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  1. Crab Nets

    Looks ok to me to give a try. If you think they are getting in and getting out you could attach the float rope to the other side so the entry holes are higher off the floor of the trap but then they will be higher off the floor of the river too for the crabs to walk in to start with. Either would probably be ok
  2. Crab Nets

    I think because the crabs normally walk on the bottom and the entry holes are elevated above the bottom, when the climb in the hole and fall down onto the bottom they stay on the bottom and don't jump/swim up in the water to climb out of the hole. Plus the other thing to think about is if the crab is inside the trap and can now reach the bait, why would he want to get out of the trap while it is sitting on the bottom? I think it is likely that the PVC tubes are the correctl length to hold everything tight and that the entrance holes are big enough so that the crab doesn't feel scared to walk in.
  3. Supermarket (frozen) squid and octopus?

    If you are specifically chasing kings and jewies then you really want live fresh squid or squid that you have caught yourself and frozen. If the $45/kilo stuff from the tackle shop is fresh from the trawler as a bait squid it is probaby a much better bait. The food stuff and particulary the tubes have been cleaned and normally had contact with fresh water which is no good. You will catch fish on it but not as many good fish. If you are only going for short trips for bream and flathead etc you can buy a 1kg back of good quality frozen hawkesbury prawns and keep them in the freezer. If you drop the bag on the concrete they will seperate and you can just take what you need for a single trip in a clip lock tupperware container. Just make sure they are kept in a sealed/airtight container in the freezer so they dont burn
  4. I put a swivel on the split ring on the front of my chromies and i make sure there is a swivel somewhere in the system, even a snap swivel, if trolling skirts or christmas trees but not for plastics, stick baits or hardbodies. If trolling a hardbody that i know misbehaves on occasion i might have a swivel 1-2m above the lure so the line doesn't twist as much if the lure keeps blowing out. Just tie the leader to the braid with a leader knot and then the leader straight to the jig head.
  5. Ripper day

    Agreed, After bleeding and chilling, the most important bit is to keep as cold as possible so it stays firm, fillet, skin and cut all of the bloodline out as soon as possible so you end up with 4 nice clean white strips of flesh
  6. Stockton beach

    You could try fishing a big ball sinker instead of a star sinker and run along the beach with it until is swings onto the sand but sometimes is is just too difficult to fish even if you are casting house bricks.
  7. Jewfish

    I would suggest pulling the head and guts out and keeping as one or two baits, skinning the hood and keep the wings in tact for a bait each, cut the hood open down one side so it opens like a big triangle and cut it into strips, normally from the tip down so you end up with long triangle baits. I put the top hook in the tip of the strip, make sure there is a bit of slack line between the two hooks so the strip stays straight. This will make sense when you do it if it doesn't quite make sense now.
  8. Jewfish

    You are in a good spot for them. My favourite bait for them off the beach is fresh squid or fresh squid strips. I take self caught frozen squid to use as strips as backup in case i cant catch a squid on the afternoon i'm fishing. If squid are hard for you to come by then fish with metal lures or pilchards on gang hooks to catch a tailor and send out strips from him. Your outfit is fine. I would fish a rod length of 30-40lb shock leader and then a running sinker rig with either a ball sinker or a star sinker on an ezy-rig style sinker clip. I tie a little piece of rubber band half a metre above the sinker or sinker clip to stop it sliding too far up the line and tangling the leader knot, it is better if it doesn't go through the guides when casting. I would fish a 40-60lb trace from 40-40cm long with two snelled 6/0-8/0 octopus or octopus circle hooks to suit the size of the bait. Try to find a gutter that looks at least waist deep close to the beach that has deep water access like where the surfers paddle out between the sand banks. Try to fish a high tide around dark or up to a few hours after dark. You will catch fish on all moons and all tides so fish whenever you can but if you have a choice these times might be favourable. Tailor are easiest to catch at dawn and dusk. So ideally if you get to the beach an hour or so before dark to try to catch the tailor and have high tide an hour or so after dark then that would be convenient. Beach worms are also good bait but get alot of pickers, whereas the squid strips will survive the pickers better. I find i get less sharks on squid than fish baits.
  9. Bait tank and deck wash setup

    I don't have a deck wash but a mate does. You only need one water pickup and intake pump for the live bait tank and deckwash but then you would probably have a 3 way tap or line splitter and a tap on each the bait pump and the deckwash side of the fork so you can easily have one, the other, both or none open. You will also need a deckwash pump kit that creates the pressure needed to spray the deckwash out of the nozzle. I'm sure someone on here can fill yo uin on details
  10. Live bait spots in the Georges?

