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big Neil

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  1. 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
  2. Fishing and more fishing...

    Some excellent video footage there Ricardo. Thank you. bn
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. FLATHEAD continue to CHEW around St Huberts

    Another very professional presentation Josh. Lovely place to be chasing Flatties. Cheers, bn
  7. 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
  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIG NEIL

    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
  9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIG NEIL

    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
  10. Another day in Paradise...

    You're most welcome to scoot down here Frank and catch a few Cod. Actually, if any of the Sydney folk find the time, let me know. I'll be pleased to take you out to catch a few. Still hoping to catch up when I get to the big smoke Frank. Cheers mate, bn
  11. 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...
  12. Another day in Paradise...

    Thanks, Stewy, I get the same from reading your posts. I think it's nice to relate the FEELINGS we get when fishing. After all, that's why we go, eh? By the way, I think it's quite incredible catching so many crabs in a session...top job. Cheers and hi to Donna, bn
  13. Plastic fishing carp

    G'day CJay, I love chasing Carp too. They always put up a good account of themselves in the fight department. Haven't heard of the Grass Carp. Any idea where they can be found in Australian waters...not specific areas, just a region or river system? Cheers, bn
  14. Glenbawn Trip

    You might get the chance to gather info, for when you do take the boat to Tamworth. Good luck Steve. Will look forward to reading your post. bn
  15. Another day in Paradise...

    It sure is Steve. Lots of snags so you lose a bit of gear, but that's where the fish are. Seldom travel more than half a km from the boat ramp...there's fish everywhere if you know where to look. Glad you like the pics, I love taking pics while I wait for bites. Cheers, bn
  16. cheap baitcaster combos

    Hi Kyle. Stop looking! You won't find a baitcaster combo for anywhere near that price. You'll need to spend at least twice that amount for the cheapest setup. Good luck, bn
  17. After some Leatherjacket tips

    That should keep Granma happy for a bit Tash. You're gunna have to get more now she knows you can. Good luck, bn
  18. Another day in Paradise...

    It sure is... and only a few minutes from home. Cheers, bn
  19. Another day in Paradise...

    Hi Omally. They can grow to 85cms and about 15 kg but are extremely rare at this size. They're not related to Trout at all and are often called Blue Nosed Cod. Very aggressive feeders, excellent to catch on lures. Hope you manage to get among the Trout. Cheers, bn
  20. Glenbawn Trip

    Many thanks for sharing your post Hill 373737. An interesting summary of your trip. Considering your inexperience I'd say that you and Andy did particularly well. Great photos too, added to the storyline. Some good waters up in the Tamworth area so it would be well worth dragging your boat up there. Keep us posted if you do fish up there, lots of us on here are interested in Freshwater fishing of new areas. Cheers, bn
  21. Swordies bag out on crabs

    Top job there Swordies. Any day fishing is a good day. I'm just back from 5 hrs at the river...another good session. Cheers, bn
  22. Lake mac

    Can't keep a good man down Rick. Defo not your most memorable day on the water but they all count towards that perfect day. which happens now and then. Tight lines mate, bn
  23. Sunday king with my daughter

    Top job mate. Some of my more memorable sessions have been with the kids and grandkids. Doesn't seem to matter what you catch, they're excited...but getting a big fish is icing on the cake. Cheers bn
  24. Squid taking plastics but not squid jigs

    Just one of those mysteries that keeps us going fishing, I guess. bn
  25. Kids, Wild Bass & PB's

    Great experience for them to go out and catch some prime Bass, in such lovely surroundings. They will always have those memories and may even do the same in the future, with their children. Cheers, Neil