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  1. 10 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. 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!
  3. 7 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
  4. 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
  5. 5 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
  6. 4 points
    Guys, you may of been reading my posts and seen some of my videos however I really need to reiterate the flathead are very consistent around St Huberts island. Pick any sand bar, inlet or shallow channel and run with soft plastics and you will hit them hard. Pick your tides and keep an eye out for water traffic. I find once the leaf blower boats and average family joe is out and about the water moves to much and can make fishing a little harder. I went out the other day and picked up a few in a short session before it rained. Embedded I have a short VLOG that will show you where to go. I look forward to seeing you out there!
  7. 4 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.
  8. 4 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.
  9. 4 points
  10. 3 points
    Hi Jon Im putting myself up for adoption and was wondering if you have space at home for one more..... great report, great result ! I know you and your family are huge advocates for the environment. That good fishing karma must be just floating around you wherever you go!!
  11. 3 points
    Hi all I got the chance to head outside with a mate from the fishing club to target snapper. I'd not managed a keeper before (in Aus),although I'd not really targeted them. So an early start and we headed off to a broken bay reef to see what we could find. I decided that I needed to test out my new travel rod. So I rigged up a paternoster and dropped it over. Something big picked it up, bent the rod and then it snapped. The little reel was struggling, the rod tip went over and the fish was still on. Then it broke off, so I figured I'd been bitten off and the rod tip had fallen off. I wound up and my rig was still there, along with my rod end and a very surprised Sargent baker that seemed to have lost it scales. We were thinking that I'd hooked the Sargent baker, that was then picked up by a shark, and when the rod tip ran down the line it surprised it, and it spat the baker out. Annoyed that I'd broken my rod on its first trip. We carried on fishing and I used my other rod. We got on to a couple of bonnys, and then I noticed that my rod tip had a bend in it, sure enough, a few minutes later, it broke off as well. No idea why this happened. The fish went quiet so we moved. Next place we started fishing again, and I was able to use my broken rod, with the tip missing. I got on to my first red, and it went 1kg clean, then I started picking up some morwongs, and my day was looking better, until the rod snapped again.On to rod number three and I stayed with that for the rest of the day. After that we came back in and picked up some more snapper and morwongs before calling it a day. Ended up with a good bag that I added to the next day with some mullet at the entrance. Sorry for the late notice @MainframeJames, the entrance was good, but there was a bit of a storm half way through. So I add three new keepers to my list,snapper, morwong and trevs. I used a paternoster rig, exactly the same as I would use for flathead drifting, the only difference being I had a smaller (snapper) lead. I also put on a soft plastic, as @zmk1962, taught me a while back. The blue and white (pilchard) one worked best, a plain white was was ok, but nothing else did any good. Morwongs were only picked up on a cut pilly and you were more likely to get a snapper on a whole pilly. My Navionics says that I went 88km and I filled up with 38.4 litres and used between 340-700 mls of oil. The navionics turned off for a while when the tablet over heated and also reported that the ETEC managed to get the boat to a max speed of 142 km/h! I think that for most of the time, I wasn't going any fast than 30km/h. It was a bit bumpy but I didn't get sick. I changed four things from that last vomit trip I did. I had company, I only had one beer on Friday night, I took my blue compound pill when I got up and I had a 1 1/2 litre bottle of ginger beer to drink during the day. I think that these combined with being quite busy for the 12 hours meant that I didn't have a chance to think about anything else. After that, I had to decide how to cook the snapper, and ended up going for a simple smoked paprika, lemon pepper seasoning and lightly floured pan fried in coconut oil, butter and a little olive oil, and I think they turned out pretty well and served with a salad. Thanks for reading!
  12. 3 points
    Great report mate. Hope you enjoy those Bonito. Chicken of the sea my kids say. Yummmmm Cheers R&B
  13. 3 points
    I grew up in the Harbour catching Jackets. Segments of prawns are the best bait. You are often baited but get more bites & fish. Squid only works sometimes. A mix of small pieces of both works well. I'll p.m you some of my fave old spots Tash if you want? Absolutely guaranteed to get a bucket load of nice leatheries, & all on a handline. 2 x size 10 longshanks on a dropper rig with the sinker on the bottom is the way to go.