    Sorry mate i forgot i hadn't sent my reply before and shut the window. You will get yakkas and herring at that pontoon but not necessarily every time. With small jigs you will sometimes get arrow squid when the water is clean (more likely top of the tide) but they are not reliable. I still think that herring outfish yakkas for jewies around that area. There are alot more herring than yakkas there and herring are alot softer for the jewie to inhale and digest than a spiky little or even worse a big yakka. The herring just are't as durable as the yakkas for keeping alive, transporting, casting and in the current.
  11. Live bait spots in the Georges?

    This is what we do because of time restraints. If you are fishing anywhere from Captain Cook Bridge upstream then I would pick a Herring over a Yakka every time. You can catch the herring around the bridge Pylons with a tiny bait jig, make sure you take a few bait jigs as the little chopper tailor make short work of them if they are around, that spot is better at night for bait and fish. Be extremely careful in a Kayak around that bridge, especially at night it gets alot of boat traffic, not everyone is looking properly for kayaks, not everyone has lights on and some people drive too fast through there. There are yakkas and herring around that pontoon as well. You can take soft vibes and plastics as mentioned above and tea bag them around the pylons if you cant catch bait. If you are limited on time you might be better off just going straight to that technique anyway if you intend on spending the majority of your break time chasing jewies. Otherwise I would be spending your 1-2 hour study breaks chasing and stockpiling squid and then have a dedicated Jewie session when you are prepared and the conditions are right. This same technique can be used at any of the bridges on the Georges, all will have simliar safety issues. Off the jewie track, this would be a good time of year (while the water is still warm) to be throwing or towing little metals and plastics around the Hacking for Bonito, talior, salmon, Kings and the like, you can fish for squid while you're there too. Just make sure you paddle around that 3m bull shark they caught the other day.
  12. Live bait spots in the Georges?

    You're not giving up that easy. Which area of the Georges are you planning on fishing? If you tell us that we can try to tell you where you might be able to catch poddies where you launch your kayak so you don't spill salt water in your car driving your livies around and giving them a headache. You will be able to trap poddies at most places that you are able to launch your kayak. Herring on tiny bait jigs are another good option around bridge pylons but a bit less reliable to catch. Another option is to dedicate one or several trips to go to the hacking or kurnell and catch squid, keep it in snaplock bags in the fridge and use it that arvo/night or the next day. Or catch it one day, freeze it in snaplock bags and take it as a backup bait for when you can't catch livies, or just use the squid or try both. If you take the squid for bait you have to use it for bait that trip or keep it cool and eat it that night, it will not re-freeze well enough for jewies. We often catch just as many if not more school jewies in the Georges on self caught frozen squid than livies, partly because you always have it and you don't always have livies. Fishing squid strips is much more economical on bait and strips are more durable than whole baits. Any squid with a hood longer than your hand should get 4 strips out of the hood, one big or two smaller baits out of the head and two wing baits.
  13. Baitrunner Vs Other reels

    You have probably been hit by something with sharp teeth like a tailor or small shark, possibly mackerel if you are up the coast. The baitrunner wouldn't have helped you here, only a second hook down near the tail. The baitrunner more suits fish that turn the bait and swallow it whole like kings and jewies. In saying that jewies will take the thing whole anyway if it fits in their gob, as discussed in comments above.
  14. sydney harbour fad / 12mile

    I think you will find if your radio isn't working properly then it isn't legal to start with. But forgetting the legalities the important bit it is more about safety. You shouldn't even be offshore without your radio. A couple of years ago we upgraded from a 27Meg radio to a VHF as we struggled to get coverage on the 27Meg at 12 mile. 12 Mile is about where mobile reception starts to get sketchy depending on weather and other stuff that you can't count on or control. You shouldn't be out there in a bigger boat without a radio either. You may find that your radio is fine and that the times you are talking about it not working you were in black spots like behind the cliffs, remember that the radio works pretty much on line of sight. We have had radio contact problems at both boat harbour and different places along the Royal National Park due to the cliffs and the radio was functioning fine. If you are after kings and dollies they have been in closer than the 12 mile and wide FAD anyway. If you are confident that your radio works then make a decision based on weather but i would imagine it would be easier to catch a king in near the cliffs or the harbour and i would try the closer wave rider buoys and FADs before heading out wider anyway. Basically when you show up to the FAD or buoy you want the water to be 22 degrees or warmer and blue with a bit of current running. Don't forget to log on and off with marine rescue.
  15. Baitrunner Vs Other reels

    I agree with all that stuff Jon. When i started fishing for jewies we used to catch alot of fish in the 2-3kg range with a few over 4kg. We were using whole squid and squid strips in the river. I think the fish hit more aggressively in the surf and i also think they hit a bait they can fit easily in their mouth more aggressivley too. We often use mono when bait fishing in the boat and think the stretch in the mono when they first swim off gives them plenty of time for the bait to get a larger bait into their mouth and be facing away from the rod.