Holls

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About Holls

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  • Birthday 05/15/1957

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  1. Strange thing last night. Sitting by Burrill lake towards sunset, a large fish swam into the shallows and just wallowed there. Thought it was a stingray, but on closer inspection, it was a VERY large whiting. Quite lethargic, it started to dart away but then turned and came up, almost beaching itself. I lifted it out of the water, it seemed stunned, or close to death, but strong tremor body movements. Very fat, very healthy looking, nothing in gills or throat. It was going to die, so I killed, scaled and filleted it (thought it might have a hook in the gut, but no). Any idea why it beached itself? Seen this before? (Went down this morning in case there were others - some lake event - but no other fish.)
  2. Nothing wrong with a good aussie salmon! Best to bleed them immediately upon catching, knife under the gill cover and cut straight through all the gills. Later, fillet and remove skin, cut out the dark red flesh along the centre line. You get some great fillets of a very firm fish, excellent in fish pie & curries, or I slice thin fillets, breadcrumbs on the BBQ! Bites: It takes time, but you can easily detect a bite if your rod is standing in a rod holder (a lump of seaweed can confuse). Cheers!
  3. Hi Neil, I live on Burrill Lake just north of Batemans Bay and bream are still active here in the lake, as well as legal tailor and the odd snapper. I fish from a kayak, sneak close to where tailor are smashing baitfish late in the day and cast any ordinary silver lure over them. Snapper like live mullet, bream sometimes, but I find a fresh mullet cut in half is great for bream. But look for crustaceans around the lake to catch bream as well (crabs, yabbies). Running sinker for bream.
  4. Yes, snapper are known to be affected as well. Apparently snapper breed at sea but close to the shore, and their spawn, drifting with the currents can end up in estuaries and lakes where the juveniles stay. I've caught some legal sized snapper in Burrill Lake. (Here's a pic)
  5. Net story has been disproved, and it's not from another fish bite. It's a deformity from something in the water - but they're not sure what (heavy metals, pollution, run-off??). You can eat the fish tho. But I've never heard of the syndrome being so far south of Sydney?? Anyone caught one in other waters down this way?
  6. Hope I have the right section: Over the last year or so, I've been catching bream in Burrill Lake with what has been ID'd as Saddleback Syndrome. I thought it was a Queensland issue, but seems to have crept south. Anybody know anything about this? (Photo is of a fish that was frozen, but you can clearly see the deformity in the dorsal fin.) Thanks.
  7. Used to catch a lot of longtom in Darwin while fishing for Queenies. Last week a guy caught one in Burrill Lake, South Coast NSW. Didn't know they occurred this far south.
  8. Yes! Got it now, thanks! It is 65cm long. My wife has used it in her art exhibition. Thanks again.
  9. This pic is probably more accurate colourwise.
  10. Can some clever fishraider please identify this skeleton, found on the beach, South Coast NSW?
  11. Yes Kiwicraig, I really don't want them on board!
  12. Yes, for some reason, lots of blue swimmers in the lake! Fished for a couple of hours this morning, constantly catching crabs or losing bait to them. Moved around still more crabs coming up and letting go when close to the yak.
  13. Well done. Saw a few moving around this morning on the sand flats. Must give it a go!
  14. Good work with the SPs. Noticed the bream has damage to its mid dorsal fin. I've caught a few like that and I'm wondering what causes it?
  15. Well done! Some great fish there. Big queenie looks great as well!