  14. 2 points
    Looked at the tides yesterday arvo, bottomed out around 1700 so decided to head south of Wollongong and hit my favourite spot, the river fishes well on the last hour of the run out. My son and I went to a local rock pool and gathered a heap of bait and he made a burley mix (which ended up being worth more than its weight in gold I found later on). We arrived and my son started the burley, nice balls of weed n sand dissolved on the water and showed me the run out was still going. I cast out and no sooners does the weed hit the water I see my float vanish, I set the hooks and pull in a 20 cms baby blackie, let him off cast again 10 cms blackie, let him of cast again and WHACK, 30 cm models this time.....I started to fish the deeper whole and got on to the larger ones. This went on for 30 mins with a total of 20 fish caught with 4 in the keeper net then I get hit by a monster. The fight lasts 5 mins resulting in the line snapping or the hook unthreading (which I would find odd given the fish it caught previously) and the force threw my line in the air creating a Christ almightly know. I spend the next 30 mins trying to fix then decided to cut it off and start again. By the time I restarted the flow had stopped and we were in the lull of the tide. I got two more keepers and decided to head to a spot that fishes well on the rise. AS per the first spot jnr starts the burley I cast out.....no drift. 10 mins later the tide is rising fast as is the drift and I am getting very very slow downs....I set the hook and the fish are on, I drop two and land two around the 40 cm mark. The beach side fish are more decided in their bites, slower in the down but huge!. Each fight is a fight for my balance and to steer the fish away from the rocks. I had 8 by this stage.......my PB for a take home I wanted to make it to 10 and the fish were there and I had bait and a little daylight still. I loaded up a cast and hear SNAP. The Wilson RFB 1206 Snapped near the hand grips. The line wasn't caught when I cast nor was the rod tip or any other part. I was gutted, 2 short of my pb and my favourite rod destroyed!. I have heard of blokes keeping rods for decades and was hoping to keep the Wilson for just as long. I don't believe they make the RFB 1206 anymore, they had a one or two piece 10 footer but its not the same. What would be a suitable replacement? I have already re rigged my Gary Howard which is a great rod but id like a good spare and a single piece. The GH has caught many fish for me and if I was to destroy that some how id lose my sh@#@$t. All in all it was a great trip and my son loved it. I have him a go when I hooked a small one and he said that was his favourite part. I want to teach him some casting next time but with a kids rod. Thanks for reading Steve I have already re-rigged my G
  15. 2 points
    Hi Raiders I fished the runout tide from about 11am. There were good signs of life on the first drift. My float just dipped below the surface a couple of times, there were fish around, they just wouldn't commit. I shortened up 6 inches and 2 drifts later I was on. A good solid 40cm specimen.The action continued and I bagged 5 more in the next half hour. Then I had a problem. I cast out and got a huge overrun and tangle on the old Trudex. I got most of it out before I managed to tighten the last few loops into a solid knot. A quick tug and the line snapped. When I looked back at the water my float was gone, I laid down my rod and brought in the line hand over hand. Another good fish made the net. I rerigged, thought about changing the leader, but didn't. Next fish I snapped off. Typical. I replaced the leader but things went quiet for a while. I guess the fish went and told his mates. With the tide running out I changed depth a few times before I found the fish again. The drift changed and started coming back towards the wharf and the fish were right at my feet. When I hooked up they went straight under and around the pylons. I lost 2 more, 1 was most likely a surgeon, my float popped up then shot down out of sight in a split second. I pulled the hook on both. I managed 1 more but called it, and left them biting.
  16. 2 points
    Were you worried with the pointy bit and the inflatable bit not being compatible?
  17. 2 points
    I was desperate for a fish today before working all weekend while (it seems) everyone else in Port Stephens will be fishing in the Billfish Shootout! 