr's at high tide. There are 3 chiselled rod holes on this rock and the small pool will accommodate about 4 yellowtail(live-bait) which can be caught here also. From this spot you can get Bream,Legal Snapper(Feb-May ) Flathead,Tailor,Trevally and Leatherjackets. I have caught and seen others catch Spangled Emperor here plenty of times & Live-bait on the bottom has produced Mulloway,Kingfish,Salmon.bigger Tailor and some good sized Flathead. Also the odd Hairtail and John Dory. Spinning here early morning often produces Tailor with occasional visits from Bonito and Frigates(Feb-Apr) I caught my largest (harbour-shore based) lure-caught Kingfish here also. SPOT 'C' - Not quite as big a rock with kelp covered 'slabs' on bottom both left and right with a 2 mtr wide 'gutter' in the middle.3 rod holes(2 in pools) on this rock. Long cast from here for Bream,Trevally,Flatties and Tailor. Odd better size Luderick and some mean Sawtail Surgeons behind kelp slabs. This is best Leatherjacket rock use paternoster rig size 6-10 longshank. Small Silver Drummer and heaps of Black Spinefoot usually spoil this as a Luderick spot. SPOT 'D' "The crack"- the far right-hand rock slopes into the water with a kelp-covered ledge only about a mtr lower and only half a mtr out. The "L" shaped gutter here is only 3 mtr's long and 2 wide. It is under 3 mtr's deep at dead low tide, but both kelp ledge and rock you stand on are 'undercut' and the entrance to a labyrinth of unseen cracks,gutters and holes. This is an excellent Luderick spot on the run-out tide only. The run -in see's BIG "EVIL" Surgeonfish "muscle" the Luderick away along with a few Rock Blackfish(Black Drummer). Night fishing here you can get same species plus Bream Red Morwong and a variety of 'crack dwellers'. Only drawback to this spot is you must stand in the water to fish the crack and most fish are there while water is thigh-deep-to-ankle deep. I've had some epic battles with Surgeons here and landed a couple of dozen over the years including a beautiful all blue one and plenty of Sawtails, although you lose about 9 out of 10 due to the terrain. Also if Luderick fishing here DON'T USE BERLEY! There's no need to as the fish are almost always in the crack on the outgoing tide and berley will penetrate the underneath Labyrinth attracting plenty of less desirable species,particularly Spinefoot(Black Trevally) Surgeons and both varieties of Drummer.- If you are new to Luderick fishing, the Bradleys Head stone wall is a much "friendlier" spot as there aren't any obstacles like at the "Crack" and there are heaps more fish. Although (Sept-Oct)- see's some trophy sized fish, you'll only get 4 or 5 maximum and importantly The Crack only fishes 2 guys if luderick fishing. The spot is so small, twice I've caught the same Luderick as the guy I've been fishing with when the fish took both our baits! GENERAL- The area of White-Wall/Rock fishes best from just on high tide until just before low tide, it isn't a run-in tide spot(except for evil lurking Surgeon's!) and if you fish the run-in you'll be disappointed. The only 'drawback' to 'The rock' is you have to get there at high tide which is ok on smaller tides,but anything over 1.5 mtrs you'll get your feet wet- it isn't at all dangerous but a little slippery in places. The spot goes just under water on tides of 1.65 mtr's and above, meaning ferry waves will flow over also, however these tides are generally more productive here due to this area is not affected by current. Other things of note are the Black Drummer can be numerous sometimes but always smell and taste like kelp, not at all tasty like their ocean brothers,but are always challenging to catch. There are crayfish along this shoreline in September-October, but as fishing laws have changed,they should be returned to the water if line-caught(we used to hand-line them back in the seventies) In May-June Tailor often school up out from here of a night and whole ganged pillies fished on the sand bottom will get a few. I hope this information is useful to you & anyone venturing to the area.
  45. 6 points
    Cant catch any fish but goin good on the squid another nice little lot of snapper n jew baits rick
  46. 6 points
    Since I first fished west of the divide with my uncle over 20 years ago I've always wanted a murray cod, many fruitless attempts have plagued me. For quite awhile I've been looking at a spot on google earth and with the roster gods giving me some generous days off my mate asked me why aren't we chasing cod? that was all the encouragement required. After a 5 1/2 hour drive we hit the cmapsite then it was rods in hand straight to the river...... not what I was expecting the pictures don't do it justice after a whole bunch of casts for nothing and a swim the yaks were on the water and the real fishing began. We headed upstream and usual story nothing, it's hard to be unhappy fishing a place like this the decision was made to head downstream for a look and after what felt like a billion casts next to a small boulder the rod was nearly pulled out of my hands after a near heart attack I realised it was a fish never been so nervous or excited bringing in a fish once he was on my lap the fist pumps started only 50cm but very satisfying called it for the evening and headed out early for another explore downstream wasn't long before my mate has a couple of small cod as well. Spinning along a boulder face again my lure was nailed this time only a small fish these were about the average size fished along for as far as we could go my mate landing a few more fish and losing a monster that was towing him up the river while I laughed and got to watch 2 platypus go about their business. a short cast with only a couple of metres of line out again lure smashed this fish went really hard I called yellabelly but turned out to be another cod the biggest of the trip going 52cm we did see some monsters chase our lures total of 9 cod between us.... couldn't wipe the smile of our faces on the trip home I'm sure it won't be long before our next cod mission cheers for reading Dave
  47. 6 points
    So the plan was to fish the last of the run in and high change chasing Jewys around Brisbane Waters this morning. Water was super clear and warm and we found some good likely looking bait schools on the sounder. Threw everything at them for a good three hours with one dropped fish which I was suspect was a king anyway. Plan B my mate suggested some top water action for some bream in some nearby racks. If anybody knows me I’m the biggest bream critic ever and was not keen. Run out tide we caught some good sized bream and lost a few stonkers to the right structure. Something I would never do I could not wipe the smile of my face after was so stoked something different that I would not normally do paid off. All fish off small stickbairs and surface lures in the middle of the day
  48. 6 points
    This post is aimed at someone starting out chasing Bream and flathead on fly who doesn't know how to tie their own. I'm cleaning out my fly box ( really an excuse to tie more flies) and have quite a few to pass on to a beginner for free. These are Crazy Charlie variants plus a few experimental patterns. Please only reply if you meet the criteria. I know how expensive it can be purchasing flies. There are 50 odd flies in total. I'll divide them into 4 piles. I've been chasing Bream on fly for over 30 years, so I know most of these flies will take fish. Posted free to the first 4 novice angles to contact me. regards Rob
  49. 6 points
    Another 168kg blue from norah canyons
  50. 6 points
    Mean Nurses AM "Of course I won't laugh," said the nurse. "I'm a professional. In over twenty years I've never laughed at a patient.""Okay then," said Fred, a big man almost 60 years old, as he proceeded to drop his trousers, revealing the tiniest 'man thingy' the nurse had ever seen. It's length and width, it couldn't have been bigger than a AAA battery. Unable to control herself, the nurse started giggling, then fell to the floor laughing. Five minutes later she was able to struggle to her feet and regain her composure. "I am so sorry," she said. "I don't know what came over me. On my honor as a nurse and a lady, I promise it won't happen again. Now, tell me, what seems to be the problem?" "It's swollen," Fred replied. She ran out of the room.
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