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  1. Bloody Media And Boffins.

    Good idea Oldfella, and if a beer doesn't help, have another. Old media saying..." never let the truth get in the way of a good story". Enough said, eh? bn
  2. What is the best leader knot

    G'day Psycho Fisho. I don't believe there's a single knot that is IDEAL for lines between 4 and 200 lb b/s. The FG had been stated (deservedly) to be the best knot for joining braid and leader...but not thin leader. Maybe a double Uni is an answer there. The FG has been developed (with the half hitches), to protect the end of the leader so I think that they should be included when finishing the knot. Just my opinions here and I'll be interested to see what others have to contribute. Cheers, bn
  3. Taking the kids to school

    Wonderful photos Jon, especially the emus on the beach. Cheers, bn
  4. Not a bonito, but not dis-similar.

    Hi Chris, sorry to hear about your motor troubles mate. Hope you're able to get back on the water soon. Cheers, bn
  5. Wollongong Blackfish PB and tragedy

    What a great report Steve. Some very solid fish there mate. Great that your son got in on the act too, making up the berley bombs. The only downside was your rod but I'm sure you'll get another to fill the gap and get back to what you do best. Thanks for sharing your story, bn
  6. Balmain Blackfish

    Thanks for the explanation, that's what I thought it was. Is Blackfishing in estuaries, etc any good in Winter? Maybe making a trip to Sydney in late April /early May. Would be lovely to have another go at them. Cheers, bn
  7. Balmain Blackfish

    G'day Ryder. What do you mean by "I shortened up 6 inches?" Sounds like an eventful session you had. You obviously know a lot about Blackfish and their habits though. Still on my bucket list to actually catch some Blackfish. Cheers, bn
  8. Fishing and more fishing...

    Some excellent video footage there Ricardo. Thank you. bn
  9. After some Leatherjacket tips

    VERY interesting Derek. Thanks for posting that. I really have little idea what goes on beneath the salt water waves. Cheers, bn
  10. After some Leatherjacket tips

    Gee these leatherjackets sound more like Piranhas than lovely fish that are fun to catch. Just be careful you don't fall in Tash. Cheers, bn
  11. Bonnies Save The Day Again

    Thanks for that info Baz. I only know that they're good fun on light gear. Caught some when I've been on charters out of Kiama. They were used for bait. Cheers, bn
  12. FLATHEAD continue to CHEW around St Huberts

    Another very professional presentation Josh. Lovely place to be chasing Flatties. Cheers, bn
  13. Bonnies Save The Day Again

    I really enjoyed your report Baz. We fishos must develop a stoic resolve I reckon when we can turn an ordinary day into something special. Mind you the sight of the dog escorting the lady jogger along the beach and a beautiful sunrise (as pictured) would have some minor influence, eh? What are the bonito like to eat or do you use them for bait? Cheers Baz and keep those reports coming, bn

    G'day Omally. They taste like freshwater shrimps. I can't be bothered eating them or yabbies when they make such great bait. You can buy shrimp nets from your local tackle store or Big W for about $ 8 -10. There's a pocket in them for the "bait". You can use soap or cheese or dog biscuits. All of these work well!. You will need to tie an additional length of string to them as sometimes the water may be 10 ft down a steep bank. Place them in slow /still current near to weeds or grassy edges and leave for a few hours. You are only allowed 1 per person in NSW. When you get some shrimps hook them through the tail as shown in the picture. They are best fished on a paternoster rig as they will dig into the mud if they can. They can also be put in those sealable sandwich bags and kept in the freezer. Shrimps and yabbies are only available during periods where the water is warm, they hibernate from about late April to September. Hope this helps, bn

    Yeh shrimps and yabbies taste pretty good boiled in salty water...you need an awful lot of them though. I'm really flattered at so many birthday wishes. I really had a great day. Fishing tomorrow, methinks. Cheers, bn