😕 The forecast was for around 2.0m easterly swell and I wasn’t too sure if I’d want to do the run to Broughton. A message from Raider Jeff “Willy Weather” Scratchie had me thinking it might be a bit lumpy and with my stomach being a bit dodgy from some antibiotics I’m on, I decided I’d fish inside the Bay (where I wouldn’t be too far from “amenities” if needed lol!) and rigged accordingly. Fishing in the Bay, I could make do with the half a tank of fuel I had - no need to bother filling up. I hit the Soldiers Point ramp a bit after 5 and tried for some livies, with the view to trying a hole for jew around the turn of the tide later in the morning. There was bait about but I couldn’t seem to catch them. As the sun rose over Corlette Point, I dropped a couple of crab traps down where I’d had some success before and tried a flathead drift, flicking a soft plastic and drifting a bait and a squid jig. Managed a couple of squid and they went in the tank for later. I always like fishing along this peaceful stretch of beach but today was more special as I was treated (not the first time 😏) to the sight of an extremely fit bikini clad blonde exercising her dog, up and down the beach... up and down... up and down... I was mesmerised! After checking the crab traps (nothing yet), I decided to try Corlette Wreck, not because it was slow where I was (I think I could have caught a few more squid) but because the bikini clad blonde and her dog had moved on. 😕 There was bait on the wreck but I didn’t do any good so I moved upstream to a hole about 34m deep off the entrance to a little cove where Scratchie suggested I try for jew. I sent down a couple of baits, one of them a live squid on a twin smelled hook rig. Things were slow but as the tide started to turn, the Baitrunner with the squid on it, started slowly taking off. The result was a small jew, 45cm... he’d taken the squid deep and had thrown his stomach. I decided to cut one of the hooks off rather than try and get it out and poked his stomach back in. A quick photo then I swam him beside the boat for a while, then he gave a couple of kicks and swam slowly to the depths. I hope he makes it. Scratchie messaged me to tell me how good the sea looked, so dammit, things were slow in the bay and my stomach was feeling better, so I decided to duck outside, even though I left my trolling rods at home! I needed a couple of bonito at least, to salvage the day. I headed straight to Boondelbah Island, my mainstay spot for bonnies. My go to lure, a Xrap in ghost, was at home on my 6kg trolling outfit, so I dug out a red head minnow and trolled it on braid, with a 4kg breakaway, why not?! Each pass earned a fish and I managed 6 bonito and a 45cm tailor to salvage the day. The only trouble with catching bonito... they make a hell of a mess of the boat, spurting blood everywhere! Not a spectacular day but still great to be out there! Not Broughton but bonito and a blonde in a bikini... that’ll do! (And I think I’m going to try that beach again soon!) 😎.
  18. 2 points
    First one is a Estuary Catfish "Cnidoglanis macrocephalous" They have poisonous Dorsal and Pectoral spines .... and bloody hurt. So be careful with those ones. Second one is a Blind Shark "Brachaelurus waddi" Good on you for returning them to the water.
  19. 2 points
    mate, I used some lighter tackle and went through six sp and caught four breams and two whiting all undersize but close. good to finally get some fish.
  20. 2 points
    Nice work bazza! A Jew is Jew no matter what size. A few bonito, tailor and a nice blonde is a successful day on anyone’s books! Glad I could help. Anyway, her number is 1300 get a life! Haha! Cheers scratchie!!!
  21. 2 points
    Just a quick little update for you guys, We headed out on the 10th of Feb to Botany, with a plan to catch kingies. Unfortunately the wind was too strong to head outside so we had settle for fishing inside the bay Hit the usual squid grounds to no avail only managing one small candy squid, Then bounced around to all other locations that produce squid, still nothing. Downrigged along the Bare Island Bombie seeing crazy activity on the sounder as we were positioning the boat to anchor, WE HOOKED UP!! The water temp on the run in was at 22. The kingie put up a tough fight on the 50lb gear. He Measured in at 82cm weighing just over 5kg. Heres the vid enjoy
  22. 2 points
    As they say Rome wasnt built in a day. Dont be disheartened! Remember even pros have dud days. Even television programmes film for 10 hours to make a half hour fishing programme. When you say estuary rod, what is the rating? Have you tried using lighter leader? Remember you are still catching fish. I can't begin to tell you how many all nighters I've done targeting mulloway to come home with doughnuts. Yes its frustrating, but im fishing still. Your time will come mate when all the stars and moons will align and youll achieve desired results
  23. 2 points
    im with you dave any amount of swell n sea don't go low..stay up high be safe..no fish is worth it ...rick
  24. 2 points
    Standing at the edge of the lake, a man saw a woman flailing about in the deep water. Unable to swim, the man screamed for help. A trout fisherman ran up. The man said, “My wife is drowning and I can’t swim. Please save her. I ll give you a hundred dollars.” The fisherman dove into the water… In ten powerful strokes, he reached the woman, put his arm around her, and swam back to shore. Depositing her at the feet of the man, the fisherman said, “Okay, where’s my hundred dollars?” The man said, “Look, when I saw her going down for the third time, I thought it was my wife. But this is my mother-in-law.” The fisherman reached into his pocket and said, “Just my luck. How much do I owe you?”
  25. 2 points
    that's it...im throwin away my yabby pump and stockin up on bonnies..hahaha..nah just kiddin...havnt caught them on bonnie but we do get big ones on half pillies or pilly fillets off blacksmiths breakwall...we use size2 or 4 hooks ganged...its like a miniature tailor rig...rick
  26. 2 points
    Good day fellow Raiders! It seemed to be the perfect day, I had the day off work, the girl had the day off work, the sun was shining and the boat was ready to go. We started our day at about 11am, launching off orange grove boat ramp and heading towards the rip bridge. We decided to anchor St Hubert's side of the bridge where the current was slow and the water was somewhat clear (for Brisbane waters anyway). After about an hour of flicking plastic and getting zilch we decided to continue to Paddy's channel. On the travel we found a nice sand bar just at the start of Paddy's and decided to flick for a few flathead. After a few really good hits on the plastics we got jack of not hooking up and switched to bait (bonito). We casted out at the same time and both got hit in almost perfect sync, we couldn't believe it, after a bit of a fight up came two beautiful whiting, my girl's went about 34cm and mine was 30cm.....I tried stretching him but just couldn't get the extra 4cm's hahaha. We continued for about another hour and brought up another 4 whiting between us, all keepers! So in the Eski they went. On the last cast I hooked into something with a little more fight than the humble whiting, and had me running around the boat trying not to get tangled, after about 5 mins of fighting I brought up a nice sized tailor going about 36cm's, good fun bringing him up on such light gear. He put up a good fight so I threw him back to fight another day. After this we picked a friend up from the local wharf and back to paddy's channel we went, where not much fishing got done, but we had a few drinks and a good old chin wag. All in all we were out for 7 hours and we got something to take home with us which was a bonus. No Flathead this time, but thats the fun of fishing. Sorry about the lack of photo's, I'll make sure I get some next time. Thanks for reading Raider's, Good Luck!
  27. 2 points
    Hello, fellow Raiders. Went out early today as the forecast was for a sunny day in the low 30s. Was on the water by 8am and a few others had the same idea. I was second to launch and saw that the guy ahead of me was headed downstream. He was taking his time, crawling along (maybe he didn't know the river?) so I scooted past him in the most courteous manner possible. Just as well really as he took ages getting to where I pulled up, at my new best spot. I tied up to a snag and put cheese on 1 rod and a juicy yabbie on the other rod. I cast in close to a good looking snag and set about arranging the landing net, lip grips and terminal tackle box. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw one rod move...a bite? There was quite a lot of shade where I was fishing and the water was a bit murky...and quite a bit lower than usual. I focussed on the two rods and sure enough, there was an enquiry on the yabbie. Now, this is a bit strange because I've had about 15 yabbies in the garage since the season started (Dec 1st), I've been out probably 30 times and this was the first interest in the yabbie bait. With no further warning, the rod doubled over and it was game on. I'd only been fishing for a few minutes and had a nice Cod in the net, half a cm undersize. I unhooked the fish and noticed that the yabbie had moved up the line and was very much alive. I repositioned it on the hook and lobbed in at the same spot. Within about 2 minutes I had another Cod of 52 cm in the net...on the same yabbie. Alas, it had gone and the Cod swam away, no worse for wear, probably wondering how the yabbie managed to pull it out of the water. LOL. So months of no interest whatsoever in yabbies...to 2 Cod caught on the one yabbie. Strange hobby this fishing, eh? Ended up with 10 Murray Cod and a small Trout Cod in 5 hours. Pretty good session and any time spent in paradise is a reward in itself. Here's a few pics of the day...till next time Cheers bn Small Trout CodThe "lucky yabbie" that scored 2 Cod...
  28. 2 points
    Hungry head is the next headland up from crescent 1km south of the gap at hat between the point and beach is known as the jew bite its also known as kemps corner ive probably only fished it 150 times in the last 40yrs so i know the place well...metals are best 85grm or bigger or livies under torpedo cork yakkas an slimys in front of south east point longer gaff is better but you can work fish south round point into little bay and wash em up enough for shorter gaff suss out google last point lookin down beach to crescent...rick
  29. 2 points
    The nets work great and easy to get the crabs out
  30. 1 point
    That’s awesome. Massive weekend for her.
  31. 1 point
    geez baz your makin me want to move back up the bay...theres always something to catch and something to look at..lifes hard..you lucky bugger..keep the reports comin..its my comp weekend and I havnt launched the boat cause of the wind..typical..oh well theres always next weekend....rick
  32. 1 point
    Nice vid keep up the great work
  33. 1 point
    +1 for a catana 702 to, they are a great rod for the money (was my first plastics combo sienna/catana combo and apart from snapping the tip a few years ago... its still going strong with a new tip). Also had a pflueger trion 2-4 kg which was good - broke that to due to user error... the connection point between the 2 pieces got pinched in my boots goose neck and crushed the rod. still works but wouldn't really count on it for a big fish... is good as a squid rod i guess. Also use 2 sahara rods (got them as combos with symetre reels) in: 7ft 2-4kg and 6f10 in 2-5kg... they are ok rods for the most part but i did find that the largest guide on the 7ft sahara was cracked recently due to unknown reasons... I cant for the life of me figure out why the ceramic ring cracked and broke there but it broke closest to the rod blank and i don't recall any incident on breaking or dropping it so oh well... they are my land based gear so get used more than others. the line doesn't seem to contact where the sharp cracked bit is so i am just playing russian roulette when fishing with it haha. My 'nice' outfit which i only seem use when on a boat seems to be my daiwa generation black wicked weasel 2-6kg (gen 1) paired to shimano stradic FK3000HG. All rods perform the same for the most part, personally i don't see the need for throwing to much money at a rod. you'll just cry more when it breaks haha.
  34. 1 point
    Hi Michael this is Mario i sent you an invitation to meet Neil 10 minutes ago, and here attached is his boat which was once mine,since then he has replaced the motor with an E-TEC and also bought a brand new trailer.This boat is very safe and can easily go to offshore reefs,such as Browns Mountain or to Stanwell Park for snapper his mobile is 0405655424
  35. 1 point
    Had a quick trip to the Sydney Fad and wave-rider this morning , heaps of small dollies and small King fish great fun but no keepers , one of the pro's hooked a marlin don't Know if they got him or not, Fantastic on the water just a little lumpy. beats working cheers
  36. 1 point
    I think Ballina is a pretty brutal wall structure and bar (big waves hitting the wall hard) so the longer rods help with controlling baits and fish at your feet there. I would imagine most of those guys would run 50lb or 60lb mono straight through (or with 60-100lb leaders) instead of braid for abrasion insurance too. Bruns wall is generally a lot friendlier to fish and you can get away with a shorter rod so i guess think about where you will be using these things the most. It's a pity this conversation/scenario didn't pop up over christmas when i was in Byron and you could have strapped the reel onto a couple of my rods and had a cast and a feel with line through them as the action can feel quite different loaded up with line running through the guides to just grabbing the tip and loading the rod that way. I think 12ft is a comfortable all round length for casting, lifting, holding and leverage. The Prevails, especially the 14'6" have large stripper guides from memory, possibly to use with alveys or big spin reels and the action would probably suit you for bait fishing but you wouldn't want to be spinning with it. I had a look at some Assassin rods from South Africa a few years ago, I think there was one with a medium tip and a heavy tip that you could change depending on what weight you were casting, but these rods are setup a bit differently for slide baiting. I would love a rod on an FSU5144 blank for jewies but i can only find them as one piece rods which is too painful for me to transport. I have felt a few rods built on them and they are a great action for bait fishing for jewies i reckon.
  37. 1 point
    Good lord! Mate, make the two hour drive to Nelson Bay and try casting off the breakwall. Not eels on stickbaits here! cheers scratchie!!!
  38. 1 point
    you can also try grassy head the macs often come in close......... kingy's are usually more smoky cape area..... be cautious these platforms can be treacherous.... I know of quite a few deaths over the years Dave
  39. 1 point
    Happy birthday BN hope you have a great day by the way love the photos of Cod fishing
  40. 1 point
    Flies all gone to good homes. I'm sure there will be another cleanout in the near future rob
  41. 1 point
    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
  42. 1 point
    Nice stuff!! seems to be a fair few around in the flats and leases. didn't get any whiting?
  43. 1 point
    If you check them every 20 minutes and pull them up quick you will not lose any
  44. 1 point
    Small squid pieces on a small hook are better. Size 10 or 8 longshank hooks, squid strips 5 or 6 mm wide and 10 to 12 mm long. Sometimes just moving the bait slightly up and down can help with a hook up. When about in numbers, the jackets will quickly swim to the bait and try to scoff it down before the others get to it. When only one or 2 about, they will be a bit more cautious in eating your bait, especially the larger fantail jackets.
  45. 1 point
    they should be banned from Brisbane waters and Pittwater no wait the whole central coast!!!!!
  46. 1 point
    Got to love a plan B that pays off. Some nice bream there. Well done Cheers Rah
  47. 1 point
    good to see some healthy looking bream getting around the place mate pain about the jewies though but still looked like it ended up being a cracking day
  48. 1 point
    This is a great suggestion, thanks. I might even try a jig as the stinger. I'll run the squidgy wriggler they kept attacking, and attach a jig behind it with a metre of leader. I'll have to see how it actually swims in the water, but I reckon it's worth a shot.
  49. 1 point
    Thanks Neil, always enjoy your reports. Cheers, Gus
  50. 1 point
    I never used a stink bag, I only use a hand bait (frozen pilly, prawn, pipi) and wave it in the water to attract the worms. I would walk along the beach doing that until I see worm heads reaching out. That works for me. -- Huy
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