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  1. Yes, a bit of variety, and crab entrée coming up tonight.
  2. Good feed of fish. Though small, the red spots are good eating. Easy to scale and fillet. The bones can easily be removed (with a bit of practice)
  3. Thank you all. Though small fillets, the garfish tasted rather nice in breadcrumbs and pan fried with the whiting fillets.
  4. Headed out this morning and fished the deeper water near Lilli Pilli. Pulled out the tailor and flounder on fish baits. Flounder not too big, the smaller one was hooked in the gills so would not have survived. Released another small one. Both flounder had chew marks on their tail fins. Pulled out a few yakkas, and the garfish were swimming amongst the yakkas. Sent out a live yakka that swam about for some time, and when it swam near the bottom, the crab grabbed it. Nothing else was interested in it. Pumped some nippers at Maianbar flats, and drifted about for the whiting, some small ones in places and no bites at other places. The blackfish took one of the nippers.
  5. A good feed of nice sized flatties.
  6. The weather boffins call it an "Inversion".
  7. Some morays can be poisonous to eat.
  8. Twice a week. I still like a good steak as well.
  9. That time of year when the nor/easters start picking up during the day.
  10. Nice red, would not want to head-butt it.
  11. I prefer to eat the blue spots and tigers a bit more than the duskies, though nothing wrong with the duskies. The bigger duskies can be a bit tougher, so with them I usually cut off the fillets, then cut slices across the fillets, like a boneless cutlet, about 1.5 cms wide and cook it that way. Many years ago as I was motoring past the mouth of Burraneer Bay in the Hacking, I saw a fish tearing into a school of whitebait on the surface. Water depth about 20 feet. I stopped near the fish and saw it was a duskie about 60cm long. It was swimming around the school of whitebait, then it would charge into the school and grab a couple of fish, then swim back under the school and herd them to the surface again for another charge into the school. I watched for around 1 minute before I left. The flattie was having a great feed, and I did not want to try and catch it. A couple of times I have thrown a nipper into clear water a couple of metres deep, and watched a flattie flash out of the sand and grab the sinking nipper, so I imagine flatties, with their eyes looking upwards, would see some food item above them and be willing to race up and grab it. When a flattie sniffs out a prawn in the sand, quite often the prawn will head to the surface and jump along the surface to escape, with the flattie in hot pursuit underneath. I've been fishing for nearly 60 years, so have had plenty of time to observe fish and their feeding habits.
  12. Thanks Krispy.
  13. I use a paternoster rig, 2 hooks around 50 cm apart, a snapper lead about 50cm below the bottom hook. Use bait, though a soft plastic may work - when you hit a patch of flatties, the soft plastic will be chewed up fairly quickly. Tougher baits last longer. I use 2/0 stainless long shank hooks, though can use around 5/0. 4 ounce snapper leads for drifting, 6 ounce if the wind is up a bit. I use 20 pound toughened mono on the dropper below a swivel - it is tougher than normal mono so can take a bit of the flatties teeth chewing on it. If you keep a tight line, they will rarely swallow the hook. Flatties spend their time lying on the bottom, but if there is food about, they will swim quite some distance off the bottom to eat it. Some times the flatties will follow up a hooked fish and grab the other bait, 5 or even 10 metres off the bottom. Many times I have been winding up a small flattie, then there is a big hit as another flattie grabs the other bait. On 2 occasions I can remember, I have watched a flattie swim up from 30 metres deep, following hooked fish, then dropped a bait in front of it, hook up and into the boat before it realises what has happened.
  14. That mouth is the last thing many little fish or prawns will ever see.
  15. Just have to keep an eye on the weather reports for outside fishing.