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  1. Apart from the usual yakkas and, far better, slimeys, a live garfish is a killer kingie bait down there. Use a small, but strong, circle hook, with the hook placed through the bottom of the bait down near the tail, not in its back, under a pencil float. And a bit of a special bait for big rock kings at JB is a dead frigate (usually pretty easy to spin up early morn) fished under a balloon, close to the rock ledge just on the edge of the wash. Seen them tempt big kings when even a live slimey wasn't getting any love. Give the king a bit of time to get the frigate down its gob.
  2. Quite a bit of talk that salmon numbers in Sydney are substantially down since the coalition state government allowed 200 tonnes of salmon to be netted annually in waters north of Barrenjoey Head a few years ago. Before the netting - the fish are caught for commercial trap baits - sambos had become a year round fishery in Sydney, and the average size was getting very solid. The average Sydney fish seems to be smaller now as well. Will be interesting to see what the spring baitfish hatch-sambo fishing is like.
  3. nah those trevs with the yellow fins are a different species - compare them to the silvers in the pics - different body shape but also totally different fin shapes and placement. silvers don't change their fin shape and placement as they grow. don't know what species they are. great little session mate.
  4. What we do know from recent tagging efforts is that it seems many but not all Sydney's big kings move between inshore and harbour waters and the deeper offshore reefs throughout any year. Many of these big kings don't appear to move up or down the coast as much as shifting between deep and shallower water in the general Sydney area. The recapture rate of these big tagged kings is quite high. So it might be that we have a limited pool of big kings in Sydney. We now tag and release all our kings of around a metre and above.
  5. Sorry for repost above. Meant to say yep check out PaddyT's link further up. It's all there. Every fisho should read this study wrap up.
  6. Whether a fish has a hard or soft mouth is irrelevant to a fish feeling pain.The most recent very detailed scientific studies say they do not feel pain. That's because they do not have the nerve structure, the nerve receptors, that transmit what we know as pain to the brain. This isn't "I think" stuff, it's the actual structure of their bodies which does not allow feeling pain. The "scientific" study most commonly quoted by anti-fishos has been discredited because the "researcher" who admitted to an agenda, used bee stings on fish's lips to "prove" they felt pain because they became distressed after the sting. However the fish were not feeling pain, they were reacting to being injected with a venom and the venom moving though their bodies. Of course fish do become stressed by long fights, poor handling etc and I suppose there's a moral argument about distressing an animal. . I hope far more slot limits are introduced. Release small fish which have not had a chance to become sexually mature, release the big fish which are breeders and have proved they are "the fittest", and keep a few mid sized fish.
  7. Whether a fish has a hard or soft mouth is irrelevant to a fish feeling pain.The most recent very detailed scientific studies say they do not feel pain. That's because they do not have the nerve structure, the nerve receptors, that transmit what we know as pain to the brain. This isn't "I think" stuff, it's the actual structure of their bodies which does not allow feeling pain. The "scientific" study most commonly quoted by anti-fishos has been discredited because the "researcher" who admitted to an agenda, used bee stings on fish's lips to "prove" they felt pain because they became distressed after the sting. However the fish were not feeling pain, they were reacting to being injected with a venom and the venom moving though their bodies. Of course fish do become stressed by long fights, poor handling etc and I suppose there's a moral argument about distressing an animal. . I hope far more slot limits are introduced. Release small fish which have not had a chance to become sexually mature, release the big fish which are breeders and have proved they are "the fittest", and keep a few mid sized fish.
  8. Well you should pop down to the Manly Vale tackle store and look at the photo of the 6 kilo plus GT taken (and unfortunately killed) from the 'goon a few years ago. The GTs there seem to have reduced greatly in number past few years, still a few big eye trevs to 1.5 kilos though.
  9. Mate pretty sure they aren't big eyes. I've got southern latitude big eyes in Queenscliffe lagoon in Sydney and yours look different. Big eyes have distinctive white tips on their anal fins, different head shape, slightly longer bodies and, hence the name, very big eyes in proportion to their noggins. Yours. at least the second one, I'm pretty sure is a different type of tropical-sub tropical trev. Maybe even small GTs, brassy or tea leaf trevs. Awesome catches!
  10. Strange logic you present. The banning of squid fishing has only recently been enforced. If squid fishing was so devastating to North Harbour why, over the time no one policed this strange ban (and which was never sign posted), was the squid fishing so good? Those "fishing celebrities" and charter operators you mention are advocating on behalf of all fishos. How do you know just a few rec fishos are pissed off by the ban? Banning squid fishing in North Harbour merely puts more fishing pressure on squid in other parts of the harbour. And the concerns about more No Take zones throughout the harbour for fin fish and other targets are justified, as the government has commissioned an investigation into the issue. If they can see votes in it, they would do it, scientifically justified or not. There's little science behind the squid fishing ban in North Harbour. Squid are very fecund, live short frantic lives and move about heaps. Why ban fishing for them just there? There was no scientific investigation into a ban, Some of those same "fishing celebrities" and charter operators you seem to be accusing of advocating out of pure selfishness are constantly fighting the good fight on unscientific restrictions and bans on rec fishing. I know one very well and he's spent many many many hours in government meetings when he'd rather be out wetting a line, fighting the good fight, and calling rubbish on extreme green propaganda or stupid legislation. He's battled many times to aid styles of fishing or locations he rarely, or never, indulges in. Selfish, hey? What have you done?
  11. Yep, watched them "clean up" the "human waste" while on surf charters while at anchor. Caught several each time and they all went back
  12. PS six inch paddle tailed soft plastics on a lead jig head (say half once) are great trolled too.
  13. Maybe pick up a couple of Pakula Uzi mini trolling head skirted lures, in the Lumo colour. They'll compliment your Rapala minnows (presuming your Rapalas are meant to handle a bit of speed and aren't, say, lures meant to be retrieved slowly, say for bass etc). The Uzis catch anything from big salmon, bonito, stripeys, tailor etc to yellowfin, dolphin fish and marlin. They can be bought pre-rigged with hook and trace. This means you have surface and deeper depths covered. You could do a lot worse than add a couple of Halco Laser Pro minnows (They can handle a decent troll speed, and King Brown is an awesome colour) to your trolling spread too. Maybe a standard depth one and a deep diving model. They, like the Rapalas, should work at the same troll speed as the Uzis. No good having a mix of lures which work at different trolling speeds. Put the minnows closer in to the transom, the Uzis, or other skirted lures, further back, to prevent tangles. There's some good graphics on the web for "lure spreads" showing how to stagger your lures' position behind the boat. Keep going for fifty metres or so if you get a hookup as you might get another strike. If you have a sounder watch for deep bait schools, and temperature changes. Look for current lines, birds working bait schools (birds in general!) floating debris. If you are confident reading the water and wave movement, trolling past headland washes and turning the boat so the lures go through the wash zone can be deadly on inshore pelagics, but be careful!) Like a lot of fishing, "matching the hatch" can be important so, if the budget afford it, it's worth having a few different sized lures in your mix. Cheers and good trolling!
  14. Actually remember now her likes em raw, or grilled with a dipping sauce.
  15. Yeah Tetsuya, who's a pretty keen fisho, loves em. He uses some type of marinade and flash fries em. He said they are much better, to his palete, caught in winter when they have a higher fat